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Lions: Lewis competes for No. 3 QB

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- After the Detroit Lions signed former Cleveland Browns quarterback Thaddeus Lewis on Tuesday, the writing was on the wall for former Western Michigan quarterback Alex Carder.

So it was no surprise Carder was released Wednesday. Now Lewis will compete with Kellen Moore for the No. 3 spot behind starter Matthew Stafford and Shaun Hill.

"We saw him in the preseason last year or the year before," Schwartz said of Lewis. "He ended up starting a game last year and had a pretty good game. He's bounced around for a little while. He started with St. Louis and then he ended up in Cleveland, but he became available and we thought he would do a nice job competing for us."

Missing OTAs this week were rookie defensive end Devin Taylor (hamstring), rookie cornerback Darius Slay (knee), safety Louis Delmas (knee), receiver Ryan Broyles (knee) and receiver Brian Robiskie (unspecified).

Schwartz discussed the status of Broyles, the sensational, record-breaking Oklahoma receiver who blew out his left knee in 2011 but was drafted by the Lions in the second round in 2012. He caught 22 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns last season but blew out his right ACL in December, ending his season and he is still rehabbing.

Last week Broyles discussed the process, something he knows too well after having surgery on both knees within little more than one year.

"You know how to tolerate pain," Broyles said. "You know when you should push and when you should rest. They've done a good job (in the training room) helping me out with that as well.

"There are milestones and you set out a timeline of where you want to be and I feel like I'm in the right direction right now."

Schwartz followed that Wednesday by confirming that there is no definite target date for Broyles' return.

"There is really no such thing as a target (to return), but he's making good progress," Schwartz said of Broyles. "He's working through, almost in the same position he was last year with the exception of he knows the offense and he had a little bit of experience last year. It's just a matter of getting healthy."

In another injury note, quarterback Shaun Hill, who had surgery on his foot three weeks ago, was out of the boot and taking reps on Wednesday.
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