Jason Hanson Misses Practice; Lions Work Out Kickers

Although the Detroit Lions have emerged from their bye week as a relatively healthy team, there are still some concerns going forward. The most noteworthy concern revolves around Jahvid Best and his recovery from another concussion. That is more of a long-term concern considering he's already missed two games. A more short-term concern is the health of Jason Hanson, who missed today's practice.

According to Paula Pasche, Hanson was unable to participate because he has stitches in one of his knees.

Hanson, according to an unsubstantiated report, took stitches in one of his knees after an ATV incident over the bye weekend.

Because the Lions haven't signed any kickers, it looks like they're not yet sure if Hanson will be able to play or if he will be out on Sunday. Just in case he can't give it a go, the Lions worked out Shayne Graham and an unknown kicker today. Chances are Dave Rayner would be on standby had he not just signed with the Buffalo Bills to fill in for Rian Lindell.

Kicker may not be the only special teams issue for the Lions this week. Dave Birkett reports that punter Ryan Donahue is going to get an MRI after injuring his quad while kicking prior to today's practice. Apparently the Lions wanted to test out Donahue as a possible replacement for Hanson, but if he is also now hurt, Detroit may be in need of both a kicker and a punter.

UPDATE: According to Dave Birkett, Rhys Lloyd was the other kicker that worked out for the Lions.

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