Aug 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (98) celebrates after a sack in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

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The five most important useless facts about the Detroit Lions
Chris Strauss – USA Today

Most non-Lions fans don’t pay all that much attention to the team until they’re watching games with the family on Thanksgiving Day. Here are a few facts to wow your in-laws with as you wait for the day’s feast to begin.

Detroit Lions remain a mystery with regular season rapidly approaching
Pat Caputo – The Oakland Press

You can see potential greatness in the defensive line. Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley, Ziggy Ansah – they are truly gifted. The Lions’ defensive line put extreme pressure on Patriots’ future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady.

Yet, at the same time, Fairley took an unnecessary cheap shot for a penalty. Defensive end Willie Young, who is not without promise, decided to shove Brady, and then point his finger in his face long after a play ended. Think about it – Willie Young trying to intimidate Tom Brady by taunting him. It was silly.

After studying hard, Detroit Lions’ Jason Fox closing in on starting right tackle job
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

Jason Fox spent the final two months of the 2011 season on injured reserve, and while he was rehabbing from his second knee surgery Lions offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn kept him busy with weekly homework assignments.

Fox’s task at the time was to watch film of offensive tackles across the league, analyze their strengths and weaknesses and see if he could glean any tips.

In his second NFL season at the time, Fox found the exercise eye-opening.

LB Chris White ‘pretty shocked’ by trade to Detroit Lions
Kyle Meinke – MLive.com

“I was pretty shocked,” White said. “But like I said, I think everyone knows this is the nature of the business. I’m excited about this opportunity.

“It’s definitely going to be weird playing against my former teammates, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Detroit gave up fourth-string quarterback Thaddeus Lewis to acquire White, who found out about the trade Sunday during a phone call from Bills general manager Doug Whaley.

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