News & Notes from Camp

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***Reports from around the league said that Matt Millen and the Lions were interested in Chicago Bears' Quarterback Cade McNown, and Millen even went as far as saying that if the Lions acquired McNown, Jim Harbaugh would be the quarterback released to make room for him. Millen now says Cade McNown will not become a Lion, and possible trades are now out of the question.

***Jim Harbaugh has looked off in camp, fueling the Cade McNown rumors which have recently died. When asked about Harbaugh, though, Head Coach Marty Morhinweg is almost personaly offended.

"Is there any concern about Jim? Absolutely not." Mornhinweg states. "Why would you ask that? I have no questions about him. If you're evaluating him on that first preseason game, he had, what, 10 plays? He's a fine football player. He's here for a reason, and he's doing a great job."

***The roller coaster ride that is Bryant Westbrook's injury took a turn for the better Tuesday night, when he had a thorough evaluation.

"We got a terrific report on Bryant," Mornhinweg said. "He did an extended running session, and it went beautifully. He's right on track. His time is coming quickly."

Westbrook, who himself predicted a return by the season opener, isn't expected back that early, but now it's hard to tell. He has been running extensively in camp, regaining his backpedalling.

***Starting Wide Reciever Germane Crowell spent his Wednesday in Birmingham, Alabama seeking a second opinion on his sore knee, which is said to be nothing serious. He saw orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews. Head Coach Marty Morhinweg believes that if Saturday was a regular season game, Crowell could and would start.

"Germane says he feels fine, but there's still some puffiness in it." Morhinweg reports. "He won't play Saturday. He probably could, but we want that thing calmed down. If he gets back early next week, I won't be concerned. If it drags on longer than that, I will be. But it appears to be a minor situation."

***Herman Moore, who seperated his left shoulder in camp, is expected to appear sometime n te exhibition season.

***Tight End David Sloan, who has been bothered by a broken left hand, is also expected to play sometime in the preseason.

"I would like (Sloan) to play in that third preseason game if he's healthy," Coach Morhinweg says, "I'd like our starters to get at least two preseason games in."

***Larry Foster, who had two special teams touchdowns against the Bengals in the first preseason game, is uncertain on whether he'll play against the Colts saturday, because he is being bothered by a right achilles tendon. No other details of the injury were revealed.

***Rookie Tackle Jeff Backus was taught a "punching" technique by the Lions' D-Line after he had trouble holding them back in a recent drill. It wasn't specified if Jeff Weaver had any advice on the punching.

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