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Lions notes: Ndamukong Suh, Matthew Stafford, more

Lions notes looks at the reaction to Ndamukong Suh's absence from the team's workouts this week, various tidbits on Matthew Stafford and much more.

Dave Reginek
  • Ndamukong Suh's absence from the Detroit Lions' workouts this week was a big topic of conversation on Thursday. Here's what Lions head coach Jim Caldwell had to say about the situation:
  • Matthew Stafford had probably the best take on the situation with Suh:
  • Reggie Bush chalked up Suh's absence as being related to his contract situation and said that "nobody's looking down on him." Bush admitted that he hasn't actually talked to Suh about the situation, though, and Ian Rapoport reports that it's got nothing to do with Suh's contract. Rapoport also reports that Suh will be at the Lions' voluntary minicamp later this month, so this doesn't seem like a very big deal in the grand scheme of things.

  • Stafford did not meet with a quarterback guru this offseason, but he's excited to work with Caldwell, offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and quarterbacks coach Jim Bob Cooter.

  • The Lions are starting to install their offensive and defensive schemes. In preparation for the Lions' new offensive system, Stafford took a look at some New Orleans Saints film this offseason.

  • This is pretty funny:
  • Caldwell had good things to say about what he's seen out of Nick Fairley so far.
  • NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah is fully on board with the idea of the Lions trading up to get Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

  • The Lions' preseason finale at the Buffalo Bills on Aug. 28 will kick off at 7 p.m. ET.

  • Safety Thomas DeCoud, who visited the Lions in March, has signed a two-year deal with the Carolina Panthers that is worth up to $3.75 million, according to Adam Schefter.

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