Game Week: Lions demonstrating their depth

The Lions have been rotating players at some of their weakest positions to create competition and keep players on their toes. Many more notes on Detroit's roster, in addition to a game plan as the team prepares for Arizona on Sunday.

The Lions have been rotating players at some of their weakest positions to create competition and keep players on their toes.

They have rotated their four cornerbacks, with veterans Fernando Bryant and Travis Fisher starting lately.

They also have rotated the right side of the offensive line. Damien Woody lost the starting right guard job to Stephen Peterman after he suffered injured ribs, but he has been pushing to regain it lately. George Foster lost the starting right tackle job Sunday, partly because of an ankle problem, but he will regain it this week because Jonathan Scott is out with a broken thumb.

Individual Player Notes

  • RT Jonathan Scott suffered a broken thumb Sunday when his hand got caught in a facemask. He had surgery Tuesday and guessed he would miss two to three weeks.
  • RT George Foster replaced Scott on Sunday, despite an ankle problem, and will regain his starting position this week.
  • OL Blaine Saipaia, who can play any position along the line, including tight end, will back up George Foster.
  • DE Kalimba Edwards, who missed the last two games with a knee injury, is practicing fully again. Coach Rod Marinelli said Edwards was ready to make an impact.
  • DE Dewayne White missed practice Wednesday with an elbow injury, but he is expected to play Sunday.
  • FB Jon Bradley missed practice Wednesday with an ankle injury but is expected to practice Thursday.
  • QB Jon Kitna was limited in practice Thursday, but only to rest some bumps and bruises.
  • WR Devale Ellis, on the physically-unable-to-perform list with a knee injury, practiced Wednesday for the first time. The Lions have three weeks to decide whether to put him on the active roster, keep him on physically unable to perform or release him.

    Game Plan against Arizona:

    GAME PLAN: The Cardinals have a relentless front four, and the Lions need to run the ball to keep them at bay. Defensively, the Lions must get to quarterback Kurt Warner, who is playing with a torn ligament in his left elbow. They cannot allow him to find his dynamic wide receivers.

    MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Cardinals QB Kurt Warner, who has a torn ligament in his left elbow, vs. Lions pass defense, which has made big plays all season. Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz knows Warner well from their days together in St. Louis and could give some pointers to the defense. But the defense is doing just fine on its own, thank you. The Lions' 24 sacks are tied for fifth in the NFL, and their 14 interceptions rank first.

    Lions RB Kevin Jones, who continues to improve after returning from a serious foot injury, vs. Cardinals run defense, which has been formidable lately. The Lions have made more of a commitment to the run. They have taken advantage of teams who have kept two safeties deep, fearing the Lions' potent downfield passing attack. But the Cardinals have a Pittsburgh flavor to them, with Ken Whisenhunt as coach, and look to stop the run.

    INJURY IMPACT: The Lions are pretty healthy. Scott's broken thumb will keep him out, but he just replaced Foster as the starting right tackle and Foster can hop right back in.


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