Lions have major injury problems

The Detroit Lions enter this game with serious injury issues that should impact the outcome of this game.

They could be without three starting offensive linemen.

They put right guard Damien Woody on the injured reserve list last week. Left guard Ross Verba has been sidelined the last month with a hamstring problem, and is listed as questionable. Right tackle Rex Tucker is also questionable with knee injury. Neither Verba or Tucker practiced on Wednesday, and are both very questionable for this game.

These injuries are a big reason the Lions are ranked dead last in the NFL in rushing.

The could be the week that Jets moribund pass rush breaks out. Against a line potentially starting three backup offensive lineman, if the Jets don't get a pass rush going this week, they might never. And too make matters worse for the Lions, their outstanding fullback Cory Schlesinger could miss this game with a hamstring injury, which will impact the team's blitz pickup.

Expect Jets coach Eric Mangini, and defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, a Detroit-native, to send a lot of blitzes this week against the Lions patchwork offensive line.

And the injury situation is just as bad for the Lions on defense.

The Lions will also be without four defensive starters. Both starting defensive tackles are out. Shaun Cody is sidelined with a dislocated toe, and Shaun Rogers was suspended by the NFL for four weeks for violating the league's substance policy.

Also starting outside linebacker Alex Lewis is questionable with a knee injury, and hasn't played in about a month.

The Lions hard-hitting strong safety Kenoy Kennedy will miss this game with a foot injury.

So with four key run defenders out for the Lions, the Jets disappointing rushing attack has no excuse but to get their act together this week.

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