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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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7 Responses to “Lions missing five starters; Tyrell Johnson and Lance Long practice”

  1. By Hogfish on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    One word for this season Disappointing. Yes, finish the year on a high note be the spoilamaker; even that is becoming Disappointing. Injuries are part of the game and Lions have had their share. Replacement players are given the role and Bless their efforts. The Home record speaks for it’s self. Rebuilding the Lions should start now.

  2. By Raymond on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    The lions will win Sunday

  3. By ElReyDeLeon on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    Rebuilding should start now. And what better way to start rebuilding than to rebuild from the ground up; and yes I’m talking about coaching staff! Yeah, yeah. We’ve all heard the excuses for Schwartz about turning around an 0-16 franchise but that’s a bunch of hooey. The Colts went 1-15 and look at them now. The Atlanta Falcons were at the bottom of the NFL the season before Mike Smith took over and they turned it around the very next season. Look at San Francisco, Tampa Bay, and on and on. The time for making Homer excuses is passed. We have real talent on this football team which is only getting older and more dissatisfied, frustrated, and restless every season. So are the fans. I appreciate what Schwartz was able to come in and do with an 0-16 team, I really do. But it’s time for us all to realize that he’s had enough time to make a true turnaround and it’s just not happening. It’s something that is beyond his capability. He’d make a good assistant coach, but we need a head coach to take this team to the next level. And don’t say that there aren’t any available. Here’s a few: Andy Reid, Bill Cowher, Marty Schottenheimer, Jon Gruden, Brian Billick, etc.

  4. By Josh H on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    Andy Reid? Really… Look… The day Andy Reid becomes head coach of the Lions is the day I become a Dallas Cowboys fan. I bleed Honolulu Blue and Silver like the rest of us on this site. We’re all disappointed with this season, we know we have the talent, and we know we have the drive within the players. I agree a coaching change may be in order, even if just coordinators are changed.

  5. By Craig C. on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    WOW what a disaponting season! the loss to houston I can handle only 1 loss team, But to lose to a rookie QB up 12 chance to ice the game on 3rd and 5, run really? give to Calvin or bootleg I would even been happy with a Pedigrew DROP! That loss HURT more than all 16 losses 2008 combined!, yes watched ever one.Dad passed away last april missed 2011 season, he would have been proud. I am sure he is rolling in his grave now.PLEASE I HOPE THEY WIN A SUPERBOWL IN MY LIFETIME !.DAD NEVER SEEN IT HAPPEN.IF NOT US MABEY MY 16 YEAR OLD WILL HAVE THAT JOY!

  6. By Anthony Miller on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah I feel the pain of these other posters!! Jim Schwartz has sat back and coached not to lose and thus we have lost a lot of games!! He has not done his job with any urgency like the Harbaughs,Tomlins, or Belichicks of the world!!! He has sat back and not made obvious decisions that might would’ve changed the course of our season!! Just one or two simple adjustments maybe would’ve allowed us to win a few more games but coach has sat on his hands and has been to worried about freindship rather than being a head coach!!! He’s done it with the players and the coaches thus we’re 4-8!!! I remember after the Jacksonville win I heard players saying”this is what we wanted was to get back to .500″ like they had made it to the Super Bowl!!! You see we haven’t won a game since!!!! That attitude is allowed by the coach!!! I liked coach when he fir st got here but since he got an extension he’s changed!!! Even last year he started slippin’!!! The only way we win a Super Bowl with coach is if he changes his lackadasical conservative ways and I think he’ just to stubborn to do it!!!! Coach Schwartz make the necessary changes or get the hell outta here we want to win a Super Bowl not win regular season games ohh yeah he can’t even do that!!

  7. By charles regan on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    lance long 2nd best wide reciever in pre season then they cut him now you see why no playoffs

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