DETROIT LIONS DAILY UPDATE

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DETROIT LIONS DAILY UPDATE FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2006TODAY'S NEWS

  • The Lions practiced on the indoor field in helmets and shorts today at the team headquarters and training facility in Allen Park.
  • Detroit Head Coach Rod Marinelli will make his regular season coaching debut this week against Seattle, the 2005 NFC Champions, at Ford Field. The Lions are 3-0 in regular season openers at Ford Field and will face the Seahawks for the first time since moving into their new home. The two teams have met nine times in the regular season with Seattle holding a slight 5-4 series edge.
  • There are approximately 100 tickets remaining for Sunday's game vs. Seattle after the Seahawks returned unsold tickets from their allotment. These tickets are now available for Lions' fans to purchase via detrotilions.com, TicketMaster.com, TicketMaster outlets and over the phone through TicketMaster at 248.645.6666. The team has reached a sellout for this week's game vs. Seattle and the game will be televised live in Metro Detroit on WJBK-TV FOX Channel 2. Dick Stockton will handle the play-by-play with Daryl Johnston adding color commentary and Tony Siragusa reporting from the sideline. The game will also be broadcast nationally on the Sports USA Radio Network, featuring play-by-play announcer Larry Kahn and color commentator Tim Pernetti. Reporting from the sidelines will be Troy West.
  • Each time the Detroit Lions sack an opposing quarterback, Detroit area charities will benefit. Lions' DT Tyoka Jackson will donate $100 for each Lions' sack to HAVEN and Communities in Schools of Detroit (CIS). HAVEN is located in Pontiac and is Oakland County's premier center for the prevention and treatment of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. The Lions already are closely tied to HAVEN, the home for the Detroit Lions Courage House. CIS works with more than 1,200 community partners to provide resources and services to schools to meet the needs of students and their families. The Detroit Lions Academy, an alternative middle school in Detroit, is a CIS-supported school.
  • The following players have been listed on the Detroit Lions' injury report: WR Shaun Bodiford (knee) and TE Casey FitzSimmons (wrist) are out. LG Ross Verba (hamstring) is questionable and DT Shaun Cody (shoulder) is probable. Verba was downgraded from probable to questionable on the Lions injury report today. Bodiford, FitzSimmons and Verba each missed the team portion of practice.
  • The following players have been listed on the Seattle Seahawks' injury report: TE Jerramy Stevens (knee) is out. LB LeRoy Hill (shoulder) is questionable. DT Russell Davis (foot), WR Darrell Jackson (knee) and T Walker Jones (shoulder) are probable. The Seahawks did not make any changes to their injury report today. Hill and Stevens both missed the team portion of practice today.
  • Former Detroit DT Kelvin Pritchett will be the Alumni Honorary Captain for the Lions season opener against the Seattle Seahawks at Ford Field Sunday. Pritchett came to the Lions in a draft-day traded shortly after being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round. He played defensive line for Detroit from 1991-94 before signing as a free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995. He returned to Detroit in 1999 and concluded his career in 2004. He finished his career with 31.5 sacks and 573 total tackles as one of the Lions' most dependable interior linemen. His best seasons came in 1992 (6.5 sacks) and 1994 (5.5 sacks). In one of the more memorable plays by a lineman in recent Detroit history, Pritchett picked off a deflected pass against the Redskins at the Pontiac Silverdome in the 2000 season. He rumbled 78 yards to the 1-yard line before being tackled. The play occurred six years to the day from Sunday's game - September 10, 2000. Pritchett has continued to live in the Detroit area since the end of his football career. This past pre-season, he was the game analyst for the Lions' television network. This year marks the sixth consecutive season that the Lions have honored former players at their home games. The captains are guests at the game, are introduced to the Ford Field crowd, and participate in the coin-toss ceremonies.

HEAD COACH ROD MARINELLI
Opening statement:
"Anything regarding Joe (Cullen) - again - I said everything yesterday, I have nothing more to add to it, nothing to delete or anything like that. That's all set there. We came in for a nice, nice Friday practice - good tempo, no pads, guys were on it today - which they should be, that's nothing special, they got to go out and get it done."

On if T (Rex) Tucker and G (Rick) DeMulling will start on the offensive line: "Well, 'Tuck' and (Barry) Stokes will rotate - probably start with 'Stokesey.'"

On the status of G (Ross) Verba: "Right now, it looks like he'll be questionable this afternoon, (we have to wait until 4 o'clock), so we'll probably just have to wait until Sunday on that and see how he's come along. Same injury (hamstring) and we're just waiting to see; it was the Achilles at one time. Now we're just looking at getting (Rick) DeMulling ready to go, get the big guy - 'Big Frank' (Frank Davis) up - he got some work in today. So we'll see; see where we're at."
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On other injuries: "I'm very pleased right now. Shaun (Rogers) has had a really, really good practice - week of practice - Shaun Cody practiced somewhat. He missed a couple of drills yesterday, but got through some good padded work and he's been here all day practicing. Everybody looks like we got no excuses; we just have to go play, everybody's up and we just got to go do our job."

On whom he'll start at linebacker now: "Paris Lenon will be at 'Mike' and Boss (Bailey) is going to be rotating with him; and then, Ernie (Sims) and Alex (Lewis). We'll just rotate them and get going."

On WR Peter Warrick being at the facility yesterday and where he stands with him: "Well, we worked him out and had a chance to give him a physical - just to see right now where he's at. What you like to do is bring guys in, work them out, give them physicals and see where guys are at. As you go down through the years, if something happens to somebody we know where they're at. You get to meet them and get to know them."

On if there's anything significant purpose to his visit, or if it's just for down the line: "More down the line - just to see him - and we've brought some other guys in like that. We want to know where they're at if we have an injury; and the big thing is to get to know the guy."

On the fact that he played for Seattle had anything to do with the visit: "Oh, no (laughing)."

On if he's interested in free agent T Adrian Klemm: "Not right now."

On how he's going to handle the defensive line on Sunday: "Just like I have; hop on them and get them going. Be all over them - had a great meeting with them this morning - and I'm cranked up and ready to go."

On if he'll handle whatever needs to be done during the game personally: "Which I have been; I'm in that (defensive line) all the time and I'll be continuing to do that. I've got my hands and feet, elbows, eyes, nose - everything in it. I need those big guys to play good; they've got to play great - they have to play great - put the hat on them, they have to play great."

On if it adds to his work load from his stand point: "Oh yeah, hey this work load has been awesome (laughing). From the front of that building to the back of it, is what it is. I'm excited about it. We prepared today and we'll prepare tomorrow and tomorrow night and then we've got to go on the field and do our job."

On if he'll be throwing the challenge flag at some point: "Did you see it when 'Ced' (Cedric Saunders) threw it? You guys even said something. 'Ced' rocked that thing. So I told him, 'in doubt - throw it long and deep' and then I'll adjust afterwards. Oh he can throw it now, he can throw it. So then we just put up and go."

On if he knows the rule of how far you can go out on the field to throw the flag: "I don't want to say something I don't exactly know, but I know you can go out as far as you can get it to throw it - that's what I would do. 'Ced' will do it, if he gets fined, that's 'Ced.'"

On if he'll also try to get the officials attention: "That thing is going to be dropping in, 'Ced's' got a great arm - no, he really does now. He'll launch that thing out."

On what he's thinking on the verge of his first game: "I've also gotten cranked; the thing you're really looking forward to is the things I believe in, the things that you pound - I opened up, but who am I? That's cut and dry, there's no doubt and the players know what I want. Now it's can we go out and do that? Go out and finish every snap and really play hard - the fundamentals - if something bad happens, move on to the next play. I just want to see the team do that and execution. I want to see timing and speed, and that's what I'm excited about. I'm excited to see these men do their job and we just have to help them."

On what is an indication that these players can do this and meet his expectations: "Like I said one time, they're like gophers: their head pops up and then drops into a ton of dirt, head pops up, drops - they keep popping up. That's the thing that's been encouraging to me and everything. I've dropped on them they popped. We've had heart, no question on adversity and all of those things. Chaos and havoc are my twin brothers and I guess I do help create it; but, we'll just go from there and they've been great, they have been great and willing and trying. Now let's start this marathon and see how we go."

 

Courtesy of the Lions