Detroit Lions running back Craig Reynolds returned to the practice field on Thursday. This move comes just a day after the team started the clock on wide receiver Quintez Cephus.
Reynolds has been on IR since he suffered a rib injury early in November. Today, he suited up and hit the practice field starting his 21-day clock. The Lions now have until Dember 29th to activate the player or lose him to IR for the remainder of the season.
The 26-year-old was feeling good in today’s practice. It was obvious he was ecstatic to be back on the field by his dancing during warm-ups and his eagerness in every drill.
Before his injury, Reynolds produced 102 yards on 23 carries and caught nine passes for an additional 116 yards this season. As a result of his injury, Justin Jackson took his place on the field serving as the third running back behind Jamaal Williams and D’Andre Swift.
Jackson has filled Reynolds’ shoes pretty seamlessly over the last month. In the past five games, Jackson rushed for 115 yards in 22 carries and tacked on seven catches for 59 yards. The similarity in production between the two running backs may make it difficult to activate Reynolds to replace Jackson.
Quintez Cephus Back to Practice
As previously mentioned, Craig Reynolds wasn’t the only player whose practice clock started this week. The Detroit Lions also started the clock for wide receiver, Quintez Cephus, on Wednesday. He suited up and returned to the practice field for the first time in over eight weeks.
Cephus injured his foot during the Week 4 loss to the Seattle Seahawks and was placed on IR. The wide receiver joined the now extensive list of receivers the Lions have on Wednesday, starting his 21-day clock. The Lions must Activate Cephus by December 28th or they will be forced to be without him for the remainder of the season.
Quintez Cephus returns to practice on December 7, 2022 starting his 21-day clock.
The team is continuing to get healthy at a time when most teams are trying to piece themselves together. It will be interesting to see what adjustments the coaching staff makes heading into the last five games of the regular season.
The Lions prepare to host the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday at Ford Field.
Maddy Miller – Detroit Lions Beat Reporter
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