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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
BBAO: Lions' David Akers is back

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

There was never a kicking controversy in Detroit, not as long as veteran David Akers could demonstrate he had moved past an injury-plagued 2012 season for the San Francisco 49ers. That moment appeared to take place Monday, at least symbolically, when Akers converted a 63-yard field goal during the Lions' training camp practice.

That kick confirmed Akers' leg strength and fortified the decision to bring him along slowly during the early part of camp. Although challenger Havard Rugland has impressed with his strong leg and quick assimilation of the game, it seems pretty clear that Akers will be the Lions' Week 1 place-kicker.

Said coach Jim Schwartz: "We've monitored him through training camp. We didn't just throw him out there every day, particularly early in training camp. But he's developed into a good rhythm. We knew he would, he's a veteran player and we had a good idea where he was with the injury and things like that. He's made steady progress through camp and looks to be just about full speed."

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