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'Madden 15' glitch creates tiny Titan, 'but he's making plays!'

Christian Kirksey is a 6-foot-2 rookie linebacker for the Cleveland Browns. But due to a hilarious glitch, in the popular 'Madden 15' video game he is 1-foot-2 and plays for the Tennessee Titans. More

Lions cornerback Darius Slay has new number, more confidence

Lions cornerback Darius Slay, left, had reason to smile in the preseason. He played well, made tackles and did not get exposed. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Slay smiles a lot these days. His game is coming into shape, he feels good about the season and he feels prepared. He also exchanged his number 30 jersey for 23, which brings the biggest smile. More

NFC preview: Don't count on Seahawks repeating as champs

Richard Sherman and the Seahawks defense will help keep Seattle near the top of the NFC again this season. Jamie Squire / Getty Images

Detroit News reporter Rod Beard breaks down each NFC team, plus gives his playoff prognostications. More

AFC preview: Once again, Broncos will be hard to stop

Quarterback Peyton Manning is back, with new targets as the Broncos try to return to the Super Bowl Ezra Shaw / Getty Images

Detroit News reporter Rod Beard breaks down each AFC team, plus gives his playoff prognostications. More

Lions' Ndamukong Suh among ESPN The Magazine's 'renegades'

This is the cover featuring Ndamukong Suh. ESPN The Magazine

Presumably, Suh is considered a renegade, along with Saints tight end Jimmy Graham and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. More

Slimmer Nick Fairley wins job back as Lions starting defensive tackle

Tackle Nick Fairley has cut down to a more pleasing 305 pounds. Daniel Mears/Detroit News

Allen Park — Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley said his demotion to the second-string defense this summer opened his eyes to what the team needed from the 2011 first-round pick. More

Lions' Caldwell explains decision to keep receivers Broyles, Ogletree, Fuller

Jim Caldwell on Ryan Broyles: 'He did show, obviously, he had recovered from the injuries.' Daniel Mears / Detroit News

The competition for the final wide receiver spots on the Lions' 53-man roster came down to the wire, and coach Jim Caldwell explained Monday why the team chose to keep Ryan Broyles, Kevin Ogletree and Corey Fuller. More

Lions coach Jim Caldwell has title thoughts dancing through team's head

'I think we have the foundation to be champions, without question,' Lions coach Jim Caldwell says. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Caldwell has been an assistant coach on two Super Bowl teams, Indianapolis in 2006 and Baltimore in 2012, and after a question about the foundation of those teams, he made a point to spin the focus back to his current team. More

Lions' Kyle Van Noy might miss eight games on short-term IR, Caldwell admits

If he goes on short-term IR, Kyle Van Noy could return for the Nov. 9 game against the Dolphins. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

In his first regular-season news conference Monday, Caldwell said Van Noy is 'certainly' a candidate for the team's short-term injured reserve slot, which would keep him out of at least the first eight games. More

Lions' James Ihedigbo still out with undisclosed injury

James Ihedigbo did not travel to Buffalo for the Lions' final preseason game. Jeff Chiu / Associated Press

Starting strong safety James Ihedigbo missed the Lions' first regular-season practice Monday with an undisclosed injury that has bothered him at least the past two weeks. More

Football on TV this week

Calvin Johnson and the Lions open the regular season on Monday Night Football on ESPN. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

From the Thursday night college games to Monday Night Football, here is all the excitement on the magic lantern this week. More

OT Michael Williams, RB George Winn among Lions' practice squad additions

Wide receiver Andrew Peacock played well in training camp and had eight catches for 74 yards in the exhibition games. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Peacock, an undrafted rookie from Appalachian State, was the first player to announce he was a part of the group of 10 players whom the team hopes to develop. 'Practice squad it is,' Peacock tweeted. More

Titans claim WR Kris Durham after he was cut by Lions

Kris Durham had 490 receiving yards for the Lions last season. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

The Tennessee Titans claimed former Lions wide receiver Kris Durham off waivers on Sunday. Durham was among the Lions' final roster cuts Saturday as they set their 53-man roster. More

Lions are already impact players in the NFL this season

In Buffalo, the second-year edition of EJ Manuel wasn't nearly as exciting as the rookie unknown version, and the Lions terrorized the 2013 first-round pick early. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

As always, the Lions used their exhibition games to prepare for the regular season and determine which players would be on the roster. But while they went about their business, the Lions played a role in a few key NFL storylines during their four games this summer. More

49ers' Ray McDonald faces felony domestic violence charges

Ray McDonald has been playing for San Francisco since he was drafted as a third-round pick in 2007. Ezra Shaw / Getty Images

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties this past week for players accused of domestic violence. The move followed scrutiny over Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's two-game penalty stemming from his arrest on an assault charge in February. More

Sunday's NFL roundup: Chiefs QB Alex Smith reportedly agrees to $68M extension

The Chiefs' Alex Smith has not had a productive exhibition season. Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images

Smith and the Chiefs agreed Sunday on a $68 million extension that should keep him in Kansas City through the 2018 season, a person familiar with the contract told the Associated Press. More

Michael Sam clears waivers, meets with Rams coach Jeff Fisher

Michael Sam's future was a major topic on Twitter on Saturday, some of it vitriol, some reasoned. L.G. Patterson / Associated Press

Sam showed up for his face-to-face exit meeting with St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher, a few hours after clearing waivers. More

Lions make final cuts; full 53-man roster here

Wide receiver Kris Durham was among the Lions cuts Saturday. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Even though most players can feel safe for now, the current roster is by no means permanent. The Lions could add some players who were cut by other teams, and if rookie linebacker Kyle Van Noy goes on short-term injured reserve Tuesday, it would open a roster spot. More

Lions show progress with cuts, but Jim Caldwell remains key to success

Lions head coach Jim Caldwell claps on the sidelines during the third quarter of Thursday's exhibition game against the Bills in Orchard Park, New York. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Caldwell and his staff are the wild cards. I have to believe he was holding more things back than previous coach Jim Schwartz did in the exhibition season. We won't know what Caldwell is all about until kickoff during that Monday Night Football spectacular against the New York Giants. More

Rams cut Michael Sam, first openly gay player drafted

At one point, Michael Sam's Rams jersey was the No. 2 seller among rookies at NFLShop.com, trailing only Cleveland's Johnny Manziel. Dilip Vishwanat / Getty Images

The seventh-round pick has been outspoken and confident as his progress was watched as closely as any rookie in the league. He has been cheered by athletes and celebrities. In the end, the defensive end couldn't make a team stocked with pass-rushers. More

Lions defensive end George Johnson makes a big impression

George Johnson pressures Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub. Johnson, a fill-in, had 2.5 sacks in exhibitions. Ben Margot / Associated Press

He has gone from filler to thriller for the Lions, and in the four exhibition games, he had nine tackles and 21/2 sacks, both of which led all defensive linemen, as well as a forced fumble. More

Lions' James Ihedigbo skips Buffalo trip for treatment on ailment

Isa Abdul-Quddus, who is fighting for one of the Lions' final safety spots, intercepted this pass in the second quarter. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

James Ihedigbo sat out the Lions' third exhibition against Jacksonville to rest, but after he skipped the trip to Buffalo Thursday night, coach Jim Caldwell indicated the starting strong safety is dealing with some kind of ailment. More

Kellen Moore has shown he should be Lions' backup quarterback

Kellen Moore guided the Lions past the Bills in Thursday's exhibition. Vaughn Ridley / Getty Images

The Lions brought Orlovsky back to be Matthew Stafford's backup this season. Yet, after camp and four exhibitions, Kellen Moore is the one who should enter this season as the backup, not Orlovsky. More

Lions waive safety DeJon Gomes in injury-related agreement

Detroit Lions defensive back DeJon Gomes injured his shoulder during this hit on Oakland Raiders Scott Simonson during the second week of the exhibition season. Ben Margot / Associated Press

Gomes suffered an injury on a helmet-to-helmet hit with Raiders tight end Scott Simonson in the Lions' second exhibition game. The Lions first called it a neck injury, but coach Jim Caldwell said later it was Gomes' shoulder. More

Lions competition at receiver remains fierce as cutdown looms

Lions receiver Ryan Broyles gets dragged down by the Bills' Ross Cockrell after a reception in the third quarter Thursday in Orchard Park, New York. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

The competition for the final two or three wide receiver spots on the 53-man roster is as tight as any other position. Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate and Jeremy Ross are locks, and the rest of the group hopes the Lions keep six receivers instead of five. More

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