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In Saturday's pre-season game in Pittsburgh, the Lions will get a chance to look at a few players that have not played a down in pre-season. Defensive End Tracy Scroggins, who has not played in the pre-season because he has been resting his knees, will participate. Rookie Defensive Tackle Shaun Rogers, who has been recovering from an off-season ankle surgery, will see his first action. Running back Amp Lee who hasn't played because of a pulled hamstring should also play Saturday.
Guard Stockar McDougle, who has missed the first two games because of a groin injury, will also be seeing his first action of the pre-season. McDougle was working with the starting offensive line before his injury. But now Tony Semple has moved ahead of him at left guard.
Mornhinweg isn't ready to give the job to either player just yet, but there is a competition. Right now, it might be Semple's left guard job to lose, and it is going to take a pretty good effort by McDougle to pull ahead of Semple.
"That's happened to him every year," coach Marty Mornhinweg said. "He comes in and he's going to be a backup, and he ends up starting. There are players like that, who have just a strong, strong desire to succeed and that's what Tony has. That's a big plus for us."
Detroit will be without strong safety Ron Rice, who suffered a jammed toe Wednesday in a collision with receiver Henry Douglas. With backup Kywin Supernaw likely out for the season with a back injury, Lamar Campbell will see action at safety.
"We're going to treat it like turf toe. Hopefully, he'll be ready to go in the next few days," Mornhinweg said of Rice's injury.
Supernaw will likely need surgery to repair a disc problem in his back, and be lost of the season.
"The doctors say it's probably not career-ending, but he'll probably go on injured reserve for the year."
There's a slim chance that wide receiver Herman Moore could see his first preseason action, but is not likely he will to play until the final pre-season game against Tennessee.
"I would think there is a small chance he would play, although I really don't want to do it," said Mornhinweg.
Others that won't play Saturday because of injuries are receiver: Germane Crowell (right knee), tight end David Sloan (broken left hand) and cornerback Bryant Westbrook (left Achilles tendon).
Quarterback Jim Harbaugh won't play but it is not because of injury. But because Mornhinweg wants to get a look at Mike McMahon and Cory Sauter after starter Charlie Batch plays. There is not set amount of plays or quarters that Mornhinweg want to keep Batch in.
"Charlie will take it until we've had plenty of plays, but plans can change. They change fast," said Mornhinweg.