Dec 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) makes a sideline catch against Chicago Bears strong safety Major Wright (21) during 2nd Half of a game at Ford Field. Bears won 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

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Will Hanson return to the Lions for his 22nd season?
Paula Pasche – The Oakland Press

For 21 seasons, Jason Hanson has been the mainstay of the Detroit Lions.

Wearing No. 4, the kicker has been steady throughout the good seasons and the stinkers.

After months of debating, Hanson told the Lions last week that he wanted to return for his 22nd season. Now all that stands in the way is a contract.

The Lions have made an offer, but it appears getting Hanson back will not be automatic.

Barry Sanders and Herman Moore were a model of offensive balance
Tim Twentyman –

Current Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson has been getting the “Barry Sanders treatment” from defenses going on three and four years now. Teams have double- and triple-teamed the All-Pro receiver, played triangle coverage with a cornerback, linebacker and safety spying him and even put two guys at the line of scrimmage to try and jam him.

The Lions are hopeful the signing of running back Reggie Bush — and the explosive element he can bring to the run game — will force defenses to respect both facets of the Lions offense, similarly to the way opponents had to in the mid 90’s with Sanders and Moore.

Former Bears, Lions receiver Harlon Hill dies at 80
The Associated Press

Hill, who attended North Alabama, was the NFL rookie of the year in 1954 after being drafted in the 15th round by the Bears, and became the first winner of the Jim Thorpe Trophy as the NFL’s most valuable player in 1955. In nine seasons with the Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions, he had 233 receptions for 4,717 yards and 40 touchdowns. He averaged 20.2 yards per catch.

No plea deal Nick Fairley DUI case, judge rules
Brendan Kirby -Detroit Free Press

Six months after pleading guilty in what he thought was deal to bury a DUI charge, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley today found himself back where he started.

Mobile County Circuit Judge Sarah Stewart said she could not determine that prosecutors had agreed to let him participate in a pretrial diversion program that would have resulted in the dismissal of the charge as long as he complied with the terms of the program.

The defense maintained it had a deal when Fairley entered his plea in September; the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office insisted it never signed off on the settlement. Stewart noted that the burden of proof was on Fairley.

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