Player Notes & Infirmary Report

Lions' offensive lineman Tony Semple, linebacker Chris Claiborne, and several defensive backs find themselves nursing various injuries following Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers. Check out the extent of the injuries, plus other player notes, exclusively from The Sports Xchange.

Tony Semple
LG Tony Semple sat out the Lions 40-14 loss Sunday at Green Bay and remains uncertain for their home game next week against the New York Jets. Semple started the first eight games of the season before missing the ninth game with a neck injury. Semple and RG Ray Brown have been a relatively effective guard combination in the Lions running game.

Chris Claiborne
MLB Chris Claiborne was scheduled to have his shoulder examined before the Lions return to practice for their game Sunday against the New York Jets. Claiborne, who is having his best season in four years with the Lions, suffered what was not believed to be a serious injury in the 40-14 loss at Green Bay but the Lions wanted to have it checked thoroughly before he returns to work.

LaMar Campbell
S Lamar Campbell is nursing a pulled hamstring and it is uncertain whether he will be able to play in the Lions game Sunday against the New York Jets. Campbell practiced hardly at all last week but was forced into duty Sunday at Green Bay because fellow FS Brian Walker was unable to play on a painful big toe injury. Campbell did not reinjure his hamstring so it appears likely he will have a good shot at playing.

Brian Walker
FS Brian Walker was a last-minute scratch in the Lions' 40-14 loss Sunday at Green Bay but coach Marty Mornhinweg is optimistic he will be able to play next week against the New York Jets. Walker has a badly injured big toe and had been playing with the help of a pain-killing injection but Lions doctors advised against it, so he was able to rest it during the Packers game.

Andre' Goodman
CB Andre' Goodman probably won't know until later in the week whether he will be able to play with a padded covering on his broken left thumb in the Lions game Sunday against the New York Jets. Goodman is one of the team's two prize rookie cornerbacks and plays in the Lions nickel defense.

Germane Crowell
WR Germane Crowell's two-late game catches in the Lions 40-14 loss at Green Bay might be enough to get him a bigger role in the Lions offense when they meet the New York Jets next Sunday at Ford Field. With teammates Az-Zahir Hakim and Bill Schroeder dropping too many passes, coach Marty Mornhinweg might turn to Crowell, who has played four games after missing the first five on PUP recovering from last year's knee problems.

Bill Schroeder
WR Bill Schroeder will get a crash course this week in catching the football. Coach Marty Mornhinweg did not specify his plans aside from having another long talk with the Lions veteran wide receiver after his four-drop, no-catch game Sunday at Green Bay.


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