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Lions put Austin Bryant on PUP list

The Lions announced a few roster moves ahead of the start of their training camp this week. Defensive end Austin Bryant has been placed on the physically unable to perform list, wide receiver Javon McKinley has been placed on the non-football injury list and offensive lineman Evan Heim is on the COVID-19 reserve list. Bryant [more]

Calvin Johnson on thanking Lions in his Hall speech: I’ve got nothing to say

Calvin Johnson’s relationship with the Lions remains strained, five years after his abrupt retirement from the NFL at the age of 30. So it’s not surprising that Johnson indicated he has no plans to mention the team in his 8-minute Hall of Fame speech next month. “I’m definitely going to bring up a lot of [more]

Lions sign Ifeatu Melifonwu

The Lions have their entire draft class under contract. Cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu was the lone player without a deal, but the team announced his signing on Friday morning. It’s a four-year deal for the third-round pick, whose brother Obi is currently is on the 49ers roster and was a 2017 Patriots second-round pick. Melifonwu had [more]

Report: Jeff Okudah had core muscle surgery on both sides as a precaution

Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah had a tough rookie year, with up-and-down play followed by a core muscle injury that prematurely ended his season after only nine games. Okudah has said he’s “feeling great” after the surgery, which was initially thought to solely repair the one injured side. But NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday [more]

21 NFL teams will hold joint practices in August

The NFL released the entire schedule of joint practices, and 21 teams will have at least one practice with another team. Only Washington, the Lions, Saints, Seahawks, Cardinals, Chiefs, Texans, Jaguars, Bengals, Steelers and Bills will not work with another team. Seven teams — the Eagles, Giants, Dolphins, Patriots, Jets, Panthers and Rams — each [more]

49ers’ Jimmie Ward: Matt Stafford is the same QB who was in Detroit and didn’t make the playoffs

The Rams have been a trendy Super Bowl pick since trading for quarterback Matthew Stafford, but 49ers safety Jimmie Ward will believe it when he sees it. Ward questioned whether Stafford is really an upgrade over Jared Goff, given the two quarterbacks’ playoff records. “I like Stafford, but they still will have the same players [more]

Adrian Peterson: I feel good, I’m ready to play ball

Adrian Peterson is currently fifth in NFL history in rushing yards and he needs 449 yards to tie Barry Sanders for fourth place, but he’ll need a team to sign him in order to have a chance at moving up the list. Peterson said in April that he is hoping to play a 15th NFL [more]

Michael Brockers: It would be awesome to build a winner in Detroit

For the first time in his career, defensive lineman Michael Brockers is on a team other than the Rams. The franchise that drafted him with the 14th overall pick in 2012 traded him to the Lions in March — reuniting him with quarterback Jared Goff. In an interview with Jim Rome on Wednesday, Brockers said [more]

Michael Brockers: Dan Campbell reminds me a lot of how Sean McVay came in

Back in 2017, defensive lineman Michael Brockers experienced Sean McVay entering the league as a young head coach and turning the Rams into an immediate winner. A veteran defensive player even then, Brockers appreciated how McVay helped change the culture in Los Angeles, making things more about the collective than the individual. Now with another [more]

Al “Bubba” Baker says he cried after getting recognition for unofficial sack crown

The expansion of sack statistics from before the stat became official in 1982 has allowed the stellar 1978 season of former Detroit Lions star Al “Bubba” Baker to get the credit it deserves. While pre-1982 sack numbers remain unofficial for league history purposes, the 23.0 sacks by Baker during his rookie season in Detroit would [more]

Pre-1982 sack stats still unofficial, but now widely available

When Michael Strahan recorded his final sack of 2001 for a record-setting 22.5 sacks on the season, it was a controversial moment in NFL history because Brett Favre took a dive to give Strahan the record. But it should have been controversial for another reason: If the NFL had practiced better statistical record keeping, Strahan’s [more]

Lions won’t require masks, proof of vaccination at 2021 home games

Back in late May, the Lions were among 30 of 32 teams that the NFL said had been given approval to have full-capacity crowds for home games in 2021. While that’s been known for over a month, Detroit released details of how it would work on Monday. The Lions announced that they will not require [more]

Jared Goff: Having former players on staff makes it easy to communicate

The Lions brought in a new coaching staff this offseason and it is heavy in NFL playing experience. Head coach Dan Campbell heads a staff that features eight former NFL players and the Lions are the only NFL team with a head coach, offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator who have played in the league. In [more]

David Blough will cheer on his wife, Olympian Melissa Gonzalez, from training camp

Lions quarterback David Blough reports to training camp July 23. His wife, Melissa Gonzalez, competes in the first round of the 400-meter hurdles in Tokyo on July 31. Gonzalez, who has dual citizenship with a father born in Colombia and a mother born in the United States, made the Colombian Olympic team. “She’ll get to [more]

Anthony Lynn: Justin Herbert should have a “great foundation” going forward

The Chargers appear to have struck gold in drafting Justin Herbert last year at No. 6 overall, with the quarterback setting several rookie passing records en route to winning AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. But as good as Herbert was, his former head coach Anthony Lynn was still fired following the conclusion of the [more]

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