Lions: Jim Caldwell’s Sunday updates on Whitehead, Wick, D-line and more

Some good injury news, some bad

ALLEN PARK >> Coming off Friday night’s preseason loss to New England, the Lions didn’t practice on Sunday but instead had a walk-through.

They will get back to work at practice on Monday and Tuesday to prepare for Thursday night’s final preseason game at the Buffalo Bills.

Coach Jim Caldwell met with the media prior to the walk-through.

Six updates from Caldwell on Sunday:

— Linebacker Tahir Whitehead and tight end Cole Wick, who both left Friday’s game, will be “OK” according to Caldwell. Of course he offered no specifics.

—  The Lions lost another defensive lineman when Jordan Hill was injured on Friday and placed on injured reserve Sunday. “One of the things that everybody realizes is there are no guarantees in our game, you have to be able to adjust,’’ Caldwell said. “Sometimes those adjustments will stretch you to the limits. We do have guys who are available and will be ready to go. It’s kind of the nature of what we do. No one likes it but nevertheless we have to deal with it.’’

— The team signed defensive tackle Derrick Lott on Sunday. He spent the 2016 preseason with the Eagles and Raiders. Lott, who has not played in an NFL regular season game, was undrafted out of Chattanooga in 2015 and spent time on the practice squads with the Titans and the Tampa Bay Bucs.

— Rookie defensive tackle Jeremiah Ledbetter, a sixth-round pick, may be an option for the defensive line rotation, but he also could be a practice squad candidate. “Still growing, still developing, still making good progress. Getting a little better every day,’’ Caldwell said. “It’s a challenging spot when you have so much going on around you in terms of handling different schemes, and looks and body types you have to deal with. But we like what he’s doing at this point. I think he’ll be up for the challenge. He’s got the right kind of attitude and he’s got physical talent.’’ Ledbetter is 6-foot-3 and listed at 275 pounds, although Caldwell said he’s put on a little weight for them.

— The Lions still have one more preseason game to determine who will be the return guy to start the season. “We’ll get a chance to look at some guys in depth. We have some guys who have done some good things for us,’’ Caldwell said. In the first three preseason games, running back Dwayne Washington, wide receiver Keshawn Martin, cornerback Jamal Agnew, wide receiver TJ Jones and wide receiver Jace Billingsley have gotten good looks.

— Punter Sam Martin hasn’t practiced since the start of training camp due to an ankle injury. Caldwell would not say if Martin has been able to punt. Kasey Redfern has filled in admirably. “Kasey has done a very, very good job overall. He’s done a nice job holding and punting,’’ Caldwell said. If Martin is not ready to go for the opener there’s a chance they could keep two punters on the roster. The coach said nothing is off the table.




Author: Paula Pasche

Paula Pasche, a veteran sports writer, covers the Detroit Lions for her Lions Lowdown blog. She has written two books, "Game of My Life Detroit Lions" and "100 Things Lions Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die" which are available at bookstores and on She won first place for column writing from the Society of Professional Journalists in Detroit (Class B) in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was The Oakland Press 2010 Staffer of the Year.

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