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Lions CB Alex Carter slowly working his way back

The Detroit Lions traded up in the 3rd round of the 2015 NFL draft hoping to draft a cornerback who could back up current starters Darius Slay and Rashean Mathis. In Alex Carter, the Lions believe they got exactly that, but the organization may have to wait a bit longer than they had hoped for their rookie CB to take the field.

Carter has been bothered by a right ankle injury sustained in 7-on-7’s, and has yet to participate in training camp or any preseason games at all.

The rookie corner knows he is slated to assume a major role when he returns, and while he admits frustration, he realized the importance of being 100% when the season starts.

“Very, especially that I want to be out there on the field and contribute to the team,” he said. “It’s frustrating but I have to get healthy now so I can contribute 100 percent when I do come back.

“It’s really a day-to-day thing right now, I’m hoping.”

 

 

 

 

While it will take a bit of time for Carter to get back into game shape, he’s doing all he can to stay up with the rest of the team in any way he can.

“I’m staying in it as much as I can so I don’t have to play catch-up,” He said. “I’m trying to stay focused mentally just being with the team. Just do what I can do today and take it day-by-day and get better.”

 

 

 

With Carter currently out of the picture, the backup corner slots look to belong to Josh Wilson and Nevin Lawson. Carter will almost certainly assume one of those roles once he returns, but as things currently stand, that still seems to be weeks away.

The Lions’ first game against the San Diego Chargers is less than two weeks away. That likely won’t be enough time to get Carter re-acclimated, even taking into account words out of his own mouth that he’s making encouraging progress.

“It’s feeling better,” Carter said Monday. “It’s getting better every day. Right now, I’m pretty encouraged. It was a little bit more significant than we thought at first so you just kind of take that into account.

“I’m still doing everything light.”

 

 

 

 

From the sounds of it, Carter should still be back within the first few weeks of the regular season, giving the organization and Lions’ fans an ample sample size to see just what they are getting out of their 2015 3rd round pick.

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