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Lions' ORT play has been lacking

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By Mike Wilkening

The Lions have far few areas of concern compared to past seasons, but their ORT play has not been a strength thus far. Starter Gosder Cherilus had a tough September. He drew head coach Jim Schwartz's ire for an unnecessary-roughness penalty late in Detroit's opening-week win at Tampa Bay, was benched for the Week Two game vs. Kansas City and was replaced after just two series at Minnesota in Week Three after falling and surrendering a sack to Vikings DE Brian Robison. Corey Hilliard, Cherilus' backup, had his own problems at Minnesota, also struggling vs. Robison. Schwartz said it was "too early" to declare an open competition at right tackle. "But I just say this: we need to be more effective at that position," he said leading up to Week Four. Cherilus played well a season ago but hasn't found his 2010 form just yet. He is coming off microfracture knee surgery.

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