Lions CB Darius Slay ‘doing whatever I can’ to play vs. Patriots

Don’t rule Darius Slay out of Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots just yet.

Slay kept the possibility alive that he could return from a concussion without missing a game when he took part in the open portion of the Detroit Lions’ practice Friday.

The Pro Bowl cornerback left last week’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the third quarter with a brain injury and did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. On Friday, he went through individual drills in a red no-contact jersey.

He said after the workout that he’s not sure yet if he’s cleared to play Sunday.

“Just going through the process, doing whatever I can, just trying to get back,” Slay said. “That’s really it.”

Slay said he had no interest in going back and watching the play on which he suffered his concussion on film.

“Why would I watch the play?” he said.

But after being evaluated for a concussion two straight weeks – he was cleared to return during the New York Jets game after taking a hit to the head – he acknowledge that the injury was scary to deal with.

“You do worry about it, but it’s a contact sport,” Slay said. “Like I say, I signed up for it, I know the risks of it, so I’m just trying to take care of myself.”

While Slay returned to practice Friday, left tackle Taylor Decker did not take part in the open portion of practice.

Decker was not listed on the Lions’ injury report Wednesday or Thursday and spent about 15 minutes after practice Thursday talking to reporters about his play against the 49ers.

Offensive lineman Andrew Donnal remains out with a knee injury, while guard T.J. Lang (back) and defensive end Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) are on track to return Sunday after missing last week’s game with injuries.

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