Linebacking Corps In Shambles

Injuries are wreaking havoc on what was once looking like a promising linebacking corps for the Detroit Lions. Unfortunately, no players on the market are attractive enough for the Lions to plug the holes.

(DETROIT) - Injuries are wreaking havoc on what was once looking like a promising linebacking corps for the Detroit Lions.

Add to the list following Saturday's 17-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns weakside linebacker James Davis. Davis went down with an injury to his right ankle.

Although X-rays returned negative, Davis status is "day-to-day". Last week, Davis was in a pitched battle for the starting weakside position with rookie Alex Lewis. Lewis is out for the entire preseason with a leg injury.

Earlier in the off-season, Detroit lost starting strong side linebacker Boss Bailey for 10-12 weeks while he recovers from arthoscopic knee surgery, the second on his left knee.

Undrafted free agent Andrew Battle also is out with a knee injury for the entire preseason.

Detroit currently fields special teams ace Donte Curry (who led the team with six tackles vs. Cleveland) at the strong side, Browns castoffs Earl Holmes in the middle and Wali Rainer at the weak side. Detroit also has rookie second round pick Teddy Lehman in reserve. Lehman can play the middle and the outside if necessary.

Detroit could add a body or two to the corps right now, but no one on the street seems to appeal to either team president Matt Millen or head coach Steve Mariucci.

The Lions seem to be content to go into the regular season with the players on the roster and hope that they get healthy, but they'll also scour the waiver wire in the next few weeks. They'll be looking for younger players who've fallen out of favor with their current teams in search of a change of scenery.

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