Avril doubtful, other injuries
Starting defensive end Cliff Avril, who hasnt practiced all week with a hamstring injury, is doubtful to play on Sunday. Schwartz rotates his defensive ends throughout the game so Avrils presence would be missed.
Regardless of whether youre the starting end or the third end, youre going to get time and you're going to roll through and all of those guys play. Hes done a little bit of stuff on the practice field this week. Well just see how he is on Sunday, Schwartz said of Avril. Jason Hunter is likely to start in Avrils place.
Defensive lineman Turk McBride was claimed off waivers this week. Schwartz expects him to play at defensive end for the Lions, although he has played tackle also. The coach wouldnt say if he plans to play McBride on Sunday.
Other injuries: DE Andre Fluellen (knee) and CB Eric King (shoulder) are listed as questionable for Sundays game. CB Phillip Buchanon (neck) DT Grady Jackson (knee), CB William James (foot) and G Daniel Loper (knee) were limited in Fridays practice, but are probable for Sunday. Buchanon missed the opener at New Orleans.