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Training Camp Notes: 8/16

  • Training camp is nearing its end as the second preseason game approaches.  The Lions completed day #21 of camp yesterday and you can bet are ready for it to be over. Thursday's lone practice was held on the outdoor fields in shorts and helmets.

  • Many Lions players aren't going to play on Saturday against Cleveland because of injuries. Here is the full list:
    Several Lions regulars will be held out of Saturday night's exhibition at Cleveland because of minor injuries: defensive end Kalimba Edwards (ankle), wide receiver Mike Furrey (knee), wide receiver Roy Williams (hamstring), kicker Jason Hanson (hamstring), defensive end Dewayne White (groin) and linebacker Teddy Lehman (shoulder).

    Linebackers Anthony Cannon (quad) and Joe Lobendahn (quad) are questionable. Defensive tackle Shaun Rogers (knee), running back Kevin Jones (foot) and wide receiver Devale Ellis (knee) remain on the physically unable to perform list.


    Also in that article is news that I definitely like to hear about a certain player Pride of Detroit is familiar with.
    The first-team defense is also scheduled to go deep into the second quarter. But if it gets a lot of work early, it could come out earlier. Rookie Ikaika Alama-Francis will start at right defensive end.

    That's great news for Ikaika.  He will get an awesome chance to show what he's made of, and I would be willing to bet doesn't disappoint.

  • The starters will get more playing time in tomorrow's game.  Chances are we will see them for a good portion of the second quarter, but possibly even until halftime.  One of those starters will be Calvin Johnson since Roy Williams isn't going to play because of a "sore hamstring."

  • J.T. O'Sullivan will be second in the rotation of quarterbacks on Saturday.  He will replace Jon Kitna, meaning Dan Orlovsky is going to come in last.

  • The Lions' game at Cleveland is going to be shown live on CW 50 instead of a tape-delay like last week.  The reason for that is because this week's game isn't blacked out, so you can watch the game from the minute it actually starts at 7:00 p.m. ET.

  • Defensive line coach Joe Cullen, who was arrested twice nearly a year ago, is making progress.  That is according to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who visited Detroit yesterday (more above) and said that he met with Cullen two months ago and came away as impressed.