The beginning of August brought some unexpected roster shuffling. Nick Fairley was out of action due to a foot injury that required surgery, Zack Follett left the team and football as a result of neck problems and Mikel Leshoure was lost for the season with an achiles injury. The Lions were able to absorb the Fairley injury thanks to depth at defensive tackle and the Follett situation paved the way for Bobby Carpenter’s return which was not unexpected. Losing Leshoure promted the Lions to bring in Jerome Harrison and Mike Bell.
Ndamukong Suh got the preseason started with another body slam of a quarterback and the Lions easily defeated the Cincinnati Bengals. The Lions then defeated the Browns to take their record to 2-0 against teams from Ohio.
The release of individual tickets resulted in a flooding of buyers, particularly for the Monday Night Football game to be played in week five of the regular season.
The Lions validated fans’ interest in the upcoming season by defeating the New England Patriots in a nationally televised game to move their preseason record to a perfect 3-0. The offense and defense both played in the first half when both teams were using their regular lineups.
It was all good news for the Lions and their fans until August 29 when news broke that long time beat writer Tom “Killer” Kowalski had unexpectedly died that morning.