-- WR Az-Zahir Hakim has not practiced in three weeks and missed the season opener. He did some running last week, however, and might be able to resume practicing this week, which would give him a chance to play Sunday at Green Bay.
-- LB James Davis suffered cartilage damage to his ribs in
the second preseason game and hasn't been able to practice since. Probably will
not play Sunday at Green Bay.
-- DT Cory Redding has been
resting a sprained knee since the second exhibition game. With Dan Wilkinson,
Shaun Rogers and Kelvin Pritchett playing ahead of him, Redding will not be
rushed back before he's ready.
-- CB Dre' Bly missed all of the
preseason games with a sprained ankle but played in the season opener with
various degrees of effectiveness. He was penalized twice for illegal use of the
hands but also scored on a 48-yard interception return against Arizona late in
-- CB Otis Smith is likely to get increased playing
time as coach Steve Mariucci tries to bolster his defensive secondary after it
was taken apart by Arizona rookie WR Anquan Boldin for 10 catches, 217 yards and
two TDs. He would play at the expense of CBs Andre' Goodman and Jimmy Wyrick,
who struggled against the Cardinals.
-- CB Alex Molden, a
seven-year veteran who was signed Monday by the Lions, will get a crash course
in the Lions defensive terminology in hopes he will be able to provide help to a
defensive secondary that was picked apart by Arizona quarterback Jeff Blake in
the season opener.
-- CB Andre' Goodman, a second-year player
who was pushed into starting duty when Chris Cash suffered a season-ending knee
injury in the preseason, was penalized once for pass interference and took his
lumps in coverage in the Lions season opener. If recently-acquired veterans Otis
Smith and/or Alex Molden complete their indoctrination in time, Goodman might
lose playing time Sunday at Green Bay.
-- CB Jimmy Wyrick is a
major contributor on the Lions special teams but he struggled when pressed into
duty in the Lions nickel defense against Arizona. He was penalized twice and had
trouble covering the Cardinals receivers in crossing routes. With the addition
of veteran CBs Otis Smith and Alex Molden, Wyrick could get reduced playing time
in the secondary.
-- RB Shawn Bryson was not productive in the
running game in the Lions season opener against Arizona but was effective
catching the ball out of the backfield, a role that might be increased if the
Lions resort to a short passing game to compensate for their inability to run
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