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Good news and bad news for Lions secondary

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The Lions finally got starting cornerback Chris Houston back at practice on Wednesday.

Unfortunately for the Detroit pass defense, they still had two starters sitting out the session with injuries. Cornerback Bill Bentley joined safety Louis Delmas on the sideline as a result of a concussion he suffered in 27-23 victory over the Rams. Like all players diagnosed with a concussion, Bentley needs to be cleared by an independent neurologist before he’s able to return to the field. As his teammate Jahvid Best might tell him, that’s not always a fast-moving process.

Houston has been out of action since the third preseason game as a result of a high ankle sprain. Tim Twentyman of the Lions website believes that Houston’s ability to practice two straight days will determine whether or not he’s able to play against the 49ers on Sunday night. Delmas hasn’t practiced since having knee surgery in early August and his presence in the lineup this week seems like a fairly remote possibility given the lack of progress he’s made since the operation.

Jacob Lacey started in place of Houston and John Wendling started for Delmas. In the event that Bentley isn’t cleared in time to play the 49ers, both men would likely return to the starting lineup for a second straight week.

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17 Responses to “Good news and bad news for Lions secondary”
  1. faulkn22 says: Sep 12, 2012 12:54 PM

    Lions are trying out a bunch of veteran defensive backs. None are practice squad eligible.

  2. zenofobe says: Sep 12, 2012 1:03 PM

    One of the few mistakes Mayhew has made in rebuilding the Lions is putting most of his defensive chips on D-linemen. The 49ers invested wisely in linebackers and D-backs, and that will probably be the difference in this game.

  3. flickaboogie says: Sep 12, 2012 1:05 PM

    They won’t need them this week. They will destroy the 49rs without them!

  4. ynot1381 says: Sep 12, 2012 1:06 PM

    The Lions are going to live and die by the pressure that defensive line can create. Fortunately for them, they were able to get by the Rams in week 1 by sleepwalking through most of the game.

    The 49ers will be a much greater challenge.

  5. thekiy says: Sep 12, 2012 1:28 PM

    zenofobe says:
    Sep 12, 2012 1:03 PM
    One of the few mistakes Mayhew has made in rebuilding the Lions is putting most of his defensive chips on D-linemen. The 49ers invested wisely in linebackers and D-backs, and that will probably be the difference in this game.

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    Unless you missed it, Mayhew has brought in two new starters in Justan Durant (12 tackles week one) and Stephen Tulloch at LB, and this year drafted Tahir Whitehead and Travis Lewis.

    At DB, he brought in Houston, Wendling, and Coleman who are all starting, and drafted 3 DBs this year in Bentley, Green and Greenwood.

    Mayhew has done plenty with the back 7.

  6. kpow55 says: Sep 12, 2012 1:48 PM

    Delmas is the only DB on that team worth an NFL contract.

    I like the “intestinal fortitude” to say we are going to score 50 every game so secondary isn’t an issue.

    It’s just not realistic.

    A secondary of cast offs and eh-so-so isn’t going to get you into the wild-card spot.

  7. lionsmark09 says: Sep 12, 2012 1:54 PM

    The Delmas injury is no biggy. Wendling is a beast!! With Houston back they will be fine.

  8. autumn0512 says: Sep 12, 2012 2:04 PM

    No. Wending and Coleman are not good at all. And all he’s done is use late round picks on DB’s. the secondary is still the biggest weakness on this team. Just like last year. Can’t fix it all in one year but let’s not kid ourselves here and think he’s upgraded the position. He’s consistently moving laterally hoping to find anything. Still waiting.

  9. sixjak says: Sep 12, 2012 2:11 PM

    Does it really matter either way this weekend? They can’t stop Gore/Hunter and cover Crabtree/Moss/Davis.

  10. sonoco says: Sep 12, 2012 3:35 PM

    The Lions need to keep the 49ers from rolling up another 200+ yards rushing like last year in Detroit, otherwise they’re toast . . . . actually they’re toast anyway.

  11. hyzers says: Sep 12, 2012 4:07 PM

    I wonder if Alex Smith is going to surpass his 125 yard, 2 INT game he had last year.

  12. WatchThis says: Sep 12, 2012 4:08 PM

    Then again, it IS Alex Smith, and he doesn’t play as well as last week most of the time.

  13. WatchThis says: Sep 12, 2012 4:09 PM

    All the Lions have to worry about is whether or not Stafford will throw enough picks to keep the 49ers in the game.

  14. ahs2 says: Sep 12, 2012 5:16 PM

    autumn0512 says:
    Sep 12, 2012 2:04 PM
    No. Wending and Coleman are not good at all.
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    Which Wendling are you watching?!?! The guy has been awseome, especially considering he’s a special teams ace. Watch/Research before you post…

  15. billb49 says: Sep 13, 2012 2:08 PM

    hyzers: “I wonder if Alex Smith is going to surpass his 125 yard, 2 INT game he had last year.”

    Alex Smith currently has the longest streak of throwing without interceptions in the NFL. I think he’s up to 185 completions without an interception. If I were a Lions fan, I’d be worried about the fact that your team barely got by the worst team in the NFC West last week and you were playing at home.

  16. billb49 says: Sep 13, 2012 2:10 PM

    watchthis: “All the Lions have to worry about is whether or not Stafford will throw enough picks to keep the 49ers in the game.”

    Really? Is that really all the Lions have to worry about? How about scoring some points? The Niners defense held the Packers to 15 points in their own yard last week. Is the Lions offense better than the Packers? Is Stafford better than Rodgers?

  17. zenofobe says: Sep 13, 2012 4:27 PM

    thekiy says:
    Sep 12, 2012 1:28 PM

    Unless you missed it, Mayhew has brought in two new starters in Justan Durant (12 tackles week one) and Stephen Tulloch at LB, and this year drafted Tahir Whitehead and Travis Lewis.

    At DB, he brought in Houston, Wendling, and Coleman who are all starting, and drafted 3 DBs this year in Bentley, Green and Greenwood.
    Mayhew has done plenty with the back 7.

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    Yes. But unlike his D-line draft choices Mayhew’s back-seven selections have all been from later rounds (OL and WR in rounds 1 & 2 this year…really?). Until any of the LB’s or DB’s become difference makers (which they haven’t) I’ll stick by my comment. The Lions still need help back there.

    Nevertheless I’ll be rooting for them to pull out another miracle, mainly because the 49er fans and coach are generally so, you know, humble and courteous.

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