May 21, 2012; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) during organized team activities at Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

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Lions’ problems much deeper than awful special teams
Dan Arkush – Pro Football Weekly

But a canvassing of league executives and close team observers by PFW suggests that the Detroit’s dismal special-teams play might be indicative of a deeper problem just beneath the surface.

Ex-Lions great Alex Karras’ suffering from kidney failure
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

Friends of Alex Karras say the former Lions great suffered kidney failure in the last two weeks and has been given only a few days to live.

Tom McInerney, owner of McInerney’s Woodhaven Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and a friend of Karras’ since the 1950s, said Karras’ wife, Susan Clark, told him of her husband’s failing health in a 15-minute phone call this morning.

Lions: Underachievers or frauds? We’ll find out in the upcoming weeks
Chris McCosky – Detroit News

Who exactly are these Detroit Lions?

Are they a legitimate playoff contender off to an inexplicably slow start, or are they, as ESPN’s Michael Wilbon called them recently, a “fraudulent” football team?

The next couple of weeks will go a long way toward answering that question. They come out of the bye week with stiff road tests at Philadelphia Sunday and at Chicago on Monday Night Football, Oct. 22.

Lions 1-3 Now And 6-10 Since Last Year’s 5-0 Start
Larry Lage – Associated Press

When Hanson hears someone mention last year’s accomplishment — a 10-win season that snapped an 11-year playoff drought — was just a mirage, he doesn’t bristle and respond with bravado.

“I say, ‘Maybe it was,’” Hanson said. “Nobody on this team should open their mouth about whether it was or wasn’t. When people say that, we have no argument until we start winning games. We better start winning games.

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