Johnson: “When I get one-on-one, yeah I want the ball”

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on October 31, 2012 – 4:14 pm

“The key last week for the offense was converting third downs. We were 12 for 16. We did a pretty dang good job on third down. One thing I did notice in the huddle, guys were definitely focused and guys took it upon themselves to make a play when we got in that situation.

“Having Titus, Scheff and Pettigrew step up is huge – especially Pettigrew because he’s moving in between the hashes doing a lot of work in there. A lot of times when we catch zones or something like that, there’s a lot of openings in there. He was able to do that.

“TY was able to exploit them on the outside deep down the field. That was huge for us. That was one thing that was preached all week that we can’t stop running outside because they might let a route go and that’s exactly what they did. He got behind them for a touchdown. Scheffler, same thing. He’s dynamic as far as tight end/receiver.

“If they keep that up that means I get more balls – no doubt. We saw some single-high in the last few games, too. I’ll see the ball more and more if they want to keep doctoring them up, doctoring up coverages. Matt’s getting more comfortable with hitting TY and some of the other receivers.

“If the defense is coming with me, if I’m getting more than one person, I don’t have a problem with somebody else getting the ball because they’re one-on-one. You take advantage of your one-on-one matchups. When I get one-on-one, yeah I want the ball.

“Getting back to .500 would be huge for us. We’re not exactly where we wanted. Winning would put us in good position to finish out this season. We started off 2-4 at one point and now to be able to win two straight games, win 3 out of 4 of our second quarter games. That has us going in the right direction with a little more confidence.

“We can get a little win streak going and hopefully we take that to the second half of the season.”

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Johnson and Leshoure miss practice; Lacey back

Posted by ttwentyman on October 31, 2012 – 11:54 am

The Lions were without a number of key contributors Wednesday as they began on-field preparation for Sunday’s game at Jacksonville.

Receiver Calvin Johnson and running Mikel Leshoure did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media.

Johnson has been dealing with a knee injury the past few weeks and it’s been routine for him to miss practice during the week. He’s played in all seven games.

Leshoure asked to come out of last week’s game after a 7-yard run in the third quarter and trainers worked on his lower right leg for a bit on the sidelines. He did not return. Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Wednesday his absence from practice was due to “personal reasons” and he would be back at practice Thursday.

The Lions also practiced without safeties Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey, defensive end Cliff Avril, defensive tackle Corey Williams, linebacker DeAndre Levy and cornerback Bill Bentley.

Bentley had been practicing in a limited fashion the last two weeks while dealing with a shoulder injury. He was not at the open portion of practice at all Wednesday.

The Lions did get some good news: cornerbacks Jacob Lacey (concussion) and Drayton Florence (broken arm) were back on the practice field. Florence isn’t eligible to come off short-term IR until the Packers game.

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Stafford nominated for GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on October 30, 2012 – 12:18 pm

Quarterback Matthew Stafford has been nominated for GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week for his Week 8 comeback performance in a 28-24 win over Seattle.

Also nominated are Chicago’s Jay Cutler for his fourth-quarter comeback over Carolina and Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck for his comeback win over Tennessee.

The Lions were down 24-21 midway through the fourth quarter when Stafford and the offense began a drive with 5:27 remaining in the game.

Stafford led a 16-play drive, kept alive by two third-down conversion passes and capped off by wide receiver Titus Young‘s second touchdown of the game.

Fans can vote for Stafford at until Friday at 3 p.m. ET. The winner will be announced Friday during NFL Network’s “Around the League” show and then posted on

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Stafford nominated for FexEx Air Player of the Week

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on October 30, 2012 – 10:21 am

Vote for Matthew Stafford!Quarterback Matthew Stafford has been nominated for FedEx Air Player of the Week for his Week 8 comeback performance in Detroit’s 28-24 win over Seattle.

Also nominated are New England’s Tom Brady (23-of-35 passing for 304 yards and four touchdowns) and Denver’s Peyton Manning (22-of-30 passing for 305 yards and three touchdowns).

Stafford was 34-of-49 for 352 yards, accounting for all four of Detroit’s touchdowns. He threw for three – two to Titus Young and one to Ryan Broyles – and ran one in.

Fans can vote for Stafford on until 3 p.m. EST on Friday! Winners will be announced Friday on NFL Total Access on NFL Network and!

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Levy, Bentley inactive today for Lions

Posted by ttwentyman on October 28, 2012 – 11:35 am

The Lions will be without three starters on defense as cornerback Jacob Lacey, safety Amari Spievey and linebacker DeAndre Levy are all inactive vs. the Seahawks today.

Lacey and Spievey have yet to be cleared from concussions while Levy has been dealing with a hamstring injury since Monday’s game at Chicago. All three players did not practice this week.

The Lions will also be without rookie cornerback Bill Bentley, who will miss his second consecutive game with a shoulder injury. Rookie Jonte Green will get his second start at right cornerback opposite Chris Houston.

Fifth-year linebacker Ashlee Palmer will get the start for Levy and Ricardo Silva will start for Spievey at safety.

Coming off knee surgery Sept. 25, defensive tackle Corey Williams made his return to the field at Chicago on Monday, but only played 19 snaps as Nick Fairley got the start. Williams returns to the starting lineup today.

Running back Kevin Smith is also active for the first time in two games. The last time he was active was Sept. 30 vs. the Vikings, but he did not play in that game. He hasn’t carried the football since Week 2 at San Francisco.

The other inactives for the Lions are: tackles Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard and quarterback Kellen Moore.

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Lacey and Spievey ruled out for Sunday; Levy doubtful

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

The Lions will be without starters Jacob Lacey and Amari Spievey Sunday vs. the Seahawks and aren’t likely to have linebacker DeAndre Levy, either.

Lacey and Spievey have been ruled out Sunday with concussions and Levy is doubtful after missing practice all week with a hamstring injury. Ashlee Palmer is likely to start for Levy and Erik Coleman for Spievey.

Cornerback Bill Bentley is listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report. If he plays, he’ll start for Lacey. If it is determined he can’t play for a second straight game, rookie Jonte Green will get his second consecutive start. Bentley has been limited all week with a shoulder injury.

Also questionable are: defensive end Cliff Avril (back), safety Louis Delmas (knee) and receiver Titus Young (knee). Avril and Young were limited in practice Friday, while Delmas sat out.

Receiver Calvin Johnson, tight end Brandon Pettigrew, linebacker Stephen Tulloch and defensive tackle Corey Williams are all probable with knee injuries.

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Johnson and Delmas sit out practice; Avril back

Posted by ttwentyman on October 26, 2012 – 11:49 am

The Lions were on the practice field for the final time today in preparation for Sunday’s game against Seattle and did so without a number of starters for the portion of practice open to the media.

After limited practice Thursday, receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) and safety Louis Delmas (knee) sat out today. Game designations will be released at 4 p.m. on the team’s injury report, but expect both players to play Sunday.

That might not be the case for cornerback Jacob Lacey and safety Amari Spievey, who have yet to practice since suffering concussions. Lacey is in danger of missing his second consecutive game, while Spievey suffered his concussion Monday at Chicago.

Linebacker DeAndre Levy missed his second straight practice with a hamstring injury. If Levy can’t play Sunday, expect Ashlee Palmer to start in his place.

Defensive end Cliff Avril returned to practice Friday after missing Thursday with a back injury.

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Calvin Johnson at practice; Jacob Lacey still out

Posted by ttwentyman on October 25, 2012 – 3:23 pm

Because of their game Monday night at Chicago, there were some adjustments made to the Lions’ practice schedule. The team did not practice on Wednesday as head coach Jim Schwartz chose to instead have a walk through for what he called “a mental day.”

“There’s a lot of different reasons to do it and I think the players will be a little fresher as a result,” Schwartz said.

Today, the team was back on the field in the afternoon,  and relatively healthy considering this is Week 8.

Receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) and cornerback Bill Bentley (shoulder) participated in the portion of practice open to the media.

Four players sat out, including: Defensive end Cliff Avril (back), cornerback Jacob Lacey (concussion), safety Amari Spievey (concussion) and linebacker DeAndre Levy (hamstring).

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Suzanne Lewand: Women’s Association to host Lions Style Lounge this Sunday

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on October 25, 2012 – 1:27 pm

Suzanne Lewand is Co-Chair, along with Sabrina Mayhew and Kathy Schwartz, of the Detroit Lions Women’s Association

We are so excited to have the Lions Style Lounge at Ford Field this weekend!

It will be a one-of-a-kind experience geared especially to our female fans. All of the new Lions women’s merchandise will be available to purchase, some of which is being brought in especially for this event. We will also have professional stylists to show you how to take your team spirit through the whole week — not just on game days.

Eva Scrivo, professional stylist and Detroit native will be there giving beauty tips as well! We’ll have refreshments, a DJ and a cool photo booth that lets you take a picture “with” your favorite player (really a greenscreen) and post it directly to Facebook or email it. There will be free manicures in Honolulu Blue and Silver and members of the Detroit Lions Women’s Association (wives and girlfriends of players, coaches, and front office personnel) will be on hand to greet guests.

New Era Sport technicians will be on hand to custom fit their caps — even the guys will enjoy that! All this in an amazingly decorated tent on the Gate A party deck. A not-to-be-missed event!

It is so fitting that we are treating our female fans during the month of October – breast cancer awareness month, when we focus on “A Crucial Catch”, encouraging yearly mammograms.

In fact, the first 300 guests in the style lounge will receive a Lions’ “courage” wristband. In addition, a portion of the sales of Crucial Catch themed pink items will go to breast cancer research.

So if you’re coming to the game, be sure to come by the Style Lounge and see us — we’ll be there from 11 am until after the game.

Go Lions!

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Johnson: “I see my leadership extending beyond the receivers room”

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on October 24, 2012 – 5:11 pm

“My impression of the game is that there were plays left on the field from turnovers. I had a drop. We can’t turn the ball over down there. I didn’t realize until after the game that we were in the red zone three times and turned the ball over. That flip flops points on the board, but our defense came through and stopped them.

“The defense is playing their ass off so far this season. It’s our job to put points up and we haven’t really been able to get clicking yet. It’s going to come. You can’t panic right now because we still have a lot of football to play.

“I’m going to start working with our young receivers. We brought in Brian and then getting Broyles ready to play. I told both of them we’ll start watching film together. Just coach them up. I’m coached by Shawn everyday so I can take what I know from him. They’ll receive it a lot better coming from another player.

“It sucks not having Nate. We’re going to lose the spirit, energy and leadership he brings during the week, during practice and in the game. In our room, I have to try to do my best to fill in for Nate. He’s still going to be here, but at the same time – on the field – I have to do a better job of bringing more energy and leading those guys out there.

“I see my leadership extending beyond the receivers room. Guys come up to me every game talking about how ‘we need you,’ ‘we gotta get the offense going for us’ – things like that. No pressure, it’s just they look to me to help spark the offense.

“I’m not one to yell, but if it is something that needs to be corrected and that’s just blatant, then that’s a reason I’d get fiery. I won’t fire off on a teammate for messing up on something, but if it’s something continuously hurting the team, then I’ll say something. I do see that my teammates do listen, so I don’t have problems giving it to them.”

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