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The best part of football's training camp isn't watching the drills, seeing honing of skills or even being excited by the promise of a new season. It's enjoying the unexpected emergence of new performers and watching their indoctrination into the greater team culture.
Just this week, another young Detroit Lion had his moment. Lance Long, a journeyman wide receiver born in Michigan, has been performing well in camp. Tuesday, he made a stunning catch in the end zone and spiked the ball in celebration. As everybody knows, that's an ethical violation of the highest degree during training camp drills. The expected decorum is tossing the ball aside, putting your head down and jogging quietly back to the huddle.
The defense, particularly fiery safety Louis Delmas, didn't like being shown up by anyone on their team, much less a no name player. That may have been true, except for this caveat: The "Vanilla Gorilla" was hardly a no name performer by this po...
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ALLEN PARK, Mich. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed Thursday that Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley could be disciplined before his legal cases have been finalized.
Fairley faces a possible suspension similar to teammate Mikel Leshoure, who must sit out the Lions first two games because of his two arrests for marijuana possession.
Its quite possible that Fairleys...
Whenever the preseason conversation turns to the expectation level of the Detroit Lions, I usually tune out. A lot of that has to do with my own hardcore cynicism when it comes to our gridiron gladiators.
For years, Ive believed that if Super Bowl success was measured in talk, the Lions would be perennial Super Bowl champions.
However, with the emergence of Matthew Stafford, Detroit...
Detroit Lions linebacker Justin Durant made a few comments on Twitter about the Chick-Fil-A national appreciation day (Credit: AP Photo/Paul Sancya
After Chick-Fil-A CEO made a statement about how he does not support gay marriage, the company has garnered support and protests from both sides of the debate. On Wednesday there was a day of support for Chick-Fil-A in which supporters...
The Detroit Lions' front four gets most of the attention on defense, but coaches feel just as good about the three men behind them.
Veterans Stephen Tulloch, DeAndre Levy and Justin Durant return for their second season together and bring plenty of stability after starting a combined 44 games last fall.
''We've got three pretty darn good linebackers,'' defensive...
The NFL will not get directly involved into the medical decision the Lions and independent doctors must make regarding Lions running back Jahvid Best. Commissioner Roger Goodell visited the team facility Thursday and said "medical people will make that decision." Best isn't yet cleared for contact and hasn't participated even in partial contact football drills...
(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer Detroit Lions running back Kevin Smith says he's not focusing on starting.
Smith insists he's just happy to know he's going to play this season. A year ago, he was working out in Florida in the hopes of getting another shot to be an NFL player. The Lions gave him a chance to come back in...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan was raving after Friday's practice about the maturity that his quarterback, Matthew Stafford, is showing at 24 years old.
None of it surprises head coach Jim Schwartz.
"I was saying that it's hard to believe he's 21," Schwartz said. "I mean he might even shave twice a week now.
When the Lions used a fifth-round pick to select Temple product Tahir Whitehead, most Lions fans were scrambling to find out who he was -- and not all were supportive of the selection. Thus far in training camp, he's been impressive.
The Lions offense needs a legit No. 2 receiver and veteran Nate Burleson, who’s about to turn 31, is not getting the job done. Meanwhile, the second rounder from Boise State posted 607 yards and six touchdowns on 48 catches in his rookie campaign. With so many fragile running backs and Matthew Stafford gunning the ball Young has an opportunity to put up a big time sophomore...