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PONTIAC -- It is being reported by many media outlets that Terry Fair will be gone for only two games because of a sprained right foot, but it looks like he will miss the rest of the season. Fair's fellow cornerback, Bryant Westbrook, will make his first start of the season this week against the Minnesota Vikings, in Fair's place.

*With DE James Hall good play last Sunday against the Bucs, he will be getting more playing time this week against the Vikings, and the Lions coaching staff is thinking about allowing him to start at least once before the season is over.

* Head coach Marty Mornhinweg hasn't publicly said how he truly feels about rookie quarterback Mike McMahon. He has keep his comments close to the vest, but can't wait until the off-season to be able to work with him fully and get him ready to start the 2002 season as the Lions starting quarterback.

* The Lions so far really like third string quarterback Scott Dreisbach, and are planning on keeping him around this off-season to see what they have in him. The team likes his arm strength, and he also is an accurate passer. They also plan on bring him to training camp next year and there is a very good shot he will make the team next season.

* RB Aveion Cason, who had one carry last week in Tampa Bay, will get more action in the last month of the season, both on offense and special teams. The Lions really like his speed and his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, he also is a bonus because he can return kicks and punts.

*Free-agent Watch: Beside Germane Crowell, the Lions are also looking at the following WR to come in next season to help the West Coast offense. Donald Hayes (Carolina Panthers), Jerome Pathon (Indianapolis Colts), Az-Zahir Hakim (St. Louis Rams), and Jacquez Green and Reidel Anthony (Tampa Bay Buccaneers). The think that they can get one of these wide receivers at a bargain base price, and that they can help the team significantly in 2002.

* Draft Watch: The Lions hope they can get DE Julius Peppers (North Carolina) with their first round pick and then grab a WR in the second round. The third round selection could be a RB or DB.

* Quote of the Day: "I played that game fairly conservatively, basically due to our rookie quarterback," Mornhinweg said. " Mike played pretty well. I think we all saw some of the skills and ability that he had."

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