Detroit Lions' Anthony Lynn: Headset problems 'more of an issue when you’re on the road'

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Dan Campbell is considering alternative ways to convey offensive play calls after headset problems nearly derailed the Detroit Lions in a first-half drive against the Los Angeles Rams last week.

But Lions offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn said those methods won't be necessary — at least not until the Lions hit the road again.

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“It really hasn’t been much of an issue," Lynn said Thursday. "It seems to be more of an issue when you’re on the road. It’s been pretty good at home."

Lions offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn and quarterback Jared Goff on the field during training camp in Allen Park on Thursday, July 29, 2021.
Lions offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn and quarterback Jared Goff on the field during training camp in Allen Park on Thursday, July 29, 2021.

The Lions (0-7) had headset issues on their final drive of Sunday's first half.

Campbell said the Lions (0-7) took a delay of game penalty after spiking the ball with 18 seconds on the clock because of headset issues that prevented Jared Goff from hearing Lynn's play call.

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Lynn indicated communication also was an issue two plays earlier, when the Lions were forced to burn a timeout.

Previously, the Lions had headset trouble in a loss to the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

"I think from now on I’ll just call it and put it on a massive billboard on the sideline ... so he can see the number on a wristband and now we just keep going," Campbell said Monday. "So lesson learned by me."

Asked why headset issues seem to happen more on the road, Lynn said, "I don’t know. It’s just ... hey, you’re trying to get me fined or something. I’m just saying."

The head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers the past four seasons, Lynn said he has run into similar road headset issues in his previous stops.

"A few times," he said, before exiting his weekly interview. "I better get out of here before I lose some money."

Injury report

The Lions practiced without 2/5th of their starting secondary Thursday. Slot cornerback A.J. Parker sat out with a neck injury he suffered against the Rams, and Jerry Jacobs did not participate because of an illness.

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Detroit Lions cornerback Jerry Jacobs (39) defends Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) during the first half Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021 at Ford Field.
Detroit Lions cornerback Jerry Jacobs (39) defends Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) during the first half Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021 at Ford Field.

Parker, who is fourth on the team with 27 tackles, was a limited participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report, though Campbell said his injury as not as bad as previously feared.

Bobby Price, who started games against the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears, is the Lions' top backup cornerback, though defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn said he hopes to get young cornerback Mark Gilbert in the playing rotation this week.

The Lions have been without starting cornerback Jeff Okudah and his backup, Ifeatu Melifonwu, most of the year.

Running backs D'Andre Swift (groin) and Jamaal Williams (thigh), tight end T.J. Hockenson (ankle/kne) and outside linebacker Trey Flowers (knee) were limited in practice. Williams was added to the report Thursday for the first time this week.

Contact Dave Birkett at dbirkett@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions DBs Jerry Jacobs, A.J. Parker miss practice