Dawkins missed practice all week after injuring his neck in Monday night's 20-12 loss to Washington. Sheppard missed his second straight game because of a knee he injured in the season-opening loss to Green Bay.
William James started in place of Sheppard and Quintin Mikell replaced Dawkins, who had not missed a game since 2004. The patchwork secondary was facing a potent Detroit offense that has averaged 321 yards passing through two games.
The Lions also put veteran tight end Dan Campbell on injured reserve because of an elbow injury suffered in last week's 20-17 overtime win over Minnesota. To replace him, Detroit signed rookie Rudy Sylvan from the practice squad. Sean McHugh replaced Campbell in the starting lineup.
Eagles tight end L.J. Smith, who had surgery on his injured groin Friday morning, was also deactivated. Smith had offseason surgery to repair a sports hernia and suffered a groin strain in training camp. Slowed by the strain this season, Smith had just four catches for 26 yards in two games.
Sources: Lions seen as favorites to keep Suh One of the biggest offseason questions is where Lions All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will land as an unrestricted free agent. According to multiple sources, the the favorite for his landing spot is -- Detroit.
Lions' Lewand: Faith helped combat alcoholism Lions president Tom Lewand spoke candidly about his struggles with alcohol addiction and what led him to that jail cell and arrest for drunk driving during a testimonial at the Kensington Church in Orion, Michigan, recently.
The Lions are rolling early in the regular season and opposing teams better not take them lightly anymore. If Detroit QB Jon Kitna is ready to play this week he and his many offensive weapons will pose a big threat to the Eagles defense. Detroit is finding ways to win and, most importantly, is finishing games the right way. There hasn't been a hopeful buzz in the Detroit organization for a long time but that is changing.
The Eagles have to get back on track after an 0-2 start. They have to shore up the special teams and find a punt returner who can catch the ball, and the offense has to be more productive in all facets, starting with QB Donovan McNabb. Head coach Andy Reid has to find a way to keep his offense on the field as long as possible and grind the Detroit defense down by running the football and controlling the clock.