Monday Notes: Ball Placed on Reserve/Injured List

  • The Lions' fourth day of practice followed the same basic routine as the previous three days.  Both sessions were outside and in the morning the Lions were in full pads, and in the afternoon they were in shells.
  • As expected, wide receiver Reggie Ball was placed on the reserve/injured list.  The knee injury he suffered during Friday's morning practice was serious enough to shelve him for an extended period of time, which is why the Lions just went ahead and put him on the reserve list.
  • To fill the void created by Ball's injury, the Lions have signed former Grand Valley State wide receiver Eric Fowler.  Fowler is actually from New Haven, Michigan, and had an outstanding career at GVSU.  He signed with the Steelers after last year's draft before being cut after the preseason ended.  Eventually Fowler was signed to the Rams' practice squad last December, but was cut just last week, giving the Lions a chance to bring him back home.
  • Just as usual, no changes have been made to the PUP list.
  • The Lions' new offensive philosophy that focuses on balance will greatly help Jon Kitna this season.  Compared to the past two years with Mike Martz calling the shots, Kitna will be sacked far less since there will be less passing.  That's good news for the Lions as Kitna isn't getting any younger, and getting hit as much as he has in the past two years didn't help.
  • Bill Ford Jr. has faith in Rod Marinelli but declined to comment on Matt Millen.  Also, Tom Lewand claimed that the Lions are actually ahead in season-ticket sales compared to last year despite some rumblings that they were having trouble selling tickets.
  • Daniel Bullocks feels he is ready to start practicing, but the Lions don't want to take any chances of him getting injured again due to being rushed back too soon.
  • Teddy Lehman was traveling quite a bit before ending up back in Detroit.
  • Calvin Johnson's back thankfully didn't give him problems after he made a catch that was similar to the one that hurt him in the first place.
  • Center Dominic Raiola crushed a trash can before practice yesterday instead of a tackling dummy.
  • Rod Marinelli is likely going to utilize a new rule change that gives teams the option to defer if they win the opening coin toss.  That new option means teams can send their defense out first and start the second half on offense, but still have a say in which end of the field they want to defend.
  • The Lions' 12th annual kickoff luncheon will be held at Cobo Center on August 27.  For more information, including how to order tickets, click here.
  • Brett Favre did not report to Packers training camp yesterday.  Originally he was planning on showing up, but he decided against it as it would only cause more problems.
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