Jim Schwartz won't say if Gosder Cherilus is going to bench

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz declined to say whether or not former first-round draft pick Gosder Cherilus will start at right tackle on Sunday.

The Lions are hosting the Kansas City Chiefs and Schwartz doesn’t want to tip his hand after Cherilus and Corey Hilliard divided first-team reps in practice this week.

Schwartz said Cherilus took a “stupid” penalty for unnecessary roughness in the team’s Week 1 victory at Tampa Bay during the fourth quarter and according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press the team hasn’t been completely happy with his performance since he returned from microfracture knee surgery.

I don’t comment on depth charts,” Schwartz said.

Cheriulus declined comment on the matter, and it looks like there is a real possibility Hilliard, a sixth-round draft pick by the New England Patriots in 2007, will take his place. At least for the short term. Hilliard was the one who replaced Cherilus last season following his knee injury.

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