Detroit Lions place DE Trey Flowers (shoulder) on PUP list

Dave Birkett
Detroit Free Press
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The Detroit Lions won't have their biggest free-agent addition of the offseason on the field for the start of training camp.

The Lions placed defensive end Trey Flowers on the physically unable to perform list Monday as he continues to rehab from offseason shoulder surgery.

Flowers, who signed a five-year, $90-million deal with the Lions in March, underwent surgery after helping the New England Patriots to a Super Bowl win over the Los Angeles Rams.

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Trey Flowers stretches during practice in Allen Park on May 30.

The Lions knew of Flowers' injury before signing him, and Flowers spent all spring working with the rehab group in practice.

Both Flowers and linebacker Steve Longa, who also was placed on the PUP list Monday, are expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. Longa missed all of 2018 with a torn ACL.

Flowers led the Patriots with 7½ sacks last season, and is expected to start at right defensive end in place of the oft-injured Ziggy Ansah for the Lions this fall. He has never reached double-digit sacks in college or the pros, but was the Lions' top target in free agency after playing the 2015-17 seasons for Lions coach Matt Patricia in New England.

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"Scheme fit, culture fit, great player. Great person," general manager Bob Quinn said of Flowers in March. "I feel he’s going to be able to be a three-down player for us and really increase that level of play across the defensive line, play multiple positions."

The Lions, who open training camp Thursday, also activated four players from the non-football injury list Monday: Rookies Austin Bryant, P.J. Johnson and Ryan Pope, and second-year defensive tackle John Atkins.

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The team also signed tight end Austin Traylor to fill its open roster spot, and activated wide receiver Chris Lacy from the PUP list. Traylor caught two passes for 12 yards in eight games with the Salt Lake Stallions of the Alliance of American Football this spring, and Lacy is expected to compete for the No. 5 receiver spot.

Several other players who spent the spring with the rehab group, including receivers Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, avoided the PUP list and appear ready for the start of camp.

Players who open training camp on the PUP list can be activated at any time before the start of the season. If they open the regular season PUP, they're not eligible to return to action until Week 7.

The Lions open the preseason Aug. 8 vs. the Patriots, and start the regular season Sept. 8 at Arizona.

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