KEY QUESTIONS: What is Broyles' long-term prognosis; will Lions be active at trade deadline?

Posted Oct 28, 2013

Tim Twentyman takes a look at select key questions answered at head coach Jim Schwartz's Monday press conference

The Lions are 5-3 and heading to their bye week for some much needed rest and relaxation.

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz took one last look back at Sunday's 31-30 victory over the Cowboys before getting back to work.

Jim SchwartzHead coach Jim Schwartz (Photo: G.Smith/Detroit Lions)

Here are the key questions answered in Monday's press conference:

What is the status of receiver Ryan Broyles?

Unfortunately, the diagnosis isn't good. Broyles ruptured his Achilles tendon and is scheduled to have surgery on Tuesday.

"It's tough, it's been the last two years, three years now where he had season ending injuries," Schwartz said. "Those are not easy to come back from but he is a tough guy. If anybody can come back from it, he can."

What is Broyles' long-term prognosis?

Obviously, this is a big blow for a player who was coming of two ACL reconstructions in as many years.

"Even with the time he has missed he has found ways to come in and contribute," Schwartz said. "He just hasn't been 100 percent his first two years and now he's going through the same thing again. His experience in going through it, I'm sure, will help. It is a tough thing to go through, for any player much less three years in a row."

Schwartz said he would never put a timetable on a player's recovery, but this seems like a daunting task for Broyles to recover from.

"We have confidence in Ryan that he will find a way to get back and contribute to our team," Schwartz said.

Could the Lions be active at the trade deadline?

Nate Burleson is expected to return from a broken left forearm sometime after the bye, though Schwartz said the Lions wouldn't rush his recovery to replace Broyles.

Could the Lions be active by Tuesday's 4 p.m. trade deadline to try and add depth at receiver? What about a move to improve their secondary?

"I don't really have any comment on that," Schwartz said. "Our personnel department is always looking at ways to improve our team and I don't think today or tomorrow will be any different and it won't end then.

"Those guys are always evaluating the waiver wire, anything else like potential free agents, guys on the street that could help. We have had a couple big pickups since training camp began so I wouldn't anticipate it being any different."

Schwartz did acknowledge that the NFL's decision to move the trade deadline back two weeks has changed the dynamic of it a little bit.

"It gives you a little more opportunity to evaluate your team and the potential for some teams to make business decisions when it comes to other players or draft picks," he said.

How does Schwartz evaluate the first half of the season?

NFL coaches break up the season into four quarters. The Lions had themselves a pretty good first quarter, going 3-1 to start the year. They slipped a little bit in the second quarter with a 2-2 showing.

"I mean we are 5-3 and I don't think there is anything else that you can say other than that," Schwartz said. "I don't put grades on it. We found a way to get five wins and we found a way to lose three games. That's just where it is.

"We are only halfway through the season and the tale of this season is not going to be written in the first half, it is going to be written in the second half and that is what we have to concentrate on."

Does the bye week come at a good time for some injured players on this team?

Most specifically for players like Ziggy Ansah (ankle) and Bill Bentley (knee), who did not finish Sunday's game.

"I think the bye week comes at a good time for 53 guys, not just the guys that are nursing some other injuries and stuff like that," Schwartz said. "There's never a bad time for the bye when it comes to getting players some rest and getting rejuvenated for the last eight games of the year."

How impressive was Calvin Johnson's performance after watching it again on film?

Megatron recorded 14 catches for 329 yards and a touchdown. It was the second-highest single-game output in terms of receiving yards in NFL history.

"Honestly, when you look at the film, it sort of creeps up on you," Schwartz said. "You don't really see it as being that kind of day because you just expect so many of those plays.

"The 87-yarder certainly takes a big chunk of that yardage. I think if you look at it, he would probably even say the same thing; there were some other plays where he was real close to having more.

"That first third down of the game, he almost tipped the ball to himself which would have been another circus amazing catch. With a guy like Calvin, you tend to look at that at as a missed opportunity. With somebody else you wouldn't even think that. He's a big play machine. When he's covered he's still open."

Why did Joe Fauria have a decreased role in the game?

Fauria played in just 15 snaps after playing 31 the week prior vs. Cincinnati.

"I think that everybody's role is going to change from week-to-week and things like that," Schwartz said. "We used a lot of three wide receiver personnel and it only keeps one tight end on the field. That's no reflection on him. He wasn't benched or deemphasized. We wanted to keep them in nickel packages and I thought our offense did a good job.

"We have 623 yards on offense and we scored 31 points and won the game. That's the only thing I really care about with who got used and anything else. Anybody that's disappointed in that, I'll leave to the fantasy football owners and stuff like that. It just is what it is.”