Help could be on the way for banged-up Lions

Posted by ttwentyman on December 12, 2011 – 6:53 pm

When receiver Rashied Davis is playing in the defensive backfield with the game — and possibly the Lions’ playoff hopes — hanging in the balance, there’s clearly an issue with injuries.

“Obviously, we had a lot of guys that weren’t able to finish the game and again we got some offensive help,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said during Monday’s press conference with the media.

“The whole last couple of drives, pretty much the whole fourth quarter, we didn’t have a nickel defense.”

But help could be to the rescue for Schwartz and the Lions this week.

“We’re going to have a lot of guys that are close this week,” he said. “Including guys that didn’t play in this game.”

That might possibly include safety Louis Delmas, corner Chris Houston, defensive end Lawrence Jackson, defensive tackle Nick Fairley and running back Kevin Smith.

Both Delmas and Houston have missed the Lions’ last two games after suffering sprained MCL’s against the Packers on Thanksgiving.

Schwartz said it was too early to tell definitively on Monday whether some of those players will be back, but is hopeful at least some can return for Sunday’s game in Oakland.

Jackson hasn’t played since the Bears game Oct. 13 with a deep thigh bruise.

Smith, who missed the Vikings game with a high ankle sprain, will have another week to get back on the field. He played after 10 days rest between Thanksgiving and the New Orleans games.

Fairley missed Sunday’s game after re-aggravating a foot injury against the Saints a week prior.

Davis was forced into action Sunday when starting corners Aaron Berry and Eric Wright left with injuries.

Berry hurt a shoulder making a tackle in the in the first half and didn’t return.

“It’s still too early to tell, but the initial test or results sort of lead us to believe that he has a chance to be able to come back,” Schwartz said of Berry on Monday.

Wright (hamstring) was able to come back into the game in the fourth quarter but was only able to play because the Lions were in Cover-2 and he wasn’t running well.

“It was a difficult situation but we were able to get through it,” Schwartz said. “However we did, we got through it.

“Optimistic we will get a significant portion of those guys back. Again, we don’t have anything that is a season-ender.”

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25 Responses to “Help could be on the way for banged-up Lions”

  1. By Ghost of Bobby Layne on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    This team is tougher than I thought. If guts alone would win games that would be the champs.

  2. By Detroit fan on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Your right, this team has shown some true strengths, and I gave up on then over the last couple of seasons, but they has shown me they can do it. That is coming from a detroiter

  3. By larry on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    You guys can do anything…. i already see u guys in the playoffs. dont lose hope. u got this. just a little bit father to go…… you guys have showed everyone that anything is possible. you’ve made it this father but dont stop here push for the top. injuries happen just like my coach says. and when they happen you got to work with what you got and not give up dont lose hope. give it all you got and believe that you can do anything. give it a 100% every second of these last few games. i believe in you guys. you can do it. GO LIONS!!!!!!!

  4. By chris on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    props to the lions for hanging tough and getting the W!! Please get Calvin involved more though!!!

  5. By G. Money on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Was it just me, or did Alphonso Smith state his case for replacing Chris Houston the rest of the season?

  6. By Dom on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    @ G. Money–perhaps. The question is…will the real Alphonso Smith PLEASE stand up?!?! The guy that played yesterday looked like the Alphonso Smith from early in the ’10-’11 season i.e. the CB who was 9@ least) tied for the NFL lead in INTs. But i , for one, am deathly afraid he somehoe reverts to the CB who got straight TORCHED my Tom Brady & the Pats last Thanksgiving :/ After that game, all of his progress was derailed…We shall see. Chris Houston has played pretty well this year, so i don’t think he loses his starting job…yet.

  7. By ndomndom...whatever! on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    No mention of Suh here, is he on a road trip back from Portland…hopefully with someone else driving. Lions need to unleash the beast ( if Fairly ) is healthy enough and let Fairly play inside and try Suh out on the corner off and on and see what shakes out. Rotating Suh with Avril and Vandenbosch would be an offensive line coach’s worst nightmare. I would love to see Schwartz get cocky and try it

  8. By chad from kalamazoo.mi on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    detroit is a stronger teem there beter then the raiders there agressive smart and can reed the field very well they can beet the raiders defencsivly and offencsivly stay away frome the pentleys and play good foot ball this sunday
    the lions will pull off a 9-5 win ya baby go lions

  9. By aaron on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    well keep alphonso smith in becuase obviously he is a play maker with 2 ints, bring back in delmas,berry,suh, wright, and fairley back in, bring back in kevin smith, and things will go back to normal, like the dominating, rolling, lions we seen at the beginning of the year, ROARRRR!!!

  10. By on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    No way Chris Houston or Aaron Berry play this week. I saw Houston pre-game on Sunday limping around.

    Delmas and LOJack looked good. They might have a chance.

    We need to sign two corners for this game. Brandon McDonald? Anthony Madison?

  11. By Lance McCray on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    mixing those three up would be dangerous for other teams. I would LOVE to see any team try to stop that line if he did that

  12. By jordan on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    yeah for sure mix it up with some stunts remember last year vs redskins

  13. By StaticDean on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Glad to see a excited crowd tonight. Yesterday all I read was how bad the Lions sucked. A little early to jump off the band wagon-wagoners! We got a break yesterday. I had to turn off the game I was so sure we were going to lose but luck was on our side and we got a break at home for once. Been along time since thats happened. We been in every game this year even with GB and NO. If we can get healthy in the running back department and get our defense to carry us to the end we have a chance to go far. Stafford it was said only played his 25th game of his career and look at his stats! Hes going to get better with every snap. I’m proud of our team this year no matter how they play out. And can’t wait for next year already! GO LIONS hit the nay sayers in the mouth!

  14. By Bill Mi on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    GO LIONS!!!!

  15. By DAVETHELIONSFAN on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    I do hope to see Kevin Smith back, but I still think Keiland Williams has not been truly tested, and don’t leave out Mo Mo, he’s the only one that has been solid for us. I don’t know what their mind set is, but I feel they should use all three, oh yeah they resigned Aaron Brown where is he? Why is it that we rarely ever see the “I” formation? They should put a really big strong guy (maybe Suh, or Fairley) to open a lane for a tailback, the offensive line can barely protect and hold, much less push a good defense back. I’m just sayin’

  16. By david on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    As much as the minnesota game was a must win the same goes for oakland.Oakland runs the ball well so im hoping fairley will be active for this game because we need all the dline help we can get. Oakland is also fighting for their playoff lives and on national tv at home their gonna more pumped than ever. We really need this win because i dont want to have that GB game be win get in lose go home and hope for other teams to lose although i am going to do that too. GO LIONS!!

  17. By naz313 on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    any of the injured lions are going to play this sunday please update me

  18. By tony kayden on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with Larry, Dec 12th. You guys have played injured, played with out Suh, come back from adversity. We are so close for the first time in how long I can’t even remember. Three games to go and I believe you guys can win all three. Play smart. Play hard. Show everyone that this team is no fluke, that you’re a contender. You CAN beat Green Bay. And when you do the road to the Super Bowl will be yours. GO LIONS!!!

  19. By Bengals Fan on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Please get healthy Kevin Smith…

  20. By andrew on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    StaticDean, you are correct! The naysayers have shot themselves between the legs and in the face! The Lions are NOT as dumb as the naysayers look! They can and WILL make it to the playoffs this year. So many will owe the Lions restitution. You deserve a medal for your column. GO LIONS! Hopefully see you at the Super Bowl.

  21. By steve on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    det is the best team ib the league when they are all healthy. lets not forget that we dont have are rb leshore for the power running and best for the screens and outside running but we will next year and a healty fairly, This team is on there way to the top

  22. By steve on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    Det needs to play disapline football for the rest of the year and hold people accountable for there actions. Lions offence can move the ball at will but 5 penlties later there back at there own 20 BIG BIG PROBLEM that is the reason we lose we beat are self. remove the penlties out of your games and see the results you can be beat then. PLAYOFFS CONTENDERS ARE HERE

  23. By steve on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    can’t be beat then spelling error

  24. By Mestal on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    Be carefull, a lot of changes might be bad for some issues as to create a team conscience. Bringing a lot of replacements some times is not the answer and got to stick to what you have, trust on your own. Carpenter is the kind of player that is good to be in the field, he is a leader. Pay attention to small details. You dont have to be the best to give the best results. Go Lions, enjoy the game!

  25. By Detroit Lions #1 on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Injuries KILLED the team last year, but the talent is here. GO LIONS 2012!

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