Player Notes: Lions cut Bradford, sign Saipai

WR Corey Bradford was cut on Wednesday, a surprise move considering the veteran was a key free-agent acquisition during the off-season. Bradford struggled in the preseason and the team's season opener, however, and was replaced by fellow newcomer Mike Furrey in the line-up the last two games. Many more individual player notes inside.

  • WR Corey Bradford was cut on Wednesday, a surprise move considering the veteran was a key free-agent acquisition during the off-season. Bradford struggled in the preseason and the team's season opener, however, and was replaced by fellow newcomer Mike Furrey in the line-up the last two games. Bradford had three receptions for 36 yards this season. The move to release Bradford also allowed the team to activate undrafted rookie WR Shaun Bodiford. Bodiford has been inactive since the season began due to a knee injury, but is expected to play in Sunday's contest at St. Louis.
  • OT Blaine Saipaia was signed to the team's active roster on Wednesday following the release of WR Corey Bradford. Saipaia spent the last two years of his professional career in St. Louis, where he played under Lions' offensive coordinator Mike Martz. In two seasons, Saipaia started eight of the 17 games in which he played. The Lions had a need at offensive tackle, where veterans Rex Tucker and Barry Stokes are both recovering from minor injuries.
  • QB Jon Kitna is among the NFL's leading passers in percentage of completions with 69 in 107 attempts, a mark of 64.5 percent, good for 801 yards. He has thrown two touchdown passes in three games and has been intercepted once, on a ricochet off WR Corey Bradford. Kitna has been working under adverse circumstances; he has been sacked an average of four times per game.
  • RB Kevin Jones hasn't had a 100-yard rushing game since the 15th game of his rookie season (2004) when he ripped the Chicago Bears for 123 yards on 25 carries. In three games this season he has 160 yards rushing but he already has 16 receptions for 127 yards, giving him an average of nearly 96 yards per game in total offense.
  • TE Dan Campbell, acquired by the Lions primarily for his blocking ability, is leading the team in yards per catch with five receptions for 106 yards, an average of 21.2 yards per reception. Among his receptions are 23, 30, 25 and 22-yarders.
  • WR Roy Williams' production has increased in each of the last two games after what he considered a subpar performance in the Lions' season opener. Williams had three catches for 36 yards in the first game, six for 71 in the second game and hit a career single-game best with seven for 138 yards and a touchdown.
  • WR Mike Williams, the Lions' first-round draft pick a year ago, has been active for just one of the team's three games. He got on the field for only a handful of plays at the end of the 31-24 loss to Green Bay and had no balls thrown his way. The Lions coaches apparently have not been pleased with his weight or his effort.
  • DT Shaun Rogers had two QB sacks in the season opener but has been shut out the past two games by double-teaming by Chicago and Green Bay offensive lines. Rogers has played well against the run, however, and the Lions are giving up an average of only 2.8 yards per running play.
  • LB Ernie Sims, the Lions' first pick in the 2006 NFL draft, has led the team in tackles in each of their first three games. Sims was credited with 10 tackles in the season opener against Seattle, seven against Chicago in the second game and nine in game three against Green Bay, playing the weakside LB position.
  • S Daniel Bullocks, the Lions' second-round pick in the 2006 NFL draft, could get his second consecutive starting assignment if SS Kenoy Kennedy is unable to play Sunday at St. Louis because of a foot injury. Bullocks was credited with six tackles and a pass defensed in his first start last Sunday against Green Bay.
  • RB Shawn Bryson, who has been a valuable contributor as the Lions backup RB and FB the past two seasons, is making the most of his limited playing opportunities in coordinator Mike Martz's offense. Bryson has only one carry for one yard but he has caught four passes for 54 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown play.
  • KR Eddie Drummond's production in the return game has been down from his 2004 Pro Bowl season numbers but he showed signs of a resurgence in the 31-24 loss to Green Bay with a 44-yard KOR and a 13-yard PR. He is still averaging only 5.1 yards on eight punt returns and 20.1 yards on 11 kickoff returns.

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