Several key starters absent from Detroit Lions practice Sunday

The Detroit Lions are making sure to take extra precautions to ensure that their lineup can be as healthy as possible as the 2020 season draws closer.

Per Justin Rogers, Sunday’s practice in Allen Park saw several starters not participating. Rookie Jason Huntley, Desmond Trufant and Kenny Golladay were all absent from action, while D’Andre Swift (leg) and Bo Scarbrough (undisclosed) continued to rehab injuries suffered this week.

Additionally, guards Jonas Jackson and Joe Dahl were missing as well.

Thankfully, the team wasn’t affected by the irregularities in COVID-19 testing from the same lab in New Jersey that forced several teams alter or cancel football activities. The team did have another false-positive test, similar to what quarterback Matthew Stafford went through earlier.

BONUS CONTENT: Lions hold punting contest after practice

That’s one way to build comradery amongst teammates during Training Camp!

Following practice, the Detroit Lions held an impromptu punting competition, with everyone else having to take sides between team punters Jack Fox and Arryn Siposs. The feats? Longest punt and closest to the goal-line without a touchback.

Naturally, the loser of the competition would have to be penalized with some funning.

And to add a little spice to the competition, several of the players who were on Fox’s side began a “USA, USA” chant. Siposs just happens to be Australian. Maybe that was the extra motivation he needed, because he would emerge victorious by a 2-1 count.

Fox, who played college football at Rice, was signed by the Lions to a futures contract this January. Meanwhile, Siposs is a former Australian rules player who played for the St Kilda Football Club in the Australian Football League and signed with the Lions at the end of 2020 Draft as an undrafted free agent.

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