Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Lions-Bears II: Full-on kicker kerfuffle
By Kevin Seifert
An odd Wednesday leaves us with no real need for an NFC North at night post. An update on the kicking game for Sunday's matchup at Soldier Field will suffice.
The Detroit Lions were the only division team that practiced Wednesday, and they wrapped it up with place-kicker Jason Hanson and punter Ryan Donahue both dealing with injury situations. That turn of events doesn't bode well when preparing for a game against Devin Hester and the Chicago Bears, but we should point out that the Bears acknowledged Hester wouldn't have practiced Wednesday because of an ankle injury.
Initial indications are that Hester should be ready for Sunday's game. The same can't be said of Hanson, who as we noted earlier, returned from the bye with stitches in his left knee. The Lions worked out two veteran place-kickers Wednesday, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press: Shayne Graham and Rhys Lloyd.
And according to Birkett, Donahue injured his right quadriceps Wednesday and was due to undergo an MRI. The Lions had hoped to find out if Donahue could serve as an emergency replacement for Hanson if needed. I guess they got their answer.