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Aug 29, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle C.J. Mosley (99) on the bench against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Lions beat the Bills 35-13. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Scanning the Savanna: Detroit Lions News from Around the Web

Scanning the Savanna searches the web for Detroit Lions news and notes each morning and brings it to your fingertips in one easy location.

That New Motown Sound
Andy Benoit – The MMQB

The Lions 2013 preview here on The MMQB emphasized the offense’s need to sophisticate its high-powered attack. So far this season, head coach Jim Schwartz and, more specifically, coordinator Scott Linehan have done that. A disappointing last-second home loss to the Bengals recently dropped the Lions to 4-3, but that still leaves them near the top of the injury-ravaged NFC North.

Let’s examine why the Lions’ updated offense is one of the most intriguing (and still prolific) in football. It starts with the most important free agent signing of this past offseason.

Still breathing: C.J. Mosley overcomes tragedies to become leader of Detroit Lions’ defensive line
Kyle Meinke –

The only reminder C.J. Mosley ever needs that he’s still breathing is scribbled into the side of his head. And sometimes, he needs it.

The Detroit Lions defensive tackle has an EKG — a heart beat — shaved into his fade, a haircut he adopted recently to remind himself that despite the pain, and the suffering, and the life lost, the man is still here.

Beep. Beep. Beep.

Still here.

Lions have no hard feelings toward Tony Scheffler
Chris McCosky – The Detroit News

Jim Schwartz wouldn’t go there.

Pressed for reasons why veteran tight end Tony Scheffler was cut after he was medically cleared to play Tuesday, Schwartz wouldn’t blame it on his history of concussions or a decline in productivity since he suffered a worrisome head injury against Chicago in 2011.

“I wouldn’t pin it on that,” Schwartz said. “I think he’s been a good player over the course of his career. We wish him the very best and appreciate all he’s done for us.”

Lions notes: No word yet on whether CB Chris Houston will start
Carlos Monarrez – Detroit Free Press

Lions coach Jim Schwartz wouldn’t say Wednesday whether the cornerback carousel had stopped spinning or whether Chris Houston would start Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

Houston was benched briefly in the second half of last Sunday’s loss to Cincinnati after he gave up an 82-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green. But Schwartz appears to still have confidence in Houston.

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