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Lions Training Camp Notes: 53-Man Cutdown Will Be Much Tougher This Year

  • The Lions aren't completely sure how long Matthew Stafford will play on Saturday just yet.
  • Steelers coach Mike Tomlin isn't going to name a starter for Saturday's game and he wouldn't even say if Ben Roethlisberger will play or not.
  • Jim Schwartz thinks it's going to be a lot tougher to trim the roster down to 53 players this year, and that is a good thing because so many players have shown they deserve to be on the team.
  • Despite the hot weather (it got over 90 degrees), 1,062 fans showed up for Tuesday's afternoon practice. That is the largest crowd for a practice at the Lions' facility in Allen Park so far this training camp.
  • Today the Lions turned their focus to getting ready for the Steelers game.
  • DeAndre Levy is understandably frustrated with his back injury.
  • Matt Clapp apparently struggled mightily in a one-on-one blocking drill. Jake Nordin and Jerome Felton, on the other hand, performed the best of all the backs in it.
  • Jonathan Wade excelled in a one-on-one passing drill.
  • Kevin Smith has been very impressive in regards to how far ahead of schedule he is.
  • DeDe Dorsey, who was featured in Hard Knocks last year with the Bengals, is glad there aren't always cameras around this year during training camp. Turk McBride, who was on the show a few years ago with the Chiefs, thinks all of the commotion with the show could be a distraction for players. Jim Schwartz has already said that he wouldn't want the Lions to be part of the show, so that won't be a concern as long as he is the coach.
  • Matthew Stafford has been very accurate in practice.
  • Jahvid Best is the fourth-likeliest player to win the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, according to
  • Amari Spievey apparently thought that Lions Hall of Famer Charlie Sanders played running back, so Sanders and Calvin Johnson had some fun with it and pranked him after practice in front of the whole team. Spievey says he was aware that Sanders' first name was Charlie rather than Barry and that he simply didn't know the Hall of Famer played tight end, but the team still had some laughs over it.
  • Caleb Campbell is finally going to make his NFL debut on Saturday.
  • Nate Burleson once again wants to win the award for best dressed NFL player.
  • A Lions fan from the Upper Peninsula is walking 425 miles to Allen Park to show his support for the Lions. Now that is devotion.
  • Jim Schwartz has a different take on the Madden curse, and it involves his kids saying he looks fat in the game.
  • Tiki Barber thinks the Lions are a dark horse in the NFC and that they could win at least nine games.
  • Bleeding Green Nation has posts breaking down four new rules changes this year.
  • It looks as though another former Lions quarterback, Jeff Garcia, is headed to the UFL.