Posted April 17, 2012 on AP on Fox
Matthew Stafford was hanging out in Georgia a year ago, recovering from surgery on his right shoulder and waiting for the NFL's labor problems to end. The quarterback, his throwing arm and the league are in much better shape these days. ''It's nice to not have to put myself back together,'' Stafford said Monday as he joined his teammates for their first voluntary workout of the year to lift weights, run and throw passes to receivers without coaches allowed to observe. Stafford threw for 5,000-plus yards and 41 touchdowns last season to lead Detroit to its first playoff appearance since the 1999 season. The Lions were able to keep all the players they wanted, other than cornerback Eric Wright, who left to sign with Tampa Bay, and also kept much of their coaching staff together. ''We're building,'' Stafford said. ''We're not starting from scratch.'' While the Lions are trying to ride the momentum created last season,...

Concussions don't deter Lions' Raiola

ALLEN PARK, Mich. Former NFL players are piling on when it comes to lawsuits against the league for the head injuries they sustained during the course of their careers. Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola doesnt plan to be part of that litigation one day. When Im at home in my rocking chair at 40, I dont think Im going to be thinking about suing the NFL, Raiola, 33, said Tuesday...

Detroit Lions 2012 schedule and our ridiculously too early game-by-game predictions

The 2012 NFL schedule was released Tuesday at 7:00PM. The news surrounding the release was a bit absurd (ESPN had a three-hour special on it), but as expected everyone wants to see how many wins they can foreshadow their favorite team getting. Here is the Lions preseason and regular season. They will have one primetime preseason games and four regular season primetime tilts.  But...

Nate Burleson thinks ‘Megatron’ can break Madden curse

You don’t have to be a hardcore gamer to know of the dreaded Madden curse, which, coincidentally or not, has led to disappointing seasons for many of the stars that have graced the cover of EA Sports’ pride and joy. Whether or not you buy in to the fable is immaterial; the guys who, you know, actually step out onto the field on Sundays feel the jinx is alive and well. Take for...

Nate Burleson believes in the Madden Curse, thinks Calvin Johnson can break it

If Calvin Johnson winds up winning the Madden cover vote and suffers an injury next season, Lions fans may blame more than just the Madden jinx. Those who are particularly superstitious could take aim at Nate Burleson. Burleson, who claims to be a big Madden fan, admitted to that he believes in the Madden cover curse. Despite that, he says he is still going to vote for...

Lions C Raiola: No plans to join concussion lawsuits

Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola says he knew the risk of playing in the NFL. With that in mind, Raiola told the Detroit Free Press that he would never sue the league for any injury incurred because it is "common knowledge" that it's just part of the game. "It's worth it. It's totally worth it," Raiola told the newspaper on Tuesday. "This...

Dye: An early rundown of Lions 2012 schedule

Here is a way-too-early, week-by-week prediction breakdown of the Detroit Lions' schedule, released Tuesday night, with the opponents' 2011 records in parenthesis: WEEK 1 SEPTEMBER 9 VS. ST. LOUIS (2-14) The Rams, who ended the season on a seven-game losing streak, hired a new coach, Jeff Fisher, and signed 10 free agents. Not going to matter here. WIN WEEK 2 SEPTEMBER...

Detroit Lions to Select Defensive Back in the First Round?

According to CBS Sports writer Jeff Reynolds, the Lions will not defy logic and will address the position that fills their greatest need; defensive back. With some of the difficulties the Detroit defense had at keeping points off the board at times last season, this has seemed like a foregone conclusion to many draft experts. But does Schwartz and the draft team have a particular...

Raiola: Players know dangers of NFL

Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola says he expects to suffer from short-term memory loss when his career is over.

Detroit Lions 2012 Schedule

  Take a look at the Detroit Lions 2012 schedule.  Any predictions?  With a hand full of primetime games, along with some key home games, this year sure will be fun to watch!     Week 1 – Sept. 9 – vs. St. Louis Rams (1 p.m., FOX) Week 2 – Sept. 16 – at San Francisco 49ers (8:20 p.m., NBC) Week 3 – Sept. 23 – at Tennessee Titans (1 p.m., FOX) Week 4 – Sept...

It’s Cam and Calvin in the Madden Cover Bracket Finals

It wasn't easy, but Cam has moved onto the final round of the 2013 Madden Cover Bracket. In his closest win of the first four rounds, he took out Patrick Willis with 53% of the vote last week. His next opponent, former Georgia Tech and current Detroit Lions wide receiver, Calvin Johnson, beat out Aaron Rodgers. If you're all about this Madden Curse and don't want Cam...

Charles Rogers threatened to kill his mother over $100,000

Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers was in court last week over multiple warrants in his native Saginaw. Rogers pleaded not guilty in to five misdemeanor charges levied against him. One of the charges included making a malicious phone call to his mother Cathy Rogers. According to a police report, Rogers threatened to kill his mother over a $100,000 debt. Cathy Rogers...
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