Detroit Lions early third-round offensive guard Larry Warford suffered an arm injury during yesterday’s practice at rookie minicamp, and the former Kentucky Wildcats star needed to be helped off of the field. Lions head coach Jim Schwartz called the left arm injury that Warford sustained minor, and MLive.com reports that Schwartz was correct as Warford is back at it today.
Warford was injured while run blocking, and the Lions are exercising caution with their quality pick in the draft (Warford could have easily went a round higher than he did). The Lions are limiting Warford’s practice today with Schwartz saying, “It gave everybody a little bit of scare when anybody goes down, but he bounced back from it quickly. He could have gone through everything, but we limited him to just individual today.”
The starting right guard already signed a four-year deal with the Detroit Lions, and the big Kentucky product was a great get for the Lions in the third. He will need to watch his weight, but the Lions aren’t concerned about that and likely love his immense strength and ability to be a mauling run blocker. Warford was a good upgrade for the Lions on the interior of the offensive line, and it is great to hear that the first-year starter is fine going forward. Warford will likely continue to participate in offseason workouts without missing much of a beat, but I think the Lions will limit him for another practice or two.
Schwartz added, “He could have gone through everything, but we limited him to just individual today. We didn’t want him going through any of the half-line stuff or team stuff. We made the decision to limit him just to err on the side of caution.”
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