Packers-Lions: Injury Report

Diggs' sore knee probably will prevent him from playing in Sunday's game

Linebacker Na'il Diggs was hoping to play in the regular season opener on Sunday, but he likely will not suit up. The sixth-year starter practiced in pads for the first time since he sustained the injury Aug. 8, but on a limited basis Wednesday. He's in favor of sitting if his left knee isn't completely healed.

"In my opinion, I would not put a 95-percent or even a 98-percent me on the field. It's just not worth the risk," Diggs said. "One bad step or one hesitant step by me, and the ball (carrier) cuts back and probably goes to the house and hurts the team. Regardless of who we're playing, I wouldn't put myself in that situation to let my teammates down, let the coaches down, let the team down. So, in my opinion, 100 percent is very important to me, being 100 percent confident is huge as far as in this game."

Diggs has never had a knee injury, so he doesn't know what to expect.

"If I can prove to myself that I can play without thinking about it, then the doctors will clear me to play," said Diggs. "As it stands right now, we've got a couple of more steps to go."

Fourth-year Paris Lenon, who started the only four games of his career last year, is preparing to start in Diggs' place at strongside linebacker. While Lenon has proved in the past to be reliable in a pinch and led the team with 18 tackles in the preseason this year, the Packers face perhaps a bigger dilemma on the weak side.

Either undrafted rookie Roy Manning or recently acquired Robert Thomas will get the start on the other side of MLB Nick Barnett. Manning excelled during the preseason, which played a part in the release last weekend of would-be starter Ray Thompson. Thomas, a former first-round pick traded by St. Louis last weekend, is on a quickened learning curve this week as he absorbs a new defensive system.

Detroit Lions
QB Jeff Garcia, the backup to starter Joey Harrington, will miss 6-8 weeks with a broken left fibula and sprained ankle, leaving rookie Dan Orlovsky as the No. 2 QB and WR Kevin Johnson, a former high school and college QB, as the emergency QB.

SS Kenoy Kennedy (hamstring) got limited practice time as the week progressed. He was listed as questionable but will probably play, although he might not be 100 percent.

LB Teddy Lehman (knee) was listed by the Lions as doubtful on Wednesday and it appears unlikely he will play against Green Bay. He did not practice at all last week or the first two days of this week.

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