Lions Camp Update

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- Manny Ramirez has one message for Detroit Lions fans.
No, he hasn't hit any home runs lately.
The fourth-round pick out of Texas Tech can't count how many times he's heard that and every other possible joke about his Boston Red Sox namesake.
"Everyone asks, but for some people, it is the first thing they say to me," he said Tuesday. "I just try to laugh."
Ramirez is battling with Damien Woody and Stephen Peterman for what will probably be two spots at guard, but he's also trying to learn from the veterans.
"We're competing, but we're still friends," Ramirez said. "Those guys are working with me, even though I might end up taking their job. I know I'm only a rookie, but I really think the job is wide open and that I have a chance to win it."
Ramirez is especially grateful for Woody's help, given the eight-year veteran's experience with the Patriots.
"This is a guy with championship rings," he said. "When he was with New England, he did everything and saw everything, so I'm going to do whatever I can to learn from him. He knows it all."
Ramirez has already impressed the coaching staff with his physical skills -- he holds the Texas Tech school record with a 550-pound bench press last season.
"He's already got the physical ability, and he's a skillful pass blocker," Detroit coach Rod Marinelli said. "Now we just has to learn how to do things in the NFL. That's our job -- to teach him how to play."
Ramirez had one advantage over many of his teammates on Tuesday -- being a native Texan made him more accustomed to the 90-degree temperatures that baked the day's practice sessions.
"I've never been in a training camp where we had two-a-days for this long," he said. "But I'm doing pretty well."
Marinelli spent several years as an assistant coach with Tampa Bay, so he wasn't too worried about the hot weather, either.
"I'm used to this," he said. "You can't let the elements become a factor, and working through this is how you do that. In this league, we know how to take care of players in the heat."
NOTES: QB Drew Stanton, Detroit's second-round pick, had arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday morning, and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. "They cleaned out some old loose bodies and trimmed back the cartilage," Lions president Matt Millen said. "Now it is just a matter of how quickly he heals." ... Millen said that no progress had been made on a contract for No. 2 pick Calvin Johnson. ... LB Teddy Lehman injured his shoulder during the morning workout, and was scheduled to have an MRI Tuesday evening. ... Woody missed part of the early practice after sustaining a stinger, but returned later in the session. ... Thursday temperatures are expected to reach the mid-90s.


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