Hits just keep on comin' in Motown
October, 8, 2006
The Lions' season went from bad to worse after Detroit blew a two-touchdown lead in a 26-17 loss to the Vikings. On one play early in the game, the Lions lost wide receiver Roy Williams (back) and guard Damien Woody (foot). Both rode off the field together on the same cart, with no early prognosis of how bad their injuries were. Woody's loss killed the line because it was already down two starters -- Rex Tucker and Ross Verba. That's why Kevin Jones had only eight yards on 10 carries. Williams was visiting with his chiropractor after the game. If they lose him, though, the Lions' offense won't have any chance. Despite drafting three wide receivers in the first round of three consecutive drafts, the Lions played most of the game with Az Hakim and Mike Furrey as their receivers. Toward game's end, Jones suffered a minor concussion. Also lost to injury: defensive tackle Shaun Cody, who dislocated a toe and could be out for some time, and linebacker Paris Lenon (neck). • Mike Williams also seems to be doomed in Detroit. The 2005 first-round draft choice went into the Vikings game and had a screen pass thrown to him. He didn't catch it and was yanked for the remainder of the game. Williams was inactive the first three games, and all but inactive in the past two. He hasn't caught a pass and hasn't been on the field much. Even though the Lions needed a receiver to fill in for the injured Roy Williams, it's obvious they didn't think Mike Williams was the answer. • Now that the Raiders are off to an 0-4 start and Randy Moss keeps talking about how the players don't care, expect trade interest in wide receiver Jerry Porter to heat up. The trading deadline is a week from Tuesday. If there is a trade -- which is still remote because the Raiders want Porter to pay back $4 million of his signing bonus -- his best chance is to land in the AFC East. The Patriots are sniffing around, but the Dolphins might be the more active team. Wide receiver Marty Booker hurt his right shoulder Sunday against the Patriots and the Dolphins need to upgrade speed at the position. Porter can obviously offer that. Having lost seemingly winnable games against the Browns and 49ers, the Raiders face the possibility of going 0-9; coming up is Denver (twice), Arizona, Pittsburgh and Seattle. It's time for Oakland to start thinking about next season.