Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Lions rookie Teez Tabor expects to be past hamstring injury by camp


In fact, the 4.62-second sprint is probably the only reason he was still on the board when the Lions selected him 53rd overall in the second round last month.

The point, which Lions general manager Bob Quinn agrees, is Tabor's film shows a talented football player, regardless of what the stopwatch read at the combine. I probably went about it the wrong way, trying to be a knucklehead ...

Tabor was then asked what people will be saying about it in a couple years, and he said he hopes that it will be in his favor. In the meantime, he's going to use it as motivation.

"It adds fuel to the fire", Tabor said.

Tabor alternated Friday by saying he wasn't anxious about the question of his speed but that it also irked him enough that "when you tell somebody they can't do something, you're basically making them try even harder to do what you're telling them you can't do".

But if you were looking for an excuse for the unexpected sprinting struggles, injury might have played a role. "You're saying the same thing but the verbiage is definitely a little bit different", he said - as well as tend to a hamstring injury that's been an on-and-off issue for some time. He said later that he had hurt his hamstring right before the Combine. So there is a path for Tabor, whether he ends up being a starter or not as a rookie.

Tabor said he expects to be 100% "by the time training camp comes", at which point everyone will get a better read on his speed and playing ability against National Football League competition.

Here's the part of the article where I'm supposed to say that it's vital Tabor push hard to get back on the field as quickly as possible, so he maximizes his chances of pushing into the starting lineup. He used a second-round draft pick to acquire Tabor's services for the next four-plus years.

Between corners Darius Slay, Nevin Lawson and D.J. Hayden the Lions have a solid top three to start the season with-not to mention a massive logjam of would-be fifth and sixth cornerbacks.

Tabor can play outside and in the slot. It's expected he will work at both spots this offseason. He said he'll long snap, if the coaching staff thinks it would help the team. I was trying to be a tough guy because that's how I am.

Tabor said the criticism has bothered him "a little bit". "I'm just glad I finally got up here and got with a lot of good trainers that I can really start to rehab and start to get it all the way back right".

The Lions will hold OTA practices May 23-25.

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