‘Let’s go get the first win’

Tim Boyle walked off the practice field Thursday side-by-side with Detroit Lions owner Sheila Ford Hamp.

The two smiled as they talked, and Boyle said Hamp left him with a simple message.

“She was happy,” Boyle said. “I’m always happy to see her. She’s always an awesome presence around here and I’m glad she comes to practice all the time. But no, no advice. It was just excited and happy and let’s go get the first win.”

Detroit Lions quarterback Tim Boyle (12) throws the ball before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on August 21, 2021.

Boyle is expected to make his first career start Sunday for the Lions after Jared Goff missed his third straight practice with a strained oblique.

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Lions coach Dan Campbell said before practice Goff would test the injury in a pre-practice workout, and would practice only if “we feel like he can throw.”

Campbell said he planned to make his quarterback decision for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns on Friday and would not let the decision linger until game day.

“I just think, man, when you start talking about quarterback it’s a little different,” Campbell said. “When it’s like, ‘Man, this receiver here could play,’ those are hard enough. When you’re talking about a quarterback, I think it needs to be these are your reps, you’re locked in, you’re ready to go.”

Boyle, who broke the thumb on his throwing hand in a preseason loss to the Indianapolis Colts and has spent the entire season on injured reserve, took first-team reps in practice all week, the first time he said he has done that in his career.

Detroit Lions quarterbacks Tim Boyle and Jared Goff run after training camp Saturday, July 31, 2021 at the Allen Park facility.

As a backup to Aaron Rodgers with the Green Bay Packers the past three seasons, Boyle completed 3 of 4 passes for 15 yards in 11 games.

He has not started a game since 2017, when he threw 11 touchdowns and had 13 interceptions in his…


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