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Ryan Broyles making his mark in Lions receiving corps

Ryan Broyles set up the go-ahead score with all three of his receptions — each for a first down — on the same drive in the fourth quarter. He started with a 25-yard catch from Dan Orlovsky to get the ball across midfield. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

Ryan Broyles is making a good accounting for himself in the exhibition season, adding another consistent game to his portfolio as he's trying to nail down a spot on the final 53-man roster. More

Coach Jim Caldwell unsettled by Lions' 15 penalties

Ndamukong Suh finds himself in a scuffle after a getting roughing the passer penalty. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

Coach Jim Caldwell noted the Lions' 15 penalties Friday night as an issue during his opening statement after a 13-12 exhibition win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Then he fielded four questions about the infractions that cost the Lions 131 yards. More

Reggie Bush gives Lions offense a spark in tight victory over Jaguars

On Reggie Bush's long run, rookie tight end Eric Ebron sealed the inside and Kevin Ogletree the outside, opening a gaping hole through which Bush ran before he cranked it into top gear to outrun the Jacksonville defensive backs. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

Running back Reggie Bush's 86-yard touchdown run in the Lions' 13-12 exhibition win over the Jacksonville Jaguars Friday night at Ford Field should give the offense optimism for several reasons. More

Improved Lions receiver Corey Fuller 'night and day from last year'

The Lions likely will keep five or six receivers on the roster, but unlike last season, Corey Fuller could find himself on the team this year. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Fuller, 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, has been turning heads in camp for his consistency, speed and catching ability. That combination of skills was on display in the opening exhibition game, when he caught the go-ahead touchdown. More

Preparation, discipline are Joe Lombardi's priorities as Lions' offensive coordinator

 Daniel Mears / The Detroit News

Lombardi, who's in his first year as an NFL coordinator, brought the competitive concept from New Orleans, where he spent the past seven years as a Saints assistant, and it's just one way for him to relate to the players. More

Lions juggle lineup for Jaguars, but Calvin Johnson to start

Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who has not played yet in the preseason, readies for a reception. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson is in the starting lineup for the Lions exhibition game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Ford Field tonight, but there are a couple of surprise inactives. More

Browns' Johnny Manziel fined $12K for middle finger flip

Johnny Manziel said he flipped off the Washington bench as a reaction to taunting by the team's players during Monday night's nationally televised game. Rob Carr / Getty Images

A person familiar with the penalty says Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel has been fined $12,000 by the NFL for flipping his middle finger at Washington's sideline. More

Steelers' Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount admitted buying pot, police say

Police in the Pittsburgh suburb of Ross Township say a motorcycle officer pulled over Le'Veon Bell's Chevrolet Camaro when he smelled marijuana coming from it around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Al Bello / Getty Images

Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount told police they 'pitched in' to buy a bag of marijuana with a female friend shortly before they were pulled over — and Bell acknowledged smoking some, though he told the officer who pulled them over he felt OK to drive, police... More

Friday's NFL roundup: Tom Brady and Patriots click in victory over Panthers

Stevan Ridley of the Patriots gains yards as Antoine Cason and Colin Jones of the Panthers defend in the third quarter. Jim Rogash / Getty Images

Brady threw for 204 yards and two touchdowns, Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 60-yard field goal and the Patriots shut down Cam Newton and the Panthers 30-7 on Friday night. More

Lions' battle of kickers will go down to the wire

 Daniel Mears / The Detroit News

After seeing that both handle themselves well on and off the field, special teams coordinator John Bonamego said the decision will 'hinge on game performance' in the final two exhibition games. More

Thursday's NFL roundup: Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount play in Steelers' exhibition loss

Pittsburgh Steelers' Le'Veon Bell rushes during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles. Michael Perez / Associated Press

Bell started and gained 23 yards on nine carries. He also caught a pass for three yards. Blount had 32 yards on seven carries and three receptions for 14 yards. More

Even Lions' Megatron will be scheming this season

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson will be subject to offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's different formations. Daniel Mears / The Detroit News

He's fast enough to beat single coverage, strong enough to make plays in double coverage and tall and long enough to make plays on imperfect passes. More

Ex-Michigan State RB Le'Veon Bell arrested with Steelers teammate after pot found in car

Le'Veon Bell was arrested with teammate LaGarrette Blount early Wednesday during a traffic stop. Bell, who starred at Michigan State, is expected to be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Justin K. Aller / Getty Images

Bell is expected to be charged with DUI while Bell, Blount and a female companion are expected to face charges of marijuana possession. More

Lions DT Nick Fairley says he plans to start in season opener

Defensive tackle Nick Fairley has put on weight since the start of training camp. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley stood at his locker smiling Wednesday, answering questions about his recent demotion with a surprisingly cavalier attitude. More

Lions game with Jaguars is a sellout, will be on TV

The Lions game against the Jaguars at Ford Field Friday is a sellout. Daniel Mears / The Detroit News

The Lions' exhibition game against the Jaguars Friday night at Ford Field is officially a sellout. More

Lions' Calvin Johnson won't let NFL 'get in my pockets' for TD celebration fines

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson dunked over the goalpost to celebrate a touchdown a handful of times during his career but says he won't risk a fine now that it has been outlawed. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham received two fines totaling $33,075 for dunking over the goalpost twice in last week's exhibition game at Atlanta, a touchdown celebration outlawed by the NFL this year. \ More

Lions DE Ziggy Ansah might play Friday against Jaguars

Defensive end Ziggy is expected to be the Lions' top pass rusher this season after posting eight sacks as a rookie. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah is still working his way back from offseason shoulder surgery, but the coaches hope he can play in Friday's exhibition against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Ford Field Field. More

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford poised to take the next step

Quarterback Matthew Stafford expects to be better mentally and fundamentally. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Most of the changes for Stafford will be mental and fundamental this season as he tries to lead the Lions to the playoffs for the first time since 2011. More

Former Michigan State QB Brian Hoyer gets Browns' starting spot over rookie Johnny Manziel

Brian Hoyer, above, didn't win the job over Johnny Manziel as much as he clung to it after beginning training camp as the No. 1 quarterback. Leon Halip / Getty Images

Hoyer will open the season as Cleveland's starting quarterback after winning his summer competition over Manziel, the hotshot rookie and social media sensation whose NFL career is off to a shaky start. More

Lions to get Calvin Johnson some playing time, gauge Jaguars' response

No matter how long Calvin Johnson is on the field Friday, the coaching staff will gain a better understanding of how defenses react with him on the field. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

The Lions plan to give wide receiver Calvin Johnson his first playing time of the preseason Friday, and when asked about what he's looking for, Caldwell made a point to note his impressions of the All-Pro. More

Lions release cornerback Drayton Florence

The Lions hoped Drayton Florence, an 11-year veteran who played in Detroit in 2012, could provide veteran depth at a position of weakness, but he looked a step slow in practice and Friday's exhibition against the Raiders. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

The Lions hoped Florence, an 11-year veteran who played in Detroit in 2012, could provide veteran depth at a position of weakness, but he looked a step slow in practice and Friday's exhibition against the Raiders. More

Lions' Dominic Raiola on Johnny Manziel's obscene gesture: 'Enjoy the FedEx' from the NFL

Lions center Dominic Raiola has experience with getting fined for an obscene gesture. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

It didn't take long for the news of Johnny Manziel's obscene gesture during the 'Monday Night Football' game at Washington to make the rounds in the Lions locker room. More

Former NFL, Livonia Clarenceville player Tim Shaw announces he has ALS

Before entering the NFL, Tim Shaw played at Penn State and Clarenceville High School in Livonia. He started 32 games at Penn State, where he played running back, middle linebacker, outside linebacker and defensive end. John T. Greilick / Detroit News

In a 25-second video posted Tuesday on the Tennessee Titans' web site, 30-year-old Shaw reveals he was recently diagnosed with ALS and pours a bucket of ice water on his head as part of the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness to battle the disease. More

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