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Lions Notes: Detroit Claims DE Barry Turner

  • Matthew Stafford lightly threw passes at practice on Wednesday. On Thursday, Jim Schwartz said that Stafford won't throw in public again until he actually returns to practice because his rehab shouldn't be a "dog and pony show."
  • In an interview on 97.1 The Ticket, Calvin Johnson was asked about if losing will affect his future plans after his contract expires in a couple years. His response was that if the Lions start winning games, he will be happy, and that "losing definitely sucks." Already this has been spun into Johnson wanting out of Detroit, but what do you expect him to say? He's won 11 games in his career and wants to play for a winner. Obviously the hope is that Detroit will finally turn things around, but if they don't I can see why he would want to leave. Then again, it's much more complicated than simply finding a new team with the franchise tag potentially still being in play.
  • Ndamukong Suh recently showed yet again why he is such a great person off the field.
  • Suh is still leading all defensive tackles in Pro Bowl voting.
  • Jim Schwartz was mic'd up for the Bears game last Sunday.
  • The Lions filled Kyle Vanden Bosch's spot on the roster by claiming defensive end Barry Turner off waivers from the Bears. Turner is an undrafted free agent from Nebraska that played on the Cornhuskers' defensive line with Suh. Chicago waived him on Tuesday and Detroit quickly put in a claim to fill KVB's roster spot.
  • Vanden Bosch originally hurt his neck on a play against the Patriots where tight end Rob Gronkowski (Dan Gronkowski's brother) hit him on a crack-back block. Gronkowski was not fined for the hit from behind, which enraged Gunther Cunningham.
  • Speaking of Dan Gronkowski, how's this for timing? Alphonso Smith was placed on IR two days after the Broncos put Dan Gronkowski on IR. These two players swapped teams as part of a trade made during the final round of roster cuts.
  • Cunningham had no comment on the tampering allegations.
  • The Lions are one of five teams officially eliminated from the playoffs.
  • A few Red Wings players attended the Lions' Thanksgiving Day game.
  • The Broncos fired head coach Josh McDaniels earlier this week.
  • Robert Porcher and another man have been sued for defaulting on a $3.65 million loan.

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