Cherilus To Start? Foster Thinks So

Will first-round pick Gosder Cherilus start on Sunday after his benching last week? Apparently, his predecessor has the answer. Quotes and more inside from Rod Marinelli, Jim Colletto, and of course, George Foster, inside.

Lions offensive Jim Colletto might not know. And head coach Rod Marinelli might not even know.

But if you ask veteran offensive tackle George Foster, Detroit's ongoing experiment at the right tackle position will continue during Sunday's contest against the Washington Redskins.

Replacing first-round pick Gosder Cherilus in last week's loss to Houston, Foster struggled against defensive end Mario Williams and committed two false start penalties.

The thinking is that Cherilus, who is still refining his technique, can't do any worse.

Marinelli's decision to bench Cherilus was widely criticized in the Detroit media, which felt the team should attempt get the youth experience since the season appears over.

"I think they want to see Gosder play, the organization," Foster said. "He's probably going to get the start, from what I can tell."

Marinelli indicated in the past week that Cherilus has made improvement.

"He's in the mix every week, and he's going to work hard at it," Marinelli said. "I like how he is responding."

On Thursday, Colletto said it would be a gametime decision.

"I don't know," he said. "We'll find out on Sunday. We kind of wait until Saturday to evaluate the whole week and see what's going to happen."

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