ALLEN PARK, Mich. Ideally, starters dont have to play much, if at all, on special teams in the NFL.
The extra workload is a negative for them, much less the increased potential for injury.
But desperate times call for desperate measures.
For Detroit Lions starting cornerback Chris Houston, thats meant a new role on the kick-coverage team.
Its a surprising move in that Houston ranks high among players the Lions can least afford to lose. But hes also a reliable veteran who can help put an end to the long returns that plagued the club earlier in the season.
There have been a lot of injuries, so they put me on there, said Houston, in his sixth year in the league. Youve got to do what youve got to do for the team. Thats what they asked me to do and thats what I did.
I really cant question the need for the team and what the coaches have me do. That would be like Im being selfish. I dont want to be that type of teammate. I know starters play (special teams) on other teams. They may ...