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, Mich. (AP) -- Matthew Stafford simply stood on the field, letting Jake Rudock take snaps at the Detroit Lions' only practice during their bye week.
leaving him with an ailing right ankle and sore ribs.,Stafford's body has taken a beating recently. He has been sacked 17 times in the past three games
he's not alone.,Stafford needs a break this week. And
feeling fortunate a slew of players will have a chance to help their banged-up bodies bounce back.,The idle Lions (3-3) went limping into Week 7
''It's a bit early, but it couldn't have come at a better time for us,'' tight end Eric Ebron said. ''It just exploded in here with a number of injuries. It's not good, but it gives us enough time to get healthy.''
the Lions lost their best receiver,In a 52-38 loss at New Orleans , with a shoulder injury that might be a long-term problem for him and the team., Golden Tate
Safety Glover Quin, left the game against the Saints with a concussion. That may lead to Quin missing a game for the first time since 2009 when Detroit resumes its season the night of Oct. 29 at home against Pittsburgh., one of the top players on defense
One starter on the offensive line, was a late scratch at New Orleans with a bad back. Lang's replacement,
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, guard T.J. Lang, Rick Wagner and Greg Robinson,
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, left the game with an ankle injury. Ankle injuries also slowed or sent the team's starting tackles, Emmett Cleary,
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, to the sideline against the Saints.
Help may be on the way to bolster both lines and special teams.
Taylor Decker, might return to practice next week., who has been out since having surgery on his right shoulder last summer
That would move Decker a step closer to starting at left tackle to protect Stafford much better than Robinson has so far.
Defensive tackle Khyri Thornton is eligible to return from his six-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Thornton would be a welcome addition because defensive tackle Haloti Ngata is out for the season with an elbow injury.
standout punter Sam Martin was kicking for the first time this season after being removed from the reserve/non-football injury list with an ankle injury.,
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,At Tuesday's practice
what does Detroit want to accomplish during its bye week?,So
that's the No. 1 thing,''Get healthy,'' Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. ''That's going to be the primary focus, we got a lot of those.'', but then obviously there's some little things that we can work on. And
The Lions are averaging just 84 yards rushing, allowing them to attack a shaky line to get to Stafford., putting them ahead of just three teams in the league. Defenses don't have to respect Detroit's running game
they were getting hands on a lot of throws near the line and they were credited with 16 passes defended.,And when the Saints didn't sack Stafford
''I've never really seen anything like that, we're going to work on it.'','' guard Graham Glasgow said. ''But if we can fix it
Stafford, was largely to blame for the most recent loss because he threw three interceptions - after going four games without a pick - and lost two fumbles against the Saints., though
they were resilient enough to have the ball trailing by just seven points with five-plus minutes left in the game.,
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,As bad as he and the Lions looked
Detroit's comeback fell short and the setback was the team's third loss in a four-game stretch. In the first loss,
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, reversing the call on the field and leading to a 10-second runoff that allowed Atlanta to hold on for a 30-26 victory., Tate was ruled just short of the end zone on a review
The Lions were less than 1 yard,
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,away from a 3-0 start after opening with wins over Arizona and against the New York Giants on the road., or a few seconds
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, who lost Oct. 1 to the Lions at home., Detroit is 3-3 and a game behind the Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings
'' safety Tavon Wilson said. ''But we've got to figure out how to play better and not be down 35 points in the third quarter and find a way to get into the end zone instead of being down inside the 1.'',
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,''We lost some games that we could've won
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