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Wednesday Notes: Lions Sign Two, Release Three from Practice Squad

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  • Safety LaMarcus Hicks, who was released from the active roster, was signed to the practice squad yet again.  The Lions also signed wide receiver Joel Filani, who played for Seattle earlier this season, to the practice squad.  Former Grand Valley State receiver Eric Fowler, tight end Jake Nordin, and cornerback Antonio Smith were released from the practice squad.
  • I expect to find out how many tickets are left for Sunday's game sometime today.  My estimate is somewhere around nine or ten thousand.  The last home game had around seven thousand tickets left on the Thursday before the game, so chances are there will be even more available since the Lions have lost twice since then.
  • MLive's Philip Zaroo rounded up some different reactions to the Lions' 2-point conversion attempt against Carolina that resulted in no penalties even though Daunte Culpepper got his face mask pulled.  I personally like the headline of the post, as it shows how the referees must have been thinking during the play: "Lions QB Culpepper's facemask attacks hand of Panthers LB Beason." 
  • Peter King suggests that a team like the Lions or 49ers take a look at hiring Scott Pioli, the Patriots' VP of Player Personnel.  My belief is that if the Lions can't hire a proven general manager, then they should go after someone that works for a proven winner.  The Falcons hired Thomas Dimitroff from the Patriots earlier this year, and that move looks like it was a pretty good one already.