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Lions Notes: Tony Ugoh Returning In A Few Days?

  • According to one report, Detroit Lions offensive tackle Tony Ugoh was absent from practice on Wednesday because he is considering retirement. That might not be the case, though. Dave Birkett got in touch with Ugoh's agent and tweeted this:
    Tony Ugoh also DNP today. Schwartz wouldn't comment after practice. Ugoh's agent said it was health related and he'll be back in a few days
    That certainly doesn't make it sound like Ugoh is planning to retire.
  • Jim Schwartz said on Wednesday that the Lions have a general idea of how much playing time the starters will get in Friday's game against the Bengals. He didn't specifically outline the plan since it is subject to change.
  • Former Titans coach Jeff Fisher was asked about Stephen Tulloch joining the Lions and said that Schwartz "has been a Tulloch fan for a long time."
  • Expect to hear about players that won't play on Friday after Thursday's practice. Schwartz declined to rule anybody out before then.
  • Even though a lot of players are injured, Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said the plan isn't to be conservative on Friday against Cincinnati.
  • The start of the regular season is still a month away, but the announcing schedule for Week 1 is already out. According to the schedule, Chris Myers and Tim Ryan will call the Lions-Buccaneers game.
  • Titans receiver Kenny Britt's conduct off the field has shown he's not the sharpest tool in the shed, and the latest evidence of this notion came when he admitted during a radio interview that his position coach called him "all summer long." That is a major violation of the rules the NFL had in place during the lockout, so it will be interesting to see if anything comes of this.