Ndamukong Suh’s self-imposed absence from the Detroit Lions’ offseason workout program is almost over. Lions coach Jim Caldwell said today he expects Suh to take part in organized team activities when they begin Tuesday. Suh did not attend the first month and a half of voluntary workouts and did not take part in the Lions’ first minicamp in April. “Obviously he’s a great player and he’s also got great leadership ability as well, so to have him back here working amongst the group is going to be a great time for everybody,” Caldwell said. Though he was voted a captain last year, Suh has never been considered one of the Lions’ locker room leaders, and his leadership has been questioned even more this offseason. Suh, in the middle of negotiating a new long-term contract with the Lions, has made appearances in Las Vegas and at Larry Fitzgerald’s charity softball tournament in Arizona in the past six weeks, but he did not show up for Caldwell’s first meeting with the team. “I’ve been a few places in my time and I can cite you so many different examples of guys that maybe weren’t here during the time period that did a tremendous job just in terms of their leadership and those kinds of things,” Caldwell said. “And I don’t expect him to be any different. I think he’ll fit into that category as opposed to any other category you’d like to slide him into.” Suh, who’s coming off maybe his best season as a Lion, is following the same offseason program he’s been on the past two years. Last year, he earned $2,100 of a possible $5,600 workout bonus for taking part in OTAs. In 2012, he earned $3,720 of a possible $4,960 bonus.
Ndamukong Suh, a great leader, will be at organized team activities this week
Detroit Free Press | May 18