Morning Roar: Ross ready for larger role

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Receiver/returner Jeremy Ross found out last Saturday he would be "up" and receiving snaps against Dallas, but the quick role change for him since the beginning of the season continues to grow.

Remember, Ross started the year as a kick returner for Green Bay. Then he was cut. Yet on Saturday, when the Lions chose to leave Micheal Spurlock inactive, Ross again found himself as a returner.

This time for Detroit. Redemption? Nah, not for Ross.

"Redemption, that's not my thing," Ross said. "Making plays to redeem other ones, you know what I mean, you try to have a short memory and forget what's behind and keep pushing towards what's ahead.

"It was just a play I had to make. I'm back there to make plays and to make returns so I don't really feel like I've got to make this one to get redemption for the last one. It's more like, yeah, I've just got to make a play."

Ross made one Sunday against Dallas, taking his lone kick return 44 yards.

He also is a slot receiver who could get major snaps if Nate Burleson is not ready to return next week against Chicago or some snaps spelling Burleson in the slot if he is ready to go.

With Spurlock's role as returner at least in question -- Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said Spurlock was made inactive because of injuries at offensive tackle -- and with Ryan Broyles out for the season, there is at least a chance for Ross to see an expanded role in the second half of the season.

"A little bit," Ross said. "I'm not sure what the game plan is going to be as far as what we're thinking about doing moving forward. But wherever they want me to be, I'm going to be there."

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