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Tuesday Night Notes From Allen Park

Following another close loss, this time to Minnesota, the Lions head back home with 0 wins.  With that being said, some definite changes in order to get that first win will have to be made this week.  Here's the latest out of Allen Park:

  • Yesterday, the Lions met at the practice and training facility in Allen Park to review film from the Minnesota game.  The team will return to the actual practice field tomorrow in order to prepare for Buffalo this weekend.

  • The Lions have one statistical category to be proud of.  They lead the league in blocked kicks with a total of three so far this season.  First, it was two blocked field goals in the season opener against Seattle, and then a blocked extra point last Sunday in Minnesota. Special teams plays like this may only be a difference of a few points, but they could have an enormous impact on a game down the road.

  • When Detroit and Buffalo take the field on Sunday for a mid-season matchup, it'll be the second time the two teams have met at Ford Field in 2006.  The final preseason game of the season was a win by Buffalo 20-13, so the Lions will definitely use that as some redemption.

  • For the first time this season, a Lions game will be seen on CBS.  When Detroit hosts the Buffalo Bills, Gus Johnson will handle play-by-play and Steve Tasker will add color commentary.  Only one other time this season will a Lions game be broadcast on CBS.  That second game will come later in the year on Thanksgiving when Miami comes to town.

  • Rod Marinelli provided some insight into all of the frustrating injuries suffered in the Minnesota game, and also an update into some of the injuries that have had players suffering for quite some time now.
    "Just to start off with injury updates first. Roy Williams - stinger, pull in his upper back, he'll be day-to-day; (Damien) Woody - (mid-foot) sprain, his left foot is still being evaluated and we're going to know more on Wednesday; Shaun Cody, (has) a dislocated left toe - again they're doing more tests on that, so we're still waiting to see on those guys; (Barry) Stokes got an (ankle), more evaluation to be done; and, Kenoy Kennedy and (Alex) Lewis - (are) improving, we'll have to kind of wait until after Wednesday; Frank Davis should start to work back towards practice on Wednesday."

    It would be very important to get just some of these players back.  Detroit's offensive line has been banged up all season, and hasn't had a chance to show what they've got.  Plus, an injury to star wide receiver Roy Williams doesn't help either.  It'll be important to get him back very soon.