Fair could be OK for the Lions

ALLEN PARK - There has been some questions about the health of cornerback Terry Fair, but it looks like he should be ready for action when the 2002 season starts. There was some questions mark about his status for this season because of a slow-healing right foot injury sustained late last year, but he received a good report after having the cast removed Friday.

"It was better than we had hoped, better than we thought it would be," Lions president and CEO Matt Millen said. "That's a good sign. He might start walking on it after a week and it could start hurting again. I don't know. We want to get Terry back and get him out there playing. We are at the mercy of his foot."

Fair foot wasn't healing like it should have been so further tests where done and they revealed tissue damage but no break. Fair's foot was in a cast and he did not participate in the team's voluntary mini-camp last month.

The Lions need Fair to be able to play this season because that are not very strong in the secondary and have a lot of question marks even with the rookies that they drafted, because of health concerns.

The Lions are hoping that one or two veteran cornerbacks get cut come June 1st so that they can sign someone to add some more depth to the secondary.

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