(ALLEN PARK) – Detroit activated running back Artose Pinner, the team's fourth round draft pick from the Non Football Injury list to the active roster, but don't look for Pinner to be the star of Detroit's annual Thanksgiving Day clash Thursday against Green Bay.
Coach Steve Mariucci hinted that is was a strong possibility that Pinner would be one of the players that would not be active for the game because, despite the long recovery time, he isn't yet ready to participate in game action.
While Mariucci is not putting Pinner on the team's injury report just yet, he isn't ready to play him either.
"He is not listed as out or anything, but we haven't decided. It's such a short week. Really we have tomorrow's practice and to think he's going to get ready to do that. I don't know that he's physically ready to be productive anyway. He still gets a little sore from practicing … He'll get practice time, but to make him active and put somebody down that is potentially playing 20 plays in the kicking game or more than that on offense. You don't know if it's worth it with a short week with limited amount of potential playing time. It's probably not the time yet."
To make room for Pinner on the active roster, cornerback Jacoby Shepherd was waived by the team today. While Detroit isn't likely to have Pinner on the field, they could get a lift from the presence of Eddie Drummond. Drummond has resumed taking kicks and punts and has there is a possibility that he could get some action on Thursday.
"I don't know. That's questionable. He's out here catching punts and kicks. He's doing some of that, but as far as him going full speed and practicing for an hour-and-a-half, two hours and feeling good after that. I don't know if he's quite there."
If Drummond is unable to go, the return duties will continue to be handled by Reggie Swinton. The Lions will wear throwback uniforms dating to the 1934 season, minus the leather helmets.
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