Jim Schwartz's powers for positive thinking were tested Wednesday. The Detroit Lions coach announced that two of his defensive starters would be lost for the season and also watched the NFL fine a third starter $15,000 for a penalty he has vehemently objected to.
Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (bulging disk in neck) and cornerback Alphonso Smith (shoulder) were placed on injured reserve. Both are expected to have immediate surgery, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Vanden Bosch proved to be everything the Lions could have hoped for this season after he signed a four-year contract on the first full day of free agency in March. He opened the season with 10 solo tackles against the Chicago Bears and set an example for intensity and effort throughout the year. His sack of Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb during an Oct. 31 victory helped the Lions seal one of their two victories this season.
Meanwhile, the Lions signed cornerback Prince Miller off the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad to replace Smith. So of the five cornerbacks currently on their active roster, only Chris Houston was with the Lions in Week 1.
Finally, the NFL fined defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh $15,000 for unnecessary roughness on a hotly-contested play late in the fourth quarter of the Lions' 24-20 loss to the Bears. Although I had hoped to put this episode behind us, I think it needs to be addressed one more time in Dirty Laundry. Look for that post Thursday.