Sep 8, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-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.

Ex-Lion Cory Schlesinger sheds light on brutality of life in the NFL
Chris McCosky – The Detroit News

Cory Schlesinger’s nickname when he played for the Lions was Sledge — as in Sledgehammer. There may not be a more fitting moniker in professional sports. He was a battering-ram fullback who estimates he broke his face mask 200 times in head-on collisions over the course of his 12-year career.

Because it was legal and taught as the proper way — see what you hit — he often led with his head when he crashed into another player.

Detroit Lions Early Rookie Progress Reports
Jeff Risdon — Bleacher Report

The Detroit Lions have wrapped up the initial rookie camp and the first session of OTAs. While the media still hasn’t seen a lot—just one full day and one half-day of OTAs were open to view—there have been some revealing glimpses on the newest Lions.

From various chat sessions, tweets and interviews, here are some quick observations on the early progress of the Lions’ rookie class.

Lions’ Charlie Sanders encouraged by reaction to charity golf event
Dave Birkett — Detroit Free Press

The forecast called for thunderstorms and he had just gotten news that Mean Joe Greene wasn’t going to be able to make his annual charity golf event when Charlie Sanders’ assistant handed him an email that made his problems go away.

The one-page email, from a St. Clair man named Bill Scott, told the story of Scott’s 14-year-old daughter, Katlyn, who was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy earlier this spring when she underwent a heart check after a routine sports physical.

Ask Kyle: Has Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford improved this offseason?
Kyle Meinke – MLive.com

The Detroit Lions’ offense is trying to sort itself out during the final round of OTAs, which continue today with a 10:10 a.m. practice that is open to the media.

We’ll have plenty of updates here at MLive after practice. In the meantime, here’s the latest mailbag, much of which deals with that nascent offense.

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