ALLEN PARK — Jim Caldwell would not offer any news this morning on the ankle injury to tight end Joe Fauria. The Lions coach announced on Thursday that Fauria had injured his ankle in an “innocent” incident at his home on Wednesday night.
If Fauria is unable to play on Sunday at the N.Y. Jets, the Lions could make a roster move to bring tight end Jordan Thompson up from the practice squad.
— No status update from Caldwell on Calvin Johnson who didn’t practice on Wednesday and Thursday with an ankle injury. If Johnson can’t play on Sunday, look for Ryan Broyles to be play in first game this season.
— Captains for Sunday’s game at the Jets will be Brandon Pettigrew for offense, Glover Quin on defense and Ashlee Palmer on special teams.
— Matthew Stafford just avoided injury this morning when a pedestrian bridge collapsed onto the Southfield Freeway. Stafford’s Range Rover was the first to stop behind the collapse. Caldwell said several other players and coaches were delayed by the fatal accident. Caldwell said he and defensive coordinator Teryl Austin had missed the bridge collapse on the Southfield Freeway by about 20 minutes this morning.