Weekly Player Tidbits

Will Foster return against Packers? How banged up is Lions' safety Corey Harris? Check out these insider tidbits, including comments on Lions' offensive tackle Stockar McDougle, KR Desmond Howard, and defensive tackle Shaun Rogers. Insider tidbits exclusively from our friends at The Sports Xchange

Larry Foster Profile
WR Larry Foster, who has filled the role of No. 3 or No. 4 receiver as well as the backup to Desmond Howard on kickoff returns, remains uncertain for the Lions game Sunday at Green Bay after sitting out the 9-7 win against Dallas with a shoulder injury. Foster is averaging 23.6 yards on 11 kickoff returns and also has returned three punts.

Corey Harris Profile
SS Corey Harris, who has become one of the Lions' most effective big-play defenders, was scheduled to undergo an MRI for what coach Marty Mornhinweg is a minor knee injury suffered in the 9-7 win over Dallas on Sunday. Harris has a sack, an interception, has forced two fumbles and is one of the team's leading tacklers.

Stockar McDougle Profile
ORT Stockar McDougle survived the Lions' 9-7 victory over Dallas without reinjuring the groin muscle that kept him off the practice field most of last week. McDougle, a former first-round draft pick who was hampered by injuries during his first two NFL seasons, has played effectively at ORT this year and his presence is critical to the Lions' pass blocking schemes.

Desmond Howard Profile
KOR/PR Desmond Howard, the Lions' most effective return specialist, is getting closer to a return from his latest injury -- bruised ribs. Howard, a former Pro Bowl receiver, has been hampered by neck, hand and rib injuries already this season. Although he has missed only two games completely, he has been lost for parts of several others and the Lions return game suffers when he is unable to play.

Shaun Rogers Profile
DT Shaun Rogers, who has played the last four games with a huge padded wrap on his left hand to protect the surgically repaired broken thumb, is expected to have the surgical pins removed from the thumb this week. He will continue wearing the heavy padding for at least two or three weeks but might be able to play with a less clumsy wrap by the final month of the season. The heavy padding makes it impossible to grab with his left hand when making tackles.


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