DETROIT LIONS DAILY UPDATE FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2006

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TODAY'S NEWS

  • The Lions practiced on the indoor field in pads today at the team headquarters and training facility in Allen Park. 
  • The following players have been listed on the Detroit Lions' injury report: S Kenoy Kennedy (foot) and LB Alex Lewis (knee) are out. CB Fernando Bryant (ankle), T Barry Stokes (hamstring), T Rex Tucker (knee) and G Ross Verba (hamstring) are questionable. DT Shaun Rogers (knee) is probable. Kennedy, Lewis, Rogers, Stokes, Tucker and Verba each missed the team portion of practice today.
  • The following players have been listed on the St. Louis Rams' injury report: T Orlando Pace (concussion) is questionable and missed the team portion of practice today.
  • The Lions (0-3) will make their first ever trip to the Edwards Jones Dome this week to face the Rams (2-1). Detroit will look to get their first win after a difficult 31-24 loss to Green Bay while St. Louis will be trying to build off a close 16-14 victory at Arizona. 
  • Sunday'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: "The injury update is exactly the same as it was yesterday."

On if CB Fernando Bryant looks like he will play: 'I'm not sure, we'll know more on Friday. They have the boot on him and we'll get it off on Friday. We'll see how he progresses from that."

On what the injury to Bryant was: "An ankle sprain."

On if it happened in practice: "No, I think it was from the Chicago game. We haven't seen him since then."

On if Bryant was around to get treatment: "No, he was at a family matter he had."

On how everybody knows each other in the league and there being so many former Rams here: "It is, it's unique like that. It kind of happened when we played Coach Dungy, when he was with the Colts and he came down to Tampa. It was the same kind of scenario - half of that staff came down and players, it happens every once in a while."

On if it is a little different for a coach going against his old team: "It's a unique situation. I could feel it with Coach Dungy when he first came back to Tampa that Sunday. It's difficult when you come in to an area with players you brought together and worked with. He's (Mike Martz) a real pro and he's working at the job at hand. Anybody would know you have a stir of emotions. But the key is not about him or his ex-Rams; it's about the job at hand."

On if Martz gave some insight to Coach Henderson: "Oh, he knows the personnel; that's something you can really use. He can tell you everything about personnel; how a guy sets and all of those different things."

On if the Rams are still as impressive now as when Martz ran the offense: "Oh yeah, they're a well coached team. It's a good, solid offensive line, the receivers have the explosion, the quarterback is a quarterback and that back is a load. They cause you problems; you really have to defend the run and the pass."

On if he likes what Haslett is doing on defense: "He does a nice job. He's very creative in what he does and it sounds like and it looks like he's doing a very good job."

On when Marinelli was seeking the Lions head coach position, did he feel Haslett was going to get he position: "Honestly, I really didn't know - I just came in and zeroed in and didn't know all the other (candidates). I couldn't worry about what I couldn't control. So I just went in and did the best I could."

Courtesy of the Lions