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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- In training camps, players Matthew Stafford Jerseys have bumps and bruises all the time. They sit out practices here and there -- sometimes at the request of coaches -- to save their bodies for a long, grueling season where everybody is hurting by the end. It isn’t common, though, to see events such as those that happened Thursday. Ameer Abdullah Jerseys On the last fully-open practice of training camp for the Detroit Lions, 14 players sat out -- including five of the team’s eight tight ends. It’s a massive number -- 15 percent of the team’s roster -- that sat on the sideline. The tally hit almost every position group: one running back (Matt Asiata), two wide receivers (Noel Thomas, Dontez Ford), Barry Sanders Jerseys five tight ends (Eric Ebron, Cole Wick, Tim Wright, Khari Lee and Michael Roberts), three offensive linemen (T.J. Lang, Cornelius Lucas, Laken Tomlinson), two defensive linemen (Bruce Gaston, Haloti Ngata) and one linebacker (Thurston Armbrister).

Some of those -- Ngata and Lang, for instance -- likely are cases of Caldwell measuring Calvin Johnson Jerseys the reps of veterans, and they’ve sat out workouts before. Ebron has been out -- save for part of one practice in Indianapolis -- since getting injured the first day of training camp. But it’s still something Detroit has to monitor. This is on top of four players still on PUP or NFI lists (Ezekiel Ansah, Taylor Decker, Sam Martin and Corey Robinson) and four players on injured reserve (Kerry Hyder, Mike James, Brandon Chubb and Des Lawrence). Another, linebacker Brandon Copeland, was waived and is expected to revert to injured reserve if he clears waivers Thursday.

Despite all of that, the Lions are not going to use players less Golden Tate III Jerseys just because of a bunch of injuries. “You can’t play this game that way. You can’t coach it that way. You can’t play it that way,” Caldwell said. “If that’s all you think about is injuries, these are not pheasants under glass. They got to get out and they got to play and play the game. “You don’t back down from that. If you get nervous and you're scared, you might want to go get another job. Do something else.”