Lion Tracks: Weekly Player Notes

Just call Lions' running back James Stewart the proverbial "iron man." Detroit's most potent offensive threat will likely play Sunday despite a stinger and knee injury. Also, Joey Harrington shatters a couple of rookie records already. Check out commentary on these players and several more!

James Stewart - Running Back
With quarterback Joey Harrington suffering through the usual NFL rookie growing pains, the Lions' most consistent offensive weapon has been running back James Stewart. Although Stewart does not have the qualities generally associated with the West Coast offense -- speed and quickness -- he has been effective with 962 yards rushing and a 4.6-yard per carry, in addition to a team-high 42 receptions for 311 yards. He has scored a total of five touchdowns. Stewart has taken a beating in recent weeks, however, and will go into the Tampa Bay game -- if he can play -- with a stinger and a knee injury, playing behind a cobbled-up offensive line that will have at least one replacement starter.

Stockar McDougle - Offensive Tackle
The Lions could have problems in their running game if RT Stockar McDougle (toe) is limited. If McDougle can't go the distance, it means Matt Joyce, who is currently starting at LG in place of injured Tony Semple, will have to move to RT and former C Eric Beverly will have to play LG. He is questionable for this week.

Lamar Campbell - Free Safety
FS Lamar Campbell has missed the last four games and six of the last seven, but Lions coach Marty Mornhinweg is hopeful Campbell will be sufficiently recovered from his hamstring injury to return to the defensive secondary for the remaining three games. Without Campbell to back up and fill in for starting FS Brian Walker, the Lions have lost speed and depth at that position.

Larry Foster - Wide Receiver
WR Larry Foster, one of the Lions quickest and fastest WRs, suffered a sprained ankle after making just one reception for seven yards in the 23-20 overtime loss Sunday at Arizona. His status for the game Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be uncertain until later in the week.

Joey Harrington - Quarterback
Although his rookie season has been a struggle in many ways, quarterback Joey Harrington has set team rookie records in the two most important areas of his work -- touchdowns and yardage. With a touchdown and 152 yards passing in the Lions' 23-20 overtime loss Sunday at Arizona, Harrington has thrown 12 touchdown passes and has passed for 2,294 yards, surpassing the previous records held by Jeff Komlo and Charlie Batch. Komlo and Batch shared the previous record for touchdown passes by a Lions rookie quarterback with 11 each, Komlo in 1979 and Batch in 1998. Komlo held the previous rookie record for passing yardage with 2,238 yards and Batch was second with 2,178 yards. The only rookie passing record Harrington doesn't hold is for interceptions. Komlo's 23 in 1979 is the most ever by a Lions rookie quarterback. Harrington has thrown 16 in his 11 starts and -- with just three games remaining -- is likely to avoid that unwanted record.

Raphael Cooper - Running Back
RB Raphael Cooper, who had a 55-yard kickoff return in the Lions' 23-20 overtime loss to Arizona, suffered a rib injury in the same game. His status is uncertain for the game Sunday against Tampa Bay at Ford Field. In his first action with the Lions offense Cooper carried twice for a one-yard gain and a two-yard loss.

Cory Schlesinger - Full Back
FB Cory Schesinger suffered a recurrence of a painful stinger that caused the muscles in his right shoulder to seize up on him during the Lions' 23-20 overtime loss at Arizona, but was able to return later in the game. It was not immediately know what his condition will be for the game next Sunday against Tampa Bay at Ford Field.

Jared DeVries - Defensive End
DE Jared DeVries, who played a role in the Lions defensive rotation, has missed the last three games with a foot injury and might be out for the rest of the season. Coach Marty Mornhinweg said the update from Lions doctors on Monday indicated DeVries might be out “for an extended period of time,” which at this point in the season means he might not play again this year.


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