Broyles: “The most important thing is to get Matt some touchdowns”

Posted by Tara Altman on November 1, 2012 – 3:27 pm

“First off, I love the interaction that I’m getting on this blog. I’ve read some of the comments you’ve all left and it just shows the Detroit pride, and I’m proud to be a part of that. Please continue to leave your comments and I’ll try to read all of them and keep you up to date with everything that’s going on here.

“Moving on to last Sunday’s game, Seattle was a great challenge for us. They’re a top 5 defense in the league and we went out there and played well and finally got our first touchdown in the first quarter, which is something we’ve been looking forward to, going out there and starting fast. I feel like we had a complete game.

“That win gave us a lot of momentum going into this next week. The most important thing is to get Matt some touchdowns, that’s what we needed to build our confidence and our offense and I feel like if we continue to do that it’s going to be hard for teams to match-up against us.

“We’re happy about where we’re headed right now. We have our eighth game coming up and the first half the season will be over. We’re going to keep grinding it out, improve every week and continue heading in the right direction.

“Last night was my first Halloween here, it was a great deal for me and my wife. We got a lot of trick or treaters, being in the neighborhood that we’re in, there are a lot of kids, some who recognized me would say ‘Go Lions!’ We had a lot of fun handing out candy, taking a couple of pictures to remember. It was a great overall first experience for us.”

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Lions place Bill Bentley on IR; sign Don Carey

Posted by ttwentyman on November 1, 2012 – 11:53 am

Bill Bentley’s season is over.

The Lions placed their rookie cornerback on season-ending injured reserve Thursday. Bentley has missed the last two games after suffering a shoulder injury at Philadelphia Oct. 14.

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said Bentley will undergo surgery next week.

“He was sort of fighting through that injury with his shoulder,” said Mayhew. “He felt like he could still play. He really wanted to play. But there was just concern on our part and his part about making it worse and about his ability to stay on the field if he did get into a game; and about how he would perform with a harness on and some of the limitations he has as far as his range of motion.

“We felt the best thing to do was to put him on injured/reserved and get him ready for next year.”

Bentley, a third-round pick in April’s draft, also missed the team’s Week 2 contest at San Francisco after suffering a concussion the week prior vs. the Rams. He played in four games this season with three starts and finished with 15 tackles.

The team signed veteran safety Don Carey to fill Bentley’s roster spot. Carey can play both safety and cornerback, but is more natural at safety. Carey was with the Lions last season and played in five games with 11 tackles. The Lions waived Carey in final cuts before the season. He’ll wear No. 32.

Carey was on the practice field for the Lions Thursday, along with running back Mikel Leshoure (personal), linebacker DeAndre Levy (hamstring) and defensive tackle Corey Williams (knee), who all missed practice on Wednesday.

Receiver Mike Thomas, who the team traded for on Tuesday, was also on the practice field. He’ll wear No. 19.

Calvin Johnson was not on the practice field, missing his second straight practice with knee injury.

Also missing practice were: defensive end Cliff Avril (back) and safeties Louis Delmas (knee) and Amari Spievey (concussion).

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