Daily Lions News: Matthew Stafford Practices Through Pain

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ESPN staff writer Michael Rothstein reported that Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford practiced fully on Wednesday and despite an injured ankle looked ‘OK’. Stafford is the most important cog in the Lions offense and if he were to miss this game, the team would be in the hands of backup quarterback Jake Rudock. It would be difficult for the Lions to be as successful with the second year backup, who was brought up from the practice squad last season to keep him from being picked up by the Chicago Bears.

SideLion Report site manager Steven Mullenax wrote about defensive tackle Haloti Ngata who was placed on injury reserve, and the two players that the Detroit Lions signed. A major blow is dealt to the lions defensive line with the loss of Ngata, who was considering retirement at the beginning of the season. This injury may be season ending, and there is a chance Ngata doesn’t make it back onto the field.

Writer Zackary Caldwell for Detroit Jock City identified major issues for the Lions coming out of their week five loss. Touching on some key problems he goes over the issues in Jim Bob Cooter’s play calling, the problems with the offensive line, as well as the fact that the Lions need to turn things around this Sunday.

Pride of Detroit editor Jeremy Reisman wrote a good opinion about whether the Green Bay Packers are really the best team in the NFC North. Reisman does a good job at staying realistic about the Packers, bringing information to support both sides of the argument. As a member of the Detroit Lions sub reddit I need to throw up an obligatory FTP, and disagree with Reisman’s conclusion but not because he is wrong.

Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press wrote an article giving “unsolicited” career advice to Lions tight end Eric Ebron. Monarrez has an interesting take on Eric Ebron and challenges the reader to think about themselves in their job or career. Its a good read and challenges not only Ebron but every Lions fan watching the games.

Ty Schalter, editor of Lionswire, wrote about Eric Ebron and his latest comments about how he practices versus how he plays in games. Born opened up with comments about him having a mental block that is effecting how he plays in game, but not affecting him in practice. His comments were far more forthright than what he posted on social media over the weekend. Possibly an away game that should illicit far fewer ‘Boos’ from the crowd could bring a better game.

The Detroit Lions Podcast interviewed former VP of officiating Dean Blandino on their weekly podcast. Chris and Case, hosts of the show, take Blandino through the most painful memories of the Lions getting ‘hosed’ by the NFL referees during Blandino’s time at the helm.

As always, you can see the latest tweets from the Detroit Lions players by visiting the “Get Social” portion of DetroitLionsPodcast.com. Its a great way to see what the players are talking about.

Tweets That Should Be Seen:

Good luck in retirement Dan Orlovsky, while your time with the lines was tumultuous we do wish you the best from the depths of the Lions den.

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Nathan Cheatham
Nathan Cheatham grew up in downriver Detroit, and after much traveling landed in Hartford, CT. A journalism major, he has been writing news for the past four years. You can see examples of it at www.facebook.com/cheathamscorner and contact him at www.twitter.com/natecheat. A newer football fan, Cheatham became a Detroit Lions fan soon after the 0-16 season. An avid Fantasy Football enthusiast, he has been running his own personal league for nearly 10 years. Regardless of what some might say, he is convinced the Lions will have Super Bowl Victory next year!