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Lions start Calvin Johnson slow in training camp, aiming to keep him healthy

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson is saving himself for the wear and tear of the regular season. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Entering his eighth season, Johnson is starting to cool his jets a little, saving some energy for the wear-and-tear of the regular season — at the behest of first-year coach Jim Caldwell. More

Lions expect No. 3 running back Theo Riddick to play key role

As a rookie, Theo Riddick was one of the top special teams player for the Lions. On offense, Riddick had nine carries for 25 yards. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

It's fair to expect Riddick to have a lot more touches this season. At Notre Dame, Riddick played some slot receiver, so his versatility will provide the Lions another weapon. More

Lions camp observations: Constant changes keep players on their toes

Lions running back Reggie Bush had a dropped pass Tuesday at training camp, but made up for it with a pair of deep catches. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Day 2 of Lions training camp looked just like Day 1 as the constantly changing personnel continued. On defense, players in the front seven are constantly changing, and skill-position players on offense rotate nearly every play in team drills. More

Lions, Suh far apart, but not parting ways - yet

Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) and end Devin Taylor leave the field after practice Monday. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Finally, they've reached an agreement. Moments before the start of the training camp, the Lions front office announced the team had tabled negotiations on a contract extension with All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. More

New staff means fresh start, 'fair game' for Lions RB Mikel Leshoure

Mikel Leshoure: '(The new coaches) give everybody a fresh start and a fresh chance. I feel like that's what I needed.' Daniel Mears / Detroit News

'He's certainly running well at this stage,' coach Jim Caldwell said. 'We like what we see, and it's early yet. If a guy can perform and play well, there's always room for another good back because he's a talented guy.' More

Man facing charges for urinating on former Ravens owner Art Modell's grave

Art Modell died in 2012 at the age of 87. He spent 43 years as an NFL owner, overseeing the Browns from 1961 until he moved the team to Baltimore in 1996 to become the Ravens. Matt Houston / Associated Press

The man, who so far has been identified only as a Cleveland Browns fan, could face up to two years in jail and a $500 fine. He posted a video of the incident to YouTube this month. More

Tuesday's NFL roundup: Le'Veon Bell striving to fix his footwork

Le'Veon Bell was slowed by injuries during his rookie season but he showed the Steelers he can be an every-down back. Keith Srakocic / Associated Press

Le'Veon Bell kept watching the tape over and over, equal parts pleased and puzzled by what he saw. There were times during his rookie season when the Steelers running back would place his hand on an offensive lineman's back and wait patiently for the hole to open. More

Lions close down negotiations with Ndamukong Suh until after season

Ndamukong Suh signed a $63.5 million contract in 2010. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

The Lions have tabled contract negotiations with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh until after the 2014 season, but remain confident they can keep the two-time All-Pro in Detroit. More

Jim Caldwell era starts with fast pace at Lions practice

Eric Ebron goes through blocking drills at Lions camp on Monday. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Caldwell has talked a lot about the desire to run up-tempo practices so the Lions can play fast in games, and that style was on display on the first day of camp. More

Minor thumb injury sends Lions linebacker Kyle Van Noy to sidelines

Lions running back Reggie Bush says camp, which began Monday, helps him return to 'football shape.' Daniel Mears / Detroit News

For rookie linebacker Kyle Van Noy, the first day of training camp ended almost as quickly as it started. Early during Monday afternoon's practice, Van Noy injured his right thumb and left the field to receive medical attention. Van Noy returned, but did not participate in drills. More

Lions' decision to cut Chris Houston didn't come down to last minute

Martin Mayhew watches Lions practice on Monday. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

After minicamp last month, the Lions made a somewhat surprising move, releasing veteran cornerback Chris Houston just a year after signing him to five-year, $25 million contract. More

Lions' Matthew Stafford embraces challenge of learning new offense

Quarterback Matthew Stafford watches practice Monday in Allen Park. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

It would have been natural for Stafford to be resistant to a new offense, especially at first. There has been no pushback, no complaining. All Stafford did was roll up his sleeves and, as he said Monday after the first day of training camp, 'did everything I could to immerse myself in it.' More

After playing at 320 last season, Nick Fairley's new weight of 305 OK by Lions

Nick Fairley had a career-high six sacks last season. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Nick Fairley's weight in 2013 was problematic enough that Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said during the offseason the defensive tackle needed to 'reposition' some of his pounds. More

Accountability will be the Lions' mantra this season

So far, Lions coach Jim Caldwell is treating all his players the same, something that didn't always happen under Jim Schwartz. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Insulating some players from criticism — something Schwartz and his staff were rightfully accused of doing, most notably with quarterback Matthew Stafford — is another. And when asked if those days are over, Raiola replied frankly Sunday, “Yeah, you could say that. More

Video: Lions QB Matthew Stafford's latest commercials are ... just see for yourself

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is not a surgeon. For this reason, you should subscribe to Dish. Dish

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford's latest commercials are a nightmare. Well, at least one of them. That's the gist of Stafford's latest ads for satellite provider Dish. More

Lions can 'hit the ground running' with new coach Jim Caldwell's format

Jim Caldwell says the varied practice times will help the Lions prepare for different game time starts. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Training camp begins Monday at 3:30 p.m., but rookies have been in town since last Tuesday, and the extra days on the field will have them better prepared to hit the ground running. More

Matthew Stafford: No excuses for Lions' offense this season

Matthew Stafford completed 371-of-634 passes (58.5 percent) last season. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

'Absolutely,' Stafford said when asked if the Lions had no more excuses. 'I totally agree with that, and I think our biggest challenge right now is learning the new offense and making sure we master it. More

Golden Tate removed from PUP list, will practice with Lions today

Golden Tate caught a career-high 64 passes for 898 yards for the Seahawks last season. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Tate tweaked his shoulder during the offseason program and missed minicamp, but said he'd be available for training camp. The Lions put Tate on the PUP list last week, but his prediction turned out to be true. More

Lions single-game tickets go on sale Thursday

The Lions open the regular season with a home game against the Giants on Monday Night Football. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. and be available at the Ford Field box office and at More

Monday's NFL roundup: Mario Manningham tries to stick with Giants

Mario Manningham didn't do much with the 49ers because of injuries. Now he's trying to catch on with his old team, the Giants. Seth Wenig / Associated Press

Mario Manningham attended his first training camp in 2008 as a third-round pick of the Giants, basically secured of his place on the team's opening day roster. Six years later, Manningham is back in Giants camp after a two-year, injury-plagued stint with the 49ers. More

Early signs indicate Lions' Matthew Stafford is 'getting better'

Jim Caldwell answers questions during his press conference on Sunday. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

The Lions made clear this offseason they wanted to find help for Matthew Stafford, looking for coaches and players that could help the franchise quarterback stop his regression the past two seasons. More

Lions rookie Bryce Quigley not fretting move to offensive guard

Bryce Quigley is presented an academic award after San Diego State's season. He recently joined the Lions as an undrafted rookie. San Diego State athletics

Quigley successfully made the transition from tight end to left tackle at San Diego State, but now he has to change positions again. He'll have to adjust to his new assignment quickly when training camp begins Monday. More

Sunday's NFL roundup: Panthers' Greg Hardy hates being a distraction

Carolina Panthers' Greg Hardy, right, signs autographs after practice Sunday at training camp in Spartanburg, S.C. Chuck Burton / Associated Press

Hardy addressed the media before Sunday's practice but refused to answer specific questions about his recent conviction on two domestic violence charges except to say, 'I hate that I have distracted my team.' More

Lions' Ndamukong Suh lets agent handle business while he focuses on football

Lions star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh told the Associated Press his contract issues won't be a distraction during training camp. Harry How / Getty Images

Veterans report to camp Sunday, and the Lions will practice Monday. Suh is entering the final season of his contract, and as always, the spotlight will be on the two-time All-Pro when he takes the field for Detroit. More

Saturday's NFL roundup: Cardinals QB Carson Palmer says this is 'most talented team I've ever been on'

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, left, talks with quarterback Carson Palmer during practice Saturday. Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press

Whether that talent translates to success on the field could depend in large part on the performance of the 34-year-old quarterback in his second season in coach Bruce Arians' system. More



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