Dec 22, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Atlanta Falcons guard Peter Konz (66) and Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) battle for position during the third quarter at Ford Field. Falcons won 31-18. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

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Detroit Lions: Time for Warren Sapp to Put Up or Shut Up About Ndamukong Suh
Andrew Garda – Bleacher Report

NFLN analyst Warren Sapp has spent most of the past year criticizing Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

Now, Suh has certainly earned some criticism through his actions on the field this season. He’s far from beyond reproach.

That said, Sapp can’t seem to shut up.

Well, according to Suh, if Sapp thinks Suh has so many problems, he’d gladly take advice from him on a full-time basis.

He’d definitely take Sapp on as a mentor.

Buffalo Bills have harsh words for Lomas Brown’s admission
Sal Maiorana – Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

During an appearance on the SVP and Rusillo Show, Brown admitted that during a 1994 game between the Lions and Packers, he purposely whiffed on a block so that the Packers could sack quarterback Scott Mitchell in the hope he would be knocked out of a game in which he was playing terribly.

“I don’t think that’s very professional, I don’t think that’s what you want in a teammate,” Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said, sharinghis reaction when he heard about the story. “I don’t know him personally, I don’t know what the situation was, but that was something I shook my head at when I heard it.”

Notebook: Matthew Stafford missing Brandon Pettigrew; Chicago’s plan for covering Calvin Johnson
Tim Twentyman – DetroitLions.com

Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew may drop a pass from time to time – he has eight total on the season, according to Stats LLC – but there’s no doubt quarterback Matthew Stafford has missed his big tight end over the last two games.
“He’s a really good player. He’s talented,” Stafford said. “Obviously he’s a really good blocker in the run game and the pass game for us when he’s called on to block. In the receiving game he had (57) catches before he was injured, so he’s a guy in the red zone we relied on a lot and as a chain mover, too.”

Lions kicker Jason Hanson, 42, not sure yet if he’ll be back next season
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

He’s the oldest player in the NFL, a Lions fixture for the last two decades, but kicker Jason Hanson said Wednesday he’s not sure if he’ll return for a 22nd year.

At 42, Hanson doesn’t sound like he’s ready to retire. But he said he’ll sit down with his family sometime in the next few months and make a final decision about his future.

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford hopes to end passing touchdown drought
Anwar S. Richardson – MLive.com

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has thrown for 689 yards in his team’s past two games.

That is the good news.

The bad news is Stafford has thrown four interceptions and zero touchdowns in those loses heading into Sunday’s season finale against the Chicago Bears (9-6).

Lions coach Jim Schwartz is optimistic his franchise quarterback can end the season on a high note this weekend.

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