Exemplary returner has fractured shoulder blade

Updated: November 26, 2004, 1:55 PM ET
Associated Press

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- A fractured shoulder blade will keep Detroit Lions return specialist Eddie Drummond out for the remainder of the season.

 Eddie Drummond

A CT scan showed a minor break, coach Steve Mariucci said Friday.

The team had not decided whether to place Drummond on injured reserve.

"He's going to be out," Mariucci said. "The sad part is that this probably keeps him off the Pro Bowl ballot."

Drummond, who has scored on four punt and kickoff returns this season, was hurt on the opening kickoff of the second half of Detroit's 41-9 Thanksgiving Day loss to Indianapolis.

He will miss out on a chance to be the first NFL player with five scores off punt or kickoff returns in a season.

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