Lions airplane grounded with Elliss aboard

The Lions flight from Detroit Metropolitan airport en route to Seattle had to be stopped on the runway in the middle of its takeoff. The plane was having some mechanical problems with its landing gear and it was caught by the flight crew before the plane got off the ground.

(ROMULUS, MI) - Just when you thought nothing else could go wrong for the Detroit Lions, now they are having airplane problems.

The Lions flight from Detroit Metropolitan airport en route to Seattle had to be stopped on the runway in the middle of its takeoff. The plane was having some mechanical problems with its landing gear and it was caught by the flight crew before the plane got off the ground.

No one was hurt but as of this writing, the plane still sits on the tarmac unable to take off. The team may have to board a different aircraft to get to their destination.

Meanwhile, when the team boarded their flight this afternoon Luther Elliss was aboard in anticipation of his being activated to play in a game for the first time this season.

If he is activated, Detroit would either have to add another player to the injured reserve list or release a player.

Detroit brought Elliss up for practice off the Physically Unable to Perform list two weeks ago. Elliss has just one more week to either be activated or put on injured reserve, a move he steadfastly resists.

Elliss believes he is healthy enough to play and desperately wants to show he has some game left in case Detroit decides to release him at the end of the season. Elliss was outspoken in saying that if he didn't figure in the Lions plans then he would be willing to "move on."

The problem for Detroit is that with all their injuries this season, the interior line hasn't been one of them. Detroit has established a nice rotation between Dan Wilkinson, Shaun Rogers, Kelvin Pritchett and at times, end/tackle Jared DeVries.

Still, if Elliss is healthy and can play at a high level, it could make Pritchett, who is in his 12th season expendable. At best, Elliss could be a force in the interior line over the final seven games and become a solid part of the team's defensive front. He could also be trade bait for a team that needs help at a variety of other positions. At worse, he could be at the end of the line and ready to be released.


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