ALLEN PARK – Germane Crowell was a free agent during this off-season and he didn't receive much attention from other teams team because of his knee problems. The Lions only saw a brief flash of Crowell's talent last year; because he missed most of training camp because of knee problems and went out for the season because of a torn patella tendon in his right knee in the fifth game. During this past off-season, the former second-round draft choice had surgery to fix both problems on his knees, but that didn't deter the Lions, who inked Crowell to a 3-year deal.
During last months mini-camp, Crowell wasn't allowed to run or do any other team drills.
"Both knees are feeling fine and they are getting better, I hope to be able to get back to almost full strength before training camp," said Crowell at last month's mini-camp.
With that and the comments that were made to the Detroit Free Press from head coach Marty Morhinweg on Wednesday, it looks like Crowell is progressing nicely.
"We will use some caution with him, he's still in the rehabilitation process, so there will be steps he will take throughout this whole process. Many months ago our doctors were targeting late May, early June to where he could be running and -- on top of just straight-ahead running -- some football drills," said Morhinweg to the Detroit Free Press.
The Lions plan to work Crowell in slowly and he will continue with his rehab that he has been doing this off-season so that he can reach his goal of being 100 % at the start of training camp.
The Lions are in the middle of off-season works out in Allen Park and will start some organized team activities next week that will run until the middle of June. Then the team won't have organized team activities until the start of training camp in the middle of July.
NOTEBOOK: The Lions and James Stewart are very close to getting a new deal done on his contract, for a lower cap hit, and both side have exchanged proposals. The Lions think they will have something done by the end of June before they start working on contract with their draft picks.