The Detroit Lions have landed in London, England and the local fans there could not be happier. After a 7 hour flight that left players and coaches exhausted from the time difference, the Lions went to the NFL’s Play 60 event. They met with fans of all ages, signed autographs and had fun with the young British fans. They start their practice schedule Wednesday as usual and have some other events to tend to near the end of the week for the fans out there. Here are some of our notes for week 8:
- Calvin Johnson has started to do some running. He said his ankle is feeling better but would not commit to whether or not he will play this Sunday. British fans hope he does so they can see the superstar live in action. The Lions offense, which has gotten the job done so far without Johnson, would love to have him back to display the explosive offense they showed against the New York Giants to start the season.
- Theo Riddick, who sat last week with a re-aggravated hamstring injury, said he’s feeling good and he expects to play this week. With Bush dealing with an ankle problem, it would be great for the Lions to get Riddick back.
- Speaking of Reggie Bush, he said his ankle feels better and he expects to play this week. He started the game against the Saints, but was virtually non-existent in the second half. Jim Caldwell said that Bush’s lack of second half snaps was related to his sore ankle.
- Joseph Fauria has started running and cutting on his ankle. He said it feels good so far. While the Lions would love to get him back this week, there is a good chance they rest him for one last week giving an opportunity to newly signed tight end Kellen Davis.
- Matt Prater has experience kicking in London while with the Denver Broncos. Unfortunately, he said the field was not very good and he struggled there a bit. With the Lions kicking game already struggling this season, the last thing they wanted to hear was that Prater struggles on this field.
- In the last 4 games, Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones has 314 yards and 0 touchdowns. The Lions desperately need to keep limiting him if they want to win this week. Jones can be a game breaker if he gets hot and the Lions defense showed some cracks against the Saints that the Falcons will try to exploit