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Lions Notes: Shaun Hill Practices; Gosder Cherilus Out For Season?

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  • Shaun Hill practiced today and threw passes. It's unknown if he will be able to play on Sunday (no starter has been named yet), but if he is good to go, chances are he will start instead of Drew Stanton.
  • Landon Johnson, Vinny Ciurciu, Cliff Avril and Chris Houston missed today's practice. Earlier this week, Jim Schwartz said that Johnson could play on Sunday despite being taken off the field on a stretcher against Green Bay. 
  • Gosder Cherilus is likely headed for injured reserve because of his knee injury, meaning Corey Hilliard is expected to continue to start at right tackle for the Lions.
  • Kyle Vanden Bosch had surgery last week to repair a bulging disc in his neck and actually started lifting weights again on Saturday. He has a three-inch scar, but he is excited to get back to work.
  • Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is out for the season after tearing his right bicep. He is one of six Bucs to suffer season-ending injuries in the last few weeks.
  • The New York Life's offensive line protection index has the Lions' O-line ranked ninth in the NFL in pass protection.
  • Chris Houston said last week that he wants to "explore options" this offseason when he becomes a free agent. He wants to be in Detroit, but he also is excited to test the free agent waters. I'm sure the Lions will try to re-sign him, as Houston has played well this season and improved over the course of the year.
  • Jahvid Best is going to be appearing at the Meijer in Canton tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

(More after the jump)

  • Evander Holyfield was at Sunday's game to support Ndamukong Suh and the Lions.
  • Suh was interviewed by Shutdown Corner at the Nike equipment summit earlier this week.
  • After beating the Packers, the Lions moved into the No. 4 slot for the 2011 NFL Draft if the season were to end today.
  • Drew Stanton has been named the Lions' Robert Porcher Man of the Year for the second straight year. The award recognizes community service.
  • William Clay Ford apparently made a big push to make the tickets to Monday's Vikings-Giants game free. The Lions ended up giving away 30,000 tickets in a matter of hours on Monday morning for the game. The team didn't make money on it, but they were reimbursed for any expenses incurred.
  • If you didn't see it on Sunday, you have to check out this video of the Metrodome roof collapsing.