Detroit Tuesday Tidbits

Tuesday news and notes on the Detroit Lions.

-- DT Cory Redding is in his second week of practice after suffering a sprained knee in the second preseason game. Coach Steve Mariucci has been going with a three-man DT rotation but indicated Redding might be ready to join Shaun Rogers, Dan Wilkinson and Kelvin Pritchett in the rotation Sunday against Minnesota.
-- LB James Davis is getting more involved in the Lions practice routine since last week but it is uncertain whether he will be ready to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Davis suffered rib cartilage damage in the second preseason game.
-- WR Az-Zahir Hakim came close to playing Sunday at Green Bay after two good days of practice but, at the last minute, coach Steve Mariucci decided to put him down for the game. Hakim, coming off arthroscopic knee surgery a month ago, has a better chance of playing Sunday against Minnesota.
-- RB Artose Pinner, the Lions' fourth-round draft pick, has four more weeks on the reserve/non-football injury list before he's able to practice but he's already getting eager for a chance to play. "Sometimes I just bite my fingernails," he said. "It's like, 'I want to be out there.'" Pinner is recovering from a broken left leg suffered at the Senior Bowl in January.
-- OLT Jeff Backus is one of the big reasons Lions QB Joey Harrington has not been sacked in either of the Lions' first two games. Backus, a third-year player from Michigan, kept Green Bay pass rusher Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila from getting to Harrington, although the Lions were still 31-6 victims in their second game of the season.
-- CB Alex Molden, a seven-year veteran signed by the Lions a week ago, sat out their 25-point loss Sunday at Green Bay but might be familiar enough with the defense to be activated for the upcoming game against Minnesota. With QB Daunte Culpepper and WR Randy Moss in town, concerns over the Lions defensive secondary are rising.
-- TE Mikhael Ricks accepted blame for a subpar performance in the Lions' 31-6 loss Sunday at Green Bay. In addition to two dropped passes, he also was hit in the back of the helmet by a pass thrown by QB Joey Harrington. "It was more of a quick read than I thought," Ricks explained. He was benched late in the game but was running with the first offense Monday in practice.

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