Lions vs Browns: Paws for thought

Mike Fowler takes a look at the Rashaan Salaam rumors, Detroit's recent signing of 40-year old guard Ray Brown, and the trouble at the wide receiver position. Also, will Detroit play better under Joey Harrington? Can the defense match last week's production?


Detroit signed former San Francisco 49'er guard Ray Brown, who will be 40 in December, to the veteran minimum ($750,000). This is a good move because it gives Detroit depth in the middle, especially with Blaise possibly moving to tackle. Brown could move into the starting lineup. He will play sparingly, if at all.

Lions media relations would neither confirm nor deny the presence of running back Rashaan Salaam, a former first round draft pick of the Chicago Bears in their headquarters. Salaam was rumored to be considered as a backup to James Stewart if he would sign for the veteran minimum. No announcement was ever made regarding Salaam.

Will Germane Crowell get off the PUP in time for the last preseason game? That's the question some observers are asking. Crowell doesn't appear ready to practice with the team, so Detroit has yet to see their three projected starters, Hakim, Bill Schroeder (currently sidelined with a hamstring injury) and Crowell on the field together. How can either Harrington or McMahon be comfortable throwing to receivers they haven't seen?

Look for Detroit to play better under Harrington tonight and perhaps steal one from the Browns who are still reeling from the loss of franchise linebacker Jamir Miller to a season-ending injury in the first preseason game.

Detroit would like to see their offense move the ball, score some touchdowns, win the game and get out healthy. Defensively, they'd like to match their production of last week against the Ravens.

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