DE Kyle Vanden Bosch recipient of the Joe Schmidt Leadership Award

Posted by ttwentyman on January 14, 2013 – 2:38 pm

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz flew to Tennessee on the first day of free agency in 2010 to make an in-person pitch to defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch to join the Lions. Not only did the Schwartz need some veteran talent along his defensive line, but he needed some veteran leadership in the locker room, too.

Vanden Bosch has provided both over the course of the last three seasons and was given the Joe Schmidt Leadership Award for a second consecutive year by his teammates.

The Joe Schmidt Award is presented to the player who has displayed outstanding leadership, drive and achievement on the field and in the locker room. This award is given in honor of former linebacker Joe Schmidt who was named All-Pro in eight of his 13 seasons (1953-65), earning 10 consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl. He served as captain of the Lions for nine seasons. From 1967-72, Schmidt compiled a 43-35-7 record as Detroit’s head coach. Schmidt was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1973.

Vanden Bosch has been a mentor to players like Cliff Avril and Willie Young over the last three seasons, and is also one of the most respected veterans in the game.

On the field, Vanden Bosch has recorded 120 tackles, 15.5 sacks and 6 forced fumbles since signing a four-year deal before the 2010 season.

Before he arrived in Detroit, it was rare to see defensive lineman chasing running backs 40-yards down the field in practice. A week after Vanden Bosch arrived, it was rare not to see one. That’s just some of what he’s meant to the Lions over the last three seasons.

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Brandon Pettigrew returns to practice

Posted by ttwentyman on December 28, 2012 – 1:05 pm

Tight end Brandon Pettigrew decided the last full practice of the year was as good a time as any to return to the field.

Pettigrew participated in the portion of practice open to the media Friday for the first time since injuring an ankle in the first quarter at Green Bay Dec. 9.

The Lions have missed their second-leading receiver over the past two games he’s missed.

“Anytime you have a tight end that’s a mismatch for other teams it’s a bonus,” quarterback Matthew Stafford said this week. “On third down that’s a short throw to have to make. Most of the time he’s somewhere in front of you and with his body size and hands he creates tough matchups on third down in the red zone.”

Pettigrew is second on the team with 57 catches and 556 yards.

Also returning to the practice field Friday was safety Louis Delmas, who sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday to rest his sore left knee. Delmas has played in each of the team’s last two games.

Receiver Calvin Johnson (knee, ankle) did not practice. He was a limited participant on Thursday, but is expected to play on Sunday.

The Lions will release game designations for Sunday’s matchup with Chicago at 4 p.m. on

Defensive tackle Sammie Hill (toe) missed his third practice this week, putting his status for Sunday in question.

Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch did not practice but that was likely due to rest since he’s not been on the injury report all week.

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Pettigrew and Fairley miss practice again

Posted by ttwentyman on December 14, 2012 – 12:57 pm

Tight end Brandon Pettigrew and defensive tackle Nick Fairley missed practice for a third consecutive time this week, putting into question their availability for Sunday’s game at Arizona.

The Lions will release their official game designations at 4 p.m. today on

Pettigrew left last week’s game in Green Bay in the first quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. He’s been wearing a protective boot for most of the week.

Fairley left in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury and didn’t return. He spoke to reporters earlier in the week and was hopeful he could play Sunday.

The Lions could be in a situation where they have to make a roster transaction to add depth to the tight end group if it’s determined Pettigrew can’t play. The Lions have only Tony Scheffler and Will Heller healthy at this point. They usually have three tight ends active on the game-day roster.

Safety Louis Delmas was also absent from the portion of practice open to the media after being a limited participant in practice on Thursday. Delmas did not play in Green Bay last week.

The team was also without defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch at practice, who was likely getting a day of rest.

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Lions without Williams, Delmas and Vanden Bosch at practice

Posted by ttwentyman on December 7, 2012 – 1:05 pm

Defensive tackle Corey Williams missed his third straight day of practice Friday as the Lions continue to prepare for Sunday’s game in Green Bay.

Williams hasn’t practiced all week because of a sore knee. He’s been bothered by the knee since September, and has missed a total of five games this year with the injury. Williams only practiced once last week, though, and still played vs. the Colts.

The team will release their game designations for Sunday at 4 p.m. today on

Safety Louis Delmas (knee) and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (neck) also missed practice. That’s also been the routine for both players in recent weeks and they’ve still been able to play on Sunday.

Defensive tackle Nick Fairley returned to practice after sitting out Thursday with a quad injury. He was still favoring that leg a bit.

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Delmas, Backus, Williams, Vanden Bosch and Lacey all questionable for Sunday

Posted by ttwentyman on November 30, 2012 – 5:00 pm

Safety Louis Delmas did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media on Friday and is officially listed as questionable on the week’s final injury report for Sunday’s game vs. Indianapolis.

Delmas couldn’t finish the Texans game on Thanksgiving because soreness developed in his left knee. He practiced only once this week (on Thursday) and was limited.

The Lions were also without defensive tackle Corey Williams for practice Friday. He, too, is listed as questionable for Sunday. He hasn’t played in nearly a month because of a knee injury.

Left tackle Jeff Backus is also listed as questionable. Backus had his iron-man streak of 187 consecutive starts (including playoffs) broken last week when he missed the Thanksgiving Day Game vs. Houston with a hamstring injury. He was limited in practice both Thursday and Friday.

“Every player if they can go out and do their job and help us be in a position to win then they’ll be out on the field,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said of Backus. “If they can’t, then they won’t. We have to do what’s best for the football team. Jeff understands that. He is probably one of our best team-orientated players as it is so he understands that also.”

Also questionable are: cornerback Jacob Lacey (foot/knee) and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (neck). Vanden Bosch was a full participant in practice Friday after missing Thursday. Lacey has been limited all week.

The list of players probable for Sunday include: defensive end Cliff Avril (back), cornerback Jonté Green (illness), cornerback Chris Houston (ankle), receiver Calvin Johnson (thumb), running back Mikel Leshoure (ankle), linebacker Ashlee Palmer (thumb) and guard Rob Sims (hamstring).

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Calvin Johnson and six others miss practice

Posted by ttwentyman on November 7, 2012 – 1:07 pm

The Lions were without a number of starters today at practice as they began on-field preparations for Sunday’s game at Minnesota.

Receiver Calvin Johnson missed the portion of practice open to the media, which is no real surprise considering he was limited last week in Jacksonville with a left knee injury. Johnson still had seven catches for 129 yards in the game, but wasn’t near 100 percent. He missed all three practices last week.

The Lions were also without receiver Titus Young. Young’s been battling a knee injury for most of the season, but hasn’t missed a game.

The Lions will release their first injury report of the week at 4 p.m. today.

Defensively, they were without five starters: Defensive ends Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch (rest day), defensive tackle Corey Williams and safeties Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey.

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CB Bill Bentley returns to practice; Lacey still out

Posted by ttwentyman on October 19, 2012 – 11:51 am

Cornerback Bill Bentley returned to the portion of practice open to the media Friday, though he didn’t do much.

Bentley has been out since Sunday’s game in Philadelphia with a shoulder injury. He said Thursday in the locker room that he did not know his status for Monday’s game in Chicago and was just taking it “day-by-day” at this point.

Rookie Jonte Green and the newly resigned Alphonso Smith were handling most of the other cornerback duties opposite Chris Houston.

Safety Louis Delmas (knee, rest) and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (rest) returned to practice after sitting out Thursday.

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TE Brandon Pettigrew back at Lions practice

Posted by ttwentyman on October 10, 2012 – 11:55 am

Tight end Brandon Pettigrew returned to the practice field today after missing Tuesday’s bonus practice for what head coach Jim Schwartz described as “an extra day of rest”.

The Lions will release their first official injury report of the week at 4 p.m.

The Lions were without defensive tackle Corey Williams, defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and receiver Titus Young for Wednesday’s practice. Both Vanden Bosch and Young have been dealing with knee injuries this season, but it’s unclear if today’s absence was related to any injuries or just a day of rest.

Safety Louis Delmas practiced for a second consecutive day and seems in line to play Sunday in Philadelphia.

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Stafford named 2012 offensive team captain for third straight season

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on September 4, 2012 – 3:22 pm

Quarterback Matthew Stafford was named a 2012 offensive team captain for the third straight season, as voted on by his teammates.

“It’s always nice to be recognized by your teammates as a captain, and to share that honor with some great guys is awesome,” said Stafford, Tuesday, to

Also named captains were: kicker Jason Hanson (special teams), wide receiver Calvin Johnson (offense), linebacker Stephen Tulloch (defense), defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (defense) and safety John Wendling (special teams).

For Johnson and Wendling, this is the first time in their careers they will wear the ‘C’ on their jerseys. Tulloch is a first-time Lions’ captain, but was a captain his final year with Tennessee. Vanden Bosch is in his third year as Lions’ team captain, having also been a captain with the Titans three years.

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Vanden Bosch not in the starting lineup, but not ruled out vs. Raiders

Posted by ttwentyman on August 25, 2012 – 5:54 pm

Lions veteran defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch will try and give it a go tonight against the Raiders.

Vanden Bosch came out to warm-up in his game pants before the game and was not among the list of players ruled out for the game. Vanden Bosch will not start, though. Lawrence Jackson will start in his place.

Vanden Bosch has been dealing with a knee injury since the beginning of camp and has not played in either of the team’s first two preseason games. He and practiced in a limited fashion on Thursday after going through a full practice Wednesday for the first time in the exhibition season.

The Lions will also call on rookie third-round pick Bill Bentley to start at right cornerback.

Bentley and veteran Jacob Lacey have alternated starts during the preseason as the team continues to give both players a chance to win the job.

The last time Bentley started against the Browns in the preseason opener, he had an interception, a big tackle on a third-down play and nearly had a pick-six. He was also beat deep one time.

Ruled out for the Lions are: running back Stefan Logan (ankle), safety Louis Delmas (knee), cornerback Chris Greenwood (PUP), running back Jahvid Best (PUP), center/guard Bill Nagy and offensive tackle Jonathan Scott (knee).

For a full list of starters for both teams, click here.

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