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Lions still have ORT Cherilus in plans

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Posted Dec. 19, 2010 @ 1:12 a.m. ET
By Eric Edholm

The consensus among Lions fans is that if the team is going to make changes along the offensive line, right tackle is a position that would rank among the top priorities. But the tape says otherwise. ORT Gosder Cherilus, who underperformed his first two seasons, actually was having his best year to date before going on injured reserve with a knee injury. Cherilus had allowed only two sacks in 12 games, committed a mere three penalties (two holding calls) and was better at handling top base ends. The Lions are confident that Cherilus will be able to rehabilitate from his microfracture surgery and be ready for the start of 2011 without setback. In the meantime, they'll get an extended chance to evaluate Corey Hilliard in his place and see what he's capable of. The line will need reinforcement next season, but the team must focus on improving the interior more than at right tackle, assuming there are no snags in Cherilus' progress after surgery.

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