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Lions DC Gunther Cunninham saddened by the passing of Chester McGlockton

Posted by ttwentyman on November 30, 2011 – 7:06 pm

Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham knows former four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chester McGlockton better than most having coached him in both Oakland and Kansas City for a total of six seasons.

He was saddened to hear the news that McGlockton, in his second season as a defensive assistant at Stanford University, died suddenly at the age of 42 on Wednesday.

“I am deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Chester McGlockton,” Cunningham said. “I had the privilege to coach Chester with both the Raiders and the Chiefs and he was a quality person and a consummate pro. Everything you could ever want in a football player. I will forever cherish the opportunity to have coached him.

“I was so happy for Chester when he got into coaching because that was something I always thought he could do and I knew it was something he wanted to do.  My thoughts and prayers go out to Chester’s family.”

McGlockton played 12 seasons in the NFL with the Raiders, Chiefs, Broncos and Jets. His last NFL season was in 2003 with the Jets.

He registered 555 tackles, 51 sacks, 14 forced fumbles and four interceptions in his career. He made four straight Pro Bowl trips starting in 1994, when he had a career-high 9.5 sacks.


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Suh’s appeal hearing at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Posted by ttwentyman on November 30, 2011 – 6:52 pm

Ndamukong Suh’s appeal hearing will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, according to reports.

The hearing will take place in front of Art Shell, who’s appointed jointly by the league and player’s association for such cases.

Suh kicked Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith during the Lions’ 27-15 loss to the Packers on Thanksgiving. Suh was flagged and ejected for the incident. The NFL handed down a two-game suspension to Suh on Tuesday.

If Suh loses the appeal, he miss Sunday’s game in New Orleans and a match-up against the Vikings at Ford Field Dec. 11.


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Lions injury report is out

Posted by ttwentyman on November 30, 2011 – 5:01 pm

Safety Louis Delmas and corner Chris Houston remain out of practice for the Lions as the team continued on-field preparations for Sunday’s game against the Saints Wednesday.

Both Delmas and Houston suffered knee injuries in the Lions’ 27-15 loss to the Packers on Thanksgiving and haven’t practiced since.

Running back Kevin Smith had a helmet and stretched with his teammates in the early portion of practice open to the media, but left the field before individual position drills and did not return.

He told media members that he returned to field after they left but that was just to run along the sideline with trainers.

Smith was listed as “No practice” on the team’s official injury report.

Defensive end Lawrence Jackson also missed practice Wednesday. He’s missed the Lions’ last two games with a thigh injury.

LB Doug Hogue was not at practice due to an undisclosed illness.

Corner Brandon McDonald was back at practice in a limited capacity after suffering a thigh injury against the Packers. McDonald was running off to the side with trainers after missing practicing on Tuesday. He was listed as limited on the official report.

Defensive end Willie Young (ankle) was also limited.

Full participants in practice were safety Chris Harris (ankle), receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) and receiver Maurice Staovall (shoulder).

In a roster move announced Wednesday, the Lions  signed WR Marcus Harris to the practice squad and put WR Nate Hughes on the practice squad reserve injured list.


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Lions fill Suh’s roster spot with DE Keyunta Dawson

Posted by ttwentyman on November 30, 2011 – 11:59 am

The Lions have used the roster exemption given to them by the NFL in the wake of Ndamukong Suh’s two-game suspension to sign defensive end Keyunta Dawson.

Dawson was with the Lions in the preseason but was part of the team’s final cuts before the regular season began.

Dawson played his first four seasons in the NFL with the Colts, starting 20 games over that span. He was a seventh-round pick by the Colts in 2007 out of Texas Tech.

Dawson will add depth to the defensive line as Lawrence Jackson recovers from a thigh injury and Andre Fluellen moves back to defensive tackle to help fill that rotation in Suh’s absence.

 

 


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Stafford loses the gloves

Posted by ttwentyman on November 29, 2011 – 8:28 pm

The most famous pair of gloves in Detroit are no more.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford ditched the throwing gloves for Tuesday’s practice.

“He didn’t have glove on?” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said with a smile when asked about it after practice. “I didn’t notice.”

Stafford has been wearing the gloves since fracturing the index finger on his throwing hand Oct. 30 against the Broncos.

He’s worn the gloves to better grip the football while wearing a splint on the finger.

Stafford was throwing the ball with zing without the gloves during the portion of practice open to the media on Tuesday. He wasn’t wearing the splint, either.

Over the last three games, Stafford has thrown seven touchdowns and nine interceptions and the Lions are 1-2 over that span.

He had 19 touchdown and four interceptions before the gloves went on Nov. 13 against the Bears.


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Lions place punter Ryan Donahue on IR

Posted by ttwentyman on November 29, 2011 – 3:56 pm

The Lions made a couple of roster moves on Tuesday and still have room for one more.

The team placed punter Ryan Donahue (quad) on injured reserve, ending his season. Ben Graham will handle the punting for the rest of the season.

The Lions also promoted safety Ricardo Silva to the active roster. Silva adds depth to the safety position while starter Louis Delmas recovers from a knee injured suffered against the Packers.

Defensive back Brandon Stephens will fill Silva’s spot on the practice squad.

The Lions still have one exempt roster spot to fill because of the two-game suspension handed down by the NFL to defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

The Lions were without a number of key contributors Tuesday as they began on-field preparations for Sunday’s game against the Saints.

Delmas (knee), corner Chris Houston (knee), running back Kevin Smith (lower leg), corner Brandon McDonald (leg) and defensive end Lawrence Jackson (thigh) were all missing from practice.

The most concerning of those is obviously Delmas and Houston with the Saints being the No. 1 passing team in the NFL at 324 yards per game.

Delmas had his knee rolled up on early in the Lions’ 27-15 loss to the Packers on Thanksgiving. He limped off the field and did not return.

He tweeted later that night that it was an issue he’d be dealing with “for a few weeks”.

Houston left the game in the second quarter after taking a helmet to the knee from teammate Stephen Tulloch. He said after the game that the knee was stiff but he felt like he’d be able to play. We’ll see as the week progresses?

Smith left the game after he was tackled by DT Ryan Pickett and CB Charles Woodson on a three-yard run early in the second quarter. He also didn’t return.

McDonald left in the third quarter after hurting his leg trying to make a tackle along the sideline.

Jackson has missed the last two games with that thigh injury.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford practiced without a splint or gloves on Tuesday for the first time since fracturing the index finger on his throwing hand against the Broncos Oct. 30. Stafford lwas throwing the ball well.

Also, rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley was working with the first-team defensive line in the portion of practice open to the media. Fairley will likely start while Suh serves his two-game suspension.

Newly re-signed running back Aaron Brown was wearing jersey No. 35. He wore No. 21 in his first two seasons with the Lions but that number is now taken by corner Eric Wright.


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Lions coach Jim Schwartz on Suh suspension

Posted by ttwentyman on November 29, 2011 – 1:03 pm

In an interview on 97.1 “The Ticket” Tuesday morning, Lions coach Jim Schwartz said the team will have to deal with and get past the two-game suspension handed down by NFL on defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

“Everybody is responsible for their actions and accountable for it,” Schwartz said. “The league has decided to suspend him two games and that’s something we have to deal with and we have to live with. We have to find a way to get past it.

“It’s there, it’s happened, we need to be accountable for it. We need to move on and we need to get ready for the Saints”

Schwartz said the decision to appeal the suspension is up to Suh and his support staff and has nothing to do with the him or the club.

“That’s not our decision as a club,” Schwartz said. “That’s something within the CBA and the NFLPA and things like that. That’s up (to) Ndamukong and his agent and DeMaurice Smith (NFLPA president) and those people.”

Schwartz also said the team will be fine with Sammie Hill, Nick Fairley and Andre Fluellen filling in for Suh.


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Ndamukong Suh suspended two games by NFL

Posted by ttwentyman on November 29, 2011 – 11:38 am

Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh did the crime and will pay with time.

The league formally suspended Suh for two-games without pay for his actions that resulted in an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and ejection from Thursday’s 27-15 loss to the Packers.

“NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks notified Ndamukong Suh today that he has been suspended without pay for the Lions’ next two games for his unsportmanlike conduct in the Lions-Packers game on Thanksgiving Day,” read a statement released by the NFL today. “It was Suh’s fifth violation of on-field rules in the past two seasons that has resulted in league discipline. Suh may not practice or be at the team facility for any other activities during the two-game suspension. He will be reinstated on December 12. Under the CBA, the suspension may be appealed within three business days. If appealed, an expedited hearing and decision would take place this week in advance of this weekend’s games.”

Suh repeatedly pushed the head of Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith to the turf and then kicked him after the two were tangled during a third down in the Lions’ 27-15 loss to the Packers on Thanksgiving.

The suspension will reportedly cost Suh approximately $165,000 in pay.

“We were formally informed this morning of the League’s decision to suspend Ndamukong Suh for two games,” the Lions said in a statement. “We respect the process the League undertook in order to arrive at this decision.”

This is the first on-field suspension under the new collective bargaining agreement signed in July.

According to ESPN, Suh has been encouraged by the player’s association to appeal the suspension and is expected to. He’d obviously hope the suspension would be reduced to one game in the appeal process.

That likely wouldn’t have any effect on Sunday’s game in New Orleans, though, since the league expects an expedited appeal process before this weekend’s games.

The Lions will be granted a roster exemption during Suh’s suspension.

Suh has been fined four other times in his first two NFL seasons. Last year, he was docked $7,500 for a takedown Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme, $15,000 for a hit on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and $5,000 for using a Jets player to gain leverage in an attempt to block a field goal. This preseason, he was fined $20,000 for a hit on Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.

“I want to reiterate my commitment to working to become a better player, and professional—on and off the field,” Suh said in a statement released on his Facebook page on Friday. “My reaction on Thursday was unacceptable. I made a mistake, and have learned from it. I hope to direct the focus back to the task at hand — by winning.”


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Lions sign RB Aaron Brown

Posted by ttwentyman on November 28, 2011 – 6:34 pm

The Lions have officially placed running back Jahvid Best on Reserve/Injured and have re-signed RB Aaron Brown back to the roster.

Brown spent his first two seasons with the Lions after being drafted by the team in the sixth-round of the 2009 draft. He was part of the team’s final cuts before the regular season this year.

He appeared in 21 games in his first two seasons, starting two. Over that span, he recorded 189 career rushing yards on 44 carries (4.3 average).

Brown is also a good receiver out of the backfield.

With Kevin Smith’s availability for Sunday’s game against the Saints still in doubt with a high ankle sprain, signing Brown was a good move for the Lions.

Brown knows the system after spending his first two seasons in it and brings the element of speed back into play from the backfield for Scott Linehan’s offense.


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Report: Suh could get two-game suspension

Posted by ttwentyman on November 27, 2011 – 3:01 pm

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will likely get a two-game suspension from the NFL for his actions on Thanksgiving.

Suh repeatedly pushed the head of Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith into the turf and then stomped on his arm after the two were tangled up on a third-down play in the Lions’ 27-15 loss to the Packers.

If the report is accurate, Suh would miss the team’s next two games against the Saints and Vikings.

The Lions would likely rotate Sammie Hill and rookie Nick Fairley into Suh’s spot.

“My reaction on Thursday was unacceptable,” Suh said in a statement released on his Facebook page Friday. “I made a mistake, and have learned from it.”

The Lions expect an official decision from the league by Tuesday.

League rules don’t allow the Lions to fine Suh for the same offense the league might discipline him for.

“Thursday’s incident is subject to review by the league office and that any subsequent discipline would be determined by the league office,” the Lions said in a statement released Friday.


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