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Lions notes: Teryl Austin has first career losing season

Today's notes covers Teryl Austin's worst season, Tahir Whitehead's increased role and wishes a Detroit Lions player a happy birthday.

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  • During his press conference on Thursday, defensive coordinator dropped this amazing factoid:
  • Picking up on some news that fell through the cracks, the Detroit Lions promoted Braxston Cave from the practice squad on Wednesday. That's a good sign that starting center Travis Swanson will not play against the Bears. Swanson missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday with a shoulder injury. 

  • Tahir Whitehead deserves some credit for the defensive turnaround this season. He's been a major contributor down the stretch:
  • I joined the "Chicago Bears Review" podcast to recap the Lions' 2015 season and preview the Lions-Bears game. 

  • The Lions practiced outside on Thursday to replicate conditions at Soldier Field for Sunday's game. No word on if they practiced in a pile of mud to replicate field conditions. 

  • Today is not only New Year's Day, it's also Darius Slay's birthday!
  • Just wanted to take a moment to thank the readers for a great 2015. It was a turbulent year for both Pride of Detroit and the Lions, but we made it through and I think we both got a little better toward the end of the year. I can't wait to take on 2016 with all of you! Here's to all of the great things that will come this year!