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Thursday Notes: It's Gameday!

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  • The Lions once again were indoors on Wednesday and only practiced once in their final day of preparation before their game against the Giants.
  • Just a quick reminder: I'll be providing live updates of the game in the comments section of the game thread that will be posted later today.  Although the game starts at 7:00 p.m. ET, it will not be shown on TV until 9 p.m., so that's when the live updates will start.
  • The starters will only be in the game for about 10 plays, which is normal for the preseason opener.  Once Jon Kitna leaves the game, Dan Orlovsky will come in for a quarter and a half and then Drew Stanton will finish out the last quarter and a half according to Rod Marinelli.
  • As expected, Ernie Sims has been ruled out of today's game.
  • In a bit of a surprise, Buster Davis has been cleared to play.
  • With Mike Martz gone, Casey FitzSimmons is glad to be back at tight end.  FitzSimmons played fullback when Martz was the offensive coordinator.
  • J.T. O'Sullivan, a quarterback that spent last season with the Lions before following Mike Martz to San Francisco, is going to start for the 49ers in their preseason opener on Friday.
  • This isn't really relevant information at all, but the Lions are really ripping the media off.  I was browsing through their daily press release and found a couple of astounding bits of information regarding Internet use at Ford Field. 

    For a member of the media that wants to use wireless Internet, there is a $30 per game charge.  And for someone that wants to connect to the Internet via an Ethernet cord, get this, it'll cost them a whopping $300 a game.  300 freaking dollars.  Are the Lions really hurting for money that badly?  It's bad enough that those members of the media have to cover the Lions in the first place, but now they have to pay either $30 or $300 just to get on the Internet.  That's just wrong.