Nevin Lawson, who dislocated his foot in Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers, is apparently back to 100%. After missing the rest of the season last year and not participating in offseason workouts with the team, Lawson could still be put on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list to start camp. That decision will be made after he takes a physical and meets with Lions coaches today.
After the injury, Lawson underwent surgery, then spent a little more than two months in a walking boot. He was also required to use crutches, as the Lions kept a very watchful eye on his offseason rehabilitation.
Lawson was drafted by the Lions in the fourth round of the 2014 draft, out of Utah State University and played in parts of two games last season before suffering the injury. After signing cornerback R.J. Stanford today as an insurance piece, the Lions will probably ease back into things with Lawson.
“I’m feeling great,” Lawson told the Detroit Free Press. “I think I’m 100 percent, so we’ll just see where it goes from there.”
After putting in an extensive amount of work on his own time this offseason, Lawson is expected to be a contributor in nickel packages on the Lions defense this season. He still has to be officially cleared by Lions doctors, but this is a big step in the right direction.
What do you think, Nation? Will Lawson be a big-time contributor for the Lions this year?