After being slapped with a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, Shaun Rogers was scheduled to return to the field for Detroit tomorrow. The wait was finally over as he served the final portion of his suspension last week, and the Detroit defensive line could finally begin to get back to full strength. That wait now will have to wait another week.
While suspended, Shaun Rogers underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to repair some damage. Since he did have a substantial time off, you might as well take care of any injuries then. Because of the knee surgery, Rogers hasn't fully gotten back to 100% yet, and because of that, he will not be activated against Miami tomorrow. This news means that the makeshift defensive line that has been in place for the last few games will continue for at least one more.
Hopefully Rogers can start playing next week at New England as it'll be a tough game to even stay close without him on defense. Here are some other notes regarding injuries before the Lions take the field for tomorrow's Thanksgiving game.
- Mike Williams may actually get some playing time for a change as wide receivers Eddie Drummond and Devale Ellis are questionable. Rod Marinelli stated that he would see some action, maybe for once the Lions could use him in this offense.
- Another defensive lineman that will probably not be playing tomorrow is Shaun Cody. Cody has been suffering from an injured toe for a while now, and tried to return last week in Arizona. Playing just reaggravated it and now will probably keep him out of this week's game.
- Kevin Jones is listed as questionable against Miami, but many speculate that he will not play at all. Jones suffered a high ankle sprain against Arizona, and with only a few days to recover, likely won't play this week. The loss of Kevin Jones really hurts the Lions offense as he plays a big part of it. Jones is second on the team in catches and also is one of the best runners.