(Allen Park) – The Detroit Lions have an off-day on Thursday but the veterans have a 3 p.m. reporting deadline and will have meetings throughout the day. On Friday, the team will begin two-a-days but won't get into pads until Saturday.
- Defensive tackle Daryl Gardener, who was released last week by Miami, spent most of the day on Wednesday with the team. He has planned to visit Washington but he delayed that for a day to see what the Lions are willing to offer him. He took a physical and watched practice from the sidelines. The team discussed his salary issues with his agent. It has been reported that Gardener wants a $ 2.5 million dollar signing bonus, something that the Lions are not willing to give him.
- There is a rumor out there that another defensive tackle, Sam Adams, could be talking with the Lions about joining them. However, Adams demands are more than Gardener's. Adams wants to be a starter and wants starter money, but he is looking for the best deal financially. Both deals are unlikely to happen but the Lions would like to upgrade their back-up defensive tackles, but an upgrade might be with their own undrafted rookie free agents.
- Shaun Rogers is out for 2 to 3 weeks because he has had surgery oh his right ankle to remove bone chips, Rogers initially wanted to play through the pain indefinitely but then he decided to have surgery. DetroitLions.com reported that he could be out as much as 6 weeks but that is highly unlikely and is he likely to play in the Lions second pre-season game.
- The Lions want 3 solid defensive tackles because they are concerned about Luther Elliss' elbow. The team doesn't want to take any chances, and last year Elliss missed some playing time due to his elbow injury and never played up to his potential. Right now there are 5 players fighting for the 2 back-up defensive tackle spots, they are Travis Kirschke, Kelvin Pritchett, Antwan Lake, Ken Johnson, and Mike Collins.
Kirschke and Pritchett are both on the hot seat and have to make a huge impression on the Lions in training camp and the pre-season to stay with the team for the 2002 season. The Lions are looking for a little bit more pass rushing ability in their defensive tackles this season. The Lions last year didn't put enough pressure on the quarterback from the defensive tackle position.
The three undrafted rookies have all shown some skills in practice and it will be interesting to see on Saturday when they put the pads on for the first time and go against the veteran offensive linemen, which player does the best.