Johnson: “I don’t know what the playoff picture is. I just keep on playing.”

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on November 20, 2012 – 4:45 pm

“Sunday’s loss hurt. Mainly because it puts us in an even deeper hole as far as looking forward to a postseason. With it being a divisional game, especially against a team that we had right where we wanted them late in fourth quarter, it hurt. A touchdown wins the game but we came out with a field goal.

“Personally, I don’t know what the playoff picture is. I just keep on playing. That’s how I’ve been ever since I’ve been here. We’re 0-16, keep on grinding. That’s all I know to do, is grind.

“It’s just part of you. It just is you or it’s not. You’ll see it on film. You can’t go out there and just lay an egg on film because everybody sees it. You don’t want to put yourself out there as the guy who’s going to lay it down when things aren’t going right. You have to be there. I want to be consistent, put it like that.

“Competition each week is worth it all by itself – no doubt about it. Whether you play those guys again next year or whatever it may be, it’s on film. They’re going to remember that. There’s something to it.

“Titus not being here – he’s been a distraction the last few weeks whether it being him just not being fully prepared or not showing up to things when we have things on the schedule – him not being there on time. It’s just him not being a professional, put it like that. Pointblank, simple.

“I’m looking forward to Broyles getting a larger role. It’s been fun seeing him progress throughout the season coming off his ACL. Being a rookie and having been through that, seeing him come through the growing pains, he’s coming on up so it’s good to see that.

“Mike (Thomas) has some experience so it will be good on Thursday to get him out there, somebody with some wheels as well as (Brian) Robiskie. Giving him a chance to earn a spot and get some plays. It’s going to be fun to play with these guys and be out there leading them along.

“From the Texans, we expect a lot of cover one. It’s going to be put upon us on the outside to make some plays. Not all the time that what we see on film is what we get on Sunday. We see cover one on one day and we get to the game it will be cover two, cover six. It just all depends. But if we do get our one-on-one matchups, then we’re expected to win those and the game’s going to be on our shoulders.”

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S Louis Delmas back at Lions practice, as is DT Corey Williams

Posted by ttwentyman on November 20, 2012 – 1:05 pm

Safety Louis Delmas was back at Lions practice today for the first time since injuring his left knee in the third quarter against Seattle Oct. 28.

Delmas has missed six games this year with left knee troubles, but appears to be ready to make his return on Thanksgiving when the Lions host the Texans (9-1).

The Lions had two of their better defensive performances this season when Delmas was on the field at Philadelphia and at Chicago. He’s the team’s best safety and is the heart and soul of that defense.

After missing the first four games of the season due to rehab from the surgery he underwent Aug. 7, Delmas made his 2012 debut in Philadelphia and had seven tackles, two tackles for loss and an interception in the Lions win.

The Texans come to town with the league’s third-ranked scoring offense.

The Lions also welcomed defensive tackle Corey Williams back to the portion of practice open to the media. Williams has missed the last two games with a knee injury.

Second-year defensive tackle Nick Fairley has been playing well in Williams’ place, but the Lions could certainly use their full arsenal up front vs. a very good Texans offensive line.

The Lions were without tackle Jeff Backus (hamstring), cornerback Drayton Florence (concussion) and receiver Titus Young, who’s been ruled out for disciplinary reasons.

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Bon Jovi to play at Ford Field mid-July 2013

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on November 20, 2012 – 11:03 am

Bon Jovi will come to Ford Field mid-July 2013

Bon Jovi‘s “Because We Can” tour will hit the road in February with recession-friendly prices, coming to Ford Field mid-July.

Fans should stay tuned for the official concert and on-sale dates, which will be confirmed in the very near future.

The group’s upcoming dates will feature seven price tiers in most markets, including more than 1,000 tickets priced at $19.50 before service fees in every city. “Because We Can” will be the fourth consecutive Bon Jovi tour promoted by AEG Live. The band’s last tour, “The Circle” in 2010-2011, grossed $265 million in ticket sales, according to Billboard Boxscore.

Learn more about the tour

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