Dec 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) sits on the bench before the game against the New York Giants at Ford Field. Giants beat the Lions 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Scanning the Savanna: Detroit Lions News from Around the Web

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Column: Ndamukong Suh’s absence becoming a distraction for Detroit Lions
Kyle Meinke –

Jim Caldwell will step onto a podium this afternoon at the Detroit Lions training facility. He will have just wrapped up the very first on-field workout with his new team.

And he will have to answer for Ndamukong Suh, who reportedly has elected not to show up for the team’s voluntary three-day minicamp.

OHARA’S DRAFT PREVIEW: Rating the linebackers
Mike O’Hara —

Khalil Mack’s story about what motivated him early in his college career has become well known in his rise to one of the top spots in the upcoming NFL draft.
He was inspired by a low number that projected him as a football player who realistically should enjoy his four years as a student athlete at Buffalo, then move on and get started on a career after football.

Numbers don’t always add up as expected, or projected, and Mack is about to launch his pro career with another low number that is a sign of how NFL teams think he can step into a defense and make an immediate impact.

Detroit Lions hire Kevin Bastin as new head athletic trainer
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Lions hired Kevin Bastin as their new head athletic trainer to replace the retiring Dean Kleinschmidt, the team announced today.

Bastin previously was the head trainer for the Houston Texans from 2001-09. He was an assistant trainer with Washington from 1989-2001, a finalist for the Miami Dolphins head trainer job that came open earlier this year and most recently the director of athletic outreach services at the Memorial Hermann Ironman Sports Institute in Houston.

Re-Grading Detroit Lions Past Five Drafts
Jeff Risdon — Bleacher Report

The last five NFL drafts for the Detroit Lions coincide with Martin Mayhew’s reign as general manager and Tom Lewand as team president. They were hired in the wake of one of the most egregiously unsuccessful management tenures in professional sports history, better known as the Matt Millen era.

From that pit of despair, Detroit has rebuilt itself into a competitive franchise. It even made a rare playoff appearance after the 2011 season and was poised to run away with the NFC North in 2013 before a late-season collapse that led to the firing of the third man in the above picture, head coach Jim Schwartz.

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