Per NFL IR rules, Bryant must sit out the eight weeks following being placed on IR, and because that happened before Week 1, he is eligible to play in a game in Week 9.
Another stipulation of the IR rules is that, while not eligible to play until after eight weeks, the player can begin practicing after just six weeks. Which means, Bryant is currently eligible to begin practicing.
However, the Lions have elected not to have Bryant begin practicing this week, because of a third stipulation: once a player begins practicing, the team now has a 21-day window to make a decision on the player’s status. Meaning, sometime before the expiration of that 21-day window, the team must place the player on the active roster or they would stay on injured reserve and would not be eligible to return this season.
The bottom line here is, while Bryant is now eligible to practice the Lions are in no hurry to start the clock on making a decision. With a short week and condensed practices, the Lions don’t believe they could properly evaluate his status this week and are waiting until a more appropriate situation.
So, the Lions do not see the emergency to get Bryant back on the practice field, which could mean several things:
Maybe Bryant’s injury is worse than previously reported (to us). As in, he just ain’t ready even after 6 weeks on the IR. I have no doubt the Lions are fully aware of his condition even though he has not and could not practice with the team.
Do they believe Hand will be good to go on Sunday?
Were they satisfied with Strong and/or the PS guy they brought?
I suppose they must believe that A’Shawn will be good to go. Nobody’s hair is on fire that we know of.
He could still play in week 9, even though he doesn’t practice with the team until next week.