Jason Fox to sit out this week's mini-camp

Allen Park— They don't call it a setback; they call it a precaution. Regardless, it's not good news for Lions third-year left tackle Jason Fox.

Fox, who has battled an assortment of injuries his first two seasons, has been scratched from the three-day mini-camp which began Tuesday.

"We have a lot of things we're trying to make sure don't roll up on us," coach Jim Schwartz said, referring to several players who were held out Tuesday. "Jason has had a good offseason. His knee was getting sore so we decided to shut him down. You won't see him out there this week."

Fox is facing a make-or-break training camp in August. Drafted in the fourth round in 2010, Fox was expected to eventually take over the left tackle spot once Jeff Backus retired. But injuries have kept him off the field, and in the meantime, the Lions used their first-round pick this year on left tackle Riley Reiff.

Fox had been working with the second-team offense during the 10 OTAs while Reiff worked with the third team. Reiff was taking second- and third-team reps on Tuesday.

"It's too early to say who's going to play where, but Riley is on track to play a lot of football for us early," offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said last week. "He has exceptional talent. Where he ends up this year hasn't been determined yet but we are happy with what we've seen so far."

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