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Lions Notes: Bye Week Boredom Almost Over

  • The Detroit Lions are set to return from their bye week tomorrow. They will practice on Tuesday afternoon, as well as on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, as they get ready for their big game against the Chicago Bears. (By the way, the Bears play the Philadelphia Eagles tonight on Monday Night Football, so Chicago will be going into Sunday's game on a shortened week.)
  • Bob Wojnowski had a lengthy Q&A with Jim Schwartz. It's definitely worth a read.
  • Kevin Smith said on Twitter that it's "good to be back with the Lions."
  • According to Chris McCosky, Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson restructured his contract last week. The move created an extra $820,000 in cap space, presumably giving the Lions the flexibility to sign guys like Smith and Leonard Davis.
  • Speaking of Davis, Adam Schefter reports that the former Cowboys offensive guard is "in decent shape and ready to learn Detroit's playbook."
  • The Star Tribune's Mark Craig named Calvin Johnson the NFL's MVP for the first half of the season.
  • The NFLPA is going to host a game in Los Angeles on Jan. 21 for all draft-eligible players.
  • Let's all point and laugh at Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez for the flinch heard 'round the world.