When that time comes, though, is an unknown.
“I feel like I’m capable of playing,” Broyles said. “I can’t give you a percentage, you have to talk to [the coaches and trainers], but whenever they feel I am capable enough to go out and play, they’ll give me a shot.”
For the first two weeks of the season, Broyles, the Lions’ second-round pick out of Oklahoma in 2012, has been inactive as he continues to progress from his torn right ACL last December. However, with receiver Patrick Edwards not at Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury, Broyles may be needed this week no matter how ready he is.
He has been at practice and spent more time rehabbing the knee. He also understands there is a timetable for his recovery -- this is the second time he has torn an ACL. He tore his left ACL his senior year at Oklahoma.
“I knew where I was at this point last year, so I was definitely on a timetable and you’ve got to get in the swing of things, got to go out there and get repetition in practice and you continue to get stronger from that point,” Broyles said. “I’m happy where I am right now and looking forward whenever I get my shot to continue to stack good days on each other.”
Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said part of the reason Broyles hasn’t seen the field yet is because it's difficult to cap the number of snaps he plays in a game as he continues to recover.
“In the preseason, we limited his play because you have 80 guys out there and you can say he’s only going to play 15 or 20 or X number of snaps,” Schwartz said. "You have a much more difficult time doing that in a NFL game when you only have 46 active guys because everybody has to be prepared to play a significant number of snaps because you never know how it is going to go.
“He’s getting closer. He’s physically strong. He’s working his way back into shape, working his way back into endurance shape and also the confidence and everything else. He’s making progress.”