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Detroit Lions Legend Barry Sanders Talks Madden Cover and Why He Left the Game
Michael Schottey – Bleacher Report

Former NFL running back Barry Sanders was a 10-time All-Pro and a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but he’s getting even more accolades 15 years after leaving the game thanks to his selection as the Madden 2013 cover athlete.

Throughout the voting process, Sanders received more than 40 million votes and beat legends such as San Francisco 49ers greats Joe Montana and Jerry Rice as well as another former running back, Marcus Allen, en route to a finals matchup with Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Sanders took 58 percent of that final vote.

It’s a new string of publicity for one of the NFL’s all-time greats. Sanders sat down with Bleacher Report and said that being selected was “extremely meaningful.”

Joique Bell making strong case to be Detroit Lions’ No. 2 tailback
Kyle Meinke – MLive.com

The battle for the Detroit Lions’ No. 2 tailback job is heating up, but Joique Bell isn’t sweating it.

Maybe because he’s in control.

Bell, competing with Mikel Leshoure for the gig, is having a terrific preseason. That includes last week’s game against the New England Patriots, when he rushed five times for a team-high 52 yards and caught two passes for 49 yards, including a nifty 38-yard second-half catch that featured several broken tackles.

Report: Lions trade QB Thaddeus Lewis for LB Chris White
Tim Twentyman – DetroitLions.com

It was clear Kellen Moore had won the third quarterback job, which made Thaddeus Lewis expendable

LaAdrian Waddle Can Start at Right Tackle for the Detroit Lions
Jeff Risdon – Bleacher Report

Undrafted rookie LaAdrian Waddle has emerged from the bottom of the depth chart with a very impressive training camp and preseason. The thickly built Texas Tech product is exceeding all expectations. At minimum, Waddle sure seems to have locked up a roster spot among the final 53.

But can LaAdrian Waddle earn the starting right tackle position for the Detroit Lions?

Detroit Lions rookie Darius Slay takes his medicine vs. Tom Brady
Carlos Monarrez – Detroit Free Press

Beaten but unbowed.

That’s the best way to describe Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay, an enthusiastic and confident rookie who said he learned his lesson after he took a licking from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in last week’s exhibition game.

Slay played 46 snaps — the most among defensive players — and started his second game of the exhibition season, likely sewing up the starting spot opposite Chris Houston.

Topics: Barry Sanders, Darius Slay, Detroit Lions, LaAdrian Waddle

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