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Lions Notes: Detroit Not Giving Up Despite 1-5 Start

  • Former Lion Vince Banonis, who played in Detroit from 1951-53, died at the age of 89 on Saturday.
  • It is expected that new Lion Bobby Carpenter will take Zack Follett's place in the starting lineup for as long as Follett is out.
  • No illegal, helmet-to-helmet hits were made during Week 7 of the NFL. That's because teams are now trying to make sure their players only hit opponents legally in order to avoid a fine and/or suspension. Jim Schwartz, for example, emphasized to the Lions that players need to hit with a lower "strike zone" in order to avoid helmet-to-helmet contact.
  • For what it's worth, Kyle Vanden Bosch said he will definitely be thinking about the emphasis on eliminating head shots, whereas C.C. Brown said he's going to play how he plays and if there ends up being a helmet-to-helmet hit, "it is what it is." Louis Delmas, who was outspoken about not changing how he plays last week, let Jonathan Wade speak for him this week in order to not say anything else he might regret.
  • Nate Burleson said that the Lions "aren't giving up at all," which is definitely what you want the attitude to be.
  • Vikings quarterback Brett Favre has two fractures in his left foot. He isn't practicing today and his status for Sunday is up in the air. Will his streak of games played finally come to an end this week? Most players would probably already be ruled out by now, so I have to give Favre some credit for trying to play through the pain. Then again, if he is in fact that banged up, it may be wiser for the Vikings to start someone who can actually move.
  • As pointed out by Paula Pasche, if Favre actually is able to make it through the season, his final NFL game could be against the Lions at Ford Field on Jan. 2.
  • Daunte Culpepper was named the UFL Player of the Week. Normally I'd make a joke about him playing in a league more on his level, but in all seriousness, good for him for succeeding down in the UFL.
  • The Lions are ranked 29th in the latest SB Nation Power Rankings. Personally, I think they should be ranked higher than the Cowboys and Panthers, which both have only one win and have looked much worse than the Lions so far this season.

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