BATTLE OF THE WEEK: Earl Holmes vs. Teddy Lehman for the middle linebacker job. This is a battle Lehman isn't likely to win but it's one that gives the Lions good depth at the MLB position. Holmes, in his 10th NFL season, has the experience and run-stopping ability the Lions need inside but Lehman's speed gives them an additional element.
OTHER BATTLE FRONTS: Casey FitzSimmons seems to have locked up the backup TE job behind Marcus Pollard but the competition is on for a No. 3 TE. Undrafted rookie Jason Randall has the size to handle blocking assignments and the Lions signed Justin Swift last week, replacing Leonard Stephens in the competition. Swift caught a 16-yard pass in the opening preseason game. ... The competition for the backup CB jobs remains strong. Youngsters Keith Smith and Stanley Wilson are battling veterans Andre Goodman, Chris Cash and R.W. McQuarters for roster spots.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Quarterback Joey Harrington has been a target of fan displeasure after going 14-30 as a starter in his first three NFL seasons but he was a perfect 9-for-9 and 100 yards in the Lions preseason opener against the Jets, giving no indication he might be ready to yield the job to veteran backup Jeff Garcia.
ROOKIE REPORT: First-round pick WR Mike Williams is the No. 4 receiver behind Roy Williams, Charles Rogers and Kevin Johnson, playing primarily at split end and as a slot receiver. He has been steady in his development, although has not been spectacular. ... Second-round pick DT Shaun Cody is working with the No. 2 defensive line group and got extensive playing time in the opening preseason game. ... Third-round pick CB Stanley Wilson is being used on several special teams and is getting experience as the No. 3 LCB, an indication he will be on the 53-man roster. ... Fifth-round pick QB Dan Orlovsky played most of the second half of the preseason opener and is expected to go into the season as the No. 3 QB. ... Sixth-round pick DE Bill Swancutt is playing behind James Hall and Kalimba Edwards at RDE and got extensive playing time in the preseason opener. ... Sixth-round pick OLB Johnathan Goddard is being used on several special teams to take advantage of his speed and athletic ability.
INJURY REPORT: RB Cory Schlesinger suffered a broken right fibula and is expected to require 6-8 weeks to recover.
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