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Nate Burleson feels ready to return
Posted by Josh Alper on November 20, 2013, 7:02 AM EST

The Lions could be getting a little help for Calvin Johnson at wide receiver as they try to bounce back from their loss to Pittsburgh this weekend.

Nate Burleson said Tuesday that he feels like he’s ready to return to the lineup, which comes one day after coach Jim Schwartz said Burleson could return from a broken arm against the Buccaneers. Burleson hasn’t received medical clearance yet, but he suggested it’s the only thing standing in his way.

“I feel like I can go out there and be productive,” Burleson said, via Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com. “I caught the ball last week very well, ran some routes, had some physical contact. So this week is taking another step. Hopefully a full week of practice without any setbacks, this was around the date of my anticipated return anyway. Everything else was just going to be a bonus, me trying to rush back on the field, but I’m doing everything I can. We’ll see what happens this week.”

Kris Durham is the only non-Megatron receiver that has more catches than Burleson, but he’s averaging under three catches a game while Burleson raced up 19 in just three weeks. Getting that kind of option back would be big for a Lions offense that could use as many dimensions as possible as they try to make it to the playoffs.

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November 20th, 2013, 10:07 am
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Alls I can say is that if they don't win, Schwartz is walking on thin ice with an elephant on his back.


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I just don't know what to think of this team. The talent is there. It's just a matter of whether it can overcome stupid mistakes and play. As others have said, we could win any game, but we could lose any game.

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Tampa has won their last two, however, I just have a gut feeling that the Lions are due to really put someone away.

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Bucs have a beastly offensive line and somewhat decent QB play because of how good vincent Jackson is. I dont know who'll win, but unless we limit Jackson in some way, get some pressure and stop the run I think they keep it close.

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Simply cannot afford to lose. Tampa Bay is terrible, and you just dropped a game you should've won. If they lose this game, given that McCown looks OK, I think they'll drop the division to Chicago.


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I believe they'll keep it close too for the same reasons. Our secondary is just not good (put CJ in at corner just to scare Glennon!). I do think the D-line is quite impressive holding Pit to FGs in the redzone, would LOVE to get Ansah back for the game too. Goldson being suspended will be good. Hopefully we win and Chicago loses to St. Louis to put us back in the drivers seat. I will be so pissed if we lose the division to the Bears after sweeping them. Whats the status on Rodgers? I hate to say it but if he plays we will lose :(
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Lions linemen tell Bucs to bring it on victory formation
Posted by Darin Gantt on November 20, 2013, 12:38 PM EST

The Buccaneers aren’t blitzing victory formations as often as they have in the past — though that doesn’t mean they’re winning more.

But a couple of Lions offensive linemen welcome the opportunity for the Bucs to try to blow up the middle of their line while sealing a win.

“Get in shotgun and cut them,” center Dominic Raiola said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “Seriously. I mean, I think about it. I thought about that when they did it the first time. You get in shotgun and you just, as low that they go, really all you got to do is get the snap back.”

The Bucs have seen the victory formation in five of their eight losses, but haven’t attacked it vigorously every time. They did it against the Cardinals, knocking Carson Palmer down in a 13-10 loss in September. Kicker Jay Feely tweeted after that game that Bucs linemen apologized for the tactic.

Since the Eagles and Falcons went to the shotgun in those situations, the Bucs didn’t blitz.

Raiola was pragmatic about the function of the play, saying “If you’re in the game, why not do it?” And left guard Rob Sims was likewise ambivalent about the ethics, after the Lions won a game on a fake spike against the Cowboys.

“It’s going to be what it is,” Sims said. “I’ve been saying people are going to start keying that kind of stuff. When we’re supposed to just down it and do all that kind of stuff, people are going to take advantage of that now that they’ve seen us play like that, and so be it.

“Hopefully, we do get in victory and that’s one play, and they come up and do what they do, and we walk out of that locker room [with a win]. . . . I’ll take it all day. Victory formation? Yeah, come on, knock me down.”

Others haven’t been as magnanimous, but at least the Lions are putting out word that they’re prepared to fight fire with fire.

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Practice Report: Bell has Achilles injury
November, 20, 2013
By Michael Rothstein | ESPN.com

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Running back Joique Bell's injury is officially listed as an Achilles injury on Wednesday's Detroit Lions practice report.

Bell was injured in the second half against Pittsburgh, but Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said Bell could have returned to the game but did not.

Other Lions missing practice Wednesday were cornerback Jonte Green (illness), wide receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) and safety Glover Quin (ankle).

The limited Lions list was much longer, including defensive end Ziggy Ansah (ankle), cornerback Bill Bentley (knee), wide receiver Nate Burleson (forearm), safety Louis Delmas (knee), defensive tackle Andre Fluellen (thigh), defensive end Israel Idonije (knee) and tight end Brandon Pettigrew (knee).

Pettigrew also had a massive, massive wrap on his left knee as he went through drills Wednesday.

In good news for Detroit, right tackle Corey Hilliard (knee) practiced fully Wednesday.

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Anyone know much about Achilles injuries? I always thought an Achilles injury always ended up as a tear and out for the season. I've never really seen much on the other types of injuries to the Achilles that can happen.


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Must not be too bad...
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Practice Report: Everyone participates
November, 21, 2013
By Michael Rothstein | ESPN.com

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- In what is probably a rarity for Week 12 of any NFL season, every Detroit Lions player was at practice and participating Thursday morning.

That included wide receiver Calvin Johnson, running back Joique Bell and safety Glover Quin. All three missed Wednesday's practice.

While it is unknown how many of these players will be limited in practice -- that will come out at 4 p.m. -- it is a good sign for the Lions that everyone can at least participate somewhat.

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Double Coverage: Buccaneers at Lions
November, 21, 2013
By Michael Rothstein and Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com

Tampa Bay started its season terribly before finding some answers the past two weeks. Detroit started its season strong but is suddenly vulnerable and has some questions.

Only the Lions are in the playoff picture heading into the last six weeks of the season. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers can play spoiler and give a damaging blow to the Lions' playoff hopes.

The Buccaneers will try to do that with a rejuvenated defense that caught the eye of Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford.

“They are an extremely talented defense,” Stafford said. “Probably the most talented defense we've played all year.”

ESPN.com NFL Nation reporters Michael Rothstein (Lions) and Pat Yasinskas (Buccaneers) break down Sunday's matchup.

Rothstein: What has happened over the past couple of weeks to turn this Tampa team around?

Yasinskas: The short answer is that the Bucs suddenly have gotten much better at finishing games, a huge problem early in the season. But it goes much deeper than that. Coach Greg Schiano has a reputation for being stubborn and inflexible. But he's changed in recent weeks. His mood has been lighter on the practice field and when he's met with the media. More importantly, he's adjusted some things on the field. He's stopped stunting so much on the defensive line, and that's created more straight-ahead rushes for defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. Schiano has used cornerback Darrelle Revis in more man-to-man coverage after playing him in a lot of zone early in the season. The Bucs also have been running the ball much better, and that's a tribute to the offensive line.

Speaking of McCoy, he and Ndamukong Suh came out in the same draft, and early on, it looked like Suh clearly was the better player. But McCoy has been outstanding of late. What kind of a year is Suh having?

Rothstein: Suh's actual statistics are fairly pedestrian and wouldn't really stand out to anyone if they were just watching Detroit from afar. But he has faced a lot of double-teams throughout the season and has been somewhat consistent throughout the year. He played his best in the two games against Chicago -- four quarterback hurries in Week 10, two sacks in Week 4 -- but he and the rest of the Detroit defensive line almost inexplicably struggled to reach Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger this past Sunday.

Detroit has not blitzed much this season, putting a lot of pressure on the front four, starting with Suh.

That'll lead into my next question -- how has Mike Glennon been progressing this season, and how does he move when he is pushed in the pocket a little bit?

Yasinskas: Glennon has been a pleasant surprise. He was thrown into the lineup when Josh Freeman was benched, and he struggled at first. But Glennon has steadily improved and has been very good in recent weeks. He had only three incompletions in Sunday's victory over Atlanta. He's shown poise and leadership. Glennon's strength is his big arm, and the Bucs are trying to develop more of a deep passing game. They showed signs that's catching on when Vincent Jackson caught two long passes against the Falcons.

I first saw Glennon when I was covering the filming of "Gruden's QB Camp" this past spring. Watching Glennon's college tape, I thought he didn't have the mobility to succeed in the NFL. As it turns out, I was wrong. Glennon is not a running threat, but he's not a statue, either. He's been extending some plays by scrambling.

Speaking of deep passing games, the matchup I can't wait to see is Calvin Johnson against Revis. I saw the Lions-Steelers game, and it seemed like Johnson disappeared in the second half. What was all that about? Revis and Johnson went head-to-head in a 2010 game, and Johnson caught just one pass for 13 yards. Do you see Revis, with a little bit of help, being help to keep Johnson quiet?

Rothstein: It depends on what Tampa tries to do defensively. When teams have tried covering Johnson with single coverage, he's destroyed opponents. It happened a good amount against Dallas and early against Pittsburgh. It goes to the situation most teams have had to face this season -- do you double-team Johnson and give a lighter box to Reggie Bush and Joique Bell, or do you play single high to focus on Bell and Bush and put Johnson in lighter coverage?

That said, Revis is one of the best corners in the league -- something Stafford acknowledged Tuesday -- and it should be an intriguing matchup Sunday. Johnson likes going against the top corners in the league and has had some success this season in those matchups, notably against Arizona's Patrick Peterson (six catches, 116 yards, two touchdowns) and Dallas' Brandon Carr (14 catches, 329 yards).

One of the other ways teams have had success against Detroit is to pressure Stafford, which hasn't been easy this season. It goes back to that first question with McCoy, but is he the key to any pressure Tampa might get?

Yasinskas: McCoy is the central piece of the defensive line, and everything feeds off him. But he's not alone in the pass rush. End Adrian Clayborn has some pass-rush skills, and the Bucs have started lining up outside linebacker Dekoda Watson as a rush end. But the Bucs also like to use their linebackers as blitzers, and Lavonte David (five sacks) is a very good pass-rusher. But it all goes back to McCoy. The Bucs rely on him to push the quarterback off the spot, and the other players can clean up.

You mentioned Bush. At least from a distance, it seemed like he got himself in the doghouse by fumbling against Pittsburgh. Is Bush in good graces with the coaching staff, or will we see less of him Sunday?

Rothstein: Doghouse? No. But he needs to work on protecting the ball better and hanging on to it, period. He's struggled with drops all season and lost fumbles two of the past three weeks. He's too big a weapon for Detroit to move away from him -- especially at home -- but if he continues on this trend, Bell might steal some of his snaps.

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Quarters the Detroit defense has gone without allowing a rushing touchdown, the first time since at least 1950 the Lions have done this in a single season.

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Anyone know much about Achilles injuries? I always thought an Achilles injury always ended up as a tear and out for the season. I've never really seen much on the other types of injuries to the Achilles that can happen.


A tendon can be bruised. It doesn't always have to be a tear or rupture. Those are just the injuries that get the most attention due to their severity.

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Anyone know much about Achilles injuries? I always thought an Achilles injury always ended up as a tear and out for the season. I've never really seen much on the other types of injuries to the Achilles that can happen.


A tendon can be bruised. It doesn't always have to be a tear or rupture. Those are just the injuries that get the most attention due to their severity.


Thanks, I must just have overlooked other times players have had similar injuries since they are not serious.


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all the good things Bush has given are a bit stained by his fumbling in my mind. This might not be fair, as I don't know how many times he's done it, but it seems too frequent to me. He's a great add, but he's not Barry. But, in reality, no one is.

The Pitt game I saw as a trap for sure, the writers look at the records and say 'the schedule is easy' but the truth is there are a bunch of high level QBs on the remaining schedule that can beat the Lions if they have a sloppy day. More trap games ahead in my mind. Winnable, but not to be taken lightly. Baltimore and NY to be sure, if not GB with Flynn. I'm not thinking the TB game is a trap. Aside from their DL, I perceive TB as kind of a mess.

Lions have not arrived as a team just yet to be sure about this game, but I am much less worried about this one than I was the last. I think they win here.

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