Ryan Broyles practices on second day of minicamp

AP

The Lions don’t have defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh taking part in their three-day voluntary minicamp this week, but wide receiver Ryan Broyles has made his return to the field after a long absence.

Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports that Broyles was on the field taking part in Wednesday’s practice session. It is Broyles didn’t practice on Tuesday, making this his first on-field work since he tore his Achilles in an October game against the Cowboys.

The Achilles tear was Broyles’ third serious injury in the last three years. He tore one ACL in 2011 and then the other one in 2012, wiping out his rookie year with the Lions and leaving him in serious need of showing he can still produce and stay healthy if he is going to carve out a substantial NFL career.

The Lions don’t seem to be counting on that as they’ve signed Golden Tate and spent a lot of the last few weeks talking to pass catchers they might select during the draft, but Broyles can work his way back into the picture if his body cooperates over the next few months.