Jonte Green to start at RCB

Posted by ttwentyman on October 22, 2012 – 7:13 pm

Rookie cornerback Jonte Green will get his first career start tonight against the Bears at right cornerback. Green will start in place of Jacob Lacey (concussion) and Bill Bentley (shoulder), who are both inactive. Green played well in relief of both players last week in Philadelphia. Green had a pass break up in the Lions victory.

Defensive tackle Corey Williams is active but will not start. Nick Fairley will start for a second consecutive week next to Ndamukong Suh. Fairley recorded a half sack and a tackle for loss in his first career start last week at Philadelphia. Williams hasn’t played since undergoing knee surgery Sept. 25 and was limited all week in practice.

Running back Kevin Smith is inactive for a second consecutive week, leaving the Lions with Mikel Leshoure, Joique Bell and Stefan Logan at running back against a tough Bears defense. Smith hasn’t carried the ball since he started Week 2 against the 49ers.

Along with Lacey, Bentley and Smith, the other inactives for the Lions are: offensive tackles Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard, quarterback Kellen Moore and defensive end Ronnell Lewis.

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Lions sign CB Justin Miller; release LB Doug Hogue

Posted by ttwentyman on October 22, 2012 – 4:22 pm

Needing depth at the cornerback position because of injuries to Jacob Lacey (concussion) and Bill Bentley (shoulder), the Lions signed veteran Justin Miller on Monday.

Miller signed with the Lions this offseason and was with them through training camp, but was part of the team’s final cuts. With Lacey already ruled out for tonight’s game at Chicago and Bentley listed as doubtful, Miller’s signing made a lot of sense for the Lions because he’s knows the scheme and can play right away if called upon.

Miller worked out for the Lions earlier this week, along with Alphonso Smith, who the Lions signed earlier in the week.

The Lions make room for Miller on the 53-man roster by releasing second-year linebacker Doug Hogue. Hogue was a fifth-round pick by the Lions in last year’s draft out of Syracuse. The Lions liked his size and speed coming out and didn’t seem to mind too much that he’d only played linebacker his last two seasons at  after being converted from running back.

Hogue played in all five games for the Lions – mostly on special teams – this season with two tackles.

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Stafford featured in two ‘This is SportsCenter’ spots that debut today on ESPN

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on October 22, 2012 – 1:54 pm

First it was Matthew Stafford‘s “new shirt“.

Now, he is cleaning up after Georgia mascot, Hairy Dawg.

Today, ESPN is debuting two new ‘This is SportsCenter’ spots featuring Stafford and his college mascot. In one, the former Georgia Bulldog cleans up an apparent Hairy Dawg accident in the ESPN break room.

In the other, the mascot steals Stafford’s leftovers from the refrigerator.

Both were shot in February at ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. campus.

Enjoy, Lions fans!

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