INDIVIDUAL LION PLAYER NOTES
- PK Jason Hanson has a strained right hamstring, leaving his
availability uncertain for the Lions' game Sunday at Chicago. With a bye
coming up the third week of the season, the Lions are hoping if Hanson's
injury is not too serious they can get by using P Nick Harris on kickoffs
and short field goals. They will work out one or two experienced kickers,
however, and will sign one if Hanson's injury is long term.
- LB Teddy Lehman has not practiced for two weeks because of a sprained
knee but it appears he is getting closer to a return to work. Coach Steve Mariucci indicated Lehman might be able to practice this week, but his
status for the game Sunday at Chicago is still uncertain.
- LB Alex Lewis will be listed day-to-day basis after suffering a sprained
ankle playing on the coverage team on the Lions' first kickoff against Green
Bay. Lewis is valuable on special teams and also plays in the nickel and dime
- CB Fernando Bryant injured his jaw and chin when he hit the ground making
a dive at Green Bay WR Javon Walker in the season opener. The Lions
were relieved to learn the jaw is not broken but it is uncertain if he'll be
able to get into a helmet and practice early in the week.
- QB Joey Harrington was not spectacular but he was productive, with two
TD passes in the season opener against Green Bay. He will have perhaps a
bigger challenge this week when the Lions play at Chicago against the Bears'
highly regarded defense. Harrington completed 53.6 percent of his passes and
avoided any interceptions, with a 95.4 passer rating in the opener.
- QB Dan Orlovsky, a fifth-round draft pick from Connecticut, is getting
all the reps he and the Lions could ask for a promising rookie QB. With
backup QB Jeff Garcia out with a broken left fibula, Orlovsky is getting
reps as the backup to Joey Harrington and he is also getting reps on the
scout team working against the Lions' first defense. Orlovsky completed 53.7
percent of his throws (29-for-54) for 356 yards and a touchdown with two
interceptions in the preseason.
- RB Kevin Jones, after one game, is averaging 1.2 yards per carry less
than he averaged on his way to a 1,133-yard rookie season in 2004. Jones got
25 carries in the season opener but the Packers did a good job against him,
allowing him only 87 yards and a long play of just 7 yards.
- RB Artose Pinner, one game into the regular season, is still waiting
for his first carry. Although coach Steve Mariucci indicated last week that
he would use all of his RBs - Kevin Jones, Shawn Bryson and Pinner - Jones
got 25 carries, Bryson got three and Pinner got no offensive plays.
- WR Roy Williams is getting a taste of the kind of treatment opposing
NFL teams apparently have in mind for him. The Packers kept CB Al Harris on
him throughout the season opener, limiting the Lions flanker to just two
receptions for 13 yards and forcing a couple of drops.
- WR Charles Rogers already is one game and a 31-yard reception ahead of
last year, when he suffered a broken collarbone (his second in two seasons)
on the third play of the Lions' season opener. Rogers' one reception for 31
yards helped set up the clinching touchdown in the season opener against
- WR Mike Williams isn't likely to get a lot of snaps - perhaps 15 a game
- in his rookie season, but it didn't take long for him to show how valuable
he can be at 6-5 when the Lions get in the red zone. His only catch in the
season opener was a 3-yard TD when he found a hole in the Packers defense,
pulled up and let QB Joey Harrington find him for a touchdown.
- TE Marcus Pollard seems to be on his way to becoming QB Joey
Harrington's go-to guy in the Lions' West Coast offense. The two have
developed a comfortable on-field rapport and Pollard caught five passes for
58 yards and a TD in the season opener.
- DT Shaun Rogers is off to a Pro Bowl-caliber start with the Lions. He
had a 12-yard sack against Packers QB Brett Favre and was a major disruption
in the running game as well, working against a rebuilt Green Bay offensive
line. He will have Bears' rookie QB Kyle Orton in his sights in the next
game Sunday at Chicago.
- CB Andre Goodman got the start ahead of second-year CB Keith Smith as
the Lions' dime back in the season opener and responded well. Goodman had a
good training camp but most observers felt the Lions would go with Smith.
- FS Terrence Holt, in his first start as the Lions' top FS, is showing the same knack for getting to the ball he showed in limited opportunities in his previous two seasons as a backup. He broke up a pass, intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble by teammate SS Kenoy Kennedy in the season opener against Green Bay.
Rookie QB Dan Orlovsky has been getting a fair share of reptitions since becoming the team's backup QB