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Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (35) carries the ball during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

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Joique Bell: ‘I get mental reps every play’
Mike O’Hara — DetroitLions.com

Joique Bell hasn’t caught any passes or carried the ball in the Lions’ OTA practices, but he isn’t taking any plays off, either.
He keeps his mind in the game, even while his body is keeping him from participating physically.

Drew Sharp: Oh, captain! Suh letting down Lions over contract stalemate
Drew Sharp — Detroit Free Press

Lurking deep within the recesses of my chronic indifference to the fortunes and foibles of the Detroit Lions’ franchise, there’s a tiny speck of sympathy toward them as the Ndamukong Suh contractual extension melodrama continues.

They deserve better. Just a little.

For Lions, keeping star Calvin Johnson healthy is wise
John Niyo — Detroit News

Two months into the NFL’s offseason work, and two months before training camp starts, Wednesday seemed like a good time to ask Calvin Johnson for a systems check on Megatron’s circuitry.

“Body’s feeling good, knee’s feeling good, hand’s feeling good,” he said, working his way from head to toe. “So I can’t complain.”

Progress seems a bit slow for Stafford, new offense
Dave Birkett — Detroit Free Press

Matthew Stafford won’t throw a pass that matters for more than three months, and he’s barely worked with one player who everyone expects to be among his top targets this year, rookie tight end Eric Ebron.

But midway through organized team activities – the Lions have held five of their 10 allotted spring practices, and had their second of three workouts open to the media on Wednesday – it’s clear the offense is a couple paces behind the defense when it comes to crispness and execution.

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