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Lions lose Sidney to torn Achilles

Aug. 18, 2004 at 11:16 AM

ALLEN PARK, Mich., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- The Detroit Lions will be without cornerback Damion Sidney for the 2004 football season.

The five-year veteran, who was a third-round draft pick by the Tennessee Titans in 1998 out of Alabama-Birmingham and signed with Detroit in the off-season, was put on injured reserve Tuesday with a right Achilles' tendon.

He was hurt in practice Monday morning.

The Lions' injury-plagued secondary is hoping for the return of cornerbacks Fernando Bryant (hamstring), Dre Bly (hip) and Chris Cash (knee) before their pre-season contest against Cleveland Saturday.

Also, free safety Brock Marion had to leave Monday's 27-21 win over Pittsburgh because of a bruised shoulder.

"It felt good to have everybody out there -- just getting our communication down," Bryant told the Detroit News after practice Tuesday. "That's the biggest thing in the secondary, all of us being on the field together and talking about the coverage we're going to do."

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