- The Lions practiced on the indoor field in helmets and shorts today at the team headquarters and training facility in Allen Park.
- The following players have been listed on the Detroit Lions’ injury report: S Kenoy Kennedy (foot) and LB Alex Lewis (knee) are out. CB Fernando Bryant (ankle), T Barry Stokes (hamstring), T Rex Tucker (knee) and G Ross Verba (hamstring) are questionable. DT Shaun Rogers (knee) is probable. Bryant, Kennedy, Lewis, Rogers, Stokes, Tucker and Verba each missed the team portion of practice today. Detroit did not make any changes to their injury report today.
- The following players have been listed on the St. Louis Rams’ injury report: T Orlando Pace (concussion) is doubtful and missed the team portion of practice today. St. Louis downgraded Pace from questionable to doubtful today.
- The Lions (0-3) will make their first ever trip to the Edwards Jones Dome this week to face the Rams (2-1). Detroit will look to get their first win after a difficult 31-24 loss to Green Bay while St. Louis will be trying to build off a close 16-14 victory at Arizona.
- Sunday’s game will be televised live in Metro Detroit on WJBK-TV FOX Channel 2 with Sam Rosen handling play-by-play and Tim Ryan adding color commentary. The game will also be broadcast on the Lions Radio Network (WKRK 97.1 FM) with announcer Dan Miller handling play-by-play, Jim Brandstatter adding color commentary and Tony Ortiz reporting from the sideline.
HEAD COACH ROD MARINELLI
Opening statement: “In terms of injuries: same guys, same situation and we’re just getting ready to go now.”
On if it looks like T Rex Tucker and G Ross Verba will be out and if he’ll see if G (Barry) Stokes can go: “We’ll wait until Sunday and see how he’s (Barry Stokes) feeling.”
On if CB Fernando Bryant won’t play: “(We’re leaning) that way, but I don’t know yet. He’s getting things checked out on the ankle; but again, we’ll kind of wait until game time.”
On if WR Shaun Bodiford will play: “We still have to make a decision.”
On if it’s a Sunday morning or a Saturday decision: “Could be a Saturday for us, ok?”
On if he’s looking at T Jonathan Scott again to start at right tackle: “Yeah – oh, yeah. He’ll play; he’ll go at right tackle. (Rick) DeMulling at left and then (Frank Davis) is up and now we just go to see that last offensive line – that’s six for us. We got to find out, got to get a feel on how ‘Stoksie’ is doing, or then if we can’t go there – (Blaine Saipaia) – the other guy we looked at. So we have some juggling yet to do before tomorrow, which is fine, it’s all part of the league.”
On if Scott did pretty well in the game vs. Green Bay: “Oh yeah and he (faced) a good rusher – a guy who really knows how to use his hands. Now he’s playing against another good rusher this week, because he’s fast – speed rush. The other guy, really good with his hands, power, inside, outside – this guy’s a veteran rusher also. So, this will be another high challenge for him, a very good challenge for him.”
On if he thinks the Rams will flip their ends at all: “I think they’ll keep the ends the same. That Leonard (Little) is a left end – that’s where he’s always been. So, I would think they would want to keep him there.”
On if he’s content with the various issues he was looking to improve upon this week: “All you do is work on them – hard. We had officials come out during the week, they watched our every move. So, I wanted to emphasize those things and just some things on coverage we’ve hit very hard. Sunday is test day, so we find out if we addressed them. We’ve hit them and now is when the real stuff happens. We’ll find out.”
On if he’s had officials before at practice and if it’s something that’s common with him: “I’ve been exposed to that. In Tampa we used to do that (bring them in).”
On if he does it from time to time or if he thinks it’s necessary: “I think it was necessary and maybe if I’m looking back to the start of the season, right off the season for about the first month, month and a half – you get used to having somebody watch us. So, I could have been maybe ahead of the game a little bit there. But we kind of did the same thing, when we had problems we brought them in for the rest of the year.”
On if the officials are a week-to-week thing or if he plans them months in advance: “Right now I will probably keep them on for awhile – on Wednesdays and Thursdays.”
On if they (officials) were here both Wednesday and Thursday of this week: “Yeah. We’re just trying to emphasize and the players all of a sudden see that everything is a little bit more detailed. You try to put a good emphasis on – if we’re trying to make an emphasis on something then I’ve got to find a stimulus to get it going.”
On where he got the referees from: “They brought them in for me (laughing) – no, no they’re college officials – local guys, so that was good.”
On how he got the officials on short notice: “It was last week, at the end of last week. It was this time last week, I wish I had looked ahead one more week earlier and I said let’s get something for next week and they gave us five or six days to get some guys coming. They like it because it improves their skill; they’re working on their stuff. So, hopefully it will help us.”
Courtesy of the Lions