Since taking over the Lions, Jim Caldwell has talked about what a great leader Ndamukong Suh is.
This week, he’ll finally get to see it.
Suh has been absent from offseason conditioning, and skipped Caldwell’s first minicamp. But Caldwell said Sunday he expected Suh in soon.
“Obviously he’s a great player and he’s also got great leadership ability as well, so to have him back here working amongst the group is going to be a great time for everybody,” Caldwell said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “I’ve been a few places in my time and I can cite you so many different examples of guys that maybe weren’t here during the time period that did a tremendous job just in terms of their leadership and those kinds of things. And I don’t expect him to be any different. I think he’ll fit into that category as opposed to any other category you’d like to slide him into.”
Caldwell said he’s remained in touch with Suh via phone and text, and wasn’t worried about the absence.
Skipping offseason workouts is nothing new for Suh, who is an occasional participant in the Lions’ program. But coming is is also a show of good faith at a time when they’re talking about a contract extension.