Win in Detroit leaves battle scars

Even veteran players said they've never seen anything like it. More than a dozen players left Sunday's Packer-Lion clash with injuries. From the perspective of the already hurting Packers, several of those new injuries are extremely bad news.<p>

Safety Antuan Edwards fractured his right forearm in the second half. A decision is expected today or tomorrow whether he'll need a metal plate inserted to help the bone heal.

"I'm a tough guy," Edwards said. "I'll be back."

Matt Bowen made a strong case to replace Edwards if needed. Bowen was a new addition to the dime defense Sunday with McBride on the bench and Jue sidelined.

Fullback William Henderson suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. He'll undergo tests today to reveal whether the tear is bad enough to keep him sidelined an extended period of time.

Henderson did not want to discuss his injury. He told reporters that he was on the bench taking a "rest." If he did tear the MCL he could be out four to six weeks.

Receiver Javon Walker suffered a deep thigh bruise in the first half then re-injured it in the second half. He did not return after the second injury.

Offensive lineman Marco Rivera suffered an minor knee injury when he was rolled on in the second half. Rivera said he got hit from the side on a running play. He told coach Mike Sherman he wanted to go back in, but Sherman was satisfied with the job Ferrario was doing and let him stay in, according to reports.

). During the course of the game, they also lost tight end David Martin (concussion), receiver Terry Glenn (head), running back Rondell Mealey (shoulder) and Davenport (knee and stinger), end Vonnie Holliday (strained pectoral) and linebacker Nate Wayne (abdomen).

Packer trainer Pepper Burruss did think both sides suffered an extraordinary number of injuries. Edwards' injury could be the most serious and could keep him out for several weeks if the arm cannot be protected.

No one suffered a season-ending injury - at least that was the early prognosis - which was fortunate considering the way players were dropping. Thirteen of the 15 injuries occurred in the second half, seven of them to Packers players. Running back Najeh Davenport had to leave the game twice with separate injuries.

The injuries forced bizarre personnel combinations on both sides of the ball.

"I don't know what we went down to, but if we had anyone else hurt, (backup quarterbacks) Doug (Pederson) and Craig (Nall) would have had to come in and play running back or something," quarterback Brett Favre said. "I've never been associated with a game that was quite like that and I don't know what's going to happen next week. But we've got to get some people healthy."

The injuries forced them to use linebacker Torrance Marshall at fullback, Flanagan - who can't snap because of a large bandage on his right hand - as a third tight end, seldom-used Ferrario at right guard and fifth receiver Karsten Bailey as a fourth receiver. All of the backups saw significant action together late in the game when the Packers were trying to run out the clock.

"It limited a lot of the things we wanted to do in the second half," Favre said. "But we were able to move the ball and put some points on the board."

The Packers also had to create a patchwork defense. They came in without nickel cornerback Bhawoh Jue (ankle) and lost Edwards in the fourth quarter after he tackled running back James Stewart on a running play up the middle. When Edwards went out, cornerback Tod McBride, who had been benched for this game in favor of rookie Marques Anderson, had to move to safety. McBride stumbled at first with back-to-back penalties, but then ended up making an interception in the final seconds that preserved the victory.

As numerous as the Packers injuries were, the Lions had more.

Lions linebacker Brian Williams, a former Packer, was thought to have suffered a broken right ankle.

Lions defensive tackle Travis Kirschke suffered a gash in his leg that some players claimed was so deep that you could see the bone.

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