NFL gaffe puts Pro Bowlers in jerseys donning pre-2003 Lions logo

Posted by ttwentyman on January 28, 2013 – 2:46 pm

Ndamukong Suh

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The NFL fined 49ers running back Frank Gore $10,500 for wearing his socks too low in the NFC Championship Game.

The league is notoriously strict when it comes to enforcing its dress code. Detroit Lions receiver Nate Burleson was fined $5,000 last season for not showing white in his socks during a Monday Night game.

For a league so obsessed with its uniform, it was funny to see Ndamukong Suh and Don Muhlbach wearing a pre-2003 Detroit Lions logo on their Pro Bowl jerseys Sunday night.

That’s two logos ago for those who are curious.

The NFL is solely responsible for the jerseys players wear every time they step on the field. The team does no alterations to the uniform.

It’s unclear if the league plans on fining itself for the gaffe.

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Lions re-sign long snapper Don Muhlbach to one-year deal

Posted by ttwentyman on March 21, 2012 – 2:46 pm

The Lions have re-signed long snapper Don Muhlbach to a one-year contract.

Muhlbach entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2004 and has spent his entire career with the Lions. He became the team’s full-time long snapper in 2006 and the signing was important for the continued success of the special teams units.

Muhlbach is one of the league’s most consistent long snappers. Kicker Jason Hanson is quick to mention his name anytime he’s asked about his success over recent years.

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Lions without four starters at practice Wednesday

Posted by ttwentyman on December 21, 2011 – 1:25 pm

The Lions were without four starters at practice Wednesday as they continued on-field preparations for Saturday’s Christmas Eve game against the Chargers at Ford Field.

Safety Louis Delmas, defensive tackle Corey Williams, right tackle Gosder Cherilus and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media.

Vanden Bosch is typically given a day of rest on Wednesday.

The official injury report will be released at 4 p.m.

Also not practicing for the Lions Wednesday were: defensive tackle Nick Fairley, safety Chris Harris and corner Don Carey.

Fairley practiced Tuesday. He said two weeks ago, though, that rest could be part of his weekly regiment going forward as he continues to deal with a foot injury.

Both Harris and Carey did not practice Tuesday.

Long snapper Don Muhlbach was back practicing Wednesday after missing Tuesday.

Corner Aaron Berry (shoulder), corner Chris Houston (knee) and defensive end Lawrence Jackson (thigh bruise) continue to practice this week.

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Still no Louis Delmas at Lions practice

Posted by ttwentyman on December 20, 2011 – 1:43 pm

Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Monday that all of his 53 players would be “in the mix to play this week” when the Chargers come to Ford Field on Saturday.

That means none of the injuries the Lions are dealing with are long-term.

However, there were still a number of players missing from Tuesday’s first practice of the week.

Safety Louis Delmas, who had arthroscopic knee surgery on Saturday, did not practice.

Delmas didn’t travel to Oakland and hasn’t played since hurting the knee against the Packers on Thanksgiving.

Also not participating in the portion of practice open to the media were: defensive tackle Corey Williams, safety Chris Harris, corner Don Carey and long snapper Don Muhlbach.

Corner Aaron Berry practiced for the first time since separating his right shoulder against the Vikings Dec. 11 and to part in individual drills.

Berry still looks to be favoring that right shoulder some, though.

Corner Chris Houston, who started against Oakland Sunday but was replaced by Alphonso Smith, was participating in practice.

Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch got his usual day of rest to begin the workweek.

Fellow defensive end Lawrence Jackson took part in his second practice since suffering a thigh bruise against the Bears back in November.

Running back Kevin Smith (high ankle sprain) practiced and looked fine.

There will be no official injury report released by the team today.

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Lions Bring in Long Snapper

Posted by Tara Altman on December 17, 2009 – 9:56 pm

With the uncertainty of LS Don Muhlbach’s status for this Sunday’s game against the Cardinals after suffering a concussion last week at Baltimore, the Lions signed LS Nathan Hodel to step in, in case Muhlback is unable to play.

Schwartz: “It’s in case (Muhlbach) isn’t able to go on Sunday. We needed to wait as long as we could to make that move and we did. It still doesn’t shut the door on (Muhlbach), there’s still a possibility that he’ll be able to go but we just wanted to make sure that if he wasn’t, we’d have somebody who had been practicing and was ready to go that we could pull the trigger on rather than bringing a guy in who never worked with the punter or the placekicker before.”

While the long snapper position often goes unnoticed, it serves a crucial role and can make or break a kick.

Schwartz: “Well, everybody always looks at the placekicker but the snapper and the holder are every bit just as important. Snap, hold, protection when you have field goals and for the punter, the location of the ball is huge and the velocity of the ball is huge. Those guys are unsung heroes. If they make good snaps nobody knows about the, but if they make bad snaps, it’s painfully obvious. It’s a very, very important part of the team.”

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