Detroit Lions in round two Josh Paschal chose to deal with a ‘lower limb’ injury

The Detroit Lions have been without a second-round rookie defensive lineman Josh Paschal since the second week of the team’s organized activities. As he is the only Lions rookie player who hasn’t signed his NFL contract, it led to (impulsive) speculation that negotiations were preventing him from being left out of the squad.

Lions coach Dan Campbell cleared the air on Wednesday, noting that Pascal was dealing with an injury they were monitoring.

“We’re trying to be smart with him,” Campbell said. “He had a lower extremity injury we are just trying to be smart with. There will be a couple going back today to be smart. Trying to get them out of here healthy.”

Paschal ended his Kentucky career battling through a lower body injury, which was described as a thigh and leg injury. He missed the team’s game against Iowa and skipped at Senior Bowl due to injury to prepare for the NFL Combine – where he did some but not all field training. However, on enlistment night, Pascal told the Lions media that he was back to full strength.

“I’m fine now, 100 percent,” Pascal said.

Just a few weeks ago, the Lions demanded the waiver of John Kominsky, who was performing a similar role to Paschal with the defenses of the second and third teams, be rescinded.

Pascal is one of three players in the Lions’ enlistment category to have been sidelined due to injury, joining first-round receiver Jameson Williams and fifth-round end James Mitchell, both of whom are recovering from a torn ACL.

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