A Family and Friend Affair for Bly, Holt

In the case of free safety Terrence Holt, the Lions game Sunday at St. Louis can be considered a family affair. In the case of cornerback Dre' Bly, it won't be family across the line of scrimmage but it will be close. More news and notes inside.

In the case of free safety Terrence Holt, the Lions game Sunday at St. Louis can be considered a family affair. Holt will be playing against his brother Torry, a Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Rams.

In the case of cornerback Dre' Bly, it won't be family across the line of scrimmage but it will be close.

"Them guys raised me," said Bly. "Isaac (Bruce) and then Torry, we came out together so, basically, covering them every day is the big reason why I'm able to develop over the years and play at the level I play at every day, because of them and facing them every day.

"I'm definitely looking forward to going back and competing against them, bringing back some memories. Whenever we have played each other since I left, it's always been fun for both of us and Isaac, also, so it's something I'm looking forward to."

Bruce, also a Pro Bowl receiver, was an established NFL star when Bly and Torry Holt came to the Rams as rookies with the Super Bowl championship team of 1999 and Bly has long maintained that it was the daily practice sessions against those two receivers that enabled him to sharpen his skills to the Pro Bowl level he reached in his first two seasons (2003-04) with the Lions.

Terrence Holt and his older brother Torry played with each other more often than against each other as youngsters, growing up North Carolina.

"I'm used to playing against him (but) for the most part we tried to pick each other and play on the same teams, even though sometimes we'd end up playing against each other," Terrence Holt said. "But those battles can't compare to this, at this level with so much riding on the games."

Although the competition will be intense Sunday, there will still be a feeling of brotherly concern in the Holt family members at the game. It's something they have talked about in their phone conversations this week.

"We talk, we're too close not to talk," Terrence said. "We just think about how precious this moment is, to be able to play each other again. This will be our third time but it doesn't grow old, anytime you get to play your brother ... it's a crazy time but it's something we cherish.

"Our family, we've been thinking about this since we saw it on our schedule and it's finally here."

PLAYER NOTES

  • CB Fernando Bryant has missed much of the past two weeks of practice because of a personal issue and, in the process, was not at the Lions training headquarters to get treatment for a sprained ankle. Bryant is in a walking boot and is listed as questionable but coach Rod Marinelli hasn't ruled him out of the Sunday game at St. Louis
  • CB Dre' Bly has no interceptions in the Lions' first three games but he is leading the team in breaking up passes. Bly has five passes defensed going into the game Sunday against many of his former teammates with the St. Louis Rams.
  • FS Terrence Holt is the second leading tackler on the Lions defense with 19, including 13 solo tackles. Holt will be in an unusual situation of playing defense against his older brother, Torry, a Pro Bowl receiver, when the Lions meet the Rams on Sunday in St. Louis.
  • RB Kevin Jones has 16 receptions for 127 yards in the Lions' first three games, leaving him just four catches short of his season total in 2005 and 12 short of his career-high 28 in his rookie season. In the Mike Martz offense the Lions are running, short passes are frequently used interchangeably with running plays.
  • WR Roy Williams' 15.3-yards per catch average is the third-best among the top 10 receiving yardage leaders in the NFC. Williams ranks sixth in the NFC in receiving yardage with 245 yards and is tied for 10th in the NFC in receptions with 16.

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