Thursday, December 27, 2012, 3:49pm
The Detroit Lions are the first NFC North team to act in the shadow of the NFL's trading deadline, which has been extended to Thursday afternoon because of Hurricane Sandy. Their acquisition of Jacksonville receiver Mike Thomas restores their depth, at least, in the wake of Nate Burleson's season-ending leg injury.
Thomas could provide an option to Ryan Broyles in the slot; he caught 158 passes in three seasons for the Jaguars but had managed just 10 receptions for 80 yards the Jaguars' new offense. He has also been a kickoff and punt returner at times in his career, and it's worth wondering at least if the Lions will give him a look there in place of incumbent Stefan Logan, who has been inconsistent this season.
Thomas had something of a breakout season in 2010, posting 66 receptions for 820 yards and four TDs, but his production since has been disappointing. With the way Broyles has played the last two weeks, we'd be surprised if he lost any snaps to Thomas, who will probably fill the Lions' WR4 role and potentially get some work as a returner on special teams. Thomas, 25, is a player to monitor in the Lions' offense.
Monday, July 30, 2012, 3:38pm
There’s still no timetable for Best’s return, though running backs coach Sam Gash said today he’s holding out hope it will happen.
“I expect Jahvid to play,” Gash said. “I’m not going to speak on his injuries by any means, by as far as I know, I’m a coach, I’m coaching the guys that are here now.”
According to a source close to the situation, Detroit Lions receiver Nate Burleson might only miss one game with a high ankle sprain. Burleson won't play on Sunday against the Vikings, but there's a high likelihood that Burleson will be on the practice field next Wednesday.
First reports were that Burleson could miss three or four weeks but his condition improved on Monday and it was upgraded to two to three weeks. While Burleson was playing coy with the media on Monday and saying he might return this week, receiver Stefan Logan unwittingly told a reporter about Burleson's status.
Monday, September 20, 2010, 5:37pm
“I don’t know what they’re going to put in the game plan this week,” Logan said. “We got one guy that went down. He’ll be down for about two, three weeks with a high ankle sprain, so we just got to step in and do the best we can as far as helping the team win and get our first victory.”
Burleson, who played three seasons with the Vikings, said today his ankle was “a little sore, but it’s not as bad as I thought it was on the field.”
So could he play this weekend?
“It’s possible,” Burleson said. “I don’t want to put my pride in the way and go out there and do something stupid and hurt the team. But definitely going to see how it feels, go out there and try to run on the field. The key with ankles is if I can cut, I can go out here and play, so that’s going to be the biggest test.”
• Isaac Redman, the fans' choice a year ago, will be the coaches' choice this season. Redman looked like the best running back on the field Saturday night and showed he can be more than "Red Zone," the nickname he picked up for his goal-line skills a year ago.
Redman did perform those skills well again Saturday. He scored from the 1, burrowing off left guard. And he picked up three first downs in short-yardage carries -- 4 yards on third-and-2, 5 yards on third-and-1, and 3 yards on second-and-2.
Redman's success could be bad news for Mendenhall owners who were hoping he'd emerge as at least the goal line back to pad his TD stats. Keep an eye on this battle.