Following Monday's practice, Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz met with the media. Below is a look at what he had to say. (Quotes provided by the Lions.)
On the relief of finding out that Stafford's hand was okay: "We had a pretty good handle pretty quickly on the sideline what it was but you also want to make sure that you run every test known to mankind to make sure that it's nothing more. It might have been a little different if it had been a regular season game the way we handled it, but it was preseason and it is what it is."
On placing RB Jahvid Best on the Physically Unable to Perform list: "Well that's within the range of where the doctors wanted him to be. So it made for an easier decision; it's not an easy decision but it made it an easier decision. We'll just wait and see. Like I keep saying, he's looked extremely good in all his physical stuff and as soon as we can get him back and get clearance we will."
On expanding on his statement ‘where doctors want him to be,': "Just a timeframe they gave for potential return."
On the status update of CB Chris Houston, RB Kevin Smith and CB Bill Bentley: "Two ankles and a shoulder. We'll see where they get to. It's likely that none of them will play Thursday but we'll just see what kind of progression we can get them on. There's nothing really long term with any of them."
On RB Stefan Logan: "He's still not 100-percent back. Physically he's moving very well right now. His ankle hasn't been a problem at all and he's an open-field playmaker for us and he's going to be a very important part of our offense."
On what CB Kevin Barnes adds to the secondary: "Well I'm not going to comment on that until we pass physicals and all those kind of things. As soon as that happens I'll comment on it."
On the hypothetical cornerback skills he's looking for: "I think all of our corners there's things that are important to us. Multidimensional ability, being able to play inside, being able to play outside and being able to play special teams; I think if you're a corner that's going to make our roster those are going to be things that are going to be important to us. Being able to tackle and also be able to cover, be able to play zone, be able to play man; we're looking for multidimensional players. We're not looking for one-trick-ponies."
On whether he feels the team is better prepared this year to handle injuries in the secondary than last year: "I don't know, we'll see. Every year you plan to be; whether or not you can execute it or not is a lot like executing a game plan. If everything goes according to game plan, you'd score every time and hold them every time. It doesn't always go as planned. You know it's funny, when healthy we have a lot more depth. But right now we're battling some injuries back there. We'll see. We're still a couple weeks from the opener and it's a long season. Sixteen weeks and there's a lot of different things that can happen."
On the play of the secondary in the first three preseason games: "I don't want to say inconsistent; there are some things we can do better - but we played well in spots. We put some pressure on them. Generally when we play a preseason game we try to evaluate our players. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense to sit there and play a lot of Cover 2 where you can't evaluate a corner. So they've had a lot of pressure and we've played a lot of quarters, single-high and man-to-man and all-out blitzes and stuff like that. We've done well at times, other times we haven't played our best. I think we've seen some good things from the secondary."
On what he needs to see out of the punters to earn a roster spot: "Need to see consistent punting and that's something that we haven't gotten from either guy in the first three games. It's a very important game for both of those guys."
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