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Justin Vanfulpen - LionsFans.com
PONTIAC - There are two members of the Lions' starting secondary that we know won't play when the Lions visit Green Bay on Sunday, and they are cornerback Bryant Westbrook and safety Kurt Schulz. Westbrook could be able to play in the Lions home opener if everything goes well in these next few days, and next week as well. But Schulz will be out until at least until the Lions game against Cincinnati, October 28.
Strong safety Ron Rice and cornerback Robert Bailey might not play as well, Rice has a broken left big toe and Bailey has a sprained right ankle, and coach Marty Mornhinweg said it might be a game time decision if whether or not the two will play.
If Rice nor Bailey play, the Lions won't even have enough members of the secondary to run their dime package, where you have six defensive backs on the field at a time. If Rice and Bailey aren't able to go, the Lions starting secondary will be:
CB: Terry Fair
FS: Lamar Campbell
SS: Tommy Bennett
CB: Todd Lyght. With cornerback Jimmy Wyrick being the only other healthy defensive back.
So the Lion need to at least get Rice back, and he is the more likely of the two to return, but Bailey would be a tremendous benefit if he could play.
Another player that will be a game time decision is defensive tackle Luther Elliss, who is recovering from left elbow surgery that has kept him out of the whole pre-season. If Elliss is unable to play, it looks as if rookie Shaun Rogers could get his first NFL start. He has been practicing with the first team unit for the past few days and if Elliss does play, he will get some playing time in Sunday's game.