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Pettigrew will Require Season-Ending Surgery

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on November 27, 2009 – 8:23 pm

Today’s MRI revealed that TE Brandon Pettigrew‘s knee injury suffered against the Green Bay Packers will require season-ending surgery.

Pettigrew left in Detroit’s first offensive series after catching a 12-yard pass from QB Matthew Stafford. He was coming off his best game of the year in which he caught six passes for 72 yards, including the game-clinching touchdown.


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Kevin Smith to be on hand at Wireless Giant in Farmington Hills

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on November 27, 2009 – 5:59 pm

Attention Lions Fans: Join Kevin Smith and Roary on Monday, November 30 at the Blackberry Wireless Giant Store in Farmington Hills from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Don’t forget to bring in a toy in support of the Annual Toys for Tots Holiday Drive while you check out all the exclusive holiday deals from your friends at Blackberry!

Store Location:

BlackBerry from Wireless Giant
31380 Orchard Lake Rd.
Farmington Hills, MI  48334
Phone No. 248-855-5777


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Stafford, Johnson to Start Against Packers

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on November 26, 2009 – 4:14 pm

The Detroit Lions have announced starters and inactives for today’s game against Green Bay with the big news being that both Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson will start.

On the defensive side of the ball, Cliff Avril will start in place of Dewayne White at defensive end; DeAndre Levy will start in place of Ernie Sims at outside linebacker and Marvin White will start in place of safety Ko Simpson, who was placed on Injured/Reserve yesterday.

Detroit’s inactives include: Drew Stanton (3rd QB), Derrick Williams, Kalvin Pearson, Terrelle Smith, Ernie Sims, Melvin Fowler, Ephraim Salaam and Dewayne White.


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Going to Ford Field? Look for the Ford Flex!

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on November 26, 2009 – 12:53 pm

Hey Lions fans! If you are heading down to Ford Field to tailgate this Thanksgiving, keep your eyes open for the Ford Flex.

Fans who find the Flex will be able to win prizes, in the Flex Fast Facts trivia challenge. Bill McAllister from 97.1 The Ticket will be joining the Flex as it makes its tailgating rounds handing out prizes before the game.

Lions fans will also have a chance to see the Flex inside Ford Field at Gate G throughout the game. Fans who visit the Flex display will have the chance to win tickets to the last home game of the season against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, January 3rd.


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Delmas Looking Forward to Second Shot at Jennings, Green Bay

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on November 25, 2009 – 6:56 pm

“The win was very exciting. I guess you could say it was the second time getting the monkey off our back. The first one was exciting, but the second one I think was more exciting because we went through a six-game losing streak just to get another win. It gives us a little motivation and a high spirit going into this game – especially a game like this. This is a very exciting game that has a lot of history behind it and we want to make it an interesting game.
 
“The win gives us great confidence. It shows us that we’ve got to potential to actually go into the game and not have to struggle as much as we do. We shoot ourselves in the foot a lot, so we’ve just got to stop that. We do have the personnel to just go in there and play man-for-man, put points on the board and stop people. If we just relax, we’ll be able to build confidence mentally – not just physically – as far as going out there and letting people run all over us and then coming back. I think we just need to start from the ground up.
 
“This will be the second game against Green Bay. Greg Jennings, man … he won’t let the fact that they won go. But he’s very supportive. He lets me know, ‘Keep your head up. You’re going be a great player; you’re going to have a great defense.’ But then again, he still has that ‘W’ on his side. I kind of hate that because when we were at Western, that’s how it always was. He always beat me – he always found a way to beat me for some reason. It’s the same way now. He’s playing for the opposite team that we’re going to play on Thursday and I’m looking forward to trying to bust it up a little bit.
 
“At the end of the day, when it’s all said and done, we’re pretty much brothers. So we’ve got so much respect for each other on the field and off the field. But in the heat of the moment, as the bullets are flying, your athletic mentality comes out. Last game I saw him on the ground after I made a tackle and I’m like, ‘You ‘ain’t going to score no more – you ‘ain’t going to catch any more balls!’ Everything just came out, but at the end of the day we’re brothers.
 
“I’ve been watching the Thanksgiving game for a couple years now – I’m a fan of that now. To have an opportunity to play in one now is real big for me. But, then again, we can’t get too caught up in it being on National TV, one of the only games on Thursday. We can’t get caught up in that because that draws us away from our goal and our goal is to go in there and execute every play as best as we can. We’re just going to take it for what it is. It’s a Thanksgiving game with a lot of history behind it and we’re just going to try to make history again.”


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Re-Live Lions’ Win Over Cleveland and Hear Stafford Wired for Sound

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on November 25, 2009 – 2:16 pm

Lions fans can re-live Detoit’s thrilling 38-37 win over Cleveland through the following programs on Wednesday, November 25.

SoundFX — NFL Network 4 PM ET
NFL Replay — NFL Network 8 PM ET
Inside the NFL — Showtime 9 PM ET

All programs will feature QB Matthew Stafford who was wired for sound by NFL Films

STEVE SABOL ON WIRING OF MATTHEW STAFFORD DURING NOV. 22 GAME VS. CLEVELAND:

“It is the most dramatic player wiring ever!”  (NFL Films has wired more than 350 players since 1965)

“Stafford has earned a lasting place in the cinematic folklore of NFL.”

NFL REPLAY TO “ENCORE” WEEK 11 WINS BY LIONS & COLTS ON NFL NETWORK, WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25

Detroit’s win against the Cleveland Browns, in which Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford set one NFL rookie record (422 passing yards) and tied another (five touchdown passes), and Indianapolis’ road victory against Baltimore to remain undefeated will be “encored” in a fast-paced, 90-minute format on NFL Network’s NFL Replay on Wednesday, November 25 at 8:00 PM ET & 9:30 PM ET, respectively. 

NFL Replay highlights the most exciting games from the weekend, re-airing them on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.  The abridged, yet enhanced version features the match-ups minus halftime and other elements not critical to the outcome, while granting insider access to fans with sideline and on-field sound, as well as post-game press conference sound bites.  NFL Network’s NFL Replay also incorporates exclusive shots and camera angles distinctive to NFL Films.


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Stafford Nominated for Two Weekly Awards

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on November 24, 2009 – 3:24 pm

Rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford has been nominated for two weekly awards: 2009 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week and FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week. Stafford was also nominated for 2009 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for his Week 3 performance against Washington.

Fans can vote for both awards on NFL.com. Voting for both awards ends Friday, November 27 at 12 p.m. ET.

Vote Stafford for FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week: http://www.nfl.com/partner?partnerType=players-air-and-ground

Vote Stafford for 2009 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week: http://www.nfl.com/partner?partnerType=rookies

Stafford’s nominations come after a gutsy performance in Detroit’s win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

After the team fell behind 24-3 in the first quarter, Stafford helped rally the Lions’ offense to five touchdowns including what would prove to be the game-winner with no time remaining on the clock.

He finished the game 26-of-43 for 422 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions for a QB rating of 112.7. His 422 yards were the third-most in team history and the most by a Lions’ rookie in franchise history. His five touchdown passes were also the most by a rookie league-wide since Ray Buivid of the Chicago Bears on December 5, 1937.


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Sundays Game to be Shown on ‘NFL Replay’

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on November 23, 2009 – 11:32 pm

The NFL Network will air highlights from Detroit’s come-from-behind victory over the Cleveland Browns on ‘NFL Replay’ this Wednesday (November 25) at 8 p.m. ET.

The show features highlights from the game and interviews from players and coaches post-game and the following week.

Highlights from that game include rookie QB Matthew Stafford’s 422 receiving yards and five touchdowns, WR Calvin Johnson’s 161 receiving yards and one touchdown, RB Kevin Smith’s 149 all-purpose yards and one touchdown and TE Brandon Pettigrew’s 72 receiving yards and one touchdown. Also see LB Larry Foote lead the Lions’ defense with nine tackles – two for loss – one sack and one QB hurry.


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Pettigrew: “You come in the next day with something to smile about”

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on November 23, 2009 – 10:24 pm

“Coming in today after a win is just clearly a lot better than losing. We’ve had it bad so far. You come in the next day with something to smile about even though we have only won two games. But it’s a start – we’ve got to start somewhere.

“A win like that can definitely give us confidence. It just shows the type of people we have on this team and the attitude that individuals are bringing. It makes everybody else want to buy in. It helps a lot.
 
“I had one game-winning catch in college, but clearly not at this level. There’s nothing like it. Especially because I gave up some catches earlier in the game – it was kind of something to bring you back and help it out.

“The game for me yesterday was just getting-back-to-basics stuff – not have myself overwhelmed and stuff like that. Not thinking so much and being more decisive about stuff that I do on the field – that’s what really helped the most.
 
“Having a short week to practice is a little tough. We don’t get as many practice days, but it can’t really beat us down – we’ll make the most of it. On Thursday we’ll show up and do what we’ve been doing these past few weeks and hopefully we’ll get it done.”


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Delmas: “I’ve got a lot to prove this week”

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on November 20, 2009 – 8:27 pm

“The only strange part about last week was actually going through all the walkthroughs and then going through warm-ups and then finally realizing that I couldn’t play because the night before and that same day I thought I was going to be playing.

“I tried to ease my mind off it, but as I started to progress more and more in walkthrough, my mouth wouldn’t participate – it started to swell up. When the coach finally sat me down, I was miserable.

“I think the last time I sat out of a game was my junior year when I got my first concussion, but that was one game and I was miserable then. After that, I was like, ‘Man, I will never sit out another game if it was my choice.’

“It hurt me more not to go out there and help my teammates than my tooth did. I felt really bad. I was kind of down on myself. Actually, I still am down on myself. I’ve got a lot to prove this week.

“Coach changing up the schedule sparks us up a little bit. With the way the season has been going, it doesn’t make sense to keep repeating the same routine and everything. I think what he’s doing is very smart. Health-wise, too, it gives us a lot of rest and it helps us focus more on the opponent than ourselves.

“I did watch the Monday Night game. They lost, unfortunately, but they’re still a great team. The record doesn’t give them enough credit for how good they are, really. Both of us have records we would rather not have, but we’re both NFL teams and we’re going to go out there and give it our best – may the best team win.

“One of the biggest things the coaches stress is to not look at a record. We can’t underestimate anybody. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter about the record. It matters how many points we put on the board, how many minutes we’re going to play, how many plays we’re going to execute while we’re out there. So I think it’s important that we focus more on ourselves and not the opponent.”


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