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Monday, August 10, 2009
The early winner of the injury list

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Minnesota has dealt with gimpy quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. Chicago is trying to get defensive tackle Tommie Harris back on the field. Green Bay has been thin at linebacker and is down a defensive end while B.J. Raji's contract negotiations drag on.

But no NFC North team is more black and blue than Detroit. The latest addition to the Lions' injury list is defensive end Jared DeVries, who suffered a season-ending Achilles injury Monday. Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com reports the Lions signed free agent lineman Shaun Smith, but as Kowalski points out, defensive line is only one of several thin positions this week in training camp.

Consider:

That's a few more key players than coach Jim Schwartz probably wants to see. But to mangle an old phrase, look at the positive: The sooner you get hurt, the more time you have to get healthy.