Tate, others miss practice as Fairley returns

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Golden Tate didn’t practice fully during Tuesday’s open organized team activities (OTAs) session for the Detroit Lions, only running some routes against air as he rested a sore shoulder.

Tate said he has missed "two or three days" dealing with it, but that it is "just a little soreness" and didn’t seem concerned about it hurting him in the long-term.

When asked if sitting out was more precautionary than anything, though, he wasn't willing to say that.

“I don’t know,” Tate said. “You have to talk to the trainers about that. I’m just doing what they ask me to do and trying to get healthy.”

Tate was one of many Lions players who sat out of Tuesday’s practice. Receiver Kris Durham was in attendance but didn’t participate, the same as tight end Joseph Fauria. All Fauria said after practice about sitting out was that he’s "good" and he gave a thumbs up.

Safety James Ihedigbo also sat out practice but was in attendance along with running back Joique Bell, defensive end Ezekiel Ansah and rookie linebacker Kyle Van Noy.

The only Lions players not there at all were cornerback Chris Houston (toe) and defensive tackle Caraun Reid, who is graduating from Princeton.

The Lions did have players come back to practice, too. Receiver Kevin Ogletree returned from dental surgery and cornerback Chris Greenwood practiced for the first time in a public OTA setting.

Also returning was a much thinner Nick Fairley. The difference in Fairley’s body was noticeable and while he didn’t participate in all the drills, he did do some work as he recovers from a minor procedure.