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Lions notes: Kyle Van Noy, Nate Freese, more

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Lions notes looks at Kyle Van Noy, Nate Freese and much more.

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  • Here's the latest update on Kyle Van Noy, who is concerned that he may have a sports hernia:
  • Van Noy, Reggie Bush and Don Carey did not practice on Monday, according to Dave Birkett, but Montell Owens returned to practice after leaving last week's game with a head injury, so that's good news.

  • Also per Birkett, Tahir Whitehead took the Detroit Lions' first-team reps at strongside linebacker over Ashlee Palmer on Monday. It's probably a safe bet that Whitehead will be the starter there while Van Noy is out after the strong performance he had against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

  • With the Lions releasing Giorgio Tavecchio on Monday, Nate Freese is officially their starting kicker.
  • FYI: Emil Igwenagu's name is pronounced "eh-MEAL ig-wen-AH-goo." (He was claimed off waivers by the Lions on Monday.)

  • Lions president Tom Lewand took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Monday.

  • With Sam Bradford out for the season, it looks like former Lions backup Shaun Hill is going to be the St. Louis Rams' starting quarterback going forward.

  • Former Lions offensive lineman Dylan Gandy was released by the Chicago Bears over the weekend.

  • The Minnesota Vikings have named Matt Cassel their starting quarterback.

  • SB Nation's Sarah Kogod took a look at how the Madden video game series "turns players into pixels."