Detroit punter Jett out for season

Updated: October 29, 2003, 6:04 PM ET

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Punter John Jett will miss the rest of the Detroit Lions' season after being put on the injured reserve list Wednesday with a calf injury.

The Lions signed cornerback Jacoby Shepherd to take Jett's roster spot and allowed defensive tackle Luther Elliss to practice for the first time this season.

Jett, who was injured during a practice earlier this month, missed Detroit's last three games. The 11-year veteran averaged 39.8 yards on 25 punts this season.

Two weeks ago, the Lions signed punter Nick Harris to replace Jett.

Detroit needed to add Shepherd because cornerback Rod Babers injured his shoulder on the first play last week at Chicago.

Shepherd was released by the New York Jets on Sept. 30, after he made two tackles in four games, and was cut by Green Bay at the end of training camp this year. He was drafted in the second round by St. Louis in 2000, and spent two seasons with the Rams.

Elliss has been sidelined all season with a torn pectoral muscle and on the reserve, non-football injury list. Within three weeks, the Lions have to activate Elliss, cut him, or put the nine-year veteran on the injured list.

The Lions (1-6) play Oakland (2-5) Sunday at home.

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