Waddle, George Johnson and Ross to captain Lions Sunday

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Allen Park — Offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle, defensive end George Johnson and return man Jeremy Ross will be the Lions' captains Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

Coach Jim Caldwell decided before the season to rotate captains every game, and the Lions have already had each player from their leadership council represent the team at the pregame coin toss.

In recent weeks, Caldwell has started to show the coaching staff thinks several young players are leaders on the team. Waddle will be the third second-year player to be a captain, joining punter Sam Martin and defensive end Ziggy Ansah.

Johnson adds to the list of captains who are in their first year with the Lions, including strong safety James Ihedigbo, linebacker Josh Bynes and safety Isa Abdul-Quddus. Bynes and Abdul-Quddus were the special teams captains against Atlanta and New Orleans, respectively.

The Lions will give some players the honor multiple times as they did with center Dominic Raiola in Weeks 3 and 8. The only players who aren't eligible, apparently, are rookies.

"We won't get to rookies; that's for certain," Caldwell said. "That's the thing I think is unique about our team is we have so many leaders. That's why it would be to me a bit unfair to simply use three guys for the entire year.

"We've got too many guys that have too much to share, so I like to use every bit of leadership potential that we have on our team."