Wednesday, October 29, 2003
Lions place P Jett on IR, may get back DT Elliss
ALLEN PARK, Michigan - Detroit Lions defensive tackle
Luther Elliss returned to practice Wednesday for the first time
since injuring a pectoral muscle while working out in the
The struggling Lions have three weeks to decide whether to move
Elliss from the non-football injury list to the 53-man roster or
place him on injured reserve.
"As to when we will activate him, that is up in the air," coach
Steve Mariucci said. "It's not going to happen this week."
The 30-year-old Elliss has spent his entire nine-year career
with the Lions. Last season, he had 42 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks
in 14 games. Like Mariucci, the two-time Pro Bowler is not sure
when he will play.
"That's up to them. I know that today starts the clock for
three weeks, then they can decide if they're going to activate
me or not," Elliss said. "We have injuries in other areas that
we need to address. Right now, we have eight healthy defensive
lineman, so I've just got to be patient."
Punter John Jett will miss the rest of the season after the
Lions placed him on injured reserve Wednesday with a strained
right calf. He suffered the injury in practice October 3, and
the team signed punter Nick Harris two weeks later.
"We needed the roster spot to get another corner on the team,"
Mariucci explained. "He is still in a boot and on crutches and
it has been a couple of weeks, so he's making very slow
Detroit signed cornerback Jacoby Shepard, a former second-round
pick who spent the first four games of the season with the New
The Lions have lost six straight since a season-opening victory
over Arizona. Sunday's 24-16 defeat at Chicago was their 20th
consecutive road loss.