Will Lions Turn To Kircus?

Detroit decided to put wide receiver Scotty Anderson on injured reserve to free up another roster spot so that they can add a player to the roster. It could finally be David Kircus, the Grand Valley State University standout that many felt would be playing for the team by now, or it might not.

(ALLEN PARK) - The M*A*S*H unit that is the Detroit Lions added another player to their injury report. Receiver Scotty Anderson, who was beginning to show signs of effectiveness with more playing time suffered the dreaded "high ankle sprain" that has kept players out of the lineup for long stretches of time.

Detroit decided to put Anderson on injured reserve to free up another roster spot so that they can add a player to the roster. It could finally be David Kircus, the Grand Valley State University standout that many felt would be playing for the team by now, or it might not.

There has been more than a little mystery surrounding Kircus, who plays well in practice going against the Lions starting defense.

There has been so much media speculation and questions surrounding the rookie 6th round draft pick that Lions coach Steve Mariucci joked last week that when they finally do activate Kircus, they would hold a press conference and re-issue the traditional draft choice hat and photo-op for members of the media.

But the question remains, with injuries to so many players, why hasn't Kircus been activated before now?

One theory is that the Lions want to avoid a potential media circus because of events surrounding Kircus' brother Anthony who has been charged with murder in the death of his wife on their honeymoon in Scottsdale, AZ.

Another thought that has been circulated is that Kircus is not prepared to conduct himself on a day-to-day basis in the NFL. Kircus started fast but tailed off in the preseason. Some in the organization feel that Kircus simply isn't prepared to make the jump mentally from small college football to the NFL. He chafes at the criticism.

If Detroit doesn't opt for Kircus, one possibility could be former San Francisco 49'er and recent Jacksonville Jaguar cut J.J. Stokes. Stokes, 31, was a former first-round pick in 1995 and had hoped to revive his career in Jacksonville, but that never materialized and Jacksonville ate a $150,000 signing bonus that it gave Stokes to sign wide reciever Kevin Johnson, a player Detroit also coveted.

One published report has Stokes auditioning for the Lions today. He visited New England on Friday but didn't sign a contract for the receiver strapped Patriots.

Another player that might interest Detroit is former University of Michigan standout Marquise Walker who is currently on the practice squad of the Tennessee Titans. Walker, a former third round pick of the Tampa Bay Bucs isn't very fast but has good hands and runs good routes. At 6' 2", 219, he would give Harrington a big target. Tennessee is flirting with converting Walker to tight end.


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