Johnson: “Heading into Chicago for Monday Night – we expect to win”

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on October 18, 2012 – 4:51 pm

“Charles Tillman is a big, physical corner; a strong guy. One thing he does do real well is: you’ve seen him over the years stripping the ball from the ball carrier. He’s actually got it down to a science. It’s actually kind of fun to watch when you see him doing it to other people.

“If I could describe his game in one word, it would be ‘detail.’ That’s one of the marks of being a good pro, man. You’ve got to be on the details, whether it be watching film to being in the right spot. To play in a system 10 years, you’ve got to be on the details.

“One thing I learned when I first got here is that a true pro is able to take the play whether it’s good or bad and be able to move onto the next one. A lot of young guys will get stuck in the moment, whether it be a good play or a bad play, and not be able to move right on to the next play – leave that one in the past. One thing about a true professional: they’re able to take a play, evaluate it for good or bad and move on to the next one and that’s the mark of a good pro.

“Let’s see – Tim Jennings has four interceptions, Tillman has two. From watching film it’s been situations where teams have to throw the ball, so their percentages go way up when teams are just throwing the ball on them because they get behind. Once you get behind Chicago it’s hard to catch up with their running game and the defense that they play.

“They’ve got a good front four. I’m not sure how many sacks they have in all, but they’ve got some guys that can do some damage up there. Rushing only four guys makes it harder for the quarterback to fit balls in windows and sometimes they try to fit them in windows that aren’t there.

“Heading into Chicago for Monday Night – we expect to win. We are a good road team. It’s been awhile since we’ve won there, so it would be a good feeling to win. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

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Injury report: Williams limited in his return to practice

Posted by ttwentyman on October 18, 2012 – 4:00 pm

Defensive tackle Corey Williams returned to practice Thursday for the first time since undergoing knee surgery Sept. 25 and was listed as limited on Thursday’s injury report.

“I haven’t been out there for a while and my main thing right now is to get my wind back and get into the swing of things,” Williams said after practice.

He could not say whether he’d be ready to play Monday night in Chicago, though he was hopeful he might.

Cornerbacks Bill Bentley (shoulder) and Jacob Lacey (concussion) did not practice Thursday according to the report, neither did as safety Louis Delmas (knee) or defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (rest).

The Lions listed five other players besides Williams as limited, including: defensive ends Cliff Avril (back) and Ronnell Lewis (eye), tight end Brandon Pettigrew (knee), linebacker Stephen Tulloch (knee) and receiver Titus Young (knee).

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DT Corey Williams returns to practice

Posted by ttwentyman on October 18, 2012 – 11:53 am

The Lions got an important part of their defensive line back at practice today with the return of defensive tackle Corey Williams.

Williams has missed the last two games since undergoing knee surgery Sept. 25. In the locker room after practice Wednesday, Williams said he was feeling better and was taking it “day-to-day.”

The Lions will release the first injury report of the week today 4 p.m. on

Cornerbacks Bill Bentley (shoulder) and Jacob Lacey (concussion) were not at practice. Both players left Sunday’s win in Philadelphia and did not return.

Safety Louis Delmas didn’t participate in the portion of practice open to the media. Delmas started his first game of the season in Philadelphia and played well with seven tackles, two tackles for loss and an interception. He practiced Wednesday, so Thursday might have just been a day of rest.

Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch was given his weekly day of rest and did not practice.

Receiver Nate Burleson and linebacker DeAndre Levy returned to practice after not practicing on Wednesday.

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Lions sign CB Alphonso Smith; release RB Keiland Williams

Posted by ttwentyman on October 18, 2012 – 10:39 am

With their cornerback numbers dwindling due to injury, the Lions have brought back a familiar face in Alphonso Smith, signing the veteran corner to a free agent contract Thursday.

Cornerbacks Bill Bentley (shoulder) and Jacob Lacey (concussion) were injured in Sunday’s win over the Eagles and did not return. Neither player was on the practice field Wednesday for the Lions, either.

Smith is a logical sign for the Lions having been with the team through training camp before he was released in final cuts. The Lions traded for Smith before the 2010 season and he recorded eight interceptions and started 11 games over that two-year span. It then became a numbers game at the beginning of the season with rookie Bentley and Jonte Green earning spots on the 53-man roster.

Smith now joins Chris Houston and Green as the only cornerbacks on the roster not dealing with an injury.

Rookie cornerback Chris Greenwood returned to the practice field for the first time Tuesday after missing the first six weeks of the season while on the Physically Unable to Perform list. The Lions have yet to activate him to the 53-man roster and have a couple more weeks before they would have to do so.

The Lions released running back Keiland Williams to make room for Smith on the roster. The team claimed Williams off waivers before last season. He’s played in every game for them this season – mostly on special teams – with just two carries and two receptions on offense.

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