Mike O'Hara reports that Detroit Lions players ran two half-gassers on Wednesday as punishment for the two personal fouls they had last Sunday. According to Nate Burleson, Matthew Stafford and the team's "leadership council" came up with the idea as a way to deter personal fouls since the entire team was punished. (It was 90+ degrees on Wednesday, by the way.)
- Burleson has been named the Lions' recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. This is actually the second time he's won the award in his career.
Ndamukong Suh's appeal of his $100,000 fine is set to take place on a Friday conference call, according to Adam Schefter.
Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Chris Canty made a good point about this whole Suh situation: Where's the uproar about offensive linemen going low on opposing players?
- With Ashlee Palmer missing practice on Thursday, Rocky McIntosh got first-team reps at linebacker, according to Dave Birkett.
- Despite what Nike claimed in its commercial, Calvin Johnson hasn't ever run a 4.21 40-yard dash.
- I really, really like this idea:
If Patrick Peterson can play both ways, Calvin Johnson said he could play safety. "Get my picks up." #Lions— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) September 12, 2013
- You can check out Michael Irvin's interview with Johnson from last week right here.
- Former Lions Lomas Brown and Buddy Parker are among the 2014 nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
- ESPN's Kevin Seifert examined just how ridiculous the NFL's rule is about what is and isn't a catch.
- A study found that the Lions have the most expensive beer in the NFL, but the team has since disputed that claim.
- Former Lions kicker Havard Rugland has partnered with Pepsi. Perhaps there will be a trick-kick commercial coming soon.
- The NFC North came in second in CBS Sports' post-Week 1 division power rankings.
- SB Nation's Jon Bois had some fun with Madden by giving Peyton Manning an offensive line composed of nothing but players who are five feet tall and 160 pounds. The results were quite hilarious.