Oct 6, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson warms up prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers won 22-9. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

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Detroit Lions’ Tom Lewand apologizes after Dominic Raiola accused of taunting Wisconsin band members
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand offered a personal apology for alleged homophobic slurs center Dominic Raiola directed towards the Wisconsin band before Sunday’s 22-9 loss to the Green Bay Packers even as Lions coach Jim Schwartz insisted neither he nor any of his assistants heard the comments first hand.

Wisconsin band director Mike Leckrone said Lewand called him to apologize Monday afternoon after allegations of Raiola’s comments surfaced on Facebook and the Internet.

Detroit Lions: What You Need to Know Heading into Week 6
Jeff Risdon – Bleacher Report

After an unsuccessful trip to Green Bay, the Detroit Lions will attempt to get back on the winning track with a visit to Cleveland. The two teams will face off in FirstEnergy Stadium on the shores of Lake Erie Sunday.

These two teams met in the preseason. Cleveland won that contest, 24-6, in a game where the Lions tried very hard not to reveal anything the Browns could use in preparation for this regular-season matchup. There is really very little to glean from that meeting.

Since the Browns franchise returned to the NFL in 1999, Detroit has won two of the three meetings.

WR Kevin Ogletree impresses Detroit Lions with production on short notice
Kyle Meinke – MLive.com

Kevin Ogletree was released by the Tampa Buccaneers on Oct. 1. Six days later, he was suited up for the Detroit Lions.

Ogletree delivered on his promise to be immediately available, hauling in two passes for 20 yards during a 22-9 loss Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

Calvin Johnson ‘improving every day’
Michael Rothstein – ESPN.com

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Calvin Johnson “is improving every day” from the knee injury that kept the star wide receiver out of Sunday’s 22-9 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Schwartz, as per usual, was noncommittal about Johnson’s availability this week for either practice or the Lions’ Week 6 game against the Cleveland Browns.

Schwartz did mention that during Johnson’s record-setting receiving season in 2012, he did not practice during some weeks.

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