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As the training camp schedule winds down and the Detroit Lions head for the second preseason game of the slate, here's some news and information for the middle of the week.
It hasn't take long for Cliff Avril to get back into the swing of things. The defensive end is back in pads and ready to go after his shortened hold out. Avril says he's still a little rusty, but admits he will continue to work on improvements to his game. —Detroit Free Press
In addition, Mikel Leshoure returned to practice today after missing two weeks with a hamstring issue. He said he hoped to return to the lineup this week in Baltimore. Also returning were Jeff Backus, Corey Williams and Stephen Tulloch, all of which had been missing with injuries. —Detroit Free Press
A big issue last season was the Lions' propensity to melt down and take foolish penalties. Jim Schwartz is emphasizing discipline this year in camp, and hopes his team will show a more mature approach in 2012, not doing "dumb things" in games. —The Detroit News
The Lions' offensive line, once a weakness, has now become a strength. That's due in part to continuity, writes Rod Beard. Depth is also a key, as the Lions have been able to develop some suitable young talent to lead the way in the trenches. —The Detroit News
As always, Detroit's secondary is a big point of contention this preseason. Andrew Tomlinson of The Detroit Sports Site takes a closer look at how the backfield is performing, and says the rookies have been struggling in zone coverage while excelling in man. —The Detroit Sports Site
Finally, Sports Illustrated is once again dispatching writers around the country to take a look at various NFL training camps. Chris Burke recently visited Allen Park, and expounded on some issues the Lions have in his "postcard from camp." Namely, Burke examines the challenge of trimming the roster and the play of the receivers and secondary. —SI.com
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Lions RB Jahvid Best is likely to start this season on physically unable to perform list, which would sideline him at least first six games.
— Adam Schefter...