Scanning the Savanna

Detroit Lions defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch is on the mend following surgery to fuse the C6 and C7 vertebrae in his spinal column.

Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press reports that Vanden Bosch underwent the surgery last week in Charlotte, N.C. Vanden Bosch has a three-inch scar at the base of his neck but is already returning to work even though he is on the season-ending injured reserve list.

With some help from its last opponent, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stayed in the playoff hunt. They’ll have to overcome a few more key injuries, though, against a Detroit Lions team mired in the longest road losing streak in NFL history.

One of the odd statistics for the 3-10 Detroit Lions, is that each win has come with a different starting quarterback.

Drew Stanton finally picked up his first NFL win in Sunday’s victory over the Packers.

The Detroit Lions are known as the NFL’s laughingstock from their modern-day struggles, but the franchise was actually one of the NFL’s best during the 1950s and has a large group of Hall of Famers to their credit.

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