Detroit Lions WR Quintez Cephus leaves practice with apparent leg injury

Detroit Free Press

Star-crossed Detroit Lions wide receiver Quintez Cephus could miss time with another injury.

Cephus suffered an apparent leg injury during one-on-one drills Tuesday, when he got tangled up with cornerback Jeff Okudah after making an acrobatic catch along the sideline.

Cephus clutched his left leg as he sat on the field being tended to by team medical personnel, and left the field with the assistance of two trainers.

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A fifth-round pick out of Wisconsin in 2020, Cephus caught 15 passes in five games last season before breaking his collarbone in an October loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

The Lions bolstered their receiving corps this offseason, signing DJ Chark to a one-year deal in free agency and trading up to take Jameson Williams in the draft, but Cephus was a favorite to win a backup job because of his contested-catch ability.

Along with Chark, Amon-Ra St. Brown and Josh Reynolds have taken the majority of the first-team reps at receiver this summer, with Cephus, Kalif Raymond and Trinity Benson working with the second-team.

Williams is not expected to return until around midseason and undrafted rookie Corey Sutton was placed on the reserve-retired list Monday.

Lions coach Dan Campbell said in his pre-practice news conference that running back Greg Bell will “be down for a little bit” with the hip/back injuries he suffered last week, when he needed to be helped off the field by trainers.

Tight end T.J. Hockenson, who underwent thumb surgery last December, and defensive tackle Levi Onwuzurike did not practice Tuesday for undisclosed reasons. Asked if he was receiving a maintenance day on his way to the locker room after practice, Hockenson nodded affirmatively and said, “Feel good.”

Contact Dave Birkett at dbirkett@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.

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