Lions Bailey Might Be Done For Season

After missing the last two weeks with an injured ankle, Lions' starting linebacker Boss Bailey could be finished for the season. Comments from Lions' interim coach Dick Jauron inside.

ALLEN PARK -- After missing the last two weeks with an injured ankle, Lions' starting linebacker Boss Bailey could be finished for the season.

Following Wednesday's practice session, interim coach Dick Jauron expressed uncertainty regarding the possibility of placing Bailey on the injured reserve list -- effectively ending his season.

"I don't know that," admitted Jauron, who listed Bailey as doubtful for Sunday's game against Cincinatti. "I wish I did have the answer for that. As we all know, it is not an exact science. He does look better just walking this week but he doesn't look close to getting back on the practice field right now to me. He is very discouraged.

"We will just have to track that daily and then make some decisions as we go."

But Bailey's injury presents a dilemma. It would be the second consecutive season the former second round pick has spent on the injured reserve list, and he would join fellow youthful linebackers Teddy Lehman and Alex Lewis. Both were also tabbed as starters entering the season.

Meanwhile, middle linebacker Earl Holmes (knee) is also likely a scratch.

That would leave just James Davis, special teamer Donte' Curry, veteran Wali Rainer and heavily inexperienced LeVar Woods remaining at the position.

Even more disconcerting is that Curry didn't practice Wednesday with a sore thigh injury suffered against Green Bay. If he's done, Woods would be forced to man the middle.

"We have been unlucky in that regard and it definitely takes a toll with Teddy and Boss and Alex (Lewis) and now Earl and Boss again," Jauron said. "But everybody has injuries and the next guy has to step up. It is an opportunity for that person to perform."

If there's anyone left.

MORE INJURIES: Tight end Casey FitzSimmons (concussion) has also been ruled out of Sunday's game, while linebacker Earl Holmes and running back Kevin Jones (elbow) are both doubtful. Curry and wide receiver/kick returner Eddie Drummond (knee)and fullback Paul Smith (hamstring) are questionable.


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