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The Detroit Lions front office told reporters at the start of this month that they were content with their roster at the running back position. As July comes to a close and training camps are finally open, perhaps the Lions will have to reevaluate the position moving forward. I recently penned a column about which NFL teams that would frustrate fantasy football owners this season, and the Lions are right in the mix. As training camp opened for the Lions, two running backs were not taking part. Jahvid Best still has not received clearance to return to the field. This has to be an issue for concern at this point. It has been nine months since Best was knocked out of the Lions game against the San Francisco 49ers and he continues to suffer concussion-like symptoms. Fantasy owner need to take some serious pause before selecting Best. You have to wonder if he’ll be able to contribute significantly for the Lions this season. RB Mikel Leshoure missed practice last week after suffering a ha...

Lions ready to march like Saints of 09

Undisciplined, unprofessional, unprincipled—merely a few words to describe the untrained beasts of 2011. Hoping to kick those issues to dirt, the Detroit Lions take an adrenaline-propelled stride into camp with a penchant for more organized war, with Jim Schwartz, the leader of the pride, adopting a Belichickian structured approach. Undoubtedly one of the most talented [...]

Lions rookie Ryan Broyles gets cussed out by head coach

Detroit Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles received an R-Rated tirade by head coach Jim Schwartz after forgetting to buckle his chin strap (Credit: AP Photo/Paul Sancya) Second round draft pick Ryan Broyles out of Oklahoma probably thought his first official NFL practice would go a little more smoother than it did. Broyles, who was taken off the physically unable to perform list on...

Best's slow progress frustrates GM Mayhew

Disappointed but optimistic, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew knows starting running back Jahvid Best will be back on the football field. He just doesn't know when. The sluggish progress of his recovery from a concussion last October has everyone in the organization feeling anxious, among other emotions. "A little bit surprised, a little bit disappointed," Mayhew...

Lions Training Camp: Backus out with broken thumb, Reiff working with second and third team

Longtime Lions starting left tackle Jeff Backus injured his thumb this past Saturday and was subsequently held out of team drills Sunday and Monday. According to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News, Corey Williams and Jason Fox filled in for the injured Backus who was also wearing a hard cast to protect the injured thumb which is now believed to be broken. Backus, who had his contract...

Lions might use Logan at running back

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- With Mikel Leshoure coming off surgery for a torn Achilles and Jahvid Bests uncertain future because of concussion problems, the Detroit Lions desperately need contingency plans at running back. One of those options from within is moving diminutive receiverreturn specialist Stefan Logan to fill a versatile role as sort of a poor mans Darren Sproles out of the...

Consistent Hanson enters 21st season with Lions

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Derek Dimke makes Jason Hanson feel old. Dimke, a rookie kicker in the Detroit Lions' camp, was in diapers the first time Hanson put on a NFL uniform. Hanson, entering his 21st season in the league, made his debut with the Lions in 1992. Dimke was 2 years old. It's no wonder that Dimke felt like he had to call Hanson "Sir" when he first met...

Detroit Lions: Elite offense, mediocre defense

There is absolutely no surprise in this title.  Everyone and their extended family knows that the Detroit Lions can score points with the best of them.  Last year, the problem became that they could give them up with great proficiency as well. Matthew Stafford threw for over 5,000 yards.  Calvin Johnson made a run at Herman Moore’s single-season receiving record of 1,686 yards...

Fairley's court hearing delayed

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley's court hearing on a marijuana possession charge in Alabama has been delayed until Nov. 27. Fairley was scheduled to appear in Mobile Municipal Court Tuesday for his April 3 arrest. Police say he was arrested after people complained that his Cadillac Escalade was speeding through a Mobile neighborhood. Officers smelled marijuana coming...

Calvin Johnson: Detroit Lions’ Megatron Still Not a Top-5 Receiver (Revisited)

ARLINGTON, TX – OCTOBER 02: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions catches a pass for a touchdown for the win over Terence Newman #41 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. The Lions defeated the Cowboys 34-30. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife) The title and article that followed here left no room for confusion or misinterpretation...

Schwartz says no real shots fired at Packers

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz found some vintage irony in this perceived feud with the Green Bay Packers. It all goes back to what he insists was an innocent comment during the offseason. "We had no sporting clays today or no amusement parks or water parks," Schwartz said after a mini-camp practice last month. Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy took...

Lions' Stafford tries to prove 2011 was no fluke

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford quieted most of his critics last year. Now he needs to silence them. There were serious doubts at this time a year ago whether Stafford could stay healthy long enough to showcase his elite arm in the NFL. But he showed that he could, playing through a hand injury and starting every game while leading his team to the...

AP Pro32 comments about Lions

Comments on the Detroit Lions by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses): DETROIT LIONS (11, TIE) Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 7): Lions should have running game to complement passing of Matthew Stafford with return from injuries of Jahvid Best, Mikel Leshoure. Bob Glauber (Newsday, 7): More away from the field offseason woes for Lions, but Jim Schwartz believes he...
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