While the Detroit Lions were mum about Josh Paschal and his health, Detroit Lions fans began to ponder. Because it’s the second week of training camp, and he’s yet to see any action since rookie minicamp. And there was not update on his health besides last week.
Last Wednesday, Lions head coach Dan Campbell revealed that Paschal underwent surgery this past Spring for a sports hernia. Since then, it’s been radio silent on his potential return. That is, until Friday morning.
“I would say for where we thought he would be at this point, he’s ahead of schedule,” said Campbell. He’s doing well. He’s a grinder man. We’re having to pull him back.”
That’s some significantly good news. After all, the last time Campbell spoke on Paschal, he mentioned that the reason he wasn’t on the field wasn’t injury-related. That statement appeared to confuse some media members and fans.
And it’s understandable for there to be outside concerns about Paschal’s health. I mean, the Lions drafted not one, but three players this year coming off significant injuries. First, they traded up to the 12th overall pick to grab Jameson Williams (WR). They followed that up by drafting Paschal (EDGE) with the 46th overall pick. Then they took James Mitchell (TE) with the 177th pick.
Three players at skilled positions with no timetable on their debut. Ouch. It’s not news that fans wanted to hear regarding Josh Paschal, either. While trading up to grab Williams and taking a flier on Mitchell can be explained, there were other options available to the Lions at EDGE when they selected Paschal.
Nevertheless, Paschal still ranked as one of the most athletic EDGE rushers at this year’s NFL combine.
The Lions drafted Paschal with the 46th overall pick of this year’s draft. His participation is important, as he has the chance to be a difference-maker, helping upgrade one of the NFL’s worst defensive lines last season.
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