11:37 PM EST, Thu December 18, 2014
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Detroit Lions — C.J. Mosley, Rob Sims don't practice

ALLEN PARK — Lions defensive tackle C.J. Mosley, who was added late to Wednesday’s injury report, did not practice today (Thursday). His absence was not injury related. Also left guard Rob Sims didn’t practice. He was not on Wednesday’s injury report. Defensive end George Johnson, who missed on Wednesday with an illness, returned to work on Thursday. New cornerback Josh Thomas, who was claimed off waivers from the Jets, was at work wearing No. 24. Nick Fairley also did not practice. The Lions practiced in outdoor temps of 31 degrees in preparation for the game at...
11 hours ago
Detroit Lions Caldwell says 'bit of unknown' with Bears' Jimmy Clausen

Detroit Lions Caldwell says 'bit of unknown' with Bears' Jimmy Clausen

ALLEN PARK — It was adjustment time when the Lions coaching staff heard early Wednesday night that quarterback Jimmy Clausen would be starting for the Bears instead of Jay Cutler on Sunday in Chicago. “We had a chance to take a look at him, there’s always still a question of whether they’ll do the same things they’ve been doing with him,’’ coach Jim Caldwell said on Thursday morning. “There’s certainly a bit of an unknown there. There’s enough tape of him in preseason and things of that nature to get a good look at him.’’ Clausen played in three preseason games...
Dec 17, 2014

Detroit Lions chat set for 3 p.m. on Thursday

Join me at 3 p.m. on Thursday for a live chat discussing the Detroit Lions as they prepare to face the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field. Quarterback Jay Cutler has been benched in favor of Jimmy Clausen who is 1-9 as an NFL starter. Plenty to discuss.
Dec 17, 2014
Detroit Lions to face Bears' Jimmy Clausen after Cutler benched

Detroit Lions to face Bears' Jimmy Clausen after Cutler benched

It’s Plan B for the Lions who won’t have to figure out how to stop quarterback Jay Cutler on Sunday. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Chicago Bears (5-9) will bench Cutler  in favor of Jimmy Clausen when the division rivals meet at Soldier Field. The Lions (10-4) can clinch a playoff spot with a win. So far this season, Cutler has 28 touchdown passes and 18 interceptions. Two of those picks came in the Thanksgiving loss to the Lions at Ford Field. Clausen has completed three of nine attempts in garbage time in three games this season where the Bears didn’t have a...
Dec 17, 2014
Detroit Lions Glover Quin named NFC defensive player of week

Detroit Lions Glover Quin named NFC defensive player of week

ALLEN PARK — Detroit Lions veteran safety Glover Quin has been named NFC defensive player of the week. It was Quin’s interception of Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater late in the second quarter on Sunday that turned the game around. The Lions had been behind 14-0 at that point. They turned it around and won 16-14. Quin is tied for the lead league with six interceptions. He has one in each of the last three games. PHOTOS FROM WIN OVER VIKINGS (Follow @PaulaPasche on Twitter. Order her book,  “100 Things Lions Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die’’ here. It’s also...
Dec 16, 2014
Detroit Lions — Three playoff scenarios for Sunday

Detroit Lions — Three playoff scenarios for Sunday

After watching the Chicago Bears loss on Monday night, the Detroit Lions should not have a problem getting a win on Sunday at Soldier Field.  The Bears (5-9) were much worse than the 31-15 score indicated. Anything can happen, but the Bears have a day less to prepare and look dysfunctional. The Lions (10-4) have opened as 4.5-point favorites. Detroit is currently in first place in the NFC North with a 10-4 record that is identical to the Packers. That Week 3 win over Green Bay at Ford Field was huge. ProFootballTalk.com has come up with three playoff scenarios for the Lions on...
Dec 15, 2014
Detroit Lions — Jim Caldwell remains mum on playoffs

Detroit Lions — Jim Caldwell remains mum on playoffs

ALLEN PARK — You can’t trick Lions coach Jim Caldwell into talking about the playoffs. Try a question using any angle and he won’t bite. He can’t. If he talks about the playoffs, then it opens the door for his players and that is clearly against the Caldwell rules. All season Caldwell has focused on one game at a time. That has not changed with just two games remaining and playoff talk filling the air. On Monday he compared it to texting and driving. If you’re texting then you can’t focus on driving. If the Lions beat the Bears in Chicago on Sunday, they will earn a...
Dec 15, 2014
Detroit Lions — Five things learned after win over Vikings

Detroit Lions — Five things learned after win over Vikings

Five things learned Sunday after the Lions beat the Vikings 16-14: 1. One win and the Lions are in the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Winning at the Bears at Chicago on Sunday is the most ideal path. Plus if the Lions beat the Bears, then upset the Packers at Green Bay on Dec. 28, they’ll win the NFC North. These next two games are outside in December. Coach Jim Caldwell has said all along he aims to have an indoor team with an outdoor mentality.  2. The Packers are beatable. Not only did the Lions top them 19-7 in Week 3, but Buffalo intercepted Aaron Rodgers twice on the...
Dec 14, 2014

Detroit Lions — Suh, Bush, Whitehead active; no surprises among inactives

DETROIT — All the key Detroit Lions are active today against the Vikings at Ford Field. Running back Reggie Bush (ankle) and linebacker Tahir Whitehead (shoulder) were listed as questionable on Friday’s report, but both are active. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, safety James Ihedigbo and linebacker Josh Bynes, who were all hit by a virus this week, are also active. Lions inactives are: WR Ryan Broyles, DT Nick Fairley, DT Caraun Reid, DE Larry Webster, G/C Rodney Austin, T Garrett Reynold and QB Kellen Moore. Vikings inactives: CB Robert Blanton, FB Zach Line, LB Anthony...
Dec 12, 2014
Detroit Lions — Not out of question Ndamukong Suh could be out Sunday

Detroit Lions — Not out of question Ndamukong Suh could be out Sunday

ALLEN PARK — Ndamukong Suh was expected to return to practice today after sitting out on Thursday because he was under the weather. Coach Jim Caldwell said Suh would practice on Friday, but he’s not sure how much work he will do. Suh has never missed a game due to injury/illness and Caldwell doesn’t expect he’ll miss on Sunday vs. the Vikings, but the coach admitted it’s a possibility. “I don’t have an indication it will happen, but it’s not out of the question,’’ Caldwell said. Josh Bynes returned to practice on Friday after sitting out Wednesday and...
Dec 11, 2014

Detroit Lions — Ndamukong Suh absent from practice; Reggie Bush returns

ALLEN PARK — Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was under the weather and didn’t practice today (Thursday). Since he was drafted in 2010, Suh has never missed a game due to injury. It was also the second day that linebacker Josh Bynes missed due to an illness. Reggie Bush, who did not practice on Wednesday, was back at it on Thursday in the portion of practice open to the media. Coach Jim Caldwell said earlier on Thursday, that he does not think Bush’s season is done. He expects a comeback much like Calvin Johnson has had in the last two weeks. LaAdrian Waddle (head) and...
Dec 11, 2014
Detroit Lions — Nick Fairley in new phase of rehab

Detroit Lions — Nick Fairley in new phase of rehab

ALLEN PARK — Nick Fairley’s goal is to get back before the end of the season. Time is running out for the Lions defensive tackle with just three regular season games remaining, but don’t count him out. “He’s certainly, I think you’ve probably seen him a round a little bit, you can tell his spirits are up, he’s improving which is great,’’ coach Jim Caldwell said on Thursday. “He’s into a little different phase now in terms of the rehab, hopefully he continues to improve,’’ the coach added. Fairley injured his knee in the Oct. 26 game in London and has not...
Dec 10, 2014
Join Detroit Lions live chat at 3 p.m. Thursday

Join Detroit Lions live chat at 3 p.m. Thursday

Join me at 3 p.m. on Thursday for a live chat on the Detroit Lions (9-4) who will play the Minnesota Vikings (6-7) on Sunday at Ford Field. The Lions beat the Vikings 17-3 on Oct. 12. Both teams have changed and matured since then. The Lions need a win to continue their quest for a playoff berth while the Vikings have won four of the last six. Bring your questions or just read along. — Paula Pasche
Dec 10, 2014
Detroit Lions place Joe Fauria on IR; re-sign Kellen Davis

Detroit Lions place Joe Fauria on IR; re-sign Kellen Davis

ALLEN PARK — Tight end Joe Fauria was placed on injured reserve ending his season three games early. Fauria re-injured his ankle in Sunday’s win over Tampa Bay. He was hurt in the Lions’ first series, received attention from trainers and then was back in the game. “He’s a guy that has height (6-foot-7), like I mentioned before that you can’t coach,’’ coach Jim Caldwell said. “He has innate ability to go up  and catch balls around the end zones, those are the kind of things he does well. We have to find a way to go in and get the job done without him.’’ PHOTOS...
Dec 8, 2014
Detroit Lions Jim Caldwell examines Suh's roughing passer call; 9 penalties

Detroit Lions Jim Caldwell examines Suh's roughing passer call; 9 penalties

ALLEN PARK — Ndamukong Suh’s roughing-the-passer penalty late in the second quarter of the Lions win over Tampa Bay has been reviewed by coach Jim Caldwell and could get a look from the NFL offices too. “When you take a look at it you can see where his initial contact was made and from there obvioulsy the hand slid up a little bit, the forearm slid up,’’ Caldwell said on Monday. “It will be up to the league to make a determination on it.’’ The coach noted that Suh had another similar play on Bucs quarterback Josh McCown that was not whistled. “He had two that were...