Wide receiver Bill Schroeder, who dropped three passes a week earlier in Green Bay, seems to have escaped whatever kind of funk he was in. In his first game after losing the starting job to Germane Crowell, Schroeder caught three passes, including two for touchdowns against the New York Jets. His first touchdown catch was an outstanding play from the reaching catch to the move after the catch to the dash to the end zone. But Schroeder doesn't consider his three-catch game as redemption. "There's no making up for what I did last week," Schroeder said. "That was truly embarrassing. This is one step back. The way I played was better than I played last week but I've got to get better." Schroeder, who missed playing time with injuries to his ribs, ankle and hamstring, is tied with tight end Mikhael Ricks for the fourth-most receptions on the team. He has caught 17 passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns.
LG Tony Semple apparently is getting closer to a return to action from his neck injury after missing the Lions last two games. The Lions offensive line has held up relatively well with Matt Joyce filling in at LG but with Joyce in the lineup, the Lions offensive line depth is stretched extremely thin.
FS Brian Walker has missed the last two games with a broken toe but coach Marty Mornhinweg said the two weeks off have helped in the healing process and he is hopeful Walker might be able to play Sunday against Chicago at Champaign, Ill. Walker's absence has hurt the Lions in deep coverages.
DT Luther Elliss is one of several Lions defensive starters who might not be available for the game against Chicago on Sunday at Champaign, Ill., because of injuries suffered in the Jets game. The Lions originally feared Elliss had suffered a high ankle sprain. His injury later was diagnosed as a regular ankle sprain but doctors won't know until later in the week if he will be able to play Sunday.
DE Robert Porcher, who leads the Lions tepid pass rush with five quarterback sacks in 10 games, is uncertain whether he will be able to play Sunday in the Lions game against Chicago at Champaign, Ill. Porcher suffered a knee injury, originally diagnosed as a hyper-extension, Sunday against the Jets. Re-examination determined it was a badly bruised knee but his status for the Bears game is uncertain.
DE Jared DeVries, a valuable contributor in the Lions defensive line rotation, probably will not play in their game Sunday against the Chicago Bears at Champaign, Ill. DeVries suffered a sprained foot against the New York Jets and Lions coaches don't expect his recovery to take more than a week.
WR Jacquez Green, who was claimed by the Lions off the waiver wire last week, could find his services in demand after the Lions lost WR Az-Zahir Hakim for the rest of the season with a hip injury. Green did not practice last week because of a severe laceration on his right knee but is expected to begin practice this week and has a good chance of playing Sunday against Chicago at Champaign, Ill.
WR Larry Foster, who missed three games in a row with a shoulder injury, will probably get the first shot at the No. 3 receiver role after the Lions lost WR Az-Zahir Hakim for the rest of the season with a hip injury. Foster has only eight receptions for 77 yards and dropped a fourth down pass that would have given the Lions a shot at a field goal late in the first half of their 31-14 loss to the Jets.