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Lions Notes: Landon Johnson To IR; Paul Pratt Signed Off Practice Squad

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  • The Lions have placed linebacker Landon Johnson on injured reserve. Taking his spot on the roster is cornerback Paul Pratt, who was signed off the practice squad.
  • Calvin Johnson missed practice on Thursday. Chris Houston was also out for the second straight day.
  • Most unsurprising news of the week: Shaun Hill will start at quarterback for the Lions.
  • Brett Favre reportedly failed another concussion test on Wednesday. The only way he can play on Sunday if is he passes a series of concussion tests before then, so right now it's unlikely we'll see No. 4 again in the NFL.
  • Ndamukong Suh doesn't remind Gunther Cunningham of anyone because he already is in a league of his own. Cunningham said "there's no comparison" to Suh.
  • Cunningham also said that he laughed when he saw which defensive tackles made the Pro Bowl. Why? Because he believes Corey Williams should be a Pro-Bowler.
    I'll play with our two guys any day over any of those guys. I think Corey Williams should've been in the Pro Bowl, I really do.''
    Cunningham had many great things to say about Williams' play on the field and his leadership off it.
  • Two more interesting things from Cunningham: He said that secondary coach Tim Walton is the best secondary coach he's ever seen other than Marty Schottenheimer, and he said this when asked about making halftime adjustments last week against Miami:
    "One of the coaches gave me a bunch of drawings for halftime to go over and make the adjustments. I threw 'em in the corner and said 'This isn't about X's and O's right now.' I challenged all the guys for the second half. I told them we could win this game if everybody stays the course and plays football and doesn't worry about anything else - the wind or their Wildcat or anything else. And it worked.
    Gotta love Gunther.
  • Via Alfie at Big Cat Country, all three of Jacksonville's Pro-Bowlers this season and three of their five Pro Bowl alternates were "Shack Harris products." Harris is a personnel executive for the Lions currently and used to be the vice president of player personnel for the Jaguars. (Via TLIW)