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Lions shorthanded at tight end, but it may not change offense m…

Lions shorthanded at tight end, but it may not change offense much

profootballtalk.com Updated 2 hours ago
The Lions have five tight ends on their roster, but they could very well have just two available for Sunday’s game against the Falcons in London. Two Lions tight ends — Joseph Fauria and Eric Ebron — have been ruled out for Sunday. Another tight end, Br…
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  • Ha Ha Clinton-Dix solidifies Packers' safety spot

    Ha Ha Clinton-Dix solidifies Packers' safety spot

    ESPN.com 10 hours ago
    GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was 13 yards away from Jerricho Cotchery when the Carolina Panthers receiver caught a swing pass at his own 48-yard line in the third quarter of Sunday's game at Lambeau Field. In 1.4 seconds, Clinton-Dix had closed …
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  • Saints to be without RBs Thomas, Robinson

    Saints to be without RBs Thomas, Robinson

    New Orleans Saints running backs Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson have both been ruled out for Sunday night's game against the Green Bay Packers with injuries.
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  • Kyle Fuller expected to play with broken hand

    Kyle Fuller expected to play with broken hand

    profootballtalk.com 12 hours ago
    The Bears defense hasn’t had many bright spots this season, but rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller has been one of them. That made the fact that he suffered a pair of injuries last weekend a troubling development for the unit. Fuller broke his right hand and…
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  • Early Lions-Falcons kickoff interesting international experimen…

    Early Lions-Falcons kickoff interesting international experiment for NFL

    yahoo.com 12 hours ago
    Strawberries and cream are the delicacy of choice for Wimbledon watchers. What will you be dining on when the Detroit Lions face the Atlanta Falcons at 9:30 a.m. ET, which will be 1:30 p.m. local time at London's Wembley Stadium? Maybe eggs? Bacon? Weet…
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  • Bears' Brandon Marshall plans to use drama as 'fuel'

    Bears' Brandon Marshall plans to use drama as 'fuel'

    ESPN.com 12 hours ago
    LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Brandon Marshall brushed off any potential distraction caused by last week’s locker room flap on the heels of Chicago’s 27-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins, and plans to use the frustration from the defeat and residual drama as “fuel” …
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  • Josh Robinson (ankle) misses practice

    Josh Robinson (ankle) misses practice

    ESPN.com 13 hours ago
    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings could be without cornerback Josh Robinson on Sunday, after Robinson injured his ankle during individual drills on Thursday. Robinson did not practice on Friday, indicating his availability for Sunday is in so…
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  • Sam Shields doubtful for Sunday night

    Sam Shields doubtful for Sunday night

    profootballtalk.com 14 hours ago
    The Packers are expected to be without one of their starting cornerbacks for a second consecutive game. Sam Shields (knee) is doubtful for Sunday’s matchup against the Saints in New Orleans, according to the Packers’ website. If Shields is again out, Da…
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  • Packers could be without two starting DBs

    Packers could be without two starting DBs

    ESPN.com 14 hours ago
    GREEN BAY, Wis. -- For the second straight week, the Green Bay Packers spent Friday facing the possibility of playing without two of their four starting defensive backs. Last Sunday against Carolina, they got one of them back -- cornerback Tramon Willia…
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  • PFT Live: Saints talk with Jeff Duncan, PFT Planet calls and tw…

    PFT Live: Saints talk with Jeff Duncan, PFT Planet calls and tweets

    profootballtalk.com 16 hours ago
    The Saints will host the Packers on Sunday Night Football in a game that the 2-4 Saints could really use if they are going to return to the playoffs this season. Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune will join Mike Florio on Friday’s edition of …
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  • Kickalicious visits the Lions in London

    Kickalicious visits the Lions in London

    profootballtalk.com 19 hours ago
    Kickalicious is back with the Lions. But only for a visit, to the chagrin of some Lions fans. Havard Rugland, the Norwegian kicker whose trick kick video made him an Internet celebrity and got him a spot on Detroit’s preseason roster last year, stopped …
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  • Lions' Waddle practices, 'good' after concussion

    Lions' Waddle practices, 'good' after concussion

    ESPN.com 19 hours ago
    Lions right tackle LaAdrian Waddle said he did not realize he had suffered a concussion late in Sunday's win over New Orleans until the game was over.
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  • Bears vs. Patriots preview

    Bears vs. Patriots preview

    ESPN.com 20 hours ago
    Has it really been eight years already? The last time the Chicago Bears visited the New England Patriots, on Nov. 26, 2006, quarterback Tom Brady was juking linebacker Brian Urlacher on an unforgettable 11-yard run en route to a hard-fought, 17-13 win. …
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  • Lions' Caldwell: Hester's returns an 'art form'

    Lions' Caldwell: Hester's returns an 'art form'

    ESPN.com 21 hours ago
    Lions coach Jim Caldwell has been so impressed with Falcons returner Devin Hester that he says Hester has changed the way returns and returners are viewed.
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  • Reggie Bush remains out, Calvin Johnson remains in at Lions pra…

    Reggie Bush remains out, Calvin Johnson remains in at Lions practice

    profootballtalk.com 21 hours ago
    When the week started, Lions running back Reggie Bush was certain that he’d play against the Falcons on Sunday despite leaving last week’s game because of an ankle injury. That prediction is now looking overly optimistic. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Fre…
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  • Lions aren’t looking to make moves at trade deadline

    Lions aren’t looking to make moves at trade deadline

    profootballtalk.com 22 hours ago
    Few have been as aggressive at the in-season trade deadline at the Lions, but it doesn’t seem that’s going to continue. Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew told reporters he didn’t anticipate doing anything by Tuesday’s deadline. He’s done three such de…
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  • Video - 'NFL Live' OT Challenge Flags 01:54

    'NFL Live' OT Challenge Flags

    Oct 24
    Tedy Bruschi, Mark Schlereth and Trey Wingo throw their challenge flags for teams and players in Week 8.
  • Video - The Bear Facts: Week 8 02:51

    The Bear Facts: Week 8

    Oct 24
    Jeff Dickerson, Michael C. Wright and Tom Waddle break down why the Bears' run game and Jay Cutler's ability to limit turnovers will be key in Chicago's matchup against New England in Week 8.
  • Video - Lions Facing Uncertainty At Tight End 01:04

    Lions Facing Uncertainty At Tight End

    Oct 24
    ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein discusses how the team will adjust with their top three tight ends questionable.
  • Video - Johnson Practices For Second Straight Day 00:49

    Johnson Practices For Second Straight Day

    Oct 23
    ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein discusses Calvin Johnson's chances of facing the Falcons on Sunday.

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