ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have signed Logan Thomas, a former quarterback who's making the switch to tight end, off of the Detroit Lions' practice squad.
Terence Newman was on the inactive list at Detroit last week for the first time in two seasons with Minnesota. Newman had a neck injury that didn’t have enough time to heal with only three days between games. With Dallas due in on Thursday, seeing Newman on the sideline again would sure be a surprise.
Forty-eight hours ago Logan Thomas was an unemployed quarterback. Meet tight end Logan Thomas, the guy who signed to the Detroit Lions’ practice squad on Monday and who on Tuesday was signed to the Buffalo Bills’ active roster. Yes, this is the same Thomas who played quarterback at Virginia Tech — he looked like a first-rounder after his sophomore season, too — and was a fourth-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals.
The Detroit Lions are alone in first place, and their top competitors in the NFC North have been floundering. It’s an opportunity for the Lions to win their first division title since 1993 – but their outlook could change awfully quickly if the next few weeks go badly. With road games against the New York Giants and Dallas also coming up, there are plenty of potential pitfalls awaiting a Detroit team that is in this position only because of its success in close games.
Amid this season of depression and despair, the Browns haven’t lost hope. Sadly, there’s still another level of misery for the Browns (0-12), now four losses from joining the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams in NFL history to complete a 16-game schedule without a win. This is new territory for Coleman and Cleveland’s 17 other rookies, who in addition to adjusting to life as paid professionals, are getting their first real taste of failure as athletes.
This season that started with so much promise for the Minnesota Vikings has been slipping away. ”We do a lot of good things but, unfortunately, the way our football team is right now we have to make sure we execute better in some of these critical situations in the ballgame,” coach Mike Zimmer said Friday, after the Vikings lost 16-13 at Detroit and fell behind the Lions and out of first place in the NFC North for the first time since Dec. 27, 2015. The Vikings (6-5) have lost five of their last six games after posting the NFL’s only 5-0 start.
The Detroit Lions have gone down to the wire in every game this season, so their kicker has been even more important than usual. Matt Prater has come through when they’ve needed him. Prater’s 40-yard field goal on the final play lifted the Lions to a 16-13 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, putting Detroit alone atop the NFC North.