Detroit Lions: Jerome Couplin

The Detroit Lions are bringing safety Jerome Couplin back to their practice squad.

Couplin, who made Detroit's initial 53-man roster, was cut by the Lions on Oct. 20 -- the day they left for London -- but was re-signed to their practice squad and flown over the Atlantic Ocean two days later to join the team. He was promoted that Saturday when defensive lineman C.J. Mosley was suspended.

When Mosley returned and Detroit needed to make room for Kyle Van Noy and Andre Fluellen, the Lions waived Couplin again and he was picked up by the Buffalo Bills. He was waived Monday by Buffalo after eight days with the club, cleared waivers Tuesday and re-signed with the Lions practice squad Wednesday.

To make room for Couplin, Detroit waived receiver Patrick Edwards from the practice squad.
With linebacker Kyle Van Noy set to come off injured reserve and Detroit needing to find a replacement for the injured Nick Fairley at defensive tackle, the Lions made a pair of moves Saturday.

They cut tight end Jordan Thompson and safety Jerome Couplin, giving them two open roster spots. One will almost definitely be used for Van Noy and the other likely used for a defensive tackle.

Thompson played in two games for the Lions and was targeted once -- a pass that went off his hands and was intercepted against New Orleans. Couplin had made the team's initial 53-man roster but saw his snaps dwindle as James Ihedigbo and Don Carey returned to health.

He was cut last Monday when Detroit needed an extra tight end, was re-signed to the practice squad that week and then promoted last Saturday, when C.J. Mosley was suspended. Now, he's cut again after appearing in eight games with 11 defensive snaps and two tackles.

It is possible one or both of Thompson and Couplin will be brought back to the practice squad if they clear waivers.

No corresponding moves were made official by Detroit.
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BAGSHOT, England -- The Detroit Lions waived Jerome Couplin on Monday before the team departed for London because the team needed to add another tight end, Kellen Davis.

Now, though, Couplin is on his way to Europe.

The Lions re-signed Couplin to their practice squad on Wednesday and are flying him over the Atlantic Ocean today. Couplin, who made the Lions initially as an undrafted free agent out of William & Mary, made two tackles and was primarily a special teams player.

The Lions released running back William Powell from the practice squad in a corresponding move.
Each week, we’ll take a look at how the Detroit Lions' rookies fared the week before. This series will typically run the mornings after games.

MINNEAPOLIS -- Caraun Reid was drafted to be a developmental project out of Princeton, the type of late-round, small-school draft pick the Lions hope blossoms into a legitimate player.

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That appears to be happening. Reid will not supplant Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley or C.J. Mosley this season, but he is starting to pick up more playing time by the week, evidenced by his career-high snap total against Minnesota.

Considering the looming free agency of all three guys mentioned above, don’t be surprised if Reid works in more and more as the season moves along.

Here is how the rookies fared Sunday:

TE Eric Ebron (first round, North Carolina): He played a career-high 47 snaps, largely due to the absence of Calvin Johnson. It is also the first time he played more snaps than starting tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who played 46. Ebron was targeted four times -- fourth-most on the team -- and caught two passes for 23 yards. It is the third straight game he has been targeted four times.

LB Kyle Van Noy (second round, BYU): He’s on injured reserve/designated to return. He won’t be doing anything for at least the first half of the season.

OL Travis Swanson (third round, Arkansas): Swanson played two offensive snaps -- including on the Larry Warford trick play that fooled no one. He also played six snaps on special teams, including on kick return.

DE Larry Webster (fourth round, Bloomsburg): Webster was inactive Sunday against the Vikings.

CB Nevin Lawson (fourth round, Utah State): Lawson is on injured reserve with dislocated toes. His season is over.

DT Caraun Reid (fifth round, Princeton): Reid played a career-high 13 snaps against Minnesota, recorded a tackle and, officially, a half sack. He played no snaps on special teams, as has been the case the majority of the season.

WR TJ Jones (sixth round, Notre Dame): Is on the PUP list for now. He won’t play until midseason more than likely. Even then, he will be down the depth chart at receiver. He is eligible to start practicing this week.

K Nate Freese (seventh round, Boston College): Freese was released in favor of Alex Henery.

OL Cornelius Lucas (undrafted, Kansas State): The big tackle played five snaps on special teams as LaAdrian Waddle started his second straight game coming off his calf injury.

S Jerome Couplin (undrafted, William & Mary): The team’s fifth safety played 12 snaps on special teams. He did not record a statistic.

CB Mohammed Seisay (undrafted, Nebraska): The fifth cornerback played 20 snaps on special teams, but none on defense as Cassius Vaughn returned to the lineup, further pushing Seisay down the depth chart. Seisay did not record a statistic.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- While Reggie Bush's status for Sunday is in question right now after he missed Wednesday's practice with an ankle injury, it appears the Detroit Lions will have their other top running backs against Minnesota.

Joique Bell returned to practice Wednesday and practiced fully, a sign he has been fully cleared from his concussion suffered against the Jets last month. It was Bell's first concussion. Theo Riddick also returned fully after missing every practice last week with a hamstring injury.

If both of them are healthy and ready to go, it could make the decision to sit either or both Calvin Johnson and Bush a bit easier.

Bell, Riddick and Cassius Vaughn (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday. Safety Jerome Couplin (ribs) was limited. The aforementioned Bush and Johnson along with tight end Joseph Fauria (ankle) and linebacker Travis Lewis (quad) all missed practice.
Each week, we’ll take a look at how the Detroit Lions’ rookies fared the week before. This series will typically run the mornings after games.

With LaAdrian Waddle back in the lineup and a secondary returning to health, there was not much room for the Lions rookies to do much.

And other than first round pick Eric Ebron, none of the Lions’ first-year players got much run against Buffalo during the Lions’ 17-14 loss to the Bills.

Here’s how the rookies fared Sunday:

TE Eric Ebron (first round, North Carolina): With Joseph Fauria out and Calvin Johnson not playing a lot, Ebron saw a good amount of time Sunday against Buffalo. He played 37 of 62 snaps -- the same amount as the Lions’ other tight end, Brandon Pettigrew. He also played 25 special-teams snaps, more than any other offensive player and behind only Isa Abdul-Quddus and Ashlee Palmer among all players. Ebron had two catches for 8 yards on four targets. One of his other targets appeared to be a touchdown, but it was ruled an incomplete pass.

LB Kyle Van Noy (second round, BYU): He’s on injured reserve/designated to return. He won’t be doing anything for at least the first half of the season.

OL Travis Swanson (third round, Arkansas): A week after seeing his first offensive snaps in goal line, Swanson was back to special-teams duty only with nine snaps.

DE Larry Webster (fourth round, Bloomsburg): Webster was inactive Sunday against the Bills.

CB Nevin Lawson (fourth round, Utah State): Lawson is on injured reserve with dislocated toes. His season is over.

DT Caraun Reid (fifth round, Princeton): Reid played eight defensive snaps as a reserve defensive tackle, but didn’t record a statistic. He did not play at all on special teams.

WR TJ Jones (sixth round, Notre Dame): Is on the PUP list for now. Won’t play until midseason more than likely. Even then will be down the depth chart at receiver.

K Nate Freese (seventh round, Boston College): Freese was released in favor of Alex Henery.

OL Cornelius Lucas (undrafted, Kansas State): With LaAdrian Waddle back in the lineup, Lucas was relegated to special teams again. He played five snaps on special teams.

S Jerome Couplin (undrafted, William & Mary): He played one defensive snap and 14 on special teams and didn’t record a statistic. Couplin was also the player who hit Ron Brooks that caused him to flip on his head during the first half. Brooks was sent to the hospital.

CB Mohammed Seisay (undrafted, Nebraska): He had one special-teams tackle in 22 snaps on teams. He did not play a defensive snap as the Lions’ fourth cornerback.
Each week, we’ll take a look at how the Detroit Lions’ rookies fared the week before. This series will typically run the mornings after games.

Eric Ebron finally saw the bigger role he craved. Travis Swanson finally saw a brief cameo on offense.

And the Lions' undrafted rookies, well, were used in the type of roles undrafted rookies should be used in early in their careers Sunday during the Lions’ 24-17 win over the New York Jets.

Here’s how the rookies fared Sunday:

TE Eric Ebron (first round, North Carolina): Pro Football Focus had Ebron at 34 snaps, in part due to the injury to Joseph Fauria. Ebron did well, too. He caught three of his four targets for 34 yards and his first career touchdown. He knew he would have a shot at a touchdown based on the pre-snap read – it was something pretty obvious from the press box, too – because there was no one matched up on him at the line of scrimmage. Two of this three catches went for first downs as well. According to PFF, Ebron was in for 18 passing plays and run blocked on 16 plays, including a plus-0.4 grade in run blocking.

LB Kyle Van Noy (second round, BYU): He’s on injured reserve/designated to return. He won’t be doing anything for at least the first half of the season.

OL Travis Swanson (third round, Arkansas): Swanson played two plays on offense – both in a jumbo package on the goal line where he was the eligible receiver. He was not thrown to, though, and ended up blocking on Matthew Stafford’s touchdown scramble. Otherwise, Swanson continued in his special-teams role.

DE Larry Webster (fourth round, Bloomsburg): Webster dressed for the first time in his career Sunday, but did not play.

CB Nevin Lawson (fourth round, Utah State): Lawson is on injured reserve with dislocated toes. His season is over.

DT Caraun Reid (fifth round, Princeton): Reid got in on eight plays, according to Pro Football Focus. He had two assisted tackles in those snaps, but graded out very negatively Sunday with a minus-2.1 rating, including a minus-1.8 on run defense. Reid remains the team’s fourth defensive tackle.

WR TJ Jones (sixth round, Notre Dame): Is on the physically unable to perform list for now. He won’t play until midseason more than likely. Even then he will be down the depth chart at receiver.

K Nate Freese (seventh round, Boston College): Freese was released.

OL Cornelius Lucas (undrafted, Kansas State): Garrett Reynolds once again got the start and played the majority of the snaps Sunday. PFF has Lucas with 16 snaps and an overall rating of 0.0 – fairly neutral. Lucas gave up a sack, according to PFF and, frankly, appeared to struggle at other times. Neither he nor Reynolds stood out, continuing the call for LaAdrian Waddle to return as soon as possible. PFF had Lucas pass blocking on 14 plays and run blocking on two plays.

S Jerome Couplin (undrafted, William & Mary): Couplin was active and played special teams, but did not record a statistic.

CB Mohammed Seisay (undrafted, Nebraska): Seisay was active and played special teams, but did not record a statistic.
Each week, we’ll take a look at how the Detroit Lions' rookies fared the week before. This series will typically run the mornings after games.

Another week, another rookie makes his debut for the Detroit Lions.

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Mohammed Seisay was called up to the 53-man roster Saturday to help an increasingly depleted Detroit secondary, and he actually ended up seeing some run at the nickel in the second half along with some time on special teams.

Otherwise, it was a fairly light day for the Lions rookies.

Here’s how the rookies fared Sunday:

TE Eric Ebron (first round, North Carolina): Ebron went without a catch for the second time in three games, and he wasn’t much of a factor when it came to Matthew Stafford's looks anyway. Ebron was targeted only once by Stafford. He rotated in with Joseph Fauria once again this week. Ebron played 23 snaps against Green Bay after 26 the week before against Carolina, but essentially split with Fauria.

LB Kyle Van Noy (second round, BYU): He’s on injured reserve/designated to return. He won’t be doing anything for at least the first half of the season.

OL Travis Swanson (third round, Arkansas): Swanson played on special teams, including kick return, for seven snaps. He won’t see an offensive snap this season unless one of Detroit’s interior linemen suffers an injury or if there is a blowout.

DE Larry Webster (fourth round, Bloomsburg): Webster dressed for the first time in his career Sunday, but did not play.

CB Nevin Lawson (fourth round, Utah State): Lawson is on injured reserve with dislocated toes. His season is over.

DT Caraun Reid (fifth round, Princeton): Reid dressed and played two defensive snaps. He did not record a statistic.

WR TJ Jones (sixth round, Notre Dame): Is on the PUP list for now. He won’t play until midseason more than likely. Even then he will be down the depth chart at receiver.

K Nate Freese (seventh round, Boston College): Another rough outing for Freese and his job is in jeopardy. He missed a 41-yard field goal to end the first half and Detroit coach Jim Caldwell once again said the team will be evaluating the kicker position. Freese held on to his job last week. It might not be as easy over the next two days.

RT Cornelius Lucas (undrafted, Kansas State): Lucas once again backed up Garrett Reynolds at right tackle, playing in the second quarter and again in the second half. Both he and Reynolds were soundly beaten by Green Bay defensive end Julius Peppers, who had a sack of Stafford and was generally disruptive. Lucas actually saw much more time than he did against the Panthers, when he played 17 snaps. The rookie had 40 snaps Sunday -- 53 percent -- compared to 35 for Reynolds.

Jerome Couplin (undrafted, William & Mary): Couplin only played special teams Sunday, getting in on 13 snaps. He did not record a statistic.

CB Mohammed Seisay (undrafted, Nebraska): Seisay was called up Saturday and played Sunday in his NFL debut. He played 10 snaps in relief of Don Carey and Danny Gorrer at slot cornerback and was initiated into the NFL. He was credited with two tackles, including a tackle for loss. If he sticks on the roster and doesn’t get bumped back to the practice squad, he could see more playing time as the season goes on.

Rookie Report: Week 2 vs. Carolina

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Each week, we'll take a look at how the Detroit Lions' rookies fared the week before. This series will typically run the mornings after games.

The Lions are losing their rookies somewhat quickly this season -- at least for the short term. This isn't a knock on Martin Mayhew's drafting ability, because he couldn't have predicted some of what's happened, but this rookie class is not going to have the immediate impact of last season's group.

That said, there were some standout performances and some encouraging -- and discouraging -- signs.

Here's how the rookies fared Sunday:

TE Eric Ebron (first round, North Carolina): Ebron played 26 snaps against Carolina (up six snaps and six percent from the opener) and was on par with Joseph Fauria when it came to snaps. He was also targeted much more by Matthew Stafford as the quarterback looked at him five times. Ebron caught three of those for 38 yards, although he also had one drop.

LB Kyle Van Noy (second round, BYU): He's on injured reserve/designated to return. He won't be doing anything for at least the first half of the season.

OL Travis Swanson (third round, Arkansas): Swanson again didn't play on offense, only special teams. He played on nine special teams snaps, including kick return.

DE Larry Webster (fourth round, Bloomsburg): Webster was inactive against Carolina.

CB Nevin Lawson (fourth round, Utah State): The rookie was elevated to the team's starting slot cornerback last week after Bill Bentley was knocked out for the season with an ACL injury. Now, he might be out for the season as well. Lawson dislocated his left foot on Sunday and was in surgery before the game concluded. He played 12 defensive snaps and eight special teams snaps prior to the injury, which came on a punt return. His season could be over.

DT Caraun Reid (fifth round, Princeton): After seeing three snaps in the opener, Reid had six defensive snaps -- he didn't do much in them and they came late -- and one special teams snap. It is somewhat interesting Reid doesn't play more on special teams, especially in punt field goal block because of his success there at Princeton.

WR TJ Jones (sixth round, Notre Dame): Is on the physically unable to perform list for now. Won't play until midseason more than likely. Even then will be down the depth chart at receiver.

K Nate Freese (seventh round, Boston College): Not a good outing for Freese. He missed both of his 49-yard field goal attempts and after the game, Lions coach Jim Caldwell didn't rule out searching for other options at kicker. He's 2 of 5 this season on field goals after a preseason where he had some consistency issues. His spot is a position to watch in the next few days.

OL Cornelius Lucas (undrafted, Kansas State): Lucas remains the team's fourth tackle but was activated Sunday and saw his first action, playing 17 snaps (24 percent). He came in mostly in the second half in relief of Garrett Reynolds, who earned the start. Pro Football Focus had Lucas with 11 snaps (and that seems more accurate) and rated him with a .2 overall rating.

S Jerome Couplin (undrafted, William & Mary): Couplin was active for the second straight game and played two defensive snaps. He was also in on 14 special teams plays. He failed to record a defensive statistic.
Each week, we'll take a look at how the Detroit Lions' rookies fared the week before. This series will typically run the morning after a game.

Maybe this is a good sign for Detroit, but the Lions didn't need as much production from their rookie class as they did a season ago, when they found immediate starters in Ezekiel Ansah, Larry Warford and a bunch of early contributors.

Detroit's season-opening 35-14 win against the Giants showed the Lions have some rookies that will contribute early, but this could be a veteran-laced team at least early on.

Here's how the rookies looked on Monday night:

TE Eric Ebron (first round, North Carolina): Ebron played 20 snaps (30 percent) and was clearly the third tight end used by the team behind Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria. Ebron didn't see a ton of targets, either. Matthew Stafford looked his way twice and Ebron didn't haul in either catch -- although he didn't drop either one. Figure he'll end up getting more snaps as the season goes on.

LB Kyle Van Noy (second round, BYU): He's on injured reserve/designated to return. He won't be doing anything for at least the first half of the season.

OL Travis Swanson (third round, Arkansas): The only active offensive lineman who didn't see an offensive snap, but that's how the Lions want it this season because it means the interior line is healthy. He had nine special teams snaps, including some as a blocker on kick return. He's going to play special teams barring injury all year.

DE Larry Webster (fourth round, Bloomsburg): Webster was inactive for the Lions on Monday night.

CB Nevin Lawson (fourth round, Utah State): Lawson's development came real fast against the Giants. Lawson was thrown into the nickel role almost immediately after Bill Bentley left with a knee injury and he played 49 defensive snaps against the Giants along with 17 special teams snaps. He appeared to fare well, too, considering he was facing Victor Cruz most of the night. Lawson had one tackle and Pro Football Focus has Lawson targeted four times, allowing three receptions. Not great, but not terrible either, considering he was going to play only special teams entering the game.

DT Caraun Reid (fifth round, Princeton): Reid played three snaps and registered a quarterback hit. He's going to be a rotational guy at best behind Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and C.J. Mosley but the hope for the Lions is he'll eventually be able to play a few more snaps per game. Somewhat weird to me is he played no special teams snaps. That was one of the things he did best at Princeton.

WR TJ Jones (sixth round, Notre Dame): Is on the physically unable to perform list for now. Won't play until midseason more than likely. Even then will be down the depth chart at receiver.

K Nate Freese (seventh round, Boston College): Freese made two field goals (27, 28 yards) and missed a field goal badly wide left from 43 yards out. Decent first outing for him, especially since he rebounded from the first miss to make two relative chip shots.

OL Cornelius Lucas (undrafted, Kansas State): Lucas is the team's fourth tackle, but he was inactive against the Giants.

S Jerome Couplin (undrafted, William & Mary): The safety played 23 total snaps (16 special teams, seven defense) and in those defensive snaps, had two tackles. He won't be replacing starter James Ihedigbo any time soon, but this was a good first step for Couplin, who could one day make a run at being a big contributor for Detroit.
DETROIT -- He received his first chance with the Detroit Lions due to injuries to safeties ahead of him in training camp. When James Ihedigbo and Don Carey had to miss practice, Jerome Couplin had to fill in then.

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It helped the undrafted rookie make the roster -- and aided him again when he played special teams in his NFL debut against the New York Giants. When Glover Quin was briefly injured, it also allowed him to be more comfortable when he had to play some actual defense as well.

"It was amazing," Couplin said. "Something I will always cherish for the rest of my life. My first game being 'Monday Night Football.'"

Couplin said he was nervous before the game, but he knew that was part of his excitement.

He wasn't the only first-year player to have to fill in in the secondary. Cornerback Nevin Lawson had to play 82 percent of Detroit's snaps on Monday night after the Lions lost nickel corner Bill Bentley to injury early in the game.

He finished with one tackle.

"He came in and played a great game," Quin said. "That's what we expect of him. He's on the roster for a reason. It's not like he's just here to play special teams or have a redshirt year and he's here to play. We have confidence in him and he came in and did a great job, that's what we expect going forward."

Depending on the severity of Bentley's knee injury, the Lions might not have a choice.

And now, a look at Lions' news from around the Interwebs:

Morning Roar: W2W4 vs. Giants

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The Detroit Lions have been here before, so perhaps Monday night feels a little bit familiar even if so much has completely changed.

The last time the Lions ran out of the Ford Field tunnel in a game that counted, they were still in playoff contention last December preparing for a game against the New York Giants. Since that point, a game that ended with an overtime loss and a Jim Schwartz mini-meltdown, a lot has changed.

The Lions changed coaches, hiring Jim Caldwell. They altered schemes. And now, when they run out of the Ford Field tunnel to open the 2014 season on "Monday Night Football", they have a bunch of optimism again that this season will be the year the team finally becomes a winner.

Here are a few things to watch on Monday night:
  • How do the offense and defense look: Both offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and defensive coordinator Teryl Austin hinted this week that the Lions haven't shown everything they can really do during the preseason. No team does, but it will be interesting to see exactly how bland the two coordinators kept things during the preseason for the element of surprise Monday night. Expect to see a few things that will surprise you from the Lions, probably early on.
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    Matthew Stafford's accuracy: No matter anything else, Detroit's success or failure starts with the sixth-year quarterback and how he manages the Lions' offense. If he is on point with his passes to Calvin Johnson and Co. and limits his turnovers, this could be the season where he takes a massive jump from good quarterback to one comfortably in the top 10 of the league.
  • Detroit's pass rush: This is the biggest mismatch the Lions have, especially against the question mark that is the Giants' offensive line. These are the type of matchups that Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and Ezekiel Ansah should dominate. If they are able to get the expected pressure Monday night, this will bode well for Detroit. If they can not, it could be a major concern throughout the season. Unlike last season, however, there should be help with blitzing pressure from linebackers and safeties.
  • The secondary: This remains Detroit's biggest question, and if James Ihedigbo can't play, the Lions will have either Isa Abdul-Quddus or rookie Jerome Couplin pairing with Glover Quin at safety. This would seem like an area veteran Giants quarterback Eli Manning should be able to exploit. Figure Manning will test the side of the field away from Quin early on, especially if Darius Slay is also on that side, to see how much of a weakness is there.

And now, a look at Lions news from around the Interwebs:
James Ihedigbo signed with the Detroit Lions during free agency as a replacement at safety for Louis Delmas, who often had injury questions.

Now, Ihedigbo is possibly going to have to wait at least a week to make his Detroit debut. Ihedigbo, who has been dealing with knee and neck injuries, was listed as doubtful by the Lions on their final injury report of the week for Monday night's game against the New York Giants.

He is one of two Lions safeties unlikely to play against the Giants. Don Carey, who is the team's third safety and an important special-teams player, has been ruled out as he deals with a hamstring injury. He hasn't practiced all week.

If Ihedigbo doesn't play, expect Isa Abdul-Quddus to start. With Carey out, it almost guarantees the team makes sure rookie undrafted free agent Jerome Couplin is active Monday in at least a special-teams role.

Abdul-Quddus, who grew up in New Jersey and played college football at Fordham in the Bronx, New York, has played in 42 games, making 52 tackles and intercepting two passes. He had a productive preseason, starting the final two games of the exhibition campaign in place of Ihedigbo.

Defensive tackle Caraun Reid, who is dealing with a shoulder injury, is probable for Monday.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The mystery of resting James Ihedigbo is now over. The safety has not one, but two injuries he is apparently dealing with.

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The Detroit Lions listed their top defensive free-agent signing with both knee and neck injuries on Thursday, keeping him out of practice. Ihedigbo did not play in the final two preseason games and has not practiced all week as Detroit prepares for its season opener against the New York Giants on Monday night.

Ihedigbo said Monday he is planning on playing against the Giants, but he also indicated he was not injured and merely resting, too.

If Ihedigbo's injuries keep him out, there's a possibility undrafted rookie Jerome Couplin ends up starting in his place.

Safety Don Carey also did not practice Thursday due to a hamstring injury that has apparently lingered for a while.

The only other player on the Lions' injury report is rookie defensive tackle Caraun Reid, who was limited with a shoulder injury. Reid typically plays special teams and is the fourth defensive tackle in a rotation.

Detroit does not have to give injury designations until Saturday due to the Monday night game.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- James Ihedigbo's "rest" is officially cutting into the Detroit Lions' game-week preparation.

Ihedigbo said earlier this week he has been resting as the reason he sat out the Lions' final two preseason games and also practices this week leading up to Detroit's season-opener against the New York Giants on Monday night.

He insisted he'd be ready to play Monday night, but now his rest is officially more than just a footnote. It will be interesting to see what it says when the Lions' first injury report is released later Thursday.

But if Ihedigbo isn't able to play for some reason, that could mean Jerome Couplin, an undrafted free agent rookie out of William & Mary, might be in line for his first start in his first game. Couplin has been listed as the No. 2 strong safety behind Ihedigbo instead of Isa Abdul-Quddus, who started in Ihedigbo's place the last two preseason games.

The Lions are looking fairly thin at safety now as well, as Don Carey continued to miss practice with a hamstring issue.

If neither player goes Monday night, that leaves Detroit's safeties as Glover Quin, Abdul-Quddus and Couplin.

Cornerback Champ Bailey, who worked out for the Lions on Thursday, was not spotted at practice.

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