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Lions notes: Stafford wins appeal, batting ref reassigned, more

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Matthew Stafford won his appeal with the NFL, while the referee responsible for the now-infamous batting call was reassigned away from the public view.

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  • Matthew Stafford won his appeal with the NFL. Last week, Stafford was fined for wearing all blue cleats. Apparently his cleats were "too blue" and Stafford will have to wear different cleats, but the NFL still repealed the fine.
  • This is awfully interesting: As Pro Football Talk speculates, this seems to be a move to protect the referee involved. By putting this referee on national television, it opens him up to criticism. Now that the ref is covering the uninteresting matchup between the Jaguars and Titans, he'll likely be hidden from national scrutiny
  • The Bennett brothers are having themselves a week. First, Martellus Bennett gave Eric Ebron some great advice on how to stay out of trouble in the NFL: stay off the streets after 11 pm. Later, Martellus responded to his brother's (Michael Bennettodd comments blaming Stafford for JFK's assassination: Michael, your response?
  • Alex Carter has been cleared to practice on Monday. Carter was placed on the short-term IR list back in the preseason. He is still not eligible to play until Week 10.
  • Looks like the Lions had a player-only meeting to address the team's recent struggles:
  • Hat tip to Pride of Detroit writer/editor Ryan Mathews for finding this hilarious article featuring Amazon reviews of NFL quarterbacks (Stafford was mercifully excluded).