Johnson: “You’re up double digits and they come back and win. It’s mind blowing. It’s frustrating.”

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on December 5, 2012 – 4:32 pm

“Last week was definitely one of those physically, mentally taxing games. You think you have the game there three minutes to go, you’re up double digits and they come back and win. It’s mind blowing. It’s frustrating.

“There’s plays before that last drive where we ran the ball three times that we could have made to ice the game. There were interceptions we could have had that could have iced the game. There’s so many things that could have been done. We just have to find a way to make one of those things happen and we’ll get the result that we want. It’s just a matter of somebody taking the initiative to make the play.

“Getting through the rest of the season by a sense of pride, eye in the sky really. Everything you’re doing you’re putting on film and everybody’s going to see it.

“The whole thing about the record is tough. You can’t help but to think about it when everybody around you is talking about it. That’s the main thing. It’s something that’s reachable, tangible. Do I want it? Yeah, that would be fantastic. I’m going to play my butt off for it, just try to take advantage of the opportunities given.

“The fact that it wouldn’t be in a winning season is tough, but the big thing … it’s not changing the way people are playing me or anything like that. So it will still be very significant if it does happen.

“Getting the franchise record along the way would be big. Herman Moore was the big receiver back in the day. It was a really big thing for teams to have big receivers. To take over a franchise record, that means a lot. Any kind of record you get in this league, it means a lot. They’re hard to come by.

“Looking ahead to Sunday, winning at Lambeau would be huge. Mainly for the reason I haven’t won there in my career. Especially when you love to play there, place with history and stuff behind it like that. That makes it that much more special.”

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Lions missing five starters; Tyrell Johnson and Lance Long practice

Posted by ttwentyman on December 5, 2012 – 1:08 pm

The Lions were outdoors for practice today as they began on-field preparations for Sunday night’s game in Green Bay. The Lions have lost 21-straight games to the Packers in the state of Wisconsin dating back to 1991.

Five starters and another key reserve were not among their teammates at practice Wednesday.

Defensive tackle Corey Williams, cornerbacks Chris Houston and Jacob Lacey, safety Louis Delmas and right tackle Gosder Cherilus did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media. Reserve defensive end Lawrence Jackson also sat out.

All six of those players finished Sunday’s loss to the Colts, though.

New signees Tyrell Johnson and Lance Long were on the field.

Johnson, a safety, was signed Tuesday night when the team released safety Erik Coleman.

Long was signed Wednesday morning to add depth to the receiving corps. He spent the preseason with the Lions and caught eight passes for 97 yards and might have the greatest nickname in the league when he was dubbed “The Vanilla Gorilla” by teammates and coaches this preseason.

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