DETROIT LIONS DAILY UPDATE

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TODAY'S NEWS

  • The Lions practiced on the indoor field in helmets and shorts today at the team headquarters and training facility in Allen Park.
  • Lions' Director of Security Ricky Sandoval has been selected the Detroit Lions' 2006 recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award, which recognizes men of courage in the NFL. The East Side Athletic Club of Baltimore presents the award annually to an individual from each of the 32 league organizations. The Ed Block Courage Award usually goes to a player but Lions head trainer Al Bellamy announced the selection would go to Sandoval who continues to battle pancreatobiliary cancer, a rare form of the disease. Throughout his treatment, Sandoval has continued to work as the team's Director of Security. He will be honored locally at the Detroit Lions Courage House Dinner, Tuesday, October 17, at Ford Field. The special guest speaker for the event will be Pro Football Hall of Famer Bart Starr. Also, the Detroit Lions Courage House Community Award will be presented to Jerome Bettis, former NFL great with the Steelers and the Rams and a Detroit native.
  • The following players have been listed on the Detroit Lions' injury report: DT Shaun Cody (toe), S Kenoy Kennedy (foot), LB Alex Lewis (knee) and RG Damien Woody (foot/IR) are out. T Rex Tucker (knee) and G Ross Verba (hamstring) are doubtful. RB Shawn Bryson (knee), T Barry Stokes (ankle), DT Shaun Rogers (knee) and WR Roy Williams (back) are probable. Bryson, Cody, Kennedy, Lewis, Rogers, Tucker, Verba, and Woody missed the team portion of practice today. The Lions added Rogers to their injury list today as probable and downgraded Tucker and Verba to questionable.
  • The following players have been listed on the Buffalo Bills' injury report: DT John McCargo (foot) is out and S Matt Bowen (shin) is doubtful. CB Nate Clements (quadriceps), LB Takeo Spikes (hamstring) and G Chris Villarrial (ankle) are questionable. Bowen and McCargo missed the team portion of practice today. The Bills did not list any changes to their injury report today.
  • The Detroit Lions 2006 "Football 301: Interactive Studies" seminar will be held at Ford Field on Friday, November 10 beginning at 5:00pm. Football 301 is a fun-filled evening geared to teach students about football strategy, equipment, official signals and helpful hints on watching a game. The seminar will include an informative lecture by Lions players and coaches, a question and answer session, interactive activities, a tour of Ford Field, autographs and a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception. All students will have the opportunity to participate in drills on the field, with each drill station being led by a Lions player. The football strategy portion of this year's event is scheduled to feature Lions players Brian Calhoun, Casey FitzSimmons, James Hall, Alex Lewis, Cory Redding, Cory Schlesinger, and Special Teams Coordinator Chuck Priefer. Advance tickets for the event are $50 per participant, and are available by clicking the Football 301 logo at www.detroitlions.com. Event day registration at the door is $60. Football 301 is presented by The Detroit Free Press, Gallo Family Vineyards and Henry Ford Health System.
  • The Lions (0-5) will return home this week to face the Bills at Ford Field. Detroit will look to get their first win after a frustrating 17-26 loss at Minnesota and Buffalo will be trying to get back on the winning track after a 40-7 loss at Buffalo. The two teams clashed in the 2006 preseason finale and the Bills left Ford Field with a 20-13 victory.

LIONS HEAD COACH ROD MARINELLI
Opening statement:
"(Shaun) Cody - out; (Kenoy) Kennedy - out; (Alex) Lewis - out; Damien (Woody) - out; (Rex) Tucker - doubtful; (Ross) Verba - doubtful; (Shawn) Bryson - probable; (Barry) Stokes - probable, he practiced today; Roy Williams - probable; Shaun Rogers - probable, we kept him out of practice today, his knee was sore."

On if he expects T Shaun Rogers to play on Sunday: "Yes, I do."

On if Rogers hurt his knee yesterday: "A little bit - he just got real sore, so we put him on the shelf today."

On how WR Roy Williams looked today: "Seems fine, yeah, he seems real good. (He) was running around well today, so that was very encouraging."

On if he ever gives himself the luxury of looking ahead after the bye-week when he could get a whole slew of these guys back: "Oh, yeah - it'd be exciting. I can't wait. We've just got to take care of some business right now. Get this team coming; develop the depth, (we're) developing some real good competition right now. I think we could really do some damage."

On if he sees down the road that all these guys can come back: "Oh, yeah - they're all going to make it. I think we're going to have five, six, seven guys (to) come back after the bye (week). They all should be healthy - other than, maybe (Shaun) Cody. That whole group of the offensive linemen, Alex Lewis, Kenoy (Kennedy) - all those guys."

On if he expects LB Teddy Lehman to be back too: "Yes."

On if Lehman will start next week: "I think we're going to start practicing him next week and see what he looks like (and) how he feels. Just get him in the timing and get him in the defense - he's a smart guy, so there's another big plus coming in for us - I'm excited about it."

On if he'll probably not play a lot during his first week back: "I just want to see him get the pads on next week and just see where he's at, too. You don't want to rush him and then all of a sudden he's not really ready. So, we'll just kind of play it by ear."

On how he'll have three weeks as opposed to one week to get ready: "Yes, so I'm excited about that. Yeah, because of our bye (week) - so we'll see how he comes along, it's worked out perfectly in terms of those things. He'll be coming back at the right time."

On if he might play against the Jets or if he's ruling that out: "No, I'm just going to see - get him into pads, see how he feels. There's going to be some soreness for him, just getting the pads off and doing some of those things. We'll see how he's doing."

On if LB Alex Lewis will be playing soon: "Could be close. He might have a chance. He's been running around pretty good and stuff. But, all of a sudden that cut and plant and drive is a whole different world."

On if the game had been today would DT Shaun Rogers have played: "Yeah, I think so; we just took it off him; we've been doing that some of the Friday's - just (him) getting off his knee a little bit and let him rest that thing up a little bit."

On if after the bye-week he'll have more full-padded practices: "Right. Yesterday (Thursday) we just couldn't and I told the team that. I don't want to do this, but I think it was the right thing to do at the right time for the team. We just don't have enough numbers right now to practice."

On if after the bye-week they'll pick up: "Oh, yeah."

On if he hasn't been able to coach them in pads: "No, we've had some. Every week we start out in our full pads and I'll take it off after the seven-on-seven, so we can get our run defense and we can get some light pass rush work. Then the next day I keep the run defense again and then I take it off a little earlier - so, I'd like to extend it a couple more periods."

Courtesy of the Lions