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There where a few guys that missed practice because of injuries. Offensive lineman Stockar McDougle missed practice because of his injured hamstring and is receiving treatment on it. Veteran defensive end Tracy Scroggins still is not practicing because he is resting his knee, but the Lions say it is nothing serious. Defensive back Kywin Supernaw didn't practice because of an injury to his neck, he will have an x-ray on it but the Lions don't think it is anything serious.
Both receivers that missed Friday night game with Cincinnati, Herman Moore and Germane Crowell, were back practicing with the team. Crowell was in full pads, and practiced both in individual drills as well as team drills. Moore on participated in the individual drills.
Another injured Lion that is participating in individual drills and is catching the ball is David Sloan. This is a good sign because in Friday nights loss, a few tight ends had a difficult time holding on to the ball.
Newly acquired defensive lineman Alonzo Spellman practiced mostly at defensive end and showed that he some very good pass rushing moves as well as being able to defend the run. Coach Marty Mornhinweg joked around with him saying don't kill our quarterbacks. Quarterback Charlie Batch agreed.
"He is bigger then what I thought he was and I'm glade he is on our team." chuckled Batch.
Two offensive linemen that are looking very well in one-on-one drills are Andy Vincent and second round pick Dominic Raiola. Both are expected to get more playing time Saturday against the Colts.
Speaking about playing against the Colt on Saturday, the Lions other second round pick Shaun Rogers -- who has been practicing and yesterday took part in his first team drills -- will not play against Indianapolis. The team is taking a slow approach and do not want to rush him, but there is a possibility that he will play against Pittsburgh.
With his great game against the Bengals, second-year player James Hall who had 4 sacks and 7 tackles overall, has begun to work a little at a stand up linebacker spot. The Lions plan on moving Hall around this season and maximizing his speed and passing rushing ability.
Rookie receiver Scotty Anderson, who was very impressive in the starting of training camp, has kind of disappointed the coaching staff with a few drops in practice and his drop in the game on Friday night. But he will get more and more looks this Saturday against the Colts to make up for those mistakes.
The Lions signed Ray McElroy who has played 6 years in the league and last season played with the Chicago Bears, he played cornerback last season but the Lions plan on giving him a look at safety. He has played in 77 games and started 9 games over his career.