“Getting my first start, on Thanksgiving, that really meant a lot. My parents came out. My wife’s parents came out as well and her brother, so it was a good opportunity to go out there and have them be able to watch me and have a game like that. It was a great situation to be in. Growing up watching Thanksgiving games, Detroit having played every year, it was pretty cool to be out there doing that.
“Running out of the tunnel I couldn’t even see the ground, so I was high stepping a little bit. The smoke was going…it was pretty cool, the entrance and everything. Hopefully I get a couple more of those.
“I think I played pretty well getting my first start and then going out there and making some plays when I could. I feel like I did a good job with that. The coaches are believing in me, Matt’s believing in me. so that definitely builds my confidence; but at the same time I feel like a lot of players left plays out there and I was included in that.
“I feel like we’ve had a couple of games like the Thanksgiving game this year. It’s just one of those things where you hope that you can get a W. All the plays that we had – and we had a lot of plays – a lot of opportunities to make plays, and we did for the most part, but the times that we needed them, we didn’t capitalize on them. I felt like the defense and the offense both played well. It was a tight game the entire time and we just couldn’t come away with another couple of plays.
“For us to be able to fight and battle back in a game like that, and then the week before with Green Bay, it just shows that we have great athletes on this team and we have guys that are poised to make plays. We’ve been in a lot of close games and just let them go, so we have to come out this week and continue to strive for the best we can be.”
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It’s Week 13 of the NFL season and the Lions seem to be getting a lot healthier.
Safety Louis Delmas returned to the portion of practice open to the media today, though he was a limited participant in drills.
Delmas left the Thanksgiving Day loss to the Texans in the fourth quarter when soreness developed in his left knee. It’s the same knee that’s kept him out of seven games this year.
His return to the practice field is a positive sign, though, that he could potentially play on Sunday when the Lions host the Colts.
Left tackle Jeff Backus also returned to the practice field. Backus had his 187-game consecutive-start streak (including playoffs) broken last week when a hamstring injury kept him out of the lineup. Backus didn’t seem limited in drills today.
Running back Mikel Leshoure (ankle), defensive end Cliff Avril (back) and defensive tackle Corey Williams (knee) all returned to practice as well.
Williams has missed the last three games with the injury.
The only players to sit out of Thursday’s practice were cornerback Jonte Green, who was listed on Wednesday’s injury report with an illness, and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch, who was likely given a day off, per is usual weekly schedule.
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Wide receiver Calvin Johnson has become just the second player in Detroit Lions history to be named NFC Offensive Player of the Month.
Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders.
Sanders was named NFC Offensive Player of the Month three consecutive months during his historical 1997 season of rushing for an NFL-record 2,053 yards. Coincidentally or not, that was the same season the Lions began the year 4-6 before winning five of their last six games to clinch an NFC Wild Card spot.
In just four games during the month of November, Johnson has 32 receptions for 619 yards (19.3 average) and three touchdowns. He averaged 154.8 yards per game during the month and had at least 125 receiving yards in all four games. His 619 yards is a franchise record for the month.
Other notables for Johnson’s month of November:
- His 619 receiving yards are the most in the NFL during the month since WR Terrell Owens registered 693 over a five-game span in 2007.
- His 154.8 average is the highest in November since Hall of Fame WR Lance Alworth registered 156.3 during a three-game span in 1963.
- Johnson is the first player since Texans WR Andre Johnson in 2008 to record a streak of three-straight games of 140-plus receiving yards and four-straight games of 125-plus receiving yards. Andre Johnson accomplished both of these in a four-game stretch during the month of October in 2008.
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