Lions still have respect for Bills' Jauron

Although he will be on the other side of the football field trying to beat them, many of the Lions players say they have nothing but respect for Buffalo coach Dick Jauron. Quotes, individual player notes and more inside.

Although he will be on the other side of the football field trying to beat them, many of the Lions players say they have nothing but respect for Buffalo coach Dick Jauron.

Jauron was hired as the Lions defensive coordinator by then-coach Steve Mariucci in 2004 and he eventually replaced Mariucci as the interim head coach for the final five games of the 2005 season.

"One thing I liked about Dick is that he's a good man, to go along with a great coach," said linebacker Boss Bailey. "I really liked the guy a lot. I liked what he brought to the game and everything. He was all about getting the job done.

"He always said you get out of it what you put into it and that's pretty much it. Everything was cut and dried with Dick."

Bailey said he expects to talk to Jauron either before or after the game Sunday at Ford Field. "I'll make it a point to go see him," he said.

BY THE NUMBERS: 28 -- Number of field goals of 50 yards or more in Jason Hanson's 15-year NFL career after he connected from 53 yards Sunday at Minnesota. Only Morten Anderson (40), Jason Elam (35) and John Kasay (32) have more. He has 16 game-winning field goals.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I really believe we're close, we're a different team. If you haven't seen that, there's something wrong. We definitely play harder and we're close. We're going to keep fighting because we truly believe things could turn around; there's a lot of games left to be played." -- Cornerback Dre' Bly on the chances for a turnaround by the 0-5 Lions.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

The loss of RG Damien Woody, who was put on injured reserve after suffering a mid-foot sprain to his left foot, is a devastating blow to the Lions offense.

The team was already struggling on the offensive line with LG Ross Verba and RT Rex Tucker missing seven starts between them with nagging injuries. Verba has had a hamstring problem and Tucker has a knee injury, both suffered during training camp.

With Verba and Tucker out, offensive line coach Larry Beightol already had was being stretched to the limit to cover the five o-line positions and without Woody, probably the team's best lineman, the Lions could be in deep trouble with both the running game and pass protection.

Guard Blaine Saipaia, who was signed Sept. 26 as a street free agent, was already forced into duty last week. It is likely either Saipaia or rookie Frank Davis will start in Woody's RG position, with Rick DeMulling continuing at LG in place of Verba and Brandon Stokes or rookie Jonathan Scott at RT in place of Tucker, if neither Verba nor Tucker is ready to return to duty.

PLAYER NOTES

  • RG Damien Woody, a Pro Bowl center with New England in 2002, has been lost to the Lions for the rest of the season after suffering a mid-foot sprain to his left foot in the 26-17 loss Sunday at Minnesota. The Lions put Woody on injured reserve Wednesday after having the foot examined Tuesday.
  • WR DeVale Ellis, who has already been signed and released twice by the Lions, was re-signed Wednesday from the practice squad, apparently to help pick up the slack for WR Roy Williams, the team's leading receiver, who suffered an upper back injury in the game Sunday at Minnesota.
  • WR Roy Williams, who missed all except the first three plays of the Lions' 26-17 loss at Minnesota with a stinger in his upper back, did not practice Wednesday, but coach Rod Marinelli said it was for personal matters. Marinelli said he expects Williams to practice the rest of the week and play Sunday against Buffalo.
  • OG Frank Davis, who suffered a concussion playing special teams Oct. 1 at St. Louis and sat out the game Sunday at Minnesota, returned to work Wednesday. There is a chance that Davis will get his first NFL start Sunday at RG in place of Damien Woody, who was put on injured reserve with a mid-foot sprain.
  • RB Anthony Sherrell, a rookie who participated in a Lions' mini-camp/tryout session last spring, has been signed to the team's practice squad. Sherrell played at Eastern Michigan University, some 30 miles from the Lions' Allen Park training facility.

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