Week off Benefits the Team

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Justin Vanfulpen - LionsFans.com

Well it is time for the things to get back to normal, or as normal as they can be after last Tuesday events.

The Lions have a game this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns and they have a new starting quarterback, Ty Detmer, who has fit in very quickly with his new teammates. But he hasn't ever been in the heat of battle with these players -- that will all change Sunday afternoon in Cleveland where Detmer played the last 2 seasons.

The Lions will begin heavy preparations for the Browns and Detmer doesn't think any of his knowledge of his former team will help.

"You have some familiarity with the players, but really, that all kind of goes out the window when you get on the field," said Detmer. "They're going to have a whole different game plan than I'm used to seeing in practice."

The Lions will have to get used to having Detmer as their starting quarterback, and they know that Charlie Batch could be called on at any time.

"It will just be a little different at first. There will be adjustments made. Things have to run smoothly and it has to be positive. Everyone has to be receptive to it. You can't kind of be there. You have to be there all the way. That is the only way you can get it done. You have to put your personal feelings aside," said receiver Herman Moore.

"We need Charlie to be in the right frame of mind I don't know what will or won't happen. Our concern is that Charlie stays up and he stays positive. He must continue to rep and he cannot get down. The coach may call on him again, and he has to be ready," Moore added.

There were many benefits with the Lions having an extra week off, Detmer will get another week of practice and be able to work with the receivers, and the Lions should be much healthier then the team was a week ago.

Strong safety Ron Rice (broken toe) and cornerback Robert Bailey (sprained ankle) missed the season opener at Green Bay, but despite what head coach Marty Mornhinweg says, it looks like both these players will play Sunday.

"They're not full speed and they're not 100 percent, so it will still be a day-to-day situation and I would expect it to be a game-time situation with both Robert and Ronnie," said Mornhinweg.

One player that looks like he is coming back strong is cornerback Bryant Westbrook, who is still recovering from the surgery, but Mornhinweg doesn't expect him to play against the Browns.

"He looks awfully close," Mornhinweg said.

Westbrook would agree with Mornhinweg.

"I really don't know. I don't have a timetable all I know is that I'm getting better every week. I've got strength in my leg. I'm getting closer," said Westbrook.


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