Dec 2, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles (84) during the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

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Where the Detroit Lions roster stands heading into 2013
Tim Twentyman –

Cliff Avril, Louis Delmas, Jason Hanson and Chris Houston among the Detroit Lions’ 22 unrestricted free agents heading into next season.

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz promises a ‘different dynamic’ this offseason
Anwar S. Richardson –

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz promised there will be changes this offseason after his team finished with a disappointing 4-12 record in 2012.

In reality, it would be hard for Schwartz to justify not making any changes after losing eight straight games to close out this season. Schwartz promised to shake things up this offseason, but would not divulge any specifics, during his season-ending press conference on Monday.

Lions’ Ryan Broyles to query fellow Sooner Adrian Peterson on ACL rehab
Carlos Monarrez – Detroit Free Press

Lions receiver Ryan Broyles plans to get a little advice and inspiration on returning from his knee injury from Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson, who has become the poster child for successful anterior cruciate ligament recovery after he rushed for 2,097 yards this season.

Broyles and Peterson both starred at Oklahoma, though a few seasons apart.

“Definitely need to talk to him and see how he came back from his ACL as well,” Broyles said Monday. “There’s a lot of guys who’ve been in the same situation, so I just have a stepping-stone ahead of me.”

Detroit Lions hoping for better offseason than in 2012 after humbling 4-12 collapse
The Associated Press

In 2011, Detroit players held well-attended workouts during the lockout. They entered the season focused, and after a 5-0 start, the Lions made the playoffs for the first time in a dozen years.

The next offseason wasn’t nearly as positive. A number of arrests and off-field problems put the Lions on the defensive. What followed was a 4-12 collapse for what was supposed to be one of the league’s top young teams.

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