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Lions’ Calvin Johnson facing his protege in Bengals’ A.J. Green
Chris McCosky – The Detroit News
On a normal week, when his team wasn’t playing the Lions, Bengals receiver A.J. Green might shoot Calvin Johnson a text, ask him how he’s feeling, how the knee is coming along.
This week, Green knows that text would get no response.
“We mostly would talk about things that are going on in the season,” said Johnson, whose relationship with Green has gone from training partner to big brother the last couple of years. “Everybody has their struggles, either personal or the team. But, yeah, we’re not talking too much this week.”
Lions’ punter Sam Martin stoic amid Joseph Fauria frenzy
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press
Sam Martin’s locker sits on the back wall of the Lions’ locker room in a corner otherwise reserved for tight ends, next to the stall of the team’s newest media darling, Joseph Fauria.
As Fauria’s star has risen over the first six weeks of the season, both for his touchdown catches and his end-zone celebrations, Martin has seen his personal space infiltrated by reporters seeking interviews and dance advice from his undrafted rookie teammate.
This week, Fauria did interviews with ESPN, NFL Network and CBS, and as a horde of local media crowded in front of his locker — and by extension, Martin’s — Thursday, the Lions’ rookie punter asked, half-jokingly, “Can I have my corner back?”
DETROIT LIONS NOTES: Nate Burleson not sure when he’ll return
Paula Pasche – The Oakland Press
It’s killing him, but Nate Burleson is being patient while his broken forearm heals.
“Basically the more I’m out the less chance there is for me to hurt it again,’’ Burleson said Thursday. We’re past the stage of looking out for infection … Now it’s just bone healing and getting the strength and rotation back.’’
Burleson broke his arm in a freak one-car accident on Sept. 24 when he was reaching for a pizza and slammed into a median on I-696.
He has not set a return date, but it won’t be this Sunday.
Are the Detroit Lions Real or Fake?
Andrew Aziz – ProFootballSpot.com
The Detroit Lions are turning into an offensive powerhouse. They have the best receiver in football in Calvin Johnson, a top notch former 40+ touchdown quarterback in Matthew Stafford and an improving defense. They have all the characteristics of a typical playoff team, and they have a record to show for it, but why are people overlooking them?
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