ALLEN PARK, MI - AUGUST 01: Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz watches the action during the days practice session at the Lions training facility on August 1, 2011 in Allen Park, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
- Jim Schwartz called claims of tampering over whatever Scott Linehan said to after last year's Lions-Dolphins game "ridiculous." Schwartz says it wasn't anything more than "well-wishing" and that stuff like that goes on all the time. I just hope the NFL agrees with Schwartz's perspective on the issue.
- If you are going to Friday's Lions game, I advise you to leave early. Traffic is going to be a mess with the game, the Kid Rock concert at Comerica Park and the Kid Rock block party prior to the show all taking place on Friday.
- If you plan to watch the game at home, I put together a guide on how you can find it on TV.
- It appears the Bengals will start rookie quarterback Andy Dalton on Friday. I think Ndamukong Suh and company will help welcome him to the NFL pretty quickly.
- Schwartz described the road back to 100 percent health for Mikel Leshoure as a "long recovery but not a real complicated rehab."
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Giants running back Andre Brown ruptured his Achilles two years ago. He is now fully recovered and Giants head coach Tom Coughlin actually said Brown looks more explosive now than he did a couple years ago. (Via MLive)
- Kurt Warner blames injuries like the one Leshoure experienced this week on the lockout and the lack of an offseason program.
- New Lions running back Mike Bell is hoping to show he can still play after a rough 2010 season.
- Fellow new Lions running back Jerome Harrison, who is from Kalamazoo, says his favorite player as a kid was Barry Sanders. Harrison also said he tried to model his game after Sanders.
- Although former Titans head coach Jeff Fisher was only at yesterday's Lions practice to visit his son, who is a defensive assistant, Schwartz said he is more than happy to listen to any advice Fisher might have.
- ProFootballFocus.com's Neil Hornsby recapped his time at Lions practice on Monday. (Also via MLive)
- I never knew about this until yesterday, but fullback Matt Clapp was suspended by the NFL for four games in the middle of last season for an unknown reason. He was a free agent at the time and his suspension has already been served, so it won't affect his status at all for this upcoming season.
- The Detroit Lions are ranked 18th in ESPN's first set of NFL power rankings.