Lions Notes

News and notes surrounding the Detroit Lions.

-- WR Charles Rogers has put up identical numbers -- four receptions for 38 yards -- in both of his first two NFL games. The Packers had double coverage on the rookie WR almost from the start, leaving QB Joey Harrington little choice but to find other receivers with less coverage.
   -- QB Joey Harrington was the NFC offensive player of the week after completing 17 of 30 passses for 195 yards and four touchdowns in the Lions season opener but his performance dropped of dramatically in the 31-6 loss Sunday at Green Bay. Harrington completed 26 of 55 pass attempts (both career highs) for 241 yards and was intercepted three times, for a passer rating of 37.0. Unofficially, his receivers had seven drops.
   -- TE Mikhael Ricks was credited -- unofficially -- with two dropped passes and was hit in the back of the helmet with another pass when he didn't turn and look for the ball on time. Although he caught two passes for 14 yards, the Lions began throwing to rookie TE Casey Fitzsimmons in the second half.
   -- TE Casey Fitzsimmons, an undrafted rookie who made the Lions 53-man roster, got his first two NFL receptions after replacing starter Mikhael Ricks in the second half of the 31-6 loss Sunday at Green Bay. Fitzsimmons caught two passes for 18 yards.
   -- RB Shawn Bryson leads Lions running backs in receptions after two games. Bryson, who had three catches for 41 yards in the season opener against Arizona, caught five passes for 48 yards in the 31-6 loss Sunday at Green Bay. With the Lions unable to establish a running game, the receptions have become a necessity.
   -- WR Az-Zahir Hakim hasn't played in the Lions first two games but might be ready to play next Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Coach Steve Mariucci thought about activating Hakim for the game Sunday at Green Bay after Hakim practiced for the first time since having arthroscopic knee surgery four weeks ago, but decided to keep him inactive for the game instead.

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