Training camps are often notorious for exposing a team to an injury bug, and as the
Detroit Lions prepare for their final day of camp, they've officially been bitten.
Players that will likely sit out Thursday's practice sessions, and possibly Saturday's
pre-season matchup at Cincinnati, include defensive starters Robert Porcher (knee), Earl
Holmes (hamstring), Dre' Bly (ankle) and Barrett Green (ankle), and on offense, wide
receiver Az-Zahir Hakim (knee), lineman Eric Beverly, and wide receiver/kick returner
Eddie Drummond (hamstring).
None of the injuries are considered serious.
Meanwhile, however, the Lions are still in the process of waiting for several players
to bounce back completely for injury.
Pro Bowl alternate tight end Mikhael Ricks and free-agent acquisition Shawn Bryson,
both recovering from knee surgery, are making progress and could play on Saturday.
Recently removed from the infirmary include veteran linebacker Brian Williams and
safety Corey Harris. Each player is still questionable for Saturday.
One piece of good news was that the Lions will finally be able to display first-round
draft choice Charles Rogers. Rogers was held out of last Saturday's win over Pittsburgh
due to a dislocated finger. However, Rogers' recovery is going well and is expected to
play sparingly with a splint.