Last Sunday, when the NFL season kicked off (yes, yes, I know – it began on a Thursday) the Detroit Lions suggested that wide receiver Ryan Broyles would be slowly worked back into the rotation.
Broyles, who is coming off an ACL tear, apparently wasn’t ready and needed a bit of time to acclimate himself. Seemed to make sense, given the severity of what happened to him.
But according to head coach Jim Schwartz, Broyles’ lack of playing time is due to competition, not an injury.
Per the Detroit Free Press:
Coach Jim Schwartz admitted Friday that Broyles’ return is not directly related to his injury.
“It’s probably a little bit competitive,” he said. “He’s really not an injury situation. He’s in a situation where he’s just working his way back and working his way into the swing of things.
“He’s working really, really hard. He’s making progress all the time. That practice time is very, very valuable to him. He’s going to be a big contributor on our team.”
Broyles was thought to be the recipient of some hefty playing time but so far, he can’t even see the field.