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The Detroit Lions got exactly what they needed from a long weekend in Indianapolis.

Two practices against another team provided a fresh perspective on the progression they’ve made in training camp — and a valuable preview of what to expect in Sunday’s preseason opener against the Colts.

” coach Jim Caldwell said after the second joint practice in two days. “Where you don’t get a chance to work against anyone else other than yourself from the spring and most of the summer and then you get an opportunity to see different schematics on all sides of the ball.”,“It was excellent. I can’t tell you how valuable these sessions have been for us

The Lions should get good reviews from the film room — even with right guard T.J. Lang and left tackle Taylor Decker sitting out Friday. Decker’s backup, also didn’t practice., Greg Robinson

 the offense looked solid and the defense took advantage of a Colts offense that has been severely depleted by injuries.,Still

Andrew Luck continues to work his way back from the physically unable to perform list, starting guards Joe Haeg and Jack Mewhort both sat out Friday and receiver Phillip Dorsett missed another workout with an injured hamstring.,[url=]Authentic Brian Dawkins Jersey[/url], center Ryan Kelly is now expected to miss multiple weeks after injuring his foot Thursday

 one they’re unlikely to overcome before Sunday’s game.,That left the Colts in a deep hole

The good news is that if Indy does have to use a patchwork line,[url=]Authentic Nelson Agholor Jersey[/url], their franchise quarterback won’t be taking the hits., with undrafted rookie Deyshawn Bond starting in place of Kelly

Instead,[url=]Womens Carson Wentz Jersey[/url], Stephen Morris and Phillip Walker. Morris, the snaps will be divvied up between Scott Tolzien, and Walker have never thrown an NFL pass. Tolzien is 0-2-1 in three career starts,[url=]Womens Alshon Jeffery Jersey[/url], who has been on the practice squad the past two years, and all three entered the league as undrafted rookies.

 the training camp aesthetics haven’t been good.,Not surprisingly

“It’s been hot and cold,” Tolzien said, you could say that pretty much every day. It’s like anything in football, evaluating his own performance through the first two weeks of training camp. “Shoot, you just watch the film and try to minimize the mistakes.”

It took only two practices for the Lions to expose some of Indy’s more glaring flaws.

Aside from the injury-riddled offensive line, Morris and Walker struggled with accuracy and Detroit’s experienced secondary took advantage., Tolzien

The Lions had two minor scares during the workouts.

 but returned to action Friday.,[url=]Womens Brian Dawkins Jersey[/url],Right tackle Rick Wagner left Thursday’s practice with an undisclosed injury

Matthew Stafford and running back Ameer Abdullah,[url=]Womens Nelson Agholor Jersey[/url], banged knees during a morning drill. Both continued to practice and finished the workout., meanwhile

“I was on the other field,[url=]Authentic Carson Wentz Jersey[/url], so I didn’t see it but I heard about it,[url=]Authentic Alshon Jeffery Jersey[/url], so I didn’t worry too much about it.”,[url=]Authentic Sidney Jones Jersey[/url],” Caldwell said. “I didn’t hear any ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ from the crowd

Neither workout was open to the public.

 coaches and teammates will look for the payoff Sunday.,But now that the rookies understand how challenging NFL life can be outside the team complex

“I remember when I was a young guy,[url=]Womens Sidney Jones Jersey[/url], sometimes you’d start to learn plays,” Lions safety Glover Quin said., knowing what to do and then you went to test your skills against another opponent and it wasn’t the same

“You have to take it from the practice field to the game and you don’t have a lot of time to get coaching on the field. You just have to move on.”

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