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Sunday Notes: Ball Possibly Done for Season Due to Knee Injury

  • The Lions' third day of training camp (on Saturday) featured a full pads practice in the morning and a special teams session in the afternoon in shells.
  • Wide receiver Reggie Ball is likely done for the season after suffering a knee injury in practice on Friday.
    On WR Reggie Ball's injury: "He's out, no question about that. It's a knee (injury). I can't say exactly what it all is. The (doctor) I know came in this morning to look at it, but he's out."

    On whether Ball is out for the season: "He could be out - done."

    On whether Ball will need surgery: "Once the (doctor) sees - I want to see what he says today. But it doesn't look good."
    Ball was a long shot to make the team, but it's still disappointing to see any player get hurt, especially that seriously.  Ball was able to walk off the practice field on his own after lying on the ground for a bit, but it's obvious that he hurt his knee pretty badly based on Rod Marinelli's above comments.
  • The first pair of practices open to the general public are on Tuesday.  Practice times for that day are 8:35 a.m., and either 3:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.  I've seen both listed and will see if the Lions can clarify the exact time.  Gates open a half hour before each practice and only the first 700 fans there will be allowed in.  Here is some more info on all open practices:
    Re-entry is not permitted and children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Personal belongings are subject to inspection upon entry and items not permitted into open practices include: professional cameras (lenses over five inches long and/or 50mm or above), any video camera, food, beverage, coolers, lawn chairs, blankets, umbrellas, backpacks or large bags. The fan viewing area features: bleacher seating areas, additional standing areas, a shaded tent area, The Roar & More team store, offering items such as official 2008 Training Camp and Sideline apparel, and concessions. Though autographs are not guaranteed, it was common in 2007 for Lions' players and coaches to meet fans following practice sessions.
  • Teddy Lehman's contract is for one year.
  • After three days of being able to evaluate injured players, there are surprisingly still zero changes to the PUP list.  S Daniel Bullocks, TE Dan Campbell, WR Shaun McDonald, and OG Edwin Mulitalo are all still stuck on the PUP list, meaning they are not able to practice.  It was initially expected that at least one of the four would be back on the active roster by now, but obviously the Lions don't want to rush anyone back to practice too soon.
  • Zero Lions were fined this year for being overweight.  That is a nice thing to hear for a change after having players like Mike Williams and Shaun Rogers face weight issues in the past.
  • Jim Colletto has already installed most of the Lions' base offense in only three days of practice.
  • According to Colletto, Dan Orlovsky is ahead of Drew Stanton so far when it comes to who will be Jon Kitna's backup.
  • Jared DeVries is hungry for the left defensive end starting spot.
  • Mike O'Hara caught up with Cory Redding.
  • The Lions are learning about having discipline quickly as an officiating crew has been in attendance the last three days.
  • Tom Kowalski has quite a few tidbits posted from yesterday.
  • The Free Press has a photo gallery up of Friday's afternoon practice.
  • MLive has audio of Caleb Campbell's interview on the Dan Patrick Show.
  • Browns defensive tackle Shaun Rogers picked off a pass in practice that was similar to his INT he had that went back for a TD against Denver last year.

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