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Wednesday Notes: Lions Claim Orion Martin, Release Eric Fowler

  • Don't forget, individual tickets for Lions home games go on sale tomorrow morning.
  • The Lions claimed linebacker/defensive end Orion Martin on Tuesday.  Martin was released by the Dolphins on Monday, and the Lions wasted little time in claiming him.  With depth at linebacker getting a little thin thanks to Darnell Bing's injury, the Lions felt it was necessary to bring someone in to shore things up a bit.  Martin is an undrafted rookie from Virginia Tech.
  • To make room on the roster for Martin, the Lions released Eric Fowler.  With a trio of Lions receiver returning to practice earlier this week, it's not too surprising that Fowler was released.  I would have rather seen Keary Colbert get released, but it's not like Fowler was doing anything special.  I'm sure he will be back at some point anyways.  It seems like he is always getting signed and released by the Lions.
  • Brandon Pettigrew was back in practice on Monday, though it was in a limited fashion.  Regardless, it's good that he has returned.  There is a chance he could play against Indianapolis, though I imagine things would have to go perfect for him the rest of this week for that to happen.
  • Anthony Henry missed the morning session of practice yesterday, and fellow cornerback Phillip Buchanon only participated in individual activities. 
  • Aveion Cason missed practice again, as did Allen Ervin, who just stopped wearing his protective boot.
  • While the Lions did add a running back to the team earlier this week, they may not be done with that position just yet.  If injuries continue to pile up, undrafted rookie Tyrell Fenroy, who visited the Lions on Monday, could join the team.  Fenroy went to Louisiana-Lafayette and was briefly on the Bears following the draft.
  • Although receiver turned kicker Dane Looker didn't miss a single field goal during yesterday's practice, the Lions are going to host a few free agent kickers for a visit today.  Everyone was impressed with what Looker did, but the Lions probably want him to stay focused on being a receiver.  Plus, the Lions need to have a kicker ready to go just in case Jason Hanson isn't able to return when the regular season begins.  Swayze Waters hasn't looked bad or anything, but Detroit has to make sure he isn't injured on a regular basis with Hanson's status in question.  Considering that, a backup backup plan may be necessary.
  • Aaron Brown is spending time in practice working on his pass-blocking.
  • With T.J. Duckett becoming a free agent, there has been some talk about the Lions bringing him back.  Duckett is a good player for short-yardage situations, but I'm happy with Jerome Felton.
  • As if Daniel Bullocks wasn't having a rough enough time as it is, news broke yesterday that he may have been a victim of a Ponzi scheme.
  • Former Lion Dick LeBeau is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2010 class.