August 10, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (98) on sidelines during the second half between the Detroit Lions and the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

Scanning the Savanna: Detroit medals gold in TV ratings

Here are today’s news and notes from Allen Park:

  • Stud wide receiver Calvin Johnson sat out today’s practice after head coach Jim Schwartz awarded him an off day to rest. However, Johnson did have his left index finger taped while he was watching practice. Running back Mikel Leshoure, wide receivers Ryan Broyles, Titus Young and Patrick Edwards, defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and safety Don Carey also missed practice today.
  • Rookie defensive end Ronnell Lewis (shoulder) and linebacker Justin Durant (foot) were unable to finish today’s pratice because of injuries, but Schwartz said neither of the players faced serious injuries. Durant suffered an injury in Friday’s game.
  • Defensive tackle Nick Fairley’s DUI court hearing was pushed back to Sept. 26, according to the Detroit News. The Lions are still waiting to hear from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell regarding Fairley’s likely suspension.
  • The Detroit News reported that Friday’s Lions and Browns preseason game was the most watched television program among Metro Detroit households with a 11.0 rating; however, the Olympics only received a 10.1 rating. For those keeping score at home, football is king!
  • Safety Amari Spievey wishes he could have played last Friday against Cleveland, but lingering headaches from a previous concussion he suffered last season kept him off of the field. “I wish I could have played in the preseason game. It’s hard watching my boys out there and I’m not out there, but I should be all right. It’s very frustrating, but I just have to take it and move on.” Credit to the Detroit News for the quote.
  • Reshard Langford, the safety who signed with the Lions over the weekend, practiced with the team for the first time today.
  • Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw is confident that he’ll play Friday night against the Detroit Lions, CBS Sports reported.
  • According to team officials, 2,819 fans attended the Lions annual Kids Day practice on Sunday at the Allen Park, Mich., practice facility.

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