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Tuesday Notes: Lions Activate Zack Follett, Waive Darnell Bing

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  • The Lions have activated linebacker Zack Follett from the practice squad.  Linebacker Darnell Bing was waived to make room on the roster for Follett, who is being added to the active roster mainly for his special teams skills.  He flies down the field on special teams, and during the preseason he had quite a few tackles on kickoffs, so the hope is that adding him to the mix will improve a rather lackluster coverage unit.
  • Adam Jennings was placed on injured reserve yesterday, as the ankle injury he suffered against Chicago is season-ending.  To fill the opening created on the roster, the Lions claimed safety Marvin White, formerly of the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals.
  • RB Jehuu Caulcrick (of Michigan State fame), OT Isaac Sowells, OG Kurt Quarterman, DE Robert Henderson, LB Vinny Ciurciu, DB Vernon Fox, and S Todd Johnson tried out for the Lions on Tuesday.
  • Even if Jim Schwartz had challenged Johnny Knox's kick return for a touchdown (it appears Knox threw the ball before he reached the end zone), the Bears still would have ended up with the ball.  The original thought was that the play would have been a touchback since the ball ended up in the end zone, but since Knox threw it forward, it would have simply been an illegal forward pass.  The penalty would have put the Bears on the 6-yard line at worst, so in hindsight it wasn't quite as big of a deal.  Still, it pisses me off that FOX Sports cut off the replay and kept the Lions from seeing if the play was worth challenging.  I personally didn't even notice what happened at the time, as I turned away from the TV around the time Knox crossed midfield.  I knew it was a touchdown by then and didn't want to see the rest of the play, so I didn't even realize what had happened until someone pointed it out in a FanPost earlier today.
  • John Clayton thinks the Lions will rest Matthew Stafford for a couple weeks since the bye week isn't too far away.
  • Don't expect any coaches (I'm looking at you, Stan Kwan) to be fired in the middle of the season, as it doesn't sound like Jim Schwartz rolls like that.
  • Cliff Avril isn't 100% just yet, but his "hamstring is getting better."
  • Chuck Darby spent much of the three weeks in between stints with the Lions fishing.
  • I don't have much to say about the Tigers other than I can't believe they choked that game away.  They had so many chances to win the game or pull away, only to blow all of them and let the Twins end it in the 12th inning.  I'm also extremely pissed off at the umpire for not realizing Brandon Inge got hit, costing the Tigers a run, but Detroit didn't deserve to win.  They choked away the entire season over the last few weeks, and really I think it's time for a change at manager.  Sure, there are many problems with this team, from the hitting to the pitchers to the management, but this entire organization needs some changes, starting with replacing Jim Leyland.