Lions Player Updates

News and notes on Az-Zahir Hakim, James Davis, Cory Redding, Charles Rogers and Shawn Bryson, as the Vikings put the finishing touches on their preparation for the Lions.

News and notes about Lions players, the Vikings' opponent on Sunday:

-- WR Az-Zahir Hakim says he is ready to make his comeback from a season-ending hip injury last Nov. 17 and it appears Lions coach Steve Mariucci might agree with him this time. Mariucci kept Hakim out of the Green Bay game, but Hakim has practiced every day this week and will probably play against Minnesota.

-- LB James Davis is one of only two Lions players on this week's injury report. Both he and Az-Zahir Hakim are listed as questionable. Hakim will probably play but Davis, although he is practicing, had rib cartilage damage Aug. 16 against Cincinnati and might not be entirely ready for special teams work.

-- DT Cory Redding thought he was ready to rejoin the Lions' defensive line rotation a week ago but coach Steve Mariucci kept him down, giving him another week of practice and recovery time. The rookie suffered a sprained knee in the second preseason game and hasn't played since. It's likely he'll be available Sunday against Minnesota if Mariucci feels he needs another DT.

-- WR Charles Rogers has locked up the starting flanker position for the Lions but his contributions have been modest. He had four receptions for 38 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener against Arizona and had four receptions for 38 yards (no touchdowns) against Green Bay also. His long play is a 17-yard gain.

-- RB Shawn Bryson has been the most productive back in the Lions offense which ranks 24th overall and 31st in rushing yardage. Bryson has gained 51 yards on 12 carries in addition to 89 yards on eight receptions coming out of the backfield. He is part of coach Steve Mariucci's running back-by-committee since RB James Stewart was lost for the season with a shoulder injury.

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