Jul 27, 2013; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) signs autographs after training camp at the Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

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Lions believe they can lift bankrupt Detroit
Tom Pelissero – USA TODAY Sports

Nate Burleson can picture the tattoo in his mind. It was a globe on the man’s shoulders with the words, “THE WEIGHT IS A GIFT.”

Burleson can picture it because it symbolizes what he thinks the Lions can do this season for Detroit — the shrinking former center of the world’s automotive industry that last month filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

“A lot of people might say, ‘Man, it’s tough playing in Detroit, man. You guys went bankrupt. Your city sucks. There’s burned-down buildings, schools that are not even open,'” Burleson, a veteran wide receiver, told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday.

“But it’s a great gift to bear that weight of the city, especially if you can deliver on a product that people want to see.”

Theo Riddick ready to show Detroit Lions what he can do
Carlos Monarrez – Detroit Free Press

Detroit Lions rookie running back Theo Riddick had his toe stepped on during practice this week. Riddick avoided serious injury, and now he’s ready to get his feet wet in his NFL debut.

Friday’s exhibition against the New York Jets at Ford Field will mark the first time Riddick, a sixth-round draft pick from Notre Dame, gets to show coaches what he can really do.

“I believe it’s very important; the first time there’s actually going to be full contact and we’re playing another team, so it’s another platform for us to perform,” Riddick said Wednesday.

For two Lions, racial slurs are friendly banter
Terry Foster – The Detroit News

Their relationship began 10 years ago when Louis Delmas was a volcanic, trash-talking freshman at Western Michigan University.

Tony Scheffler was the big man on campus, a senior with NFL promise. Delmas was the abandoned 17-year-old adjusting to campus life after a rough life in Florida. Scheffler took Delmas under his wing even though the young safety barked at him every time the tight end ran a route.

Their friendship grew over the years, and they remain tight as members of the Lions.

Detroit Lions thankful to avoid injury bug that has plagued NFC North
Kyle Meinke – MLive.com

Only four Lions players were sidelined for Wednesday’s practice, and two — Broyles and defensive back Louis Delmas — were held out largely for precautionary purposes. Cornerbacks Chris Greenwood and Jonte Green were the others.

Other clubs haven’t been so lucky.

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