It was a calm day as far as the news cycle impacting the Detroit Lions goes. So, let’s get into it:
- Cliff Avril will be making his 2012 preseason debut on Friday against the Baltimore Ravens. He is coming off of his week-long holdout after the Lions failed to lock him up to a long-term deal. However, Avril did sign his franchise tender to play this season with the team and he is set to earn $10.6 million. Lions fans are anxious to see which version of Cliff Avril will show up to play Friday: the immaculate 2011 version or the 2010 Albert Haynesworth-esque version.
- The Lions placed defensive back Drew Coleman on injured reserve Thursday and signed former Dallas Cowboys offensive guard Bill Nagy off of waivers. Coleman suffered a concussion earlier this month and it appears that he will be unable to clear his concussion tests that are required for him to return to the playing field. Nagy was brought in to add depth to an already above-average offensive guard position that is currently occupied by starters Rob Sims and Stephen Peterman. He was drafted by the Cowboys in 2011 with the 252 pick in the seventh round of the NFL Draft. Last season he also started four games for the ‘Boys. He is coming off of ankle surgery he had on Wednesday and he is clearly a project player at this point in time. Nagy is not expected to play Friday against the Ravens.
- As MLive.com’s Anwar Richardson pointed out Thursday, cornerback Jacob Lacey is expected to start Friday against the Baltimore Ravens because he took first-team reps all week. He also was the starting cornerback during Wednesday’s game day walk-through, which according to Richardson, is a “good indicator of who will start on game day.” Head coach Jim Schwartz has admitted publicly that Lacey is still in the mix for one of the starting cornerback positions during the regular season. His depth chart position should rely on how well he performs in the next couple of preseason games.
- Division foe and Bears star linebacker Brian Urlacher has reportedly had up to three different knee surgeries in 2012, according to John Mullin of CSNChicago.com. What else needs to be said other then, hey, Stephen Peterman, your first snap against the Bears this season would be a perfect time to land one of your infamous cut blocks—straight to Urlacher’s crippled knee would be ideal.