Lions Have Extensive Injury Report

Adding injury to insult, Lions' head coach Steve Mariucci went through the team's suddenly lengthy infirmary report during Monday's media briefing. And it wasn't pretty.

Cornerback Fernando Bryant suffered a clavicle injury during Sunday's 38-6 loss at Chicago, and pending further tests, could miss several weeks of play.

"We did an MRI and we are going to evaluate it again in a week," said Mariucci. "It is pretty severe. It is a lengthy process for him. After a week or so, we will know if we are just going to rehab it and try to get him back quickly, if that would be a matter of several weeks or if surgery would be required - we will not know anything until next week."

Fellow defensive back Vernon Fox, meanwhile will miss 2-4 weeks with a dislocated elbow. Fox's impact is mostly felt on special teams.

Defensive end James Hall also left the contest with a groin injury, but is expected to return for the October 2 trip to Tampa Bay. He is listed as day-to-day.

On the offensive side of the football, running back Shawn Bryson suffered a heel contusion, but should return to practice by Friday.

Mariucci also updated the status of quartback Jeff Garcia, kicker Jason Hanson and fullback Cory Schlesinger.

"Jeff Garcia is going to get his cast off next week," said Mariucci. "He has been with a cast and sometimes with a boot and always crutches but the cast may come off next week. The X-rays show that he is healing quite well and that will be good news to get him walking around a little bit."

Mariucci said that Hanson would not kick until next week as the team uses the bye week to rest. However, an indication that Hanson will be fine was the recent release of placekicker Remy Hamilton, who was used -- albeit sparingly -- on Sunday.

Fullback Cory Schlesinger, meanwhile, has began rehabbing his injured leg. Mariucci noted that Schlesinger is utilizing the team's underwater treadmill, and didn't rule out a possible return when the team travels to Tampa.

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