Bullocks, Bodden to start vs. Green Bay
The Lions made two lineup changes on their first full day back to work Wednesday, inserting safety Daniel Bullocks and cornerback Leigh Bodden in the starting lineup for Gerald Alexander and Travis Fisher.
Alexander and Fisher were two of many goats in the Lions' season-opening 34-21 loss to the Falcons Sunday. Fisher got beat by Michael Jenkins for a 62-yard touchdown on the third play of the game, when Alexander took a poor route to the ball in deep zone help. Both players had a shot but failed to bring down Michael Turner on his 66-yard touchdown run on the next series.
Lions coach Rod Marinelli acknowledged the Bodden-Fisher move after practice, but wouldn't commit to any other changes. Alexander said coaches told him that Bullocks will start Sunday against Green Bay. Jordon Dizon also is expected to get more snaps at middle linebacker as Paris Lenon's backup and Brandon Middleton will handle kickoff returns.
"Just didn't make the plays that came to me," Alexander said. "That's what this league is all about, making plays, especially making the plays that you're supposed to make. Coaches made a decision. I can only control what I can control. Just keep working hard."
On the offensive line, guard Manny Ramirez could see time at right guard in place of Stephen Peterman, but rookie first-round pick Gosder Cherilus does not appear to have passed George Foster at right tackle.