Monthly Archives: July 2017

Lions must navigate injuries, suspensions on lines

The Detroit Lions are having their depth tested on both sides of the line of scrimmage. The Lions are beginning training camp with high hopes after making the playoffs a season ago, but they already have their share of issues on the offensive and defensive lines. Offensive tackle Taylor Decker had offseason shoulder surgery, and defensive linemen Armonty Bryant and Khyri Thornton will be suspended to start the regular season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

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Quin signs contract extension with Lions through 2019

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed safety Glover Quin to a contract extension through the 2019 season.
The 31-year-old Quin has spent the past four seasons with Detroit since signing a five-year deal in 2013. He hasn't missed a regular

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Matt Stafford spent time with private QB tutor in offseason for 1st time in his career

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Toward the end of the 2013 season, with the Detroit Lions heading toward another collapse of a finish, quarterback Matthew Stafford scoffed at the idea he should work with a private quarterback coach. At the time, he said he didn't think it would be "beneficial" to him. Now, at age 29, Stafford has changed his mind. For the first time in his career, Stafford spent time with a private quarterback tutor this offseason. He worked in California – the Detroit Free Press tweeted it is Tom House's group, the same one who works with Stafford's friend, Matt Ryan – trying to find small areas here and there to improve his game. "Just it is the first time for me, ever since John Stafford

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New Vikings left tackle Riley Reiff has undisclosed injury

Minnesota Vikings left tackle Riley Reiff has been missing from practice due to an undisclosed injury. Zimmer declined to divulge the injury, but he said he doesn't believe it's serious. Reiff, who signed a five-year contract worth as much as $58.75 million with $26.3 million guaranteed with the Vikings, left the Detroit Lions as a free agent.

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2017 NFL Preview: NFC North

The Packers made it to the NFC Championship game last season and have won this division in five of the last six seasons. Detroit also made a rare postseason appearance in 2016, while the Vikings finished at 8-8. The NFC North will be matched against the AFC North next season. This cold weather division is usually closely contested and three teams hold playoff aspirations. Green Bay is currently the heavy favorite, while Detroit and Minnesota should be in the mix for a wildcard spot. Final division standings projection: 1. Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the NFL and does not appear to be slowing down any time soon. Their offensive line came together last year, allowing

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Detroit Lions training camp: Three questions facing the team

The NFL season is inching closer. Through July, Shutdown Corner will examine three big questions for each NFL team as it heads to training camp. DETROIT LIONS Report date: July 24 for rookies, July 29 for veterans Where: Allen Park, Michigan 1. Is Ameer

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Hurley nurses pushing back as labor negotiations break down

Chris Flores was doing yard work outside his East Village home in Flint late Monday afternoon when a dozen nurses showed up at the end of his driveway toting a banner that read “HURLEY WON’T BARGAIN.” Flores, the chairman of Hurley Medical Center's board of managers, tucked his rubber gardening gloves into his back pocket and walked out to meet them. Two nurses broke off from the group and handed him a letter advocating for a return to negotiations with the Registered Nurses and Registered Pharmacists Association, which identifies itself as the hospital’s largest union.  “We really want to make sure you’re aware of how short-staffed and unsafe things really are,” nurse Jolie Swyrtek, a 17-year

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