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Lions Notes: CFL Edition

  • At this time last year, we were all wondering if Charles Rogers would get cut when the roster was trimmed down to 53 players.  As it turned out, Rogers was cut and the official title of "bust" was placed next to his name.  A one time second overall pick in the draft, Lions fans had high expectations for the local standout from Michigan State.  Instead, it was injuries and off the field problems that eventually led to his demise as an NFL player.

    With no NFL teams even interested in Rogers right now, the wide receiver is probably going to pack things up and head north of the border.

    Agent Jason Fletcher said that three CFL teams have demonstrated interest in his client and that, with no viable NFL opportunities right now, Rogers will likely sign a contract soon that will get him back onto the field.

    "He wants to play again and it's the best opportunity for him to show he can play again," Fletcher said of the CFL scenario.

    Matt Millen does have an eye for talent, unfortunately that is CFL talent too often.

  • The Lions will likely be down a quarterback in Indy this Saturday.  Dan Orlovsky, who is trying to win the backup job to Jon Kitna, is injured with a turf toe after jamming it. Orlovsky missed practice today and his status to play against the Colts is doubtful.  That means that J.T. O'Sullivan will get more playing time than usual once Kitna is taken out of the game.

  • Speaking of injuries, a few Lions were banged up during the Cleveland game.  Starters Damien Woody and Cory Redding both left the game injured.  Woody hurt his ankle and Redding sprained his elbow.  Neither injury sounds too serious right now, so I wouldn't worry yet.  Also injured was Frank Davis and kicker Kenny Byrd.  The Free Press article linked here says Byrd was hurt when a Cleveland player "ran into him after a field goal," but if I remember correctly, he was injured on a kickoff.  Byrd's foot kicked the ball and went into the ground pretty hard, and after that, he was gimpy.  The injury wasn't bad enough to knock him out of the game for good, but he was put on injured reserve today.

  • Part of the reason why Byrd was sent to the IR was to open a spot for quarterback Phil Horvath out of Northern Illinois to be brought in again.  Horvath was on the roster after the draft but was later cut.  He is being brought in so there are enough quarterbacks to run drills in practice.

  • Two defensive linemen are returning to practice.  Dewayne White is back on the practice field after being knocked out with a groin injury early on during training camp.  The other d-lineman that is back is Shaun Rogers, who practiced for the first time at all this summer. Both should play at Indianapolis on Saturday.

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