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don careyAs the Detroit Lions gear up to face their division rival, the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, the Lions are more than happy to have safety Don Carey back after he missed the first two games because of a hamstring injury. Carey, who participated fully in practice on Wednesday, followed that up with another full practice session on Thursday and he say’s he couldn’t be more happy to be back on the field with his teammates.

“Now that I’m playing, I feel great,” Carey said Thursday. “It’s a great feeling to get out there and have fun with the guys. We’ve worked up such a great comradery and to not be able to be out there and put it all on the line for them was heart-wrenching to the say the least.

“So anything that I can do to help the team win, I’m willing to do.”

As I mentioned in my previous article, there is no doubt that Carey will help to provide a nice boost to both the secondary and special teams if he is able to play this Sunday against Green Bay. At 5-foot-11 and 189 pounds, Carey has always been a good special teams player and when you add that with the fact that he has the versatility to play the nick-back position, if needed, despite his natural position being safety. It’s almost a no-brainer that he could boost the overall depth and play of the secondary.

“I’m staying ready for everything I can stay ready for. You have to be ready, especially with the things going on here,” Carey replied. “You never know what the team will need you to do, so the more you can do the better.”

The great thing about Carey is the fact, that he is eager to be out on the field and play. Although, he spent the last four years with the Lions, he knows that the Lions could have let him go after he was forced to sit out with injures. However, the Lions still kept him, because they believe in him and because they believe he can be a key role player on this team.

“It was extremely (hard to sit out with an injury).” Carey said when asked how hard it was to be sidelined. “My love for the game, my passion for the game and not being able to put it all on the line for the guys when I knew they’re doing the same thing for me — was a hard thing to go through.”

“So it means a lot that the Lions stuck with me, despite my setbacks. I appreciate them for being patient with me and now that I’m back, I have to produce.”

One thing’s for sure, head coach Jim Caldwell is looking forward to having Carey back too and he is more than ready to see him produce, whether it be in the secondary or special teams.

“If he’s able to go for us, he will give us some help in both areas, both as an experienced safety and also in special teams,” Caldwell said. “He’s a guy who has a good sense of defensive football. He helps you just in terms of balancing experience overall and he’s versatile; he can play a number of different spots.”

Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit

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