The Detroit Lions left Sunday's 17-13 loss with more than just disappointment; the team received its share of bumps and bruises.
Cornerback Andre Goodman, starting his first game in relief of Fernando Bryant (IR - Clavicle), suffered a sprained ankle during the second quarter. Goodman continued to play despite the injury, but was unable to practice on Monday due to soreness.
"(He) came to work today with a limp; a sprained ankle," said Mariucci, who believes Goodman can return by Wednesday.
"Evidently he got it in the second quarter and he continued to play, but he was pretty sore last night getting off the bus and then this morning too. Hopefully that thing will calm down and he will be able to get on the practice field."
Meanwhile, long snapper Don Muhlbach -- a second year player from Texas A&M -- will be listed as week-to-week with a sprained MCL (knee). The Lions will bring back veteran linebacker and former long-snapper Jody Littleton, who was released in favor of Muhlbach after training camp.
"Our thought is that Jody Littleton will come in here and we will sign him immediately to the practice squad and see where we go from there with Don," said Mariucci.
Second-year cornerback Keith Smith left the game with a shoulder sprain, and practiced sparingly. The team does not believe his absence will be extensive.
Defensive end James Hall continues to struggle with a nagging groin injury. Hall played at Tampa Bay, but left after just a handful of snaps.
"He felt good before the game when we worked him out," said Mariucci, noting that Hall would be listed as week-to-week. "He had eight snaps and then he couldn't finish the game so he came out and dressed in street clothes and did not finish the game."
A few Lions on the upswing include kicker Jason Hanson (hamstring), defensive back Vernon Fox (elbow), quarterback Jeff Garcia (fibula) and fullback Cory Schlesinger (fibula).
Hanson was sore after the game, and the Lions will continue to rehab and rest him. He will likely be listed as probable for Sunday's contest.
Garcia, meanwhile, continues to improve.
"We give him an X-ray every week," said Mariucci. "Today we did and it looks good. His fibula that was broken was one issue and the other was an ankle sprain. Both are improving."
Fullback Cory Schlesinger is inching his way towards a return, although Mariucci continued to preach caution.
"(Cory) ran today and he is doing some cutting," he said. "He is doing a lot of cardiovascular work to get in shape. He is getting closer, but I don't know how optimistic I am for him to play this week but he is getting close."
Linebacker Alex Lewis (ankle) will likely return to practice on Wednesday.
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