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Leshoure, Scheffler, Sammie Hill and Silva to start

Posted by ttwentyman on September 30, 2012 – 11:34 am

Mikel Leshoure became the first Lions running back since Billy Sims in 1980 to rush for at least 100 yards in his NFL debut, last week in Tennessee.

Leshoure has been limited in practice all week with a groin injury since that performance, but Lions fans will get their first look at Leshoure in Ford Field as he will start today for the Lions as they host the Vikings.

Leshoure rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown last week against the Titans.

Tight end Tony Scheffler, who missed last week’s game with a calf injury, will also play today.

Among the inactives Sunday for the Lions are: Safety Louis Delmas, defensive tackle Corey Williams, linebacker Travis Lewis, offensive tackles Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard, safety Amari Spievey and quarterback Kellen Moore.

Fourth-year defensive tackle Sammie Hill will start for the injured Williams, who had knee surgery on Tuesday. Hill has two tackles through three games.

Safety Ricardo Silva was signed from the practice squad to the active roster Saturday evening and will play for Spievey, who’s been dealing with a groin injury. Silva will start in place of John Wendling.

The Lions released defensive back Jerome Murphy to make room for Silva on the roster.


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Stafford listed as probable for Sunday; Leshoure is questionable

Posted by ttwentyman on September 28, 2012 – 4:00 pm

Quarterback Matthew Stafford was a full participant in the Lions’ final practice of the week Friday leading up to Sunday’s game vs. the Vikings, and is officially listed as probable for Sunday’s game on the final injury report of the week.

Stafford missed the final minutes of the fourth quarter and the overtime period in last Sunday’s loss to the Titans after aggravating a hip injury. He did not practice on Wednesday and was limited on Thursday, before returning to practice in full capacity Friday.

Also listed as probable for the Lions are: receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle), receiver Titus Young (knee) defensive end Lawrence Jackson (calf) and offensive tackle Corey Hilliard (elbow).

Running back Mikel Leshoure is listed as questionable after being limited all week in practice with a groin injury. Leshoure made his NFL debut last week in Tennessee, where he rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown.

If Leshoure doesn’t play, Joique Bell and Kevin Smith will likely be asked to pick up the slack.

Tight end Tony Scheffler, who was limited again in practice Friday with a calf injury, is also listed as questionable. He missed last week’s game in Tennessee after suffering the injury against the 49ers in Week 2.

His absence last week was a significant loss because he’s such a tough matchup for opposing defenses down the middle of the field. It’s the middle of the defense that’s been the open spot the last couple weeks against the two-high safety shells that opponents have been using against the Lions.

Linebacker Justin Durant (back) and safety Amari Spievey (groin) are also questionable. Spievey did not participate in practice on Friday, while Durant was limited.

Safety Louis Delmas and linebacker Travis Lewis are doubtful for Sunday. Delmas hasn’t practiced since undergoing knee surgery Aug. 7 and Lewis hasn’t played since Week 1 with a quad injury.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz has already ruled out defensive tackle Corey Williams after Williams underwent knee surgery on Tuesday.


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Quaterback Matthew Stafford participates in Lions practice again Friday

Posted by ttwentyman on September 28, 2012 – 12:01 pm

Quarterback Matthew Stafford was on the practice again Friday and looks to be in line to start Sunday vs. the Vikings.

Official game designations will be released on Detroitlions.com at 4 p.m.

Stafford missed Wednesday’s practice after aggravating a hip injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Titans. He was back on the practice field on Thursday and was listed as limited in the official injury report.

Also practicing in the portion open to the media Friday was tight end Tony Scheffler. Scheffler was also limited in Thursday’s practice, his first since injuring a calf against the 49ers in Week 2.

The Lions had almost their full compliment of players on the practice field Friday as they continue to prepare for Sunday’s matchup with the Vikings at Ford Field. The only players missing practice were: safety Louis Delmas, defensive tackle Corey Williams and linebacker Travis Lewis.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz has already ruled Williams out for Sunday after he underwent knee surgery on Tuesday.


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Stafford and Scheffler listed as limited; Spievey shows up on injury report

Posted by ttwentyman on September 27, 2012 – 4:00 pm

Quarterback Matthew Stafford was back on the practice field today but was listed as “limited” on the official injury report. Stafford did not practice Wednesday after aggravating a hip injury in Sunday’s loss in Tennessee.

“It’s a good step,” he said after Thursday’s practice. “I’m feeling better today than I was yesterday.”

It seems likely Stafford will play Sunday vs. the Vikings as long as he doesn’t suffer a setback.

The Lions are also hoping tight end Tony Scheffler will be available Sunday. Scheffler also returned to practice in a limited fashion today. He hasn’t practiced since suffering a calf injury against the 49ers in Week 2.

Also listed as limited on the official injury report were: linebacker Justin Durant (back), defensive end Lawrence Jackson (calf), guard Rob Sims (knee), running back Mikel Leshoure (groin) and safety Amari Spievey (groin).

Speivey was not listed on Wednesday’s injury report.

Defensive tackle Corey Williams did not practice today and Lions head coach Jim Schwartz disclosed afterward that Williams underwent knee surgery Tuesday and will not play Sunday against the Vikings. He is week-to-week moving forward, according to Schwartz.

Linebacker Travis Lewis (quad) and safety Louis Delmas (knee) also did not practice.

Receiver Calvin Johnson was a full participant after being limited Wednesday with a ankle injury. Offensive tackle Corey Hilliard (elbow) and receiver Titus Young (knee) were also full participants.


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Matthew Stafford and Tony Scheffler back on the practice field

Posted by ttwentyman on September 27, 2012 – 11:56 am

After sitting out Wednesday’s practice with a hip injury, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was back on the practice field today for the portion of practice open to the media.

Stafford has been dealing with the hip injury since last Thursday, but aggravated it late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Titans. He showed no signs that the injury was bothering him today in the open portion of practice.

The injury report comes out at 4 p.m. today and we’ll see if Stafford is listed as a limited or full participant.

The Lions also got tight end Tony Scheffler back on the practice field. He missed the Titans game gave with a calf injury.

Receiver Titus Young (knee) also practiced today after sitting out Wednesday.

Still missing from practice are: safety Louis Delmas (knee), defensive tackle Corey Williams (knee) and linebacker Travis Lewis (quad).

Williams didn’t practice at all last week but still played against the Titans.


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Stafford’s injury listed as a hip; Leshoure limited with groin

Posted by ttwentyman on September 26, 2012 – 4:00 pm

As we get further and further into the season, the Lions’ injury report seems to be growing longer and longer.

The Lions returned to the practice field today for the first time since Sunday’s stunning loss in Tennessee, and their first injury report of the week has 12 players on it.

Among the six players who did not practice today was quarterback Matthew Stafford, who left Sunday’s game late in the fourth quarter with what’s officially being called a hip injury. Stafford said after practice that he felt a lot better today than he did Sunday, but still has some rehab to do before he could potentially return to practice or play Sunday against the Vikings.

Also listed as no practice on today’s injury report were: safety Louis Delmas (knee), linebacker Travis Lewis (quad), tight end Tony Scheffler (calf), defensive tackle Corey Williams (knee) and receiver Titus Young (knee).

Running back Mikel Leshoure showed up on the injury report after making his NFL debut Sunday with 100 yards and touchdown. The second-year player was listed as a limited participant in practice today with a groin injury.

“It takes a toll on everybody. It’s Wednesday during the regular season,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said after practice today when asked how Leshoure came through his first NFL game. “That’s life in the NFL.

“Particularly when you play 90-some snaps on offense; he didn’t play all of them obviously but he played a lot of them. His experience is no different than anybody else in the NFL. They only thing that’s different is that he’s experiencing it for the first time in the NFL.”

Linebacker Justin Durant (back), defensive end Lawrence Jackson (calf), receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) and guard Rob Sims (knee) were also limited.

Tackle Corey Hilliard (elbow) was listed as a full participant.


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Johnson: “We still have a great chance to make it where we want to be at the end of the season and we’re going to keep plugging away”

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on September 26, 2012 – 3:30 pm

“Losing last game was tough. When we got up in the score, we felt like we took the momentum back. We knew if we just kept on plugging away on offense, we’d get back in the lead and we did for a slight moment. But once we kicked it off, the kickoff return just sucked our momentum away and gave it right back to them and then they came back with a defensive touchdown. We were still fighting back but every time those big plays happened, it kind of took the wind out of our sails.

“We’re not down, though. Matt’s whole injury, that’s just something that happens. He’s going to be back. He’s going to be fine. The fact is we’re 1-2 and we have a big divisional game coming up which should put us back at .500 and at the same time 1-0 in our conference.

“We’re alright right now. We’re standing fine. We don’t want to be 1-2. We’d like to be 3-0 like we were last year, but it’s not the same as last year. We still have a great chance to make it where we want to be at the end of the season and we’re going to keep plugging away.

“Leshoure had a great performance first time out there. It was great to see him do what he did. I was happy for him. And I’m sure that he was looking forward to that opportunity. He knows what he can do and we’re starting to learn more and more about him every time he gets out there. It’s fun to watch him play.

“They still didn’t change up their coverage too much – they kept on doing what they were doing. So if teams want to keep on playing with the two-high and leaving seven in the box at the most, we can come up plugging away in the run.

“The Vikings beat a good team at home last week in the 49ers. Good thing we have them at home. They’re coming to our place. I’m really looking forward to playing in front of the home crowd – the energy – and we have to be able to put on a good show for them.

“They always had a great front four and they still have a good one. They lost some guys but they refilled the holes. They did a good job of that and they’re having a good season. Greenway’s been playing well for them the last few years, and the secondary, they have a couple returning pieces, but they also have some new pieces at the same time. So it’s an opportunity for us to go out there and make some plays on those guys.”


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No practice for Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford today

Posted by ttwentyman on September 26, 2012 – 11:58 am

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media today.

Stafford suffered a leg injury late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 44-41 loss to the Titans trying to run down a defender on the fumble return. Stafford did not seem to be favoring the leg at all and was walking normally as he walked out to practice with a backward baseball cap on.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said in his Monday press conference the team would monitor Stafford’s progress throughout the week and make a determination on his availability for Sunday’s game against the Vikings later in the week.

Stafford’s game status will be determined on Friday’s injury report.

Also not practicing today were: safety Louis Delmas, tight end Tony Scheffler, linebacker Travis Lewis, defensive tackle Corey Williams and receiver Titus Young.

Receiver Calvin Johnson, who has not practiced on Wednesday the last three weeks, did participate in the portion of practice open to the media today.


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Broyles: “Just being out there was a big step for me”

Posted by Tara Altman on September 24, 2012 – 4:14 pm

“Man, it was a crazy. A four-quarter game is going to be competitive in the NFL and I got to witness that first hand. It was exciting getting out there on my first couple of snaps. I didn’t catch any balls, but just being out there was a big step for me.

“That touchdown catch by Titus was my first time being part of a Hail Mary. A bunch of guys were talking about that in the receivers room today,  saying how it was so crazy. I was actually right there when it happened, when Titus caught the ball. You throw up Hail Marys in video games. It was huge.

“But you know, we need to put things together offensively. I wasn’t a big part of it, but I come out here everyday and practice, so I know what to expect out of the guys on the offensive side of the ball. Putting up 41 points and losing, that’s not good at all. We can be smarter on offense and eliminate some of the errors that we had. But overall, I think we played pretty well.

“It was just an emotional roller coaster. I went home and was talking to my wife and she said ‘You can’t even pay attention to me right now.’ My body was just fatigued, and mentally, it was crazy.

“That game let us know this early in the season that we’re capable offensively of scoring points. We scored two touchdowns in the last 18 seconds of the game. It just shows what we have on the offense. We know what we can do and we don’t feel like many people can stop us if we play our game.”


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Leshoure gets the start at Tennessee; Scheffler and Jackson inactive

Posted by ttwentyman on September 23, 2012 – 11:44 am

Running back Mikel Leshoure will get the start in his NFL debut today at Tennessee. The Lions will keep five running backs active in Leshoure, Kevin Smith, Keiland Williams, Stefan Logan and Joique Bell.

Lions tight end Tony Scheffler will not play today with that calf injury and will be replaced in the starting lineup by Will Heller. Scheffler didn’t practice all week and was listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report.

A surprise healthy scratch is defensive end Lawrence Jackson, who was not included on this week’s injury report.

Also inactive today for the Lions are: safety Louis Delmas, quarterback Kellen Moore, offensive tackles Corey Hilliard and Jason Fox, and linebacker Travis Lewis.

With Scheffler out of the lineup, rookie receiver Ryan Broyles could potentially play a bigger role in the passing game, along with Heller. Broyles was on the active 46-man game roster against the 49ers last week, but did not get into the game.

Cornerbacks Chris Houston and Bill Bentley are both active and will start at cornerback. Both missed the 49ers game due to injury.

Cornerback Jacob Lacey, who showed up on Friday’s injury report with a toe injury, will play and is likely to be the nickel cornerback today.


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