Good morning and ROOOAAARRRRR!!!
The links name may be the same but you'll notice today begins my stint here as the new Detroit Lions blogger for ESPN.com after covering Michigan football the past two seasons for ESPN.com. Greetings. Excited to get started.
More importantly, however, today starts the first regular season practice week for Detroit. Unlike some other teams in the league, the Lions did not practice on Labor Day.
Detroit will work out this morning and then the Lions will have access post-practice as usual, so there could be some clarity on the status of rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah, who possibly suffered a concussion in practice last week, the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett reported. The Lions, though, won't be required to submit an injury report until Wednesday.
Ansah's status is one thing to keep an eye on the rest of the week, but it isn't the only thing about the Lions wandering around the Interwebs.
The Lions' waiver claim of safety DeJon Gomes became official yesterday according to Tim Twentyman of the Lions' website. The 23-year-old Gomes went to Nebraska and was a part-time starter the past two seasons for Washington. He had 40 tackles and an interception last season. Detroit had earlier released linebacker Rocky McIntosh to make room for Gomes.
A lot of chatter about how the contract signed by Cincinnati's Geno Atkins could influence what happens with Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, including an opinion from our own Kevin Seifert. Birkett looks at how the deal could impact Suh and Nick Fairley.
Kyle Meinke from MLive.com spoke with defensive end Willie Young about moving past the fine he received for a hit on Tom Brady during the preseason.
Staying on defense, Birkett writes the Lions staff believes in rookie starting cornerback Darius Slay from Mississippi State.
From our blog yesterday, some interesting numbers from ESPN Stats & Information about the Lions last season.
And finally, something to watch about this week's opponent, the Minnesota Vikings. Our Vikings blogger, Ben Goessling, writes injuries at defensive tackle could alter Minnesota's plans for this weekend at the position.