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Lions notes: Matt Prater opens up about his alcoholism

Detroit helped kicker Matt Prater put his demons behind him.

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  • Speaking of Prater, some believe he strongly resembles comedian Nick Swardson. Swardson, a big Vikings fan, likes to play along with the comparison and took credit for this week’s contract extension:

  • Have you ever wondered who was the guy doing pushups on Marvin Jones Jr.’s Instagram feed? He answers that and more on this week’s #AskALion.

  • Could dual-back formations with Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah finally be coming to the Lions’ offense? Offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter says he’s considering it:

  • Ezekiel Ansah believes he’s the same player as he was when he tallied 14.5 sacks back in 2015. “No excuses for what I’m going through,” he told the Detroit News this week.

  • I think it’s safe to say that Jim Caldwell’s two-year-old grandson is a bit more animated than he is:

  • Apparently they teach passive-aggressiveness in Boston: