LB – Boss Bailey – Boss had arguably his best game as a professional against the Panthers. He recorded 11 solo tackles and assisted on another. The most impressive play was when Boss picked up a Deshaun Foster fumble and ran it back 62 yards for a Lion touchdown. "I'm just trying to play hard, run fast and be all over the field," Bailey said after the game. "I think I'm getting into a comfort zone where I can see things happen and can get off blocks."
DE/DT – Cory Redding – Redding was ineffective in the playing time he saw and did not record a statistic.
RB – Artose Pinner – Like the entire Lions offense, Artose was ineffective. He ran 12 times for only 22 yards and had a reception for nine yards. He was able to break a few four or five yard runs, and like last week, ran with authority and fell forward after initial contact. Expect Artose to get significant playing time in the final game of the season, as the running back position is unsettled for the future and may be a priority of upgrade in the offseason.
S/CB – Terrence Holt – Holt played wonderful in the defeat. He had six solo tackles and assisted on another. He had an interception early in the game while playing the "center field" position on a poor Jake Delhomme pass. After the game, Holt commented on the Lions' fourth quarter rally. "It's something we can build on and be positive about. We didn't break the streak but let's just go on and play ball and finish the season strong against the Rams and look forward to next year."
LB – James Davis – He recorded one tackle in limited playing time during his first game back from a minor shoulder separation.
WR – David Kircus – Kircus entered the game in the first quarter after Bill Schroeder left with a concussion. He made a wonderful 18-yard sideline catch during Mike McMahon's first drive of the contest. Kircus failed to make another reception, as he could not separate from Carolina's defensive backs.
Other rookies – RB Avon Cobourne was inactive and TE Casey FitzSimmons did not record a reception.