Lions guard Woody out for season with sprained foot

Updated: October 11, 2006, 5:45 PM ET
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Detroit Lions guard Damien Woody will miss the rest of the season with a sprained foot.

Woody was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. He was hurt Sunday at Minnesota, another blow for Detroit (0-5) and its already banged-up offensive line.

Linemen Ross Verba (hamstring) and Rex Tucker (knee) likely will not play Sunday against Buffalo (2-3), leaving the winless Lions with just two starters protecting quarterback Jon Kitna and opening holes for running back Kevin Jones.

The Lions have not started the same offensive line unit in consecutive games this year, and have already used three different starters at right tackle.

It is likely that Blaine Saipaia, signed only two weeks ago, will replace Woody in the starting lineup. Saipaia finished the game at left guard last week after Woody sustained the foot injury in the first quarter. Rookie Jonathan Scott could get his third start of the season at right tackle.

First-year head coach Rod Marinelli, typically pragmatic, said his team can't dwell on the injuries that have thinned the offensive line ranks.

"That's all part of the game," Marinelli said. "We got hit with a rash [of injuries] the last couple of weeks. But you've got to adjust and keep moving."

A former Boston College standout, Woody played in all 32 games for Detroit in his first two seasons with the team after signing a six-year, $31 million contract. Woody, 28, has appeared in 115 games, with 113 starts, and never started fewer than 14 games in a season. In five years in New England he missed only four games because of injuries.

For the second time this season, the Lions put wide receiver Devale Ellis on the active roster from the practice squad -- a move that might make it even harder for Mike Williams to get playing time.

The Associated Press and ESPN.com senior writer Len Pasquarelli contribued to this report.