Lions offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle could return Sunday vs. Jets

Tuesday September 23rd, 2014

Detroit Lions offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle could return from injury this week, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Waddle has been out since he strained his left calf on the team's first drive of the season. He worked with trainers during practice last week and will return to active participation in practice this week with the hope he can play against the New York Jets on Sunday.

"I mean, it's feeling pretty good right now," he said. "We're going to give it a go in practice and see how that goes and then just based on how practice goes we're going to make a decision about (playing) closer (to game)."

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Garrett Reynolds and Cornelius Lucas have filled in at right tackle in Waddle's absence.

A second-year pro out of Texas Tech, Waddle appeared in 12 games for the Lions last year as a rookie, starting eight.

Detroit has also been without top backup lineman Corey Hilliard, who tore ligaments in his foot in Week 1 and is out for the season.

Ben Estes

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