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Sep 17, 2014

Detroit Lions — Ansah, Waddle, Travis Lewis unable to practice

ALLEN PARK — Defensive end Ziggy Ansah missed practice Wednesday with a knee injury. He was one of three who didn’t practice at all. Also, linebacker Travis Lewis (quad) and LaAdrian Waddle (calf) did not work out. All three were on the field. Those who had limited practice include Joique Bell (knee), Nick Fairley (biceps), James Ihedigbo (neck), George Johnson (groin), Montell Owens (hamstring), Cassius Vaughn (ankle) and safety Don Carey (hamstring). It was a step in the right direction for Carey who hadn’t practiced at all in weeks.  With so many injuries in the...
Sep 16, 2014
Detroit Lions — Nevin Lawson out for season; veteran Danny Gorrer signed

Detroit Lions — Nevin Lawson out for season; veteran Danny Gorrer signed

As expected, rookie cornerback Nevin Lawson was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday ending his season. Lawson dislocated his toes in Sunday’s loss at Carolina and underwent immediate surgery. To fill his roster spot the Lions signed 28-year-old cornerback Danny Gorrer (in photo). Gorrer spent the last two seasons with the Tampa Bay Bucs where he played in 13 games and started one. Prior to that he was with the Seattle Seahawks (2012), the Baltimore Ravens (2011) and the St. Louis Rams (2009). The Lions sent safety Nate Ness back to the practice squad on Monday creating another...
Detroit Lions — Nate Freese's rocky start forces discussion; Jason Hanson had bad start too

Detroit Lions — Nate Freese's rocky start forces discussion; Jason Hanson had bad start too

ALLEN PARK — Two years gone and the Lions still miss Jason Hanson who was nearly automatic in his 21 seasons as the place kicker. He didn’t start off that way, though.  When Hanson played as a rookie in 1992 he was nailed the only attempt in his first game, but then 1-of-2 in Game 2 and 1-of-3 in Game 3. In Game 2 he missed a 45-yard attempt. In Game 3, which was at Washington, he missed from 52 yards and 49 yards. So in Hanson’s first three games he was 3-of-6. The kicker discussion has re-ignited because rookie kicker Nate Freese is 2-of-5 in his first two games. Jim...
Sep 15, 2014
Detroit Lions CB Nevin Lawson likely out for season; Mohammed Seisay an option

Detroit Lions CB Nevin Lawson likely out for season; Mohammed Seisay an option

ALLEN PARK — It’s likely that Detroit Lions cornerback Nevin Lawson is out for the season, although a final determination hasn’t been made. “I would not anticipate he’ll be back this year but hopefully he’ll heal quickly,’’ coach Jim Caldwell said at his Monday press conference. Lawson dislocated his toes in Sunday’s loss at Carolina and underwent immediate surgery. With Lawson out the Lions are down to three cornerbacks — Darius Slay, Rashean Mathis and Cassius Vaughn. Caldwell said they’re looking at either signing a free agent or promoting Mohammed Seisay...
Sep 14, 2014
Detroit Lions CB Nevin Lawson dislocates foot, undergoes surgery

Detroit Lions CB Nevin Lawson dislocates foot, undergoes surgery

The Lions are down another cornerback. Detroit Lions rookie Nevin Lawson dislocated his foot in the 24-7 loss to the Panthers and was undergoing immediate surgery, according to a report from Tom Leyden of WXYZ-TV. Lawson, who was starting at nickel for Bill Bentley, was injured in the first half and did not return. Bentley was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in the opening game. In the post-game press conference, according to reports, coach Jim Caldwell was not ready to say Lawson would be gone for the season. That leaves the Lions...
Sep 14, 2014

Detroit Lions — No surprises among inactives; Panthers DE Greg Hardy out

Detroit Lions wide receivers Ryan Broyles and Kevin Ogletree are inactive today at the Panthers. Neither was active on Monday night. Garrett Reynolds will get the start at right tackle for the Lions today at the Panthers. Reynolds had been cut after training camp, but was re-signed this week after Corey Hilliard was determined to be out for the season with a foot injury. LaAdrian Waddle is out temporarily with a calf strain. James Ihedigbo (neck) misses his second straight game while Isa Abdul-Quddus will get the start just as he did on Monday night. With Bill Bentley out, rookie...
Sep 14, 2014
Detroit Lions — Keep an eye on Ndamukong Suh, Cam Newton starting with coin toss

Detroit Lions — Keep an eye on Ndamukong Suh, Cam Newton starting with coin toss

Keep an eye on Ndamukong Suh when the Detroit Lions play the Panthers today. Suh could be a little peeved after Cam Newton called him “Donkey Kong Suh” five times in a press conference this week. It will start with the coin toss. Suh is a captain this week and Newton is a team captain for the season. Suh didn’t talk with the Detroit media after Newton’s remarks this week. But Aaron Fentress of CSNNW.com talked anonymously to three of Suh’s high school buddies who he remains friends with. They told the website that they doubt Suh is taking the words...
Sep 14, 2014
Detroit Lions — Five keys to beat the Panthers; prediction

Detroit Lions — Five keys to beat the Panthers; prediction

The Detroit Lions are coming off a short week, but the win on Monday night  proved that Jim Caldwell’s methods can work. It’s not magic, it’s hard work. Now they take the show on the road to the Carolina Panthers. Both teams are coming off wins, but this will be Cam Newton’s 2014 debut. Kickoff is 1 p.m.  1. Keep penalties to a minimum. This was a huge problem that the Lions were able to overcome on Monday night after they were hit for eight penalties costing them 85 yards in the first half. They adjusted to what the officials were calling and had zero in the second half. It’d...
Sep 12, 2014

Detroit Lions — Waddle, Carey officially out Sunday at Panthers

The Detroit Lions secondary and offensive line will be adjusted at Carolina on Sunday due to injuries. Safety James Ihedigbo (neck) is listed as doubtful for Sunday and safety Don Carey (hamstring) is out. Neither one played on Monday. Expect Glover Quin and Isa Abdul-Quddus to start. Rookie Nevin Lawson, who saw extensive playing time on Monday, will start at nickel with Bill Bentley out for the season. Rashean Mathis and Darius Slay will start. Either Garrett Reynolds, who has 23 NFL starts in the past three seasons in Atlanta, or rookie Cornelius Lucas will start at right tackle....
Sep 12, 2014
Detroit Lions — Ndamukong Suh to serve as a captain at Panthers

Detroit Lions — Ndamukong Suh to serve as a captain at Panthers

ALLEN PARK — Ndamukong Suh, Calvin Johnson and Don Muhlbach will serve as Detroit Lions captains on Sunday in Carolina against the Panthers. Suh was criticized by many for not participating in the voluntary offseason workout program. Jim Caldwell always defended the defensive tackle. It was no different on Friday. “Probably No. 1 is that he does what we ask him. He does everything in regard to what the rules require,’’ Caldwell said. “I know oftentimes people get hung up on when he was here, when he wasn’t here, all that kind of stuff. He wasn’t required to be here....
Sep 11, 2014
Detroit Lions look to bring up defensive back from practice squad

Detroit Lions look to bring up defensive back from practice squad

ALLEN PARK — With the loss of cornerback Bill Bentley for the season, the Detroit Lions are down to four cornerbacks with the game at the Carolina Panthers a few days away. They also have questionable depth at safety with Don Carey (hamstring) not practicing and James Ihedigbo (neck) still not a certainty for Sunday. Coach Jim Caldwell said on Thursday they are looking at all options with one roster spot open. He said the roster move will come from the practice squad. “We do have one still available, we’re in the process of determining what we want to do with it,’’...
Sep 11, 2014
Detroit Lions — Cam Newton may be sorry for his 'Donkey Kong Suh' remarks

Detroit Lions — Cam Newton may be sorry for his 'Donkey Kong Suh' remarks

ALLEN PARK — So now Cam Newton refers to the Lions’ Pro Bowl defensive tackle as “Donkey Kong Suh.” Ah, very funny. Until Sunday when the Detroit Lions play at Carolina. In a press conference on Wednesday the Panthers quarterback repeatedly referred to Ndamukong Suh as “Donkey Kong Suh” — an unflattering mispronunciation of Suh’s first name, to be sure. Here’s what Newton said over and over again: “My main focus right now is focusing on the Detroit Lions. I think I got my hands full trying to find ways to stay protected by Donkey Kong Suh and my fellow Auburn...
Sep 10, 2014

Join me at 3 p.m. Thursday for chat discussing Detroit Lions

Join me at 3 p.m. on Thursday to chat about the Detroit Lions as they prepare for the Panthers at Carolina on Sunday. Will also discuss latest roster moves and observations from season-opening win on Monday night.
Sep 9, 2014
Detroit Lions lose Bill Bentley for season, per report

Detroit Lions lose Bill Bentley for season, per report

ALLEN PARK — Lions cornerback Bill Bentley has a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the rest of the season according to a report from the Free Press’ Dave Birkett. Bentley, who plays nickel, injured his knee in Monday night’s win over the Giants. He was helped off the field and did not return to the game. The Lions had only five cornerbacks on the 53-man roster including Bentley. Rashean Mathis and Darius Slay are the starters with backups Cassius Vaughn and rookie Nevin Lawson. Vaughn, who didn’t play a defensive snap on Monday, could start with Mathis moving ...