The Detroit Lions will be without two major defensive contributors during Sunday's game against Green Bay.
Strong safety Kenoy Kennedy and linebacker Alex Lewis, both starters in the team's previous two contests, will be absent. Kennedy injured his foot in last Sunday's loss to Chicago and has been downgraded from 'day-to-day' to 'week-to-week.'
"I know he's out this week for sure and we'll check him next week," Lions' head coach Rod Marinelli said on Wednesday. "We'll update more next week, but we're in good shape. We have some of these young guys who are practicing well and they get the opportunity, it's their time."
Kennedy will be spelled by rookie Daniel Bullocks.
Lewis, meanwhile, suffered a sprained MCL at Chicago and will miss the next 2-3 weeks. He will be replaced by Paris Lenon, who will shift from the middle linebacker position, making room for the return of Boss Bailey.
Receiver Shaun Bodiford continues to nurse a sore knee and he is also out. Veteran offensive tackles Barry Stokes (hamstring) and Rex Tucker (knee) are both questionable (50 percent chance of playing) while left guard Ross Verba (hamstring) is also listed as questionable. Of the three, only Verba practiced on Wednesday.
If Stokes and Tucker are unable to go, rookie Jonathan Scott will start at right tackle for Detroit.
Defensive tackle Shaun Rogers missed a portion of the team practice on Wednesday with swelling in his knee, but he is expected to start against Green Bay.
Also expected to be in the line-up is tight end Casey FitzSimmons, who has not played since suffering a wrist injury in the preseason. FitzSimmons returned to practice on Wednesday, and should be active for the game.
"Right now (he's) practicing and everything looked pretty good," said Marinelli. "He got some padded work and some non-padded work, so he was working.