Lions Getting Healthier

Bailey stepping up activity. Also, Sledge, Hakim, and cornerback Fernando Bryant could play on Sunday at Dallas. Linebacker Donte' Curry lost for 3-4 weeks.

(ALLEN PARK) - Lions fans got a bit of unexpected good news on the injury front today.

Lions head coach Steve Mariucci announced that linebacker Boss Bailey has begun stepping up his activity in anticipation of a November return from knee surgery. "Boss Bailey started joggging today outside. It's a beautiful day out there."

If Bailey can return by the Thanksgiving Day game, it would give the Lions a tremendous lift. Detroit has received fine play to date from veteran Earl Holmes, rookies Teddy Lehman and Alex Lewis and second-year starter James Davis.

The presence of the sure tackling Bailey would make a good group that much better, allowing Detroit to be more flexible in certain situations.

In the short term, Detroit may get three solid contributors back into the fold.

"It appears we may get two or three guys back healthy for the next one, which is always good news. Az [Zahir-Hakim] did not play and we may get him back for this Dallas game. Fernando Bryant didn't play and we may have him back and Cory Schlesinger didn't play and we may have him back too. Those are the three that we are keeping our fingers crossed [for]."

In Hakim's absence, receiver Reggie Swinton had his best game as a Lions catching three balls for 32 yards and a touchdown.

If there was any bad news in the medical update, Mariucci reported that special teams whiz Dante Curry would be lost to the team for 3-to-4 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a menicus tear in his knee.

"He was scoped this morning ....and he will probably be out three to four weeks, but that's good news because there was a possiblity that it would be a season ender and maybe an IR but it was not the case. He should be back in a few weeks."

Stephen Alexander (knee), Marcus Bell (shoulder), James Hall (thumb) Stockar McDougle (groin) Dan Wilkinson (tricep) Roy Williams (ankle) and Kevin Jones (ankle) all came away from the game no worse from wear according to the team's medical staff.

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