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Lions Notes: Alphonso Smith Practices; Update On Nick Fairley, Jason Fox

  • Cornerback Alphonso Smith practiced for the first time this year on Monday. Right now there's no indication if he will or won't play on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but at least he's back on the practice field.
  • Running back Maurice Morris and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch both practiced on Monday. Morris was no longer wearing a cast on his hand, so that's a good sign.
  • Offensive tackle Jason Fox and defensive tackle Nick Fairley are no longer wearing their walking boots, but don't expect to see them this week. Jim Schwartz said the two players are not out of the woods yet, so neither players is expected to play in the season opener against Tampa Bay.
  • Kicker Jason Hanson said it was a "huge bummer" that punter Nick Harris was released. Even so, he is looking forward to working with new punter Ryan Donahue.
  • Schwartz isn't worried about the unusually cool weather in Michigan hindering the Lions' preparation for their game in Tampa Bay, where it will be much, much hotter.
  • The Lions took 64 percent of their snaps last season out of the shotgun, which was apparently the highest rate in the NFL last season and possibly in history.
  • Thanks to all of the hope and optimism surrounding the Lions, they are doing quite well business-wise.