ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- After coming close to returning to the Detroit Lions a week ago, right tackle LaAdrian Waddle said if things go well this week in practice, he'll be back in the lineup Sunday against Buffalo.
Waddle said the decision will come based on this week of practice. He almost played against the New York Jets on Sunday, but on Friday a mutual decision between trainers, coaches and Waddle kept him out for one more game.
"I was close last week," Waddle said. "So we're going to go through practice this week and if everything's good, we'll be ready to go."
Waddle, who beat out Corey Hilliard for the starting job during training camp, injured his right calf during the Lions' first series of the season on "Monday Night Football" against the Giants. He hasn't played since and returned to practice last week for the first time.
He said he has been walking fine and made progress every day in practice last week, but he was still getting a feel of "pushing on people" and the force of the impact on the calf. So the decision was made to rest him for one more week so there would be less of a chance of re-injury that could potentially keep him out for a longer period of time.
In his place, the Lions have rotated Garrett Reynolds and Cornelius Lucas at right tackle the past three games. Reynolds has started every game, but Lucas has played a varying number of snaps each week.
And with the Lions playing well, Waddle felt he could make sure he was fully healthy before he re-entered the lineup.
"The guys that have been in there have been doing a pretty good job and they've been battling so that plays into it, too," Waddle said. "So be on the safe side and looking ahead to the rest of the season.
"I want to get in and get back and play from when I play to the rest of the season. I don't want to get in there and get hurt again. We just erred on the side of waiting just because of that."
Now, Waddle might not have to wait much longer.