- Drew Stanton, who agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions on Wednesday, drew some interest from the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings (before they traded for Donovan McNabb), according to Dave Birkett.
Via WXYZ's Tom Leyden, here is a list of the Lions' preseason TV affiliates: WNEM – Flint, Saginaw, Bay City, WXMI – Grand Rapids, WSYM – Lansing, WFQX – Cadillac, Traverse City and WJMN – Marquette.
- I asked Leyden about who the announcers will be for the Lions preseason games on WXYZ, but he couldn't say. He does know who they are, though.
- Friday and Saturday's Lions practices will start at 10:15 a.m. and will be open to season ticket holders. The open practice schedule for the public is still being worked on and will likely be announced later this week.
- Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times thinks the Lions could show some interest in wide receiver Rashied Davis, who last played for the Bears.
- The Bears apparently were interested in signing Justin Durant, who ended up agreeing to a deal with the Lions.
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- Undrafted free agents Quentin Davie, Cobrani Mixon and DeJuan Fulghum signed their contracts with the Lions on Wednesday. I would imagine most of the other undrafted free agents did as well. Expect the Lions to release an official list of UDFA signings sometime on Thursday.
- If you are still wondering how the whole fake player signing with the Lions story got started, this is worth a read. Just remember, not everything you read on Twitter is true.
- Ndamukong Suh returned to Detroit on Wednesday and ran into Mayor Dave Bing and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert.
- Mikel Leshoure got to meet Denise Ilitch.
- Zack Follett has signed a deal with Roy Sports Marketing Group, which will handle all "marketing, branding, endorsements, partnerships, sponsorships and other various business opportunities" for him.
- As Darren Rovell writes, the NFL lockout could very well make the league more popular than ever before. If the past couple days are any indication, I think he's right. Pride of Detroit has seen record traffic this week (almost 90,000 page views on Wednesday) and there hasn't even been a ton of Lions news yet. The four months of inactivity thanks to the lockout seemed to have generated even more interest in the NFL now that football is back, and this trend could continue going forward, even when there is less stuff to talk about. That just shows the power of the NFL.
- Sidney Rice is headed out of the NFC North after signing with the Seattle Seahawks.