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Injuries Worsen: Damien Woody Placed on Injured Reserve

If you thought the Lions offensive line was banged up before, then wait until you hear this next story.  Injuries have been bad all here, and a lot of potential starters haven't even played at all in 2006.  But, specifically, the position that has seen the most injuries was the offensive line.  Rex Tucker and Ross Verba haven't seen the field as they've been injured since the preseason, and now the depth gets even worse.

Damien Woody left the game on Sunday at Minnesota during the first possession with an injury, and was carted off the field soon after.  He sprained his foot and didn't return.

The latest news now is that Damien Woody's season is over as the Lions placed him on the injured reserve today.  That move basically means that he had no chance of recovering from this injury in time to be back before the final game, and now will officially be done. How an injury called a "sprained foot" ends your season I'll never know. But, the injury itself must've been worse than originally expected.

With this move, and the fact that Rex Tucker and Ross Verba are likely to miss this weekend's game against Buffalo, the Lions now only have two regular starters to protect Jon Kitna and Kevin Jones.  That is not good odds.  The o-line is one of the most important positions simply because they give your QB time to make a pass, and the RB holes to run through.

With the now open roster spot, Devale Ellis was signed to the team for the second time this season. Ellis will add some speed on special teams, and also could make things even harder for Mike Williams to get playing time. Finally, Anthony Sherrell, who is from Eastern Michigan, was signed to the practice squad.  

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