Lions place CB Jacob Lacey on IR; sign CB Ron Bartell

Posted by ttwentyman on December 18, 2012 – 7:02 pm

The Lions have lost another defensive back to the injured reserve list.

This time, it’s cornerback Jacob Lacey, who suffered a subluxation of his left knee cap in the team’s loss to the Cardinals last week.

“It’s not an ACL or a surgery,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Tuesday. “But it is going to put him down for a little while. It popped back in on the field. He was game (to try and come back) but couldn’t run well enough.”

Lacey has been battling foot and Achilles tendon injuries for most of the season.

“He’s a tough guy and he’ll bounce back from this,” Schwartz said.

To take Lacey’s place on the active roster, the Lions signed veteran cornerback Ron Bartell, who spent his first seven seasons with the Rams and started six games with the Raiders this year.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Bartell grew up in Detroit and played his college football at Howard.

“He’s a big corner. He’s got experience,” Schwartz said of Bartell. “He’s in good shape and has been playing recently. He worked out well for us.”

Bartell played as recently as Week 14 for the Raiders in a loss to the Broncos. He started that game and recorded four tackles and defended a pass.

The Raiders cut him Dec. 10 so they could get a look at some of their younger players, according to reports.

Bartell missed all but one game in 2011 because of a neck injury. He signed with the Raiders as a free agent this offseason and started Week 1. He broke his shoulder blade in the first game of the season, but returned to the lineup Nov. 11 in Baltimore and started the next five games.

He has 71 career starts in a eight-year career.


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CB Jacob Lacey suffers ‘significant’ knee injury

Posted by ttwentyman on December 17, 2012 – 4:53 pm

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Monday that cornerback Jacob Lacey suffered a ‘significant’ knee injury in Sunday’s 38-10 loss at Arizona that could spell the end of the his season.

Lacey was injured making a tackle on the games opening series. He immediately grabbed at his left knee, but did eventually walk off the field under his own power.

He went to the locker room for tests and was cleared to return to the field at one point, but Schwartz said after the game that Lacey couldn’t run well enough for him to have confidence enough to put him back into the game.

“It’s not ligament or anything like that, but there’s potential it could keep him out the rest of the season,” Schwartz said Monday.

Add Lacey to a mounting list of injured members to the secondary this season. Rookie cornerback Bill Bentley has already been lost for the year following shoulder surgery. Louis Delmas has missed eight games with a knee and Amari Spievey is on injured reserve with a concussion. Drayton Florence missed a significant portion of the season, too, after breaking his forearm Week 2 at San Francisco.

Schwartz did speak positively about the possible return of defensive tackle Nick Fairley and tight end Brandon Pettigrew vs. Atlanta Saturday night.

“Well we haven’t put them on IR and if we don’t put them on IR than I think there’s still a hope in our mind that we’ll get them back or at least a chance that we’ll get them back,” he said. “And we’ll just have to see how they continue to respond to treatment. Neither guy was available to play last week and even though they both worked really hard to try to get to that spot, they just weren’t ready.”


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Delmas returns to practice; Pettigrew and Fairley still out

Posted by ttwentyman on December 13, 2012 – 1:07 pm

The Lions got three-fourths of their starting secondary back on the practice field Thursday as they continued preparations for Sunday’s game in Arizona.

Cornerbacks Chris Houston (ankle) and Jacob Lacey (foot/Achilles) and safety Louis Delmas (knee) returned to the portion of practice open to the media.

Delmas hasn’t played since Indianapolis because of that sore left knee, and has missed eight games total this year.

It’s no surprise all three players are eager to play Sunday. The Cardinals have the league’s 32nd-ranked offense and the No. 28 passing offense (190.9 ypg).

The Lions were still without tight end Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) and defensive tackle Nick Fairley (shoulder), who both missed their second consecutive day of practice. Both players left Sunday’s game in Green Bay and did not return.


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Lions without five starters at practice

Posted by ttwentyman on December 12, 2012 – 1:06 pm

The Lions were without five starters at practice today – four on defense – as they get ready to face the Cardinals in Arizona Sunday.

The team was without cornerbacks Chris Houston and Jacob Lacey, safety Louis Delmas, defensive tackle Nick Fairley and tight end Brandon Pettigrew for the portion of practice open to the media.

Pettigrew left Sunday’s game in Green Bay early in the first quarter with an ankle injury and did not return.

Fairley left in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury and didn’t return.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said during his Monday press conference that both players were being evaluated on Monday and they would be monitored this week.

Houston and Lacey have been dealing with ankle and foot injuries for the past few weeks.

Delmas missed the Packers game – his eighth missed game this season – with that sore left knee that’s been bothering him all year.


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Williams, Fairley, Delmas and others questionable for Sunday

Posted by ttwentyman on December 7, 2012 – 5:00 pm

The Lions could potentially have their full compliment of players available to them Sunday in Green Bay.

The team’s Friday injury report is out and no player has been ruled out or are doubtful for Sunday.

Defensive tackle Corey Williams is probably the biggest question mark having missed all three practices this week with a knee injury. He’s officially listed as questionable. The knee has bothered Williams since September, and he’s missed a total of five games this year with the injury.

He only practiced once last week and still played against the Colts.

Safety Louis Delmas (knee) and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (non injury related, rest) missed practice Friday. Delmas is listed as questionable. Vanden Bosch will play.

Joining Williams and Delmas as questionable are: tackle Jeff Backus (hamstring), defensive tackle Nick Fairley (quad), cornerback Chris Houston (ankle), and cornerback Jacob Lacey (foot/Achilles).

Tackle Gosder Cherilus (knees), defensive end Lawrence Jackson (concussion), receiver Kassim Osgood (finger) and linebacker Ashlee Palmer (thumb) are probable.


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Williams, Fairley only Lions missing from practice

Posted by ttwentyman on December 6, 2012 – 12:56 pm

The Lions had a numbers of starter return to the practice field today and look relatively healthy heading into Sunday night’s prime time matchup with the Packers in Green Bay.

Cornerbacks Chris Houston (ankle) and Jacob Lacey (foot/Achilles) returned to practice after sitting out Wednesday.

Defensive end Lawrence Jackson (concussion), right tackle Gosder Cherilus (knees) and safety Louis Delmas (knee) were also back after missing Wednesday’s session. Delmas was limited participant in the portion of practice open to the media today, though.

Defensive tackles Corey Williams (knee) and Nick Fairley (quad) were the only players not on the practice field.

Fairley was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice, but is expected to play Sunday.

Williams missed his second consecutive practice, but that could be more his routine for the remainder of the season. He only practiced once last week and still played Sunday vs. Indianapolis.


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Lions missing five starters; Tyrell Johnson and Lance Long practice

Posted by ttwentyman on December 5, 2012 – 1:08 pm

The Lions were outdoors for practice today as they began on-field preparations for Sunday night’s game in Green Bay. The Lions have lost 21-straight games to the Packers in the state of Wisconsin dating back to 1991.

Five starters and another key reserve were not among their teammates at practice Wednesday.

Defensive tackle Corey Williams, cornerbacks Chris Houston and Jacob Lacey, safety Louis Delmas and right tackle Gosder Cherilus did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media. Reserve defensive end Lawrence Jackson also sat out.

All six of those players finished Sunday’s loss to the Colts, though.

New signees Tyrell Johnson and Lance Long were on the field.

Johnson, a safety, was signed Tuesday night when the team released safety Erik Coleman.

Long was signed Wednesday morning to add depth to the receiving corps. He spent the preseason with the Lions and caught eight passes for 97 yards and might have the greatest nickname in the league when he was dubbed “The Vanilla Gorilla” by teammates and coaches this preseason.


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Delmas, Backus, Williams, Vanden Bosch and Lacey all questionable for Sunday

Posted by ttwentyman on November 30, 2012 – 5:00 pm

Safety Louis Delmas did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media on Friday and is officially listed as questionable on the week’s final injury report for Sunday’s game vs. Indianapolis.

Delmas couldn’t finish the Texans game on Thanksgiving because soreness developed in his left knee. He practiced only once this week (on Thursday) and was limited.

The Lions were also without defensive tackle Corey Williams for practice Friday. He, too, is listed as questionable for Sunday. He hasn’t played in nearly a month because of a knee injury.

Left tackle Jeff Backus is also listed as questionable. Backus had his iron-man streak of 187 consecutive starts (including playoffs) broken last week when he missed the Thanksgiving Day Game vs. Houston with a hamstring injury. He was limited in practice both Thursday and Friday.

“Every player if they can go out and do their job and help us be in a position to win then they’ll be out on the field,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said of Backus. “If they can’t, then they won’t. We have to do what’s best for the football team. Jeff understands that. He is probably one of our best team-orientated players as it is so he understands that also.”

Also questionable are: cornerback Jacob Lacey (foot/knee) and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (neck). Vanden Bosch was a full participant in practice Friday after missing Thursday. Lacey has been limited all week.

The list of players probable for Sunday include: defensive end Cliff Avril (back), cornerback Jonté Green (illness), cornerback Chris Houston (ankle), receiver Calvin Johnson (thumb), running back Mikel Leshoure (ankle), linebacker Ashlee Palmer (thumb) and guard Rob Sims (hamstring).


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Delmas, Fairley, Florence questionable; Backus doubtful

Posted by ttwentyman on November 21, 2012 – 5:00 pm

Lions safety Louis Delmas is officially listed as questionable for Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day Game vs. Houston.

Delmas has missed the team’s last three contests since injuring his left knee in the third quarter against Seattle Oct. 28. It was same knee Delmas had surgery on in training camp that prevented him from playing in the team’s first four games.

He returned to practice Tuesday in limited fashion and was also limited in Wednesday’s walkthrough, though designations for walkthroughs are estimations because it isn’t officially a practice.

“There’s nothing like having the leader of your defense, a guy who is literally the heart and soul of our defense, and a guy that’s been experienced and played well in our defense,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said this week when asked what Delmas’ return to the lineup would mean.

Cornerback Drayton Florence (concussion) is also listed as questionable. Florence was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday’s walkthrough, so based on that estimation, Florence has been cleared to resume physical activity. It’s unclear if he’s been cleared for contact after suffering a concussion last week vs. the Packers.

Second-year defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who’s played very well in back-to-back weeks, showed up on Wednesday’s injury report with an illness and is also listed as questionable. He did not participate in the team’s walkthrough on Wednesday.

Fairley has started for the injured Corey Williams (knee) the last two weeks and has combined for 11 tackles, three sacks and five tackles for loss over that span.

Joining Delmas, Florence and Fairley as questionable is cornerback Jacob Lacey (foot) and Williams (knee/illness).

As expected, left tackle Jeff Backus is listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury. Backus has started 187 consecutive games (including playoffs) since being drafted by the Lions in 2001. If he doesn’t play, rookie Riley Reiff will start at left tackle.

The list of players probable are: defensive end Cliff Avril (back), safety Erik Coleman (eye), kicker Jason Hanson (left foot), defensive tackle Sammie Hill (knee), cornerback Chris Houston (ankle), receiver Calvin Johnson (knee/thumb), linebacker Ashlee Palmer (chest), guard Rob Sims (hamstring) and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (knee).

Receiver Titus Young has been ruled out for none injury related reasons.

The Texans have listed defensive tackle Shaun Cody (back/ribs), linebacker Tim Dobbins (shoulder), cornerback Johnathan Joseph (hamstring) and running back Ben Tate (hamstring) as questionable.


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Johnson and Leshoure miss practice; Lacey back

Posted by ttwentyman on October 31, 2012 – 11:54 am

The Lions were without a number of key contributors Wednesday as they began on-field preparation for Sunday’s game at Jacksonville.

Receiver Calvin Johnson and running Mikel Leshoure did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media.

Johnson has been dealing with a knee injury the past few weeks and it’s been routine for him to miss practice during the week. He’s played in all seven games.

Leshoure asked to come out of last week’s game after a 7-yard run in the third quarter and trainers worked on his lower right leg for a bit on the sidelines. He did not return. Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Wednesday his absence from practice was due to “personal reasons” and he would be back at practice Thursday.

The Lions also practiced without safeties Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey, defensive end Cliff Avril, defensive tackle Corey Williams, linebacker DeAndre Levy and cornerback Bill Bentley.

Bentley had been practicing in a limited fashion the last two weeks while dealing with a shoulder injury. He was not at the open portion of practice at all Wednesday.

The Lions did get some good news: cornerbacks Jacob Lacey (concussion) and Drayton Florence (broken arm) were back on the practice field. Florence isn’t eligible to come off short-term IR until the Packers game.


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