Sep 29, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) stands on the sidelines during the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

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Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford’s career ‘started’ with painful final play, win vs. Browns
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

Shaun Chapas was near the end of his senior season at Georgia when his former roommate, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, had the first defining moment of his NFL career.

It was November 2009, a few months after the Lions made him the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, and Stafford led a memorable late-game comeback against the Cleveland Browns.

He set a then-NFL rookie record for passing in the game and threw the winning touchdown to Brandon Pettigrew with no time on the clock, one play after he suffered a separated left, nonthrowing shoulder.

Stafford was wired for sound by NFL Films that day, and the audio was captivating.

Lions’ Nate Burleson back on practice field, without arm cast
Chris McCosky – The Detroit News

Lions receiver Nate Burleson sprinted onto the practice field Wednesday and went through both warm-ups and position drills. He had the cast removed from his surgically-repaired left forearm on Tuesday.

While the rest of the receivers were catching footballs in position drills, Burleson was catching a tennis ball in his healthy right hand.

“It was a little unexpected; I am not due back on the field yet,” he said. “I can run, the tennis balls help with hand-eye coordination. But on top of that, I wanted to be out there for the guys. I want to be able to lead and talk to them, even if it’s just a little bit of encouragement seeing me out there running around.”

After MVP-type start, Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh turns focus toward oft-sacked Brandon Weeden
Kyle Meinke – MLive.com

The Cleveland Browns have allowed 22 sacks this season, second most in the NFL, and Brandon Weeden has been dropped 5.33 times per game.

The worst rate in the NFL.

Weeden would appear to be, let’s say, not very fast.

“That’s not nice,” Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nduamkong Suh responded, smirking.

Darris McCord of the “Fearsome Foursome” passes at the age of 80
Mike O’Hara – DetroitLions.com

Darris McCord made a mark on his Detroit Lions teammates a half century ago that will never be forgotten for being a good teammate and a good friend.

McCord, a Detroit native and a member of the Lions’ defensive line known as the “Fearsome Foursome,” died Wednesday. He had turned 80 on Jan. 4.

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