Oct 14, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) celebrates scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Lions defeated the Eagles 26-23 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

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Detroit Lions’ Kevin Smith not optimistic about playing time
Anwar S. Richardson – MLive.com

What can Smith do to get back into the mix?

“Probably nothing,” Smith said.

Smith’s pessimism is understandable as the Detroit Lions continue to phase out their 2008 third-round draft pick.

Lions coaches currently have more faith in Leshoure and Bell, who are receiving most of the running back workload, while Smith has become an afterthought.

Burleson, Lions get their ‘nasty’ back
Dave Dye – FoxSportsDetroit.com

Detroit Lions receiver Nate Burleson felt his team, on a three-game losing streak, needed to regain its swagger.

So when he scored a touchdown Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles to help cut a deficit to three points with 3 ½ minutes remaining, Burleson pretended to point a rifle in the air and shoot — you got it — an Eagle.

Lions’ rookie Riley Reiff gets his snaps against the Eagles
Carlos Monarrez and Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

Riley Reiff still looks like a kid. He’s quiet and visibly nervous when he speaks with reporters. But that’s only off the field.

On the field, it’s different. The Lions’ rookie offensive lineman is maturing before everyone’s eyes.

In Sunday’s overtime win at Philadelphia, the first-round pick played 22 snaps on offense when he lined up at tight end in the Lions’ jumbo package.

Jaguars Sign Former Lion Harris
Associated Press

The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed veteran safety Chris Harris and waived cornerback Kevin Rutland.

Harris was a sixth-round draft pick by Chicago in 2005 who has played for the Bears, Panthers and Lions, starting at least seven games in each of his first seven seasons.

Bears, Lions getting ready to rumble
Jeff Dickerson – ESPNChicago.com

It might not be on the level of Bears vs. Packers, but the rivalry between the Bears and Lions has become increasingly hostile the last couple of years.

Part of that animosity can be linked to Detroit’s recent resurgence under head coach Jim Schwartz who led the Lions to the postseason last year after the club went winless three seasons earlier under current Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. But the Lions have also been accused of being a team that takes its share of cheap shots before and after the whistle.

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