Injury report: Williams limited in his return to practice

Posted by ttwentyman on October 18, 2012 – 4:00 pm

Defensive tackle Corey Williams returned to practice Thursday for the first time since undergoing knee surgery Sept. 25 and was listed as limited on Thursday’s injury report.

“I haven’t been out there for a while and my main thing right now is to get my wind back and get into the swing of things,” Williams said after practice.

He could not say whether he’d be ready to play Monday night in Chicago, though he was hopeful he might.

Cornerbacks Bill Bentley (shoulder) and Jacob Lacey (concussion) did not practice Thursday according to the report, neither did as safety Louis Delmas (knee) or defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (rest).

The Lions listed five other players besides Williams as limited, including: defensive ends Cliff Avril (back) and Ronnell Lewis (eye), tight end Brandon Pettigrew (knee), linebacker Stephen Tulloch (knee) and receiver Titus Young (knee).

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Louis Delmas, Sammie Hill and Cliff Avril all questionable for Sunday

Posted by ttwentyman on October 12, 2012 – 4:00 pm

The Lions officially listed safety Louis Delmas as questionable for Sunday’s game in Philadelphia on Friday’s injury report. Delmas sat out of practice Friday after being a limited participant both Wednesday and Thursday, but head coach Jim Schwartz said that was by design.

“We had planned to ease him back at the end of the week,” he said. “He’s doing well. He’s not having any setbacks and I’d like to keep it that way.”

Delmas said he’s still not 100 percent, but is getting better every day.

“I can’t really determine whether I play or not, but, like I said, I take it day-by-day, believe in my trainers – they’re doing a great job of preparing me, mixing me in, so I can get back out there on the field,” he said Friday.

Defensive tackle Sammie Hill (toe) and defensive end Cliff Avril (back) are also questionable. Both players were limited all week in practice.

Tight end Brandon Pettigrew (knee), receiver Titus Young (knee), linebacker Travis Lewis (quad) and safety Amari Spievey (groin) are listed as probable.

Linebacker Stephen Tulloch is also listed as probable after showing up on the injury report on Friday for the first time this week with a knee injury. He had a procedure done this offseason to help alleviate some soreness associated with tendinitis.

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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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Sirius NFL Radio Training Camp Tour visits Detroit Lions

Posted by Lindsay Selengowski on August 15, 2012 – 12:17 pm

Sirius NFL radio attended practice this Tuesday as part of their 2012 Training Camp Tour.  Jim Miller and Keith Bulluck sat down with several players including QB Matthew Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson to discuss their thoughts on the preseason so far.

Full audio from all of the interviews are available on the website:

Stephen Tulloch
Nate Burleson
Calvin Johnson
Brandon Pettigrew
Matthew Stafford
Dominic Raiola
Cliff Avril
Kyle Vanden Bosch

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RB Mikel Leshoure returns to Lions practice

Posted by ttwentyman on August 15, 2012 – 9:42 am

The Lions have been through 13 practices and one preseason game since the last time running back Mikel Leshoure was on the practice field.

After missing all of last season with a torn Achilles tendon suffered in the second week of training camp, Leshoure was back on the mend just two days into training camp this year after injuring his hamstring in the Lions second practice of camp on July 28.

Leshoure made his return to practice this morning.

He said last week that he was close to returning and had begun running as part of his rehab. Leshoure is unlikely to play in Friday’s preseason game against the Ravens with just one practice under his belt in the last two weeks.

The Lions ran the ball well in its preseason opener against the Browns. Keiland Williams and Joique Bell combined for 160 yards on 25 carries as the Lions totaled 198 yards on 33 rushes.

Offensive tackle Jeff Backus, linebacker Stephen Tulloch and defensive tackle Corey Williams returned to practice after missing Tuesday’s session.

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Report: Young not a participant in Monday’s OTA because of fight with teammate

Posted by ttwentyman on May 21, 2012 – 1:30 pm

Lions wide receiver Titus Young was one of four Lions who missed the first Organized Team Activity practice Monday after he punched safety Louis Delmas during workouts last week, according to reports.

“I’m not going to be commenting on which guys are here and which guys aren’t,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said after Monday’s OTA. “They are all accounted for. We are aware of the reason each one person is not here and not participating and we’ll work through those things as we go.”

Along with Young, safety Amari Spievey and linebackers Stephen Tulloch and DeAndre Levy did not take part in Monday’s workout.

Schwartz said Tulloch will not participate in workouts through May after receiving an injection for some tendinitis in his knee.

It’s unknown why Levy and Spievey did not practice.

Defensive end Cliff Avril was also absent, but that was expected as he remains without a long-term contract he’s been seeking since the end of the season.

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Building depth on defense a point of emphasis for Schwartz

Posted by ttwentyman on January 9, 2012 – 9:04 pm

Injuries are a part of life in the NFL.

Teams who are able to overcome them with good depth on the roster are usually the ones left standing in the end.

The Lions were hit hard by injuries on defense and it certainly affected them toward the end of the season.

Heading into the Thanksgiving game against the Packers in Week 11, the Lions ranked 9th in total defense, 27th against the run and 5th against the pass.

They lost safety Louis Delmas and corner Chris Houston to knee injures against the Packers and suffered other nicks and bruises over the course of the next few weeks. Delmas didn’t return until the playoffs and Houston was never 100 percent.

The injuries hit the Lions hard.

They ended the season 23rd in total defense, 23rd against the run and 22nd against the pass.

“We didn’t adjust well to dealing with those injuries,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Monday. “How much of it was due to losing Delmas and Chris Houston and Willie (Young) and Lawrence Jackson and those guys? We lost a lot of depth on our D-line; we lost a couple key players in our secondary.

“I think you look at the injury situation: our offense, other than the running back position, was relatively healthy over the course of the season. Defensively, I don’t think we could say the same. It’s the same defense, I think, after about week 8, 9, 10, whatever it was, (that) was top-10-type defense. Obviously we didn’t finish that well.”

That’s an understatement.

The Lions allowed a combined 90 points and 1,176 yards of offense in losses to the Packers and Saints to end the season.

Just as important on the Lions’ offseason to-do list as re-signing defensive end Cliff Avril and linebacker Stephen Tulloch is continuing to build depth on defense.

Injuries are a part of life in the NFL and the Lions need to put themselves in a better position to deal with them.

“We certainly still have work to do there,” Schwartz admitted.

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Tulloch and Rivers to renew old rivalry on Saturday

Posted by ttwentyman on December 22, 2011 – 5:26 pm

Lions middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch was just a freshman at N.C. State in 2004 when Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers was the star senior.

To this day, Tulloch still remembers how much of a trash-talker Rivers was on the practice field.

“When me and Phil played together it was always a battle in practice on seven-on-seven or in team period,” Tulloch said. “Every day he was always talking smack to the defense and we were always talking smack to him.”

Tulloch expects more of the same Saturday at Ford Field when the Chargers come to town in a crucial game for the Lions’ playoff hopes.

“Me and Phil have shared a couple words about the game,” Tulloch said. “We’re friends off the field but obviously competitors on the field.”

I’m guessing Tulloch won’t feel the least bad about putting his helmet right into the chest of Rivers on Saturday.

“He’s just a super smart football player and I think obviously at that position, you’re kind of the quarterback of that defense and he gets them lined up and he has a knack for the game,” Rivers said of Tulloch in a conference call with the local media this week. “It’s just very evident and he obviously plays (with) a lot of energy. He was a guy you’d want on your team, that’s for sure.”

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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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Tim Ryan sees Nate Burleson as a key factor in tomorrow’s Week 1 match-up

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on September 10, 2011 – 7:13 pm

The Detroit Lions arrived in Tampa Saturday afternoon for Sunday’s 1 p.m. match-up at Raymond James Stadium.

Calling the game on FOX will be Tim Ryan and Chris Myers, who spoke with Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh, Matthew Stafford and Stephen Tulloch in preparation for the broadcast.

Said Ryan of tomorrow’s game, “I think a big key tomorrow is obviously watching Detroit’s offense since they were as good as they were in the preseason – what they were able to do in terms of sheer impact and production.”

Looking deeper into the offensive side of the ball, a big match-up to watch will be Johnson and cornerback Aqib Talib, who did not play in December’s match-up between the two teams.

“I’m not sure it’s going to happen, but I anticipate them trying to move Aqib Talib around on Calvin,” said Ryan.

If that were to happen, wide receiver Nate Burleson may end up with one-on-one match-ups along the perimeter.

“Nobody knows how good Nate is, really, outside of Detroit,” said Ryan. “I do. I think Scott (Linehan) is really good at formationing guys to the isolation routes on the perimeter – Matt as well.

“I think that’s going to be a big key in tomorrow’s game.”

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