Ryan Broyles joins Lions team drills for first time since ACL surgery

ALLEN PARK, Mich. - Ryan Broyles has made a quiet, speedy recovery back to the field this offseason.

Tuesday, he took a major step in his return from a torn ACL. The Lions wide receiver participated in team drills for the first time since his surgery December 6.

"It was a last-minute decision for him. I think he felt pretty good. He made some plays which is a positive sign for us,'' quarterback Matthew Stafford said.

Broyles was on the field alongside Nate Burleson, who is recovering from a broken leg, and cornerback Darius Slay, who had knee surgery in early May. Slay has downplayed the surgery, but also took part in team drills for the first time since he was drafted.

Head coach Jim Schwartz said Broyles' plan is more long-term compared to the rest of the players practicing Tuesday, but was pleased with the progression.

"He's had a great rehab. He's working really hard. He's done a little bit more each time," Schwartz said.

"It's been a long road for him, second year in a row with an ACL. Every time he's gone out on the field, he's made plays and he did the same thing today."

Lions minicamp continues Wednesday and Thursday in Allen Park.

Brad Galli is a Sports Reporter for WXYZ Detroit. Follow Brad on Twitter @BradGalli

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