Football

NFL notes: Lions' Warford injures left knee; Williamson, Woodyard top tacklers for Titans

Detroit Lions right guard Larry Warford (75) protected quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins.
Detroit Lions right guard Larry Warford (75) protected quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins. AP

Former University of Kentucky and Madison Central star Larry Warford injured his left knee early in the Detroit Lions' 20-16 win against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The offensive lineman did not return.

The Detroit Free Press reported that Warford spent most of the first half on the sideline with a big icepack wrapped around his leg and was not available in the locker room after the game.

Lions Coach Jim Caldwell told reporters that Warford is scheduled to undergo more testing on Monday.

"Not real certain," how long Warford will be out, Caldwell said. "We'll see. They'll evaluate him tomorrow when they get a real good look at it and we'll see what happens."

Warford had a stellar first season last year for the Lions. He was named Rookie of the Year and Offensive Rookie of the Year by Pro Football Focus.

Sunday's highlights

■ Former Kentucky linebackers Avery Williamson and Wesley Woodyard were the Tennessee Titans' top tacklers in a 21-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Williamson, a rookie, tied a season high with 10 tackles. Six of those were solo and two were for a loss.

"We just didn't execute in the second half as well as we did in the first," Williamson said. "It's disappointing because we had them on the ropes at first."

Woodyard also tied a season high with nine tackles.

"We didn't get anything," Woodyard said of the Titans failing to produce a turnover. "They got two and we didn't get anything. Anytime you lose that turnover margin, you always set yourself up for not having a chance to win."

George Wilson (Paducah Tilghman) added four solo tackles for Tennessee.

Baltimore's defense was led by Elvis Dumervil (U of L), who had five tackles, including 21/2 sacks.

■ Rookie linebacker Preston Brown (U of L) led the Buffalo Bills with eight tackles in a 17-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

■ William Gay (U of L) made seven tackles and Mike Mitchell (Highlands and Covington Catholic) had four in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 20-13 loss to the New York Jets.

■ Stevie Johnson (UK) had three catches for 43 yards in the San Francisco 49ers' 27-24 overtime win at New Orleans.

■ Bobby Rainey (WKU) had 42 yards receiving and 14 rushing in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 27-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

  Comments