Lions lose Hilliard in Monday Night Game

Opening Monday Night Football is always a great thing.  Opening with a  victory is even sweeter. But for the Detroit Lions, that sweetness has a tinge of sour after learning that OL Corey Hilliard will be out for probably the rest of the year after suffering a Lisfranc injury along with torn ligaments in his foot.  The team also place CB Bill Bentley on IR after he suffered a torn ACL.

The Lions embarassed the New York Giants Monday night 14-35 and next face the Carolina Panthers on the road.  Great seats and cheap tickets are still available so be sure to get yours now and support your Detroit Lions!

 

Bush frustrated with Lions lack of discipline

As the Detroit Lions prepare to host the New York Giants, running back Reggie Bush is speaking out about the team’s lack of focus and discipline as it applies to every day game activities.

“It could be from penalties or it could be from turnovers or it could be from how we finished the games in fourth quarters,” the running back said. “It’s not one specific play or moment in a game. It’s the total game. It’s how we play.”

Bush says this after the team has lost control of its playoff destiny by losing four out of the last five games.

“It’s not a coaches’ thing. It’s a players’ thing. We can do a better job all across the board,” Bush said. “As far as an offense standpoint, turn the ball over and that’s the discipline issue, and that’s something we have to correct, because obviously, as you see, it’ll lose you games.”

Let’s see if Bush’s words have lit a fire under his teammates this weekend.  Great tickets and seats are still available!

Recently paroled Plaxico Burress preaching about dangers of guns


Associated Press

New York— Plaxico Burress will work with the National Urban League and Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence after spending nearly two years in prison on a weapon possession charge.

The 33-year-old former New York Giants receiver said Monday he will be mentored by Magic Johnson and Tony Dungy through the Brady Center. He’ll volunteer at Urban League youth programs and recruit other pro athletes.

Referring to guns, Burress, a former Michigan State star, said: “My voice here today is that they don’t help anybody.”

Burress, speaking at the Urban League headquarters on Wall Street, said he would tell other players: “If you’re going to carry a weapon, make sure you’ve done everything properly, that you’re obeying all the laws or the rules of that state, and you know fully how to operate the weapon if you choose to carry one.”

Burress caught the winning touchdown in the 2008 Super Bowl. Nine months later, his unlicensed handgun accidentally went off in a Manhattan nightclub, striking his thigh.

“I’m a champion on the field, and my goal is to be a champion in life and off the field,” Burress said.

He was released from prison last Monday. Burress hopes to play in the NFL again, and his agent has spoken with several teams.

“I’m eager and excited about the next step, not knowing where it will be,” he said. “I’m dedicated to change and just being a better person.”

Dungy, the retired Indianapolis Colts coach, recalled that at the first meeting of every training camp, he would ask how many players owned weapons. As many as 90 percent would raise their hands.

“That’s the society we live in,” he said. “They feel they have to get a gun to protect themselves or because everyone else is doing it. That doesn’t need to be the situation.”

Report: NFL not likely to change ‘Calvin Johnson rule’


Tim Twentyman / The Detroit News

The NFL is unlikely to make changes to the “Calvin Johnson rule” this offseason, New York Giants owner John Mara told Newsday.

Mara said the controversial rule — which contributed to a Lions loss in Chicago in Week 1 last season — will not be brought up for discussion by the league’s competition committee; Mara is a member of that committee.

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Johnson had a touchdown taken away after officials ruled on replay that Johnson did not maintain complete possession of the ball through the entirety of his catching motion with 25 seconds left in the game. The Lions lost 19-14.

Johnson clearly had control of the ball in his right hand as he fell to the ground, and established both feet and his left hand inbounds. But the ball came loose when his right hand, holding the ball, hit the ground.

Redskins suspend Albert Haynesworth for remainder of season


Associated Press

Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth was suspended without pay by the Washington Redskins on Tuesday for the last four games of the regular season, capping a saga that began last offseason.

The move, which the Redskins announced was made because of “conduct detrimental to the club,” comes after a long, difficult back-and-forth between Haynesworth, a two-time All-Pro with a $100 million contract, and first-year Washington head coach Mike Shanahan, who won two Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos.

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Haynesworth skipped offseason workouts, boycotted a mandatory minicamp, needed 10 days to pass a conditioning test at training camp, did all he could to resist a change in the defensive scheme and then eventually became a part-time player.

His main gripe has been that he shouldn’t be playing nose tackle in a 3-4 defense.

The Redskins said general manager Bruce Allen told Haynesworth about the suspension Tuesday. Haynesworth was inactive for Washington’s 31-7 loss at the New York Giants on Sunday, which dropped the Redskins to 5-7.

In the team’s statement Tuesday, Shanahan is quoted as saying that Haynesworth “repeatedly refused to cooperate with our coaching staff in a variety of ways over an extended period of time.”

Shanahan also said Haynesworth “consistently indicated” to defensive coaches that he wouldn’t play in certain defensive packages and refused to follow coaches’ instructions in practice and during games.