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T.J. Lang waited for this day for four months. Longer, actually, if you count all the time he spent dreaming of playing for the Detroit Lions as a kid.
The Lions held their first practice of training camp Sunday and Lang was on the field for the first time since his hometown team opened its wallet to lure him away from the Green Bay Packers this spring.
He played right guard with the first-team offense. He brought his 5-year-old son, J.J., to the interview podium after practice. And when he was done, he declared his surgically repaired left hip, the one that has bugged him for a good portion of the last four years, “really good.”
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“As far as the hip goes, I feel better than I ever have,” Lang told two reporters after he finished a group podium session. “But I think we still have a plan to obviously be smart. Don’t want to really get into a situation where I’m kind of overworking it. I’m trying to ease it back in.
“I definitely felt rusty football wise, but couldn’t ask for better health right now. It’s probably the best I’ve felt in five years to start training camp.”
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