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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit knows it will see at least some sort of a different look Sunday against Tampa Bay than it might see on film.
Why? Because the Buccaneers will be without the suspended Dashon Goldson on Sunday. Goldson has started eight games at safety for the Bucs, making 50 tackles and defending six passes.
"He's a key part of their defense," Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said. "I mean, obviously because of his talent, but they also went and extended a lot of money to go get him. He's, we call them a vacuum cleaner. He's a guy that makes a lot of tackles all over the field that covers up guys' mistakes in front of him.
"He's a physical player. He was having an outstanding year."
Tampa Bay will likely start Mark Barron, a former first round pick for Tampa, in place of Goldson. Barron is familiar to the Buccaneers defense -- he has 65 tackles this season.
"You have to see how that will effect their nickel packages and how they want to replace Goldson and if that moves Barron around," Schwartz said. "We're prepared for just about everything. He's been a really good player for them."
And now a look at news about the Lions from around the Interwebs:
Willie Young and Nick Fairley have differing opinions on the rules hitting quarterbacks and this week's Ten(ish) Questions With... defensive end Devin Taylor. Reggie Bush's declaration might be unrealistic. A Lions-Buccaneers preview and Nate Burleson practiced fully Thursday. Calvin Johnson vs. Darrelle Revis is a good matchup and Johnson now has an action figure.
Allegations against Chris Houston's father in the Sam Hurd drug trial haven't affected Houston, writes Dave Birkett in the Detroit Free Press.
Nate Burleson convinced he'll come back fine, writes Chris McCosky in the Detroit News.
Kyle Meinke from MLive wonders if Joique Bell is a better back in bad weather than Reggie Bush.
Ashley Dunkak from CBS Detroit writes that Scott Linehan said the Steelers took away Johnson in the second half last Sunday.