Mariucci Lightens Load on Veterans

With players getting a little sore after the first six days of double sessions, coach Steve Mariucci elected to lighten the load on several key players in yesterday's single afternoon practice.

(ALLEN PARK) - With players getting a little sore after the first six days of double sessions, coach Steve Mariucci elected to lighten the load on several key players in yesterday's single afternoon practice.

"The guys that we held out of practice for precautionary reasons are Tai Streets, Robert Porcher, Damien Woody, Boss Bailey, Rick Mirer and Brock Marion. Kevin Jones came out to practice and his hamstring was a little tight so we simply held him out," Mariucci told the media following yesterday light session.

"Big Daddy (Dan Wilkinson), I held out today. He's getting some work right now. It's within the plan to rest on occasion a veteran player or a player who has nursed an injury so we don't get into a situation where we're going to be missing them for a week or so. We began a little bit of that today."

The coach mentioned that both linebacker Boss Bailey and guard Damien Woody in particular, were both a little sore and he decide to err on the side of caution.

"They were getting treatment. We'll have to wait and see with treatment tonight and tomorrow, but they should be back soon."

Mariucci indicated that the tough practice session were starting to take their toll on the team.

"The entire team has got tightness. They're all sore and tired right now. The veteran guys are precautionary just to keep them real fresh. We were off this morning, and a full day does a lot better than coming out once. Boss' (Bailey) knee was a little tight and same with Damien (Woody) so we expect to have them back in practice very soon. Kevin (Jones) probably could have gone today but we wanted to give him the entire day off so his hamstring felt good tomorrow morning."

Perhaps the highlight of yesterday's session was the presence of Rasheed Wallace of the world champion Detroit Pistons who came over to visit with Lions corner, and fellow North Carolina alum Dre' Bly.

"He and Dre' have that, you know, North Carolina thing," said Mariucci. "We were kind of hoping he'd get here sooner to meet the team. What a great addition to their (the Pistons) team."

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