Aug 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) during a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

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Detroit Lions players not thrilled with Tony Dungy’s ‘Same Old Lions’ jab
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

Same old Lions?

Tony Dungy might think so, but the men wearing the uniform aren’t buying it.

“I guess I can see why somebody could say same old Lions, but we’re not,” Detroit Lions receiver Nate Burleson said today. “I’ll just leave it at that.”

Power Rankings: No. 18 Detroit Lions
Michael Rothstein – ESPN.com

The Lions stayed exactly the same from the second to third week of the season, and that shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Detroit played like a middle-of-the-pack team last week — and really, the past two weeks, considering the Lions have enjoyed one really strong half of the four they’ve played this season — and that’s why they’re at No. 18 right now.

Raiola says report of Suh’s aggressive play in practice is “completely false”
Mike O’Hara – DetroitLions.com

Lions center Dominic Raiola has battled teammate Ndamukong Suhhead-to-head in practice for four years and is the first to come to Suh’s defense concerning a report that the Pro Bowl defensive tackle crosses the line with overly aggressive play in practice.
Jay Glazer of the Fox Network, who has broken numerous major stories in the past, reported on Sunday that Suh does the same things in practice that have gotten him fined by the NFL for plays outside the rules.

None of that has happened in practice, Raiola said Tuesday.

Johnson taking TV star status in stride
Paula Pasche – The Oakland Press

In this week’s episode of Calvin Johnson TV star, he discusses his new “This is SportsCenter” spot on ESPN in which he’s transformed into a Calvin Johnson vending machine.

Megatron, transformer — get it?

“It’s cool to be able to do some of those things,’’ Johnson said Thursday. “… it’s cool, I take pleasure in the fact that all the guys like it, family likes it.’’

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