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Stafford listed as probable for Sunday; Leshoure is questionable

Posted by ttwentyman on September 28, 2012 – 4:00 pm

Quarterback Matthew Stafford was a full participant in the Lions’ final practice of the week Friday leading up to Sunday’s game vs. the Vikings, and is officially listed as probable for Sunday’s game on the final injury report of the week.

Stafford missed the final minutes of the fourth quarter and the overtime period in last Sunday’s loss to the Titans after aggravating a hip injury. He did not practice on Wednesday and was limited on Thursday, before returning to practice in full capacity Friday.

Also listed as probable for the Lions are: receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle), receiver Titus Young (knee) defensive end Lawrence Jackson (calf) and offensive tackle Corey Hilliard (elbow).

Running back Mikel Leshoure is listed as questionable after being limited all week in practice with a groin injury. Leshoure made his NFL debut last week in Tennessee, where he rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown.

If Leshoure doesn’t play, Joique Bell and Kevin Smith will likely be asked to pick up the slack.

Tight end Tony Scheffler, who was limited again in practice Friday with a calf injury, is also listed as questionable. He missed last week’s game in Tennessee after suffering the injury against the 49ers in Week 2.

His absence last week was a significant loss because he’s such a tough matchup for opposing defenses down the middle of the field. It’s the middle of the defense that’s been the open spot the last couple weeks against the two-high safety shells that opponents have been using against the Lions.

Linebacker Justin Durant (back) and safety Amari Spievey (groin) are also questionable. Spievey did not participate in practice on Friday, while Durant was limited.

Safety Louis Delmas and linebacker Travis Lewis are doubtful for Sunday. Delmas hasn’t practiced since undergoing knee surgery Aug. 7 and Lewis hasn’t played since Week 1 with a quad injury.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz has already ruled out defensive tackle Corey Williams after Williams underwent knee surgery on Tuesday.


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Justin Durant having a little fun at Calvin Johnson’s expense

Posted by ttwentyman on March 15, 2012 – 8:50 pm

Lions linebacker Justin Durant is a huge music enthusiast. In fact, he contributes a music column to the Detroit Metro Times.

It his latest work, Durant decided to have some fun with teammate Calvin Johnson and the eight-year, $132 million contract he signed Wednesday by creating the topic #CalvinJohnsonIpodPlaylist on Twitter.

Durant wanted suggestions to what songs Johnson could have been playing on his IPod after signing his mega contract.

Here are some of the better suggestions Durant received:

“Money To Blow” — Birdaman ft. Drake & Lil Wayne

“Spend It” — 2 Chaaaaainzzz

“Must Be The Money” – Deion Sanders

“Making Love To The Money” — Gucci Mane

“For The Love of Money” — The O’Jays

“Make It Rain” — Fat Joe

“Money Made” — AC/DC

“Imma Boss” — Meek Mill ft Rick Ross

“Rich Forever” — Rick Ross ft John Legend

“All About The Benjamins” — Puff Daddy an the Family

“Money Ain”t A Thang” — Jermaine Dupri ft Jay-Z

“I Get Money” — 50 Cent

“Phone Numbers” — Wiz Khalifa ft Big Sean

“Big Pimpin” — Jay-Z ft UGK

“I Throw My Money On The Floor” by the Notorious B.U.M.

I’m guessing Johnson will have to get used to this when the team gets together for the offseason training program in a few weeks.


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Lions expect all 53 players to be “in the mix” for Chargers

Posted by ttwentyman on December 19, 2011 – 6:50 pm

It’s Week 16 in the NFL and every team is dealing with injuries – Lions included.

But coach Jim Schwartz gave a bit of positive news on that front during his Monday press conference with the media.

“I think that we’ll probably have everybody on our 53 will be in the mix this week,” he said.

“Whether or not they’ll play or not, still way too early to tell, but I think everybody’s going to be at least into consideration – at least in the mix.”

Schwartz said that included safety Louis Delmas, who had minor knee surgery Saturday to clean up a sprain suffered against the Packers on Thanksgiving.

“I mean it’s too early to tell there, but there’s a possibility,” he said.

Corner Chris Houston started Sunday in Oakland for the first time since also spraining a knee on Thanksgiving, but was replaced by Alphonso Smith when he had a hard time coming out of breaks and defending receivers.

Schwartz gave no update on safety Chris Harris, who was evaluated for a concussion early against the Raiders Sunday and did not return.

Corner Eric Wright and linebacker Justin Durant made it through the game with hamstring injuries. Both didn’t practice for the first time last week until Friday.

“Let’s not give out any Purple Hearts or anything.,” Schwartz said of Wright and Durant. “They’re professional football players and they were able to play and they did.”

Running back Kevin Smith made it through the game on that injured ankle, too.


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Smith will start; Wright, Durant and Fairley all active for Lions

Posted by ttwentyman on December 18, 2011 – 3:29 pm

The Lions are the healthiest they’ve been in weeks and will have almost their full compliment of defensive starters.

Corner Eric Wright, linebacker Justin Durant, defensive tackle Nick Fairley will all play. All were questionable on Friday.

Running back Kevin Smith will also play and start.

Durant, Fairley and Smith missed last week’s game.

Inactive for the Lions are quarterback Drew Stanton, safety Louis Delmas, corner Aaron Berry, running back Aaron Brown, defensive end Keyunta Dawson, guard Leonard Davis and defensive end Lawrence Jackson.


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Delmas, Durant, Fairley, Smith and Wright all questionable for Sunday

Posted by ttwentyman on December 16, 2011 – 5:00 pm

It’ll be down to the wire whether a number of key contributors will suit up for the Lions in Oakland Sunday.

The Lions got a large contingent of players back on the practice field Friday, but most of them are listed as questionable on Friday’s official injury report.

That includes corner Eric Wright and linebacker Justin Durant, who practiced Friday for the first time this week. Both are nursing hamstring injuries.

Also questionable are defensive tackle Nick Fairley (foot), running back Kevin Smith (ankle) and safety Louis Delmas (knee).

Delmas was back at practice in limited fashion on Friday for the first time since spraining his MCL against the Packers on Thanksgiving. He did not participate in individual drills in the portion of practice open to the media, though.

Smith practiced for a third-straight day and continues to look like he’ll play Sunday.

Fairley didn’t participate in practice for a second-straight day on Friday. He instead was running and working off to the side with trainers.

Probable for the Lions against the Raiders are corner Chris Houston (knee), guard Rob Sims (shoulder), safety Amari Spievey (knee) and DE Willie Young (ankle).

Young didn’t practice Friday, working instead with Fairley off to the side with trainers.

Defensive end Lawrence Jackson (thigh bruise) practiced Friday for the first time in a month but is listed as doubtful on Friday’s official injury report.

Cornerback Aaron Berry, who separated a shoulder against the Vikings and hasn’t practiced all week, is also doubtful.


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Lions get a host of players back to practice

Posted by ttwentyman on December 16, 2011 – 1:01 pm

The Lions got a large contingent of players back on the field Friday in the team’s final practice before leaving for Oakland Friday night.

Corner Eric Wright (hamstring), defensive end Lawrence Jackson (thigh bruise) and linebacker Justin Durant (hamstring) all practiced on Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday.

Friday was the first time Jackson has practiced in nearly a month. He’s missed the team’s last four games with that bruise.

Safety Louis Delmas (knee) was back at practice in limited fashion. He had a helmet but was not participating in individual drills in the portion of practice open to the media.

Defensive tackle Nick Fairley (foot) and defensive end Willie Young (ankle) ran off to the side with trainers instead of participating in practice.

Running back Kevin Smith practiced and it continues to look like he’ll play Sunday.

The only player not doing anything at practice was corner Aaron Berry (shoulder).

The official injury report will player’s status for Sunday will be released at 4 p.m. on detroitlions.com.


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Kevin Smith looking better for Sunday

Posted by ttwentyman on December 15, 2011 – 1:34 pm

Lions running back Kevin Smith looks like he’s on pace to play in Oakland on Sunday.

Smith ran with the first-team offense during skeleton drills at practice Thursday and participated in individual drills during the portion of practice open to the media.

Smith has been dealing with a high ankle sprain since Thanksgiving and didn’t practice Wednesday. He worked out off to the side on Wednesday.

Rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley was absent from practice after being limited Wednesday. Fairley missed last week’s game against the Vikings because of a foot injury.

Fairley said after practice Wednesday that resting the foot was going to be the best medicine going forward, though.

“We’re going to go day-by-day and how I come in in the morning and how it feels after treatment (will) depend on how many reps and snaps I take in practice,” he said.

The Lions were also without safety Louis Delmas (knee), corner Eric Wright (hamstring), linebacker Justin Durant (hamstring), corner Aaron Berry (shoulder) and defensive end Lawrence Jackson (thing bruise).

Corner Chris Houston was practicing for a second consecutive day.


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Delmas and Houston doubtful; Durant, Smith and Fairley questionable

Posted by ttwentyman on December 9, 2011 – 5:00 pm

The Lions are beginning a four-game playoff push Sunday against the Vikings and they might have to get through the first leg without some key contributors.

Running back Kevin Smith (high ankle sprain) took part in the early portion of practice open to the media for the first time this week, but looked like he was having a hard time cutting and left the field towards the end of the open media session.

“We’ll see as we go—it’s still Friday,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said of Smith, who was listed as questionable for Sunday on the teams Friday injury report.

“Last week he was able to do some things in the game, you know, wasn’t able to last the whole game, but he was able to do some things and I think that we’ll just see when we get to Sunday. I know that if he’s available to help us, he will be, but we also need to make sure that he’s helping the team by being out there.”

The Lions will likely be without safety Louis Delmas and corner Chris Houston for a second consecutive game as both are dealing with knee injuries. Both are listed as doubtful for Sunday.

Defensive tackle Nick Fairley missed his third practice this week after aggravating a foot injury against the Saints. He’s officially questionable.

The Lions signed free agent defensive tackle Jovan Haye as an insurance policy for Fairley and he participated in practice Friday.

“You know, we had some depth issues on our defensive line, obviously because of Suh’s suspension and also some injuries that we’ve had and you know, he’ll be ready in case we need him,” Schwartz said.

Also sitting out practice was linebacker Justin Durant with a hamstring injury and defensive end Lawrence Jackson with a deep thigh bruise.

Durant is questionable for Sunday and Jackson is out.

Safety Amari Spievey was back at practice after missing Thursday with an illness.

Guard Rob Sims (shoulder) and defensive end Willie Young (ankle) are probable.

For the Vikings…

Corner Chris Cook (non injury related) is out.

Running back Adrian Peterson (ankle) and quarterback Christian Ponder (hip) are questionable. Both practiced in a limited fashion on Friday.


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Defensive starters missing from practice; Delmas and Houston have MCL sprains

Posted by ttwentyman on December 8, 2011 – 5:00 pm

Lions safety Louis Delmas and corner Chris Houston missed practice again Thursday with what we now know are  MCL sprains they suffered on Thanksgiving.

Delmas was injured early in the game when his knee got rolled up on by Packers running back James Starks. He limped off the field and never returned.

Houston was injured when teammate Stephen Tulloch inadvertently hit him right on the knee with his helmet assisting on a tackle at the end of the first half.

Neither Delmas or Houston have practiced or played since suffering their injuries.

Typically, an injury like this takes 2-4 weeks to heal, depending on the player. Both players have said they’re rigorously rehabbing to get back on the field.

It’s not unlike the injury suffered by Bears running back Matt Forte last week.

The Lions practiced Thursday without a number of other key contributors on defense.

Rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who was in a protective boot Wednesday, remains out with that foot injury he aggravated against the Saints Sunday.

Fairley said after practice that it was going to be something he’ll have to deal with the remainder of the season until he can get the proper rest. He said it’ll be about managing the pain and getting rest leading up to game day.

Defensive end Lawrence Jackson continues to be sidelined with that deep thigh bruise.

Linebacker Justin Durant didn’t practice Thursday after being limited by a hamstring injury on Wednesday. Coach Jim Schwartz said Durant was day-to-day after practice.

“Well, we’re going to get them all back, it’s just a matter of when,” Schwartz said of all the team’s injuries. “Maybe Lawrence Jackson is a little bit more long term, but we haven’t put any of those guys on the IR and all those guys are expected back.

“They’re all making progress; they’re all doing well, but whether or not they’ll be available this week is still too early to see – it’s Thursday. But, you know, they’re going to be late-in-the-week decisions and possibly Sunday. We do have a little bit more injuries on defense than we do with offense right now, but it’s life in the NFL.”

Safety Amari Spievey was out with an illness.

On the offensive side of the ball, running back Kevin Smith (ankle) missed a second-straight practice. Remember, Smith got his biggest workload in Thursday’s practice last week.

“Last time I hurt it I had 10 days (before a game),” Smith said. “I feel like I have to do something similar to practice to give myself the confidence that I can make certain movements and certain cuts to be able to produce on game day.”

Receiver Titus Young was back working with the first-team offense in the portion of practice open to the media. Rashied Davis was getting most of that work in that spot Wednesday.

Corner Brandon McDonald (thigh), guard Rob Sims (shoulder) and defensive end Willie Young (ankle) were all limited on the official practice report.


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Lions still without some key pieces

Posted by ttwentyman on December 8, 2011 – 1:18 pm

The Lions practiced Thursday without a number of key contributors on defense.

Safety Louis Delmas and corner Chris Houston remain sidelined with knee injuries. Both missed Sunday’s game in New Orleans after suffering their injuries on Thanksgiving.

Rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who was in a protective boot Wednesday, remains out with that foot injury he aggravated against the Saints Sunday.

Defensive end Lawrence Jackson continues to be sidelined with that deep thigh bruise.

Linebacker Justin Durant didn’t practice Thursday after being limited by a hamstring injury on Wednesday.

On the offensive side of the ball, running back Kevin Smith (ankle) missed a second-straight practice. Remember, Smith got his biggest workload in Thursday’s practice last week.

Receiver Titus Young was back working with the first-team offense in the portion of practice open to the media. Rashied Davis was getting most of that work in that spot Wednesday.

Young was benched for the second half of the Saints game game after being flagged for unnecessary roughness after the whistle early in the third quarter.


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