Coach Rod Marinelli might not be excited about the bye week but the Lions players are ready for the break.
Asked after the 31-24 loss to the New York Jets if this is a good time to get a week to rest and regroup for the final nine games of the season, Marinelli said: "No, I'd be ready to play next week but that's the cards I'm dealt, so ..."
The Lions players, however, have a slightly different perspective with the 1-6 start weighing them down.
"Any time you get some time off in this league you take it," quarterback Jon Kitna said. "Especially with how beat up we've been all year and the injuries we've sustained, missing so many starters to injuries, if we can get a week off and maybe get a couple of guys back it can do nothing but help us."
Offensively, Kitna and his teammates have played virtually the entire season without two of their five starting offensive linemen -- left guard Ross Verba and right tackle Rex Tucker. Marinelli is hopeful of getting them back after the bye.
A third offensive starter -- right guard Damien Woody -- is out for the season with a foot injury.
Defensively, there is a chance of getting back three major players -- LB Alex Lewis, SS Kenoy Kennedy and LB Teddy Lehman -- and Pro Bowl DT Shaun Rogers will be back after missing the three-remaining games of his four-game suspension for testing positive to a banned substance.
"The bye week is always good if it's not too early," said defensive tackle Marcus Bell. "Me, personally, I think it's coming at a good time but we've still got to practice this week and get ourselves ready, focus, go in and watch the film, try to get our mistakes corrected."
At this point of the season, there is no shortage of mistakes to be corrected.
The Lions will get a break in the routine and even a little time off during the bye week this week, but Marinelli also plans to get some work done.
"We'll maybe shorten it down a little bit," Marinelli said. "We've still got guys banged up and this gives us a chance to get healthy. I'm going to go back through a lot of our cut-ups, just kind of (look at) who's fitting and all the problems that we've got."
The Lions kept their regular Monday schedule after the 31-24 loss to the New York Jets, will get their usual day off Tuesday and then have somewhat shortened workouts Wednesday and Thursday without pads. They will get a long weekend -- Friday, Saturday and Sunday -- before returning to practice next Monday to begin preparations for a home game with Atlanta.
"When we come back on Monday, we'll pad 'em up," Marinelli said.