Broyles: “When you play fast, things happen”

Posted by Tara Altman on November 15, 2012 – 5:47 pm

“Coming out on that first drive we had a couple good plays, and then I made a mistake – an illegal block. I definitely learned from that. I have to play clean. When I’m on the field, I have to be accountable and not hurt the team.

“I definitely knew when it happened. All week the coaches were talking about how I was playing in the slot and No. 26, A. Winfield, is a 14-year vet. He is a physical player  and whenever you’re on offense and you have a guy above you or guarding you, you know you want to take shots in the run game – get their legs to slow them down a little bit. I was a little too aggressive on that. But I’ve definitely learned from it.

“I’ve got to be poised and not to hurt the team. It’s part of the game. When you play fast, things happen. You just have to live with it and overcome.

“Offensively, we had our times where we played well, we took some deep shots down the field. We feel like whenever we play mistake-free we can put up points. We have to just play clean this week. We’re looking forward to the challenge playing the Packers. They’ve got a good offense and we have to match that.

“We have to stay on the field because we know their offense is high-powered. They’re going to keep the ball as long as they can, so we have to make plays down the field on third down, but the game’s not just won on third down. We have to put up points. Whatever our situation is, no matter if it’s first down, second down, we have to do well.

“We get three home games in a row. We’re in the middle of the season going into the home stretch, it’s good to have a home field advantage, so we have to come out on top these three games to really set us up for what’s next.”

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Three key starters back at Lions practice today

Posted by ttwentyman on November 15, 2012 – 1:03 pm

The Lions got three key starters back on the practice field Thursday as they continue to get ready for Sunday’s matchup vs. Green Bay.

Cornerback Chris Houston, receiver Calvin Johnson and defensive end Cliff Avril all returned to practice after sitting out Wednesday.

Houston injured his ankle in the fourth quarter last week at Minnesota and did not return to the game. He said afterward the injury wasn’t serious, though. It appears he was right.

Avril, who wasn’t yet cleared to return from a concussion by practice time Wednesday, was cleared sometime after practice and returned to action today.

The Lions also got safety Erik Coleman back after he missed practice yesterday with headaches associated from being poked in the eye.

The Lions are still without safeties Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey and defensive tackle Corey Williams.

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