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Lions Notes: Matthew Stafford Finally Tests Injured Shoulder A Bit

  • Matthew Stafford didn't want to share too much about his injury even when kids were the ones asking about it, but he did throw the ball around a bit on Wednesday. It wasn't hardcore or anything, but it's progress at the very least.
  • As you probably have heard by now, the Vikings acquired Randy Moss from New England for a third-round pick in 2011. The Lions were going to face him this season no matter what, as the Patriots play in Detroit on Thanksgiving and the Vikings have their game at Ford Field later this season. Even so, it will be interesting to see if Moss decides to stay in Minnesota beyond this season. If he does, that could be quite the nuisance for Lions cornerbacks twice a year.
  • Kevin Smith's knee felt fine after his 2010 debut on Sunday and he said this week that reporters don't need to ask about it anymore because there is no longer an injury.
  • Ndamukong Suh doesn't care about stats; he just wants to win games.
  • DeAndre Levy missed practice on Wednesday apparently because of his ankle injury.
  • Jim Schwartz explained his reasoning for not having Jason Hanson attempt a field goal at the end of what turned out to be the Lions' final possession of the game this past Sunday:
    "The wind was significant there," Schwartz said. "That would have been a long field goal similar to the one he missed at the end of the half. It was too long for him to make and we decided to punt and pin them down. We had a lot of momentum on defense and it was a one-score game." 
    To me this was not a controversial decision at all. Punting made sense, not only because of the wind but also because the defense was playing well. At some point you have to trust that your defense can make a stop, but unfortunately for the Lions that didn't happen. I don't have a problem with the call, though.
  • Charles Woodson has returned an interception for a touchdown in three straight seasons against the Lions.
  • Interesting stat from Tom Kowalski: Detroit's 431 yards on Sunday were the most they had at Lambeau Field since 1970.
  • Kowalski thinks Shaun Hill made the right decision by not attempting to run the ball into the end zone on the play where it looked like he might be able to score on the ground.
  • Corey Williams was wired for sound for the Vikings game.
  • Matt Millen is going to be the color commentator for Saturday's showdown between 5-0 Michigan and 5-0 Michigan State. I honestly can't think of a bigger slap in the face to the entire state of Michigan than having Millen announce this game.
  • The Lions' announcers this week are Ron Pitts and John Lynch.

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