DETROIT LIONS DAILY UPDATE

Hondo S. Carpenter

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.
  • The following players have been listed on the Detroit Lions' injury report: DT Shaun Cody (toe) and S Kenoy Kennedy (foot) are out. LB Alex Lewis (knee), FB Cory Schlesinger (hamstring), T Rex Tucker (knee) and G Ross Verba (hamstring) are questionable. Cody, Kennedy, Lewis, Schlesinger, Tucker and Verba missed some or all of the team portion of practice today. RB Kevin Jones (hip) and DE James Hall (shoulder) were removed from the injury list today after being listed Wednesday as probable.
  • The following players have been listed on the New York Jets' injury report: FB BJ Askew (foot), CB David Barrett (hip), WR Laveraneus Coles (calf), WR Tim Dwight (thigh), RB Cedric Houston (knee) and OL Trey Teague (ankle) are questionable. DL Dave Ball (hand), RB Kevan Barlow (calf), LB Matt Chatham (foot), OL Anthony Clement (shin), OL Pete Kendall (thigh), QB Chad Pennington (calf), S Kerry Rhodes (thigh), WR Brad Smith (thigh) and DL Kimo von Oelhoffen (knee) are probable. Askew, Barrett, Coles, Dwight, Houston and Teague missed some or all of the team portion of practice today. The Jets reported that there were no changes to their injury list today.
  • The Lions (1-5) go back on the road this week to face the Jets at the Meadowlands. Detroit will look to build momentum after getting their first win, a 20-17 victory against Buffalo and New York hopes to win their second consecutive game at home after defeating the Miami Dolphins 20-17. This will be the Lions' third road game in four weeks.
  • This week's game will be televised live in Metro Detroit on WJBK-TV FOX Channel 2 with Sam Rosen handling play-by-play and Tim Ryan adding color commentary. The game will also be broadcast on the Lions Radio Network (WKRK 97.1 FM) with announcer Dan Miller handling play-by-play, Jim Brandstatter adding color commentary and Tony Ortiz reporting from the sideline.

LIONS HEAD COACH ROD MARINELLI
Opening Statement:
"Ok guys real quick; Shaun Cody is out, Kenoy (Kennedy) is out, Alex Lewis is questionable, Cory Schlesinger is questionable, (Rex) Tucker is questionable, Ross Verba is questionable. It was good work today and we're just getting ready to roll."

On if DT Shaun Rogers had surgery: "Yeah."

On the type of surgery Rogers had: "A scope, they scoped (his knee). It seemed like everything went fine. They cleaned it out. I don't know the terms. He had some stuff in there and they cleaned it out."

On when Rogers will be ready: "I'm hoping in five weeks - it's just a scope."

On if the surgery requires a 2-3 week recovery period: "Yeah, it's not that big a deal. So hopefully when he gets that done he can get out on his own and get some running in."

On under the terms of his suspension will he be in Allen Park to rehab: "No."

On if Rogers can attend team meetings: "No, he can't be in the facility."

On if former Lions WR Charles Rogers went to team meetings while he was suspended: "You're not supposed to come to the facility."

On if Rogers will be in Houston: "They want to make sure the swelling is down before he gets on a plane and they think that's a week-to-10 days."

On how the treatment of Rogers is handled: "Big Al (Bellamy) here will be in charge. He has a chance to see him and some of those things."

On if Al Bellamy has to go to Rogers' house or do the rules change for medical reasons: "Let me answer that tomorrow, so I can give you the correct answer."

On if Rogers had the surgery in Detroit or Houston: "In Houston."

On how did Ross Verba do in practice: "It's more just drill work right now - moving on it. He's starting to feel really good and we just have to be very smart right now. We have to get him through this week, then we have the bye and hopefully we'll get him and (Rex) Tucker back - we're hoping back at full speed, healthy and all polished up ready to go."

On if Marinelli feels Verba will play this weekend: "I don't feel he will."

On LB Teddy Lehman's status: "No, I wouldn't think so. Right now (he's just getting) in a good week of work, but we're not even in pads right now, and it's sore for him right now. With all that running he's been doing he knows where he's going, but all of a sudden in football you don't know where you're going with planting and redirecting. It's different working on your legs. So hopefully we'll get good practices this week, get going with him next week, a couple of days in the bye to heal him up again, pad up the next week and get some work in."

On Lehman saying he wasn't happy with his practice yesterday and if it was due to rust: "He hasn't practiced in about a year, so he's a guy that just wants to be great and he's the type of guy that I don't think anything would make him happy."

On if Rogers would have had the surgery at the end of the offseason anyway: "I think so."

On the running back situation being slim without RB Shawn Bryson and possibly FB Cory Schlesinger this week: "We're looking at (Sean) McHugh coming in this week and seeing how he looks. He's got some background as a fullback, a big, blocking fullback, so we'll see there. We've got Arlen Harris back up this week and then the other two runners, so hopefully that'll be enough for us, if not we'll be in two tight ends and one running back and let them figure us out that way. But the one thing that Mike (Martz) does a great job with is that the offense is so versatile and flexible with some of the things you can do by personnel. He can take what we have and shift it around and move it around and still create the same running game and some of those things with different people. He's very creative."

On if RB Arlen Harris is going to back-up RB Kevin Jones or if RB Brian Calhoun will: "It will be those three because Kevin's still banged up a little bit too, so we've got another runner up and another guy from special teams."

Courtesy of the Lions

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