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Lions notes looks at John Wendling's fine, stats from last week's game, the announcers for Sunday's game and much more.
- The NFL fined Detroit Lions safety John Wendling $7,875 for his late hit on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith. Wendling wasn't actually penalized on the play, but it was pretty clearly a late hit. (So was a hit on Matthew Stafford earlier in the game that also wasn't flagged, but it doesn't appear there was a fine for that one.)
- According to Tom Leyden, the Lions are going to wear their Honolulu blue jerseys on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
- As pointed out by @Detroit4lyfe, Mike Martz is going to be the color commentator for Sunday's Lions game. Say hello to my mute button, FOX. (Ron Pitts will be the play-by-play announcer.)
- Lions offensive tackle Jeff Backus set a franchise record last Sunday for games played by an offensive lineman (178).
- Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles was active last week for the Lions, but he didn't play at all because there simply were never any situations in the game where they needed a fourth receiver, according to Jim Schwartz. With tight end Tony Scheffler likely out this week, that may change and Broyles may get a chance to see some action.
- Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson passed the 6,000 career receiving yards mark during last Sunday's game.
- Although he obviously couldn't play, Lions running back Jahvid Best made the trip to San Francisco last week.
- According to Dave Birkett, the Lions released linebacker Slade Norris from injured reserve earlier this week.
- The trial date for the $1 million lawsuit against Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is set for March 26, 2013.
- Two former Lions players found jobs this week. Former Lions defensive tackle Andre Fluellen signed with the Miami Dolphins. Also in Florida, former Lions wide receiver Maurice Stovall signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- NFL Films president Steve Sabol died earlier this week.
- NFL Network and Time Warner Cable have finally agreed to a deal.