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Lions Notes: Cason In, Middleton Out

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  • Aveion Cason is back on the team.  He was signed yesterday to add depth to the running back position as T.J. Duckett is suffering from an ankle injury.  It isn't known yet if Duckett will be able to play on Sunday, especially after missing practice on Wednesday, so Cason will likely be on the active list against Minnesota.  To make room for Cason, wide receiver Brandon Middleton was cut.

  • Shaun Rogers participated in a full practice yesterday despite having a sore leg.  Rogers was out for quite some time with an injury last season and into late August, but he made his presence felt against Oakland with a great performance.  Hopefully we see that Shaun Rogers more often.

  • Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Lions coach Rod Marinelli have a mutual liking for each other.
    When Adrian Peterson visited Lions headquarters before the NFL draft, one thing stuck out.

    "The head coach, I felt like he was an awesome dude," Peterson said. "He was real cool. I really felt like I could have related to him a little bit as far as being a player's coach."

    Marinelli thought Peterson was awesome, too. He loved the tape he had seen of the Fiesta Bowl - Peterson sprinting downfield to make a tackle after an interception against Boise State.

    "The effort," Marinelli said. "To get up off the ground. That spoke volumes to me about the type of person he is and the type of player he is."


    Peterson played great in the Vikings' season opener and will undoubtedly be a factor this coming Sunday.

  • Former Lions QB Josh McCown was decent against Detroit last Sunday and orchestrated a comeback that put Oakland in position to win.  With that, he was set to be the starting QB in Week 2, but an injury may keep him on the sidelines.  On the final play of the game, McCown broke his right index finger after hitting it off the helmet of one of his offensive lineman.  It isn't known whether McCown will try to play this coming Sunday, but if he doesn't, Daunte Culpepper will likely step in as the starter.

  • As of right now, Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson are both staying focused on the next game, not postseason accolades.  The two will meet for the first of two games this season, and this will give us an early look at the two rookie of the year candidates.  Though neither really wants to talk all that much about being a ROY, you can bet both are favorites to win the award.

  • The new All American Football League (AAFL) held tryouts today at Ford Field, and many familiar faces locally were present.  The AAFL will begin play in 2008 and should be pretty interesting.  There is a team located in Michigan that will play at Ford Field, so keep an eye on it once the offseason truly gets going.