Bye week could give Lions healing time

Updated: October 19, 2009, 7:42 PM ET
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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz is optimistic his team will be at full strength after this week's bye.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford and receiver Calvin Johnson did not play in the Lions' latest loss because of their injured right knees. Daunte Culpepper couldn't finish the game because he hurt his right hamstring.

"The injuries that we have are short term," Schwartz said Monday. "Short term may mean that they're back on the practice field this week. It may mean that they have two or three more weeks, but they're all in that sort of time frame."

The Lions plan to have workouts Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

"I'm not a believer in take the whole week off," Schwartz said. "There's a lot of work to do and we need to take advantage of this week in more than just getting rest.

"We need time for the staff to try to evaluate where we've gone wrong, where we've done well and to get a good blueprint for moving forward for the final 10 games."

After the bye, Detroit (1-5) might have a chance to win on Nov. 1 when it hosts the St. Louis Rams (0-6) regardless of who is playing QB.

Stafford, the No. 1 pick in the NFL, did not play for the second straight Sunday when the Lions were blanked by the Green Bay Packers 26-0.

Schwartz said he didn't know if Stafford would practice this week, next week or the following one.

"As soon as he's ready and he's able to get out there, we'll get him back on the practice field," Schwartz said. "He's doing everything he can to get back and we're doing everything we can to get him back and that's the philosophy we'll take with it."

Stafford was not in the locker room Monday when it was open for the media, but insisted Sunday he knew nothing about an ESPN report that tests on his injured right knee were being forwarded to Dr. James Andrews for review.

Culpepper said after the game he avoided a severe pull in his hamstring when he stopped running on the play when he was injured and declined comment Monday.

Detroit's defense was devastated by so many injuries against the Packers that offensive guard Stephen Peterman had to fill in on the other side of the ball on the goal line.

"It was different, but whatever it takes," Peterman said. "I played defensive end when I was a freshman at LSU, so I'm ready to do whatever when called upon. I just want to help us win."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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