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    Stafford practices with Lions Tuesday
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    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP)—Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz wasn’t about to tip his hand about the recovery of quarterback Matt Stafford.

    Stafford wasn’t much more forthcoming himself as the Lions returned to practice Tuesday after their bye week.

    The rookie quarterback has missed the last two games with a knee injury, and with backup Daunte Culpepper (hamstring) also at less than 100 percent, Schwartz is going to make the St. Louis Rams try to prepare for Stafford, Culpepper and third-stringer Drew Stanton.

    “Absolutely nothing,” said Schwartz, when asked what he would reveal about Stafford’s participation in Tuesday’s practice. “I do think the bye came at a good time for getting people healthier, and everyone was able to at least do something, but that’s as far as I will go.”

    Stafford took part in the individual drills that are open to the media, but acknowledged that he wasn’t fully involved in the full-team portion of the session.

    “I was limited,” he said. “I didn’t get all the reps, but I took a few. This is the most I’ve done on it, and it felt pretty good.”

    Stafford, though, knows that he’s been down this road before. The last time he tried to go through most of a practice, the knee swelled and he had to have a second MRI.

    Stafford’s biggest target, Calvin Johnson, is also recovering from a knee injury. He was limited to playing catch on the sidelines with a Lions staffer during the early portion of practice.

    “I did exactly as much as coach said I did,” Johnson said. “I feel a lot better than I did a week ago, so I’m definitely optimistic, but I’m not positive. I’ll see what I can do tomorrow.”

    Schwartz was equally close-mouthed about the left guard position, which was being manned by longtime tackle Jon Jansen in early drills Tuesday. Daniel Loper and Manny Ramirez have split time at the position in Detroit’s first six games.

    “I’ve never played anything but tackle in an NFL game, but I’ve practiced all over the line,” said Jansen, an 11-year veteran. “I’m anxious to take any opportunity I can to get on the field.”

    The move puts Jansen next to left tackle Jeff Backus, his college teammate at Michigan.

    “It’s great playing next to Jeff, because I know him so well and we’ve worked together,” Jansen said.

    The pair played together until Jansen finished his college career in 1998.

    “I’m excited to be out there next to Jon,” Backus said. “The last time we played on an offensive line was 10 or 11 years at Michigan. I know what kind of player he was then, and I know he wants to show people that he can still be that type of player now.”

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    Re: Stafford Practices With Lions Tuesday

    Schwartz is going to make the St. Louis Rams try to prepare for Stafford, Culpepper and third-stringer Drew Stanton.
    Please who gives a rat a#% about who they are going to start? Who ever it is we will have to make plays IMO there is nothing to gain from it.
    :ramlogo:

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    • #3
      Re: Stafford Practices With Lions Tuesday

      Originally posted by eldfan View Post
      Please who gives a rat a#% about who they are going to start? Who ever it is we will have to make plays IMO there is nothing to gain from it.
      Agreed 100%.

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      • #4
        Re: Stafford Practices With Lions Tuesday

        if Calvin Johnson plays, whoever plays at QB will have the same game plan...Throw to Calvin Johnson.
        Schwartz cant kid anyone by trying to be mysterious over who the starting QB will be.

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        • #5
          Re: Stafford Practices With Lions Tuesday

          Its information... why the hostility ??

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          • #6
            Re: Stafford Practices With Lions Tuesday

            at the risk of not being very nice i can say i'd like it if calvin johnson sat this one out. whether or culpepper or stafford isn't as big a deal, both guys have their positives and negatives and can make plays.

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            • #7
              Re: Stafford Practices With Lions Tuesday

              If Johnson sits out and we still lose......, =X

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              • #8
                Re: Stafford Practices With Lions Tuesday

                I want to know when Detroit left the discussion of being one of the worst teams in the league. I know they won a game but other teams that have won are still considered among the worst but I hardly ever hear Detroit mentioned for the worst team in the NFL debate. Hopefully the Rams will put them back in that debate this week regardless of who is starting at QB because if they don't win this week an 0-16 season is very likely for the Rams this year.

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                • #9
                  Re: Stafford Practices With Lions Tuesday

                  This is all about the games before the game that's all.
                  sigpic :ram::helmet:

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                  • #10
                    Re: Stafford Practices With Lions Tuesday

                    Originally posted by eldfan View Post
                    Please who gives a rat a#% about who they are going to start? Who ever it is we will have to make plays IMO there is nothing to gain from it.
                    LOL so true...who do they think they are..brady or manning?

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                    • #11
                      Re: Stafford Practices With Lions Tuesday

                      Neither Stafford nor Culpepper have done anything to be a concern. This game will come down to whether or not the Rams shoot themselves in the foot...... yet again.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Stafford Practices With Lions Tuesday

                        The Lions have scored 19 or more points 4x. The Rams 1x. To win this game, the Rams must at minimum match their best scoring performance of the season!

                        Maybe the Rams should dress in the Gator colors. Stafford seemed to fold like a napkin against Gator defenses.

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                        • Nick
                          Garcia set to take physical for Lions
                          by Nick
                          INDIANAPOLIS -- Quarterback Jeff Garcia will take a physical -- probably in the next two days -- as part of the Lions' due diligence in their search for a qualified veteran backup for Joey Harrington.

                          Coach Steve Mariucci said Friday that he expects Garcia to be examined "as soon as we can" by Lions doctors at the NFL scouting combine.

                          "We are trying to determine who the best addition would be to our pitching staff," Mariucci said. "And he's a candidate."

                          Garcia, 35, was a three-time Pro Bowl quarterback for Mariucci when they were together with the San Francisco ***** in the late 1990s and early 2000s. But Garcia was disappointing last season at Cleveland and was released Tuesday.

                          Since then the Lions have been in touch with Garcia and his agent, Steve Baker, and Mariucci said the physical is the first step toward possibly signing him.

                          Although other quarterbacks are available or will become available at the start of free agency next week, Garcia is considered by many as the leading candidate for the Lions because of his background with Mariucci's West Coast offense.

                          "He has some familiarity, obviously, with the system, but that's not the only thing we're taking into consideration," Mariucci said. "It's got to be a fit. It's got to be right for that player coming in, it's got to be right for us, and he's got to understand the situation we have.

                          "Joey is the starter so -- for him, specifically -- that would be different than going to Cleveland last year.

                          "So when I say we have to go through the process, we have to get the physical done first. Then we have to discuss those sort of things and see if it works for everybody before we start talking with agents and contracts. That's the third thing that has to happen."

                          When he left San Francisco a year ago, Garcia insisted on going to a team that wanted him as a starter. After a subpar season with the Browns, it is uncertain whether he still feels that strongly about not being considered a backup.

                          "Haven't spoken to him about that," Mariucci said, "but we would need to."

                          Mariucci has been reluctant to endorse Harrington as the Lions' long-term quarterback, so many have questioned his intentions -- whether he is truly interested in signing a backup or whether he's looking for a player capable of unseating Harrington.

                          Mariucci indicated the quarterback roles would be determined gradually, whether the Lions sign Garcia or another veteran.

                          "We wouldn't name a new starting quarterback the next day, before minicamps," Mariucci said. "Joey is the incumbent right now, and he's the starter. He would have to be -- you know -- beaten out, or somebody's got to be there ready to go in case he gets hurt."

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                        • Nick
                          Mooch Ponders Lions QB Change
                          by Nick
                          Mooch Ponders Lions QB Change

                          ALLEN PARK, Mich. - Joey Harrington kept his job for at least another day.

                          Detroit coach Steve Mariucci said Monday he had not decided whether to bench Harrington this week against Minnesota in favor of backup quarterback Mike McMahon.

                          Harrington has struggled as the Lions (5-8) have lost six of their last seven games and he might be coming off the worst outing in his three-season career.

                          He was 5-of-22 for 47 yards in a 16-13 loss at Green Bay, which overcame a 13-0 deficit in the second half.

                          "We haven't made any decisions, but we are evaluating our passing game," Mariucci said.

                          Harrington said Mariucci did not talk to him about a possible change on Monday, but is well aware that his coach was peppered with questions about it.

                          "If there's anything it's going to do, it's going to make me work harder," he said. "I'm not going to go home and cry about it."

                          McMahon said he would be surprised if Mariucci made a move to make him the starter Sunday at home against the Vikings (7-6).

                          "When there's been opportunities to make a change, he hasn't," McMahon said.

                          Not long ago, Harrington was credited for helping the Lions turn it around after winning an NFL-low 10 games over the previous three seasons.

                          When the Lions were 4-2, Harrington had thrown 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. In the last seven games, he's thrown as many TDs (five) as interceptions.

                          "I'm not worried about making plays to keep the job," Harrington said. "I'm worried about making plays to win a football game."

                          Mariucci didn't praise Harrington in many ways, but did compliment his work ethic.

                          "He's bound and determined to be as good as he possibly can be," Mariucci said. "He's here late, he's here on days off, he's studying film. He really works at it. I'll give him that.

                          "I have confidence in Joey. I have faith in Joey. Would I like him to play better? You bet."

                          The Lions have lost 19 games and won 10 since Mariucci returned to his home state after being fired in San Francisco with a 60-43 mark over six seasons.

                          Despite the lack of success with the Lions, Mariucci has remained upbeat and enthusiastic in front of cameras and reporters. That wasn't the case Sunday at Green Bay, where he looked very glum.

                          Did the loss bother him more than any other the past two seasons?

                          "Yeah, it did," Mariucci acknowledged softly.

                          Detroit not only lost a game on Sunday, it lost a great opportunity to make the playoffs in the muddled and mediocre NFC with its first win in Wisconsin since 1991.

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                        • larams1980
                          Stafford private workout with Lions goes good.
                          by larams1980
                          Report: Stafford Impresses Lions

                          Posted by Aaron Wilson on March 31, 2009, 3:21 p.m.
                          University of Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford reportedly impressed the Detroit Lions’ brass during a private workout today as he attempted to convince them that he should be the top overall pick of the draft, according to Tony Pauline of SI.com.
                          Per Pauline, Stafford had a “flawless” workout that was a major upgrade over his performance at his Pro Day workout and raised his stock with the Lions considerably.
                          Citing sources in Athens, Pauline wrote that they gained the impression that Stafford’s showing makes it a “done deal” that the Lions will draft the Texas native first overall when they’re on the clock in April.
                          Pauline wrote that Stafford was able to handle the Lions’ intricate workout and was accurate on roughly 37 of 40 passes, “hitting receivers in stride and threw accurately through the entire session.”


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                        • r8rh8rmike
                          Lions Hope To Extend Rams' 17-Game Losing Streak
                          by r8rh8rmike
                          Lions hope to extend Rams’ 17-game losing streak
                          By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer
                          Oct 31, 12:04 am EDT

                          DETROIT (AP)—Somebody’s got to win, right?

                          Detroit, which has one victory since enduring the NFL’s first 0-16 season, is hosting the winless St. Louis Rams, who might have their best shot to avoid joining the Lions in league infamy, in an oddly intriguing game.

                          “Both of us are hungry for a win,” Lions linebacker Julian Peterson(notes) said.

                          Starving, really.

                          The Lions quietly slipped out of the national watch of terrible teams when they finally won a game in Week 3, snapping a 19-game losing streak and ending talk about the possible pursuit of Tampa Bay’s league-record 26-game skid.

                          Detroit hasn’t won since beating Washington, though, and its 2-28 mark since the middle of 2007 matches the worst 30-game record in league history.

                          The Rams are winless through seven games and if they don’t beat the Lions, they might be bad enough to replicate Detroit’s unenviable achievement with an 0-16 year and match the Buccaneers’ mark for futility set during the 1976-77 seasons.

                          Detroit running back Kevin Smith figures the Rams are looking at the matchup as their week to finally win.

                          “If I’m St. Louis, I’m saying, `OK, you’ve got a 1-5 Lions team that went through our situation last year, let’s try to get a jump start on our season with a win versus the Lions,”’ Smith said. “You have to anticipate that’s what they’re thinking.”

                          Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo insisted that’s not the case.

                          “We don’t go there,” Spagnuolo said.

                          The message has sunk in with his players.

                          “Records in the NFL mean very little,” quarterback Marc Bulger said. “Arizona was 9-7 last year and I don’t think anyone gave them a chance of going to the Super Bowl. You treat every week like it’s own Super Bowl and I think that’s what coach is trying to preach to us.”

                          The Lions have a chance to get their top two players back on offense— receiver Calvin Johnson and quarterback Matthew Stafford—after both missed games with injured right knees.

                          “Calvin obviously changes the game,” Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said. “He changes not only our offense, but he changes the way defenses play.

                          “The strides that Matt had made early in the season, he needs to be able to pick that back up again.”

                          Stafford, the No. 1 pick in the draft, said he learned something while he was relegated to standing on the sideline.

                          “It was tough watching, I don’t really like it,” he said. “You feel like you learn more playing than you do just sitting there watching because you’re so much more in tune.”

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                          Will the Rams turn things around @ Detroit? (This week's pick)
                          by AvengerRam
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                          Still, I'm optimistic. I think the Rams can move the ball on the Lions, and if they can pressure Matthew Stafford, I think they can keep the Lions' offense in check.

                          My pick:

                          Los Angeles Rams 24
                          Detroit Lions 20
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