Lions notes: Calvin Johnson wins award, fines from Thanksgiving and more

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Lions notes looks at Calvin Johnson's latest achievement, fines from last week's game and much more.

  • Calvin Johnson has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for November. He is only the second player in Lions history to earn this award. (The other, of course, is Barry Sanders.)
  • Johnson is currently third in Pro Bowl voting for NFC wide receivers. He trails Victor Cruz and Brandon Marshall.
  • Ndamukong Suh is ranked fourth in Pro Bowl voting at defensive tackle for the NFC behind Henry Melton, Justin Smith and Dwan Edwards.
  • The Texans' J.J. Watt received a $15,750 fine for the hit he had on Matthew Stafford on Thanksgiving. The play should have resulted in a flag, but the officials managed to blow that call as well.
  • There were two other fines from the Thanksgiving game announced on Friday, both of which involved Stefan Logan. The Texans' Brandon Harris was fined $21,000 for destroying Logan on a punt return before Logan even had a chance to catch the ball. Logan was also fined. The NFL docked him $7,875 for a facemask penalty. Yes, the NFL is now fining players for facemask penalties.
  • When asked earlier this week, Suh declined to say whether or not he will appeal his $30,000 fine for kicking Matt Schaub in the groin. He also declined to say if he will fight the traffic ticket he received in November. (You can watch video of the stop for the traffic ticket here. Personally, I did not see a "near accident.")
  • Jim Schwartz thinks all NFL players should have a driver. Especially in Suh's case, a driver would be the way to go.
  • Colts interim coach Bruce Arians didn't understand how Suh's kick could have been intentional. He also had a lot of praise for Suh and said that "he plays football the way the game's supposed to be played."
  • Gunther Cunningham fired back at Warren Sapp, who recently had more criticism for Suh, on Friday.
  • Jahvid Best still isn't closing the door on playing football again someday. He is trying to improve his chances of a possible return and his general well-being by "working on skills to improve his memory," as he's dealing with the "residual issues" of his latest concussion.
  • Say what you want about his play, but Jeff Backus deserves praise for what he's done with the Lions in the past and for what he's doing to prepare his future replacement at left tackle:
  • WXYZ has a recap of what Roger Goodell had to say when he was in town earlier this week to speak at the Lions' Courage House Dinner. Goodell talked about Suh and the replay rule that cost the Lions on Thanksgiving.
  • Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated. Hopefully the supposed cover jinx will be in effect on Sunday.
  • Colts quarterback Drew Stanton met with his coaches to share as much information as he could on the Lions, which are his old team.
  • The announcers for Sunday's Lions/Colts game will be Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts. (Note: The game is on CBS.)

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