Dec 2, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (87) leaps over Indianapolis Colts strong safety Joe Lefeged (35) during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

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Nick Fairley has drug charge dropped
The Associated Press

Defense attorney Sid Harrell said the charge was dismissed on Tuesday. Judge Matt Greene agreed with prosecutors that there wasn’t enough evidence to show partially smoked marijuana cigarettes found in Fairley’s vehicle on April 3 belonged to the former first-round pick out of Auburn.

Wednesday Breakfast with Tim and Mike: What’s left for the Lions this season?

Not much in terms of anybody outside the organization. The playoffs are gone. But from a team standpoint, Sunday night’s game at Green Bay should have some inspiration.

Former Lion Barry Sanders opens up in NFL documentary
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

Barry Sanders retired abruptly before the start of the 1999 season, but the Hall of Fame running back made it clear in a documentary set to air on NFL Network tonight that his decision wasn’t as sudden as some people believe.

Sanders, who ranks third on the NFL’s all-time rushing list, said he all but made up his mind to leave seven months earlier before his final game as a Lion, then “struggled” with that choice all off-season.

Breaking Down How the Detroit Lions Lost on Sunday in Historic Fashion
Scott Bischoff – Bleacher Report

In order to fully understand the collapse, we have to look at the entire fourth quarter to see how it unfolded. Something changed as the Lions went from playing good defense and pressuring Luck to folding like a cheap tent in the blink of an eye.

The Indianapolis Colts ran 33 plays in the fourth quarter, passing on all but two of them. The Lions had to defend 31 pass plays in one quarter, and it took its toll as the Lions were physically dead by the end of the game. The defensive line literally disappeared in the game’s waning minutes, exhausted from rushing the passer so often in such a short period of time.

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