Lions claim CB Brandon McDonald

We have a few items to touch on as the Detroit Lions began preparations for Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins.

  • The Lions claimed cornerback Brandon McDonald off waivers from the Arizona Cardinals, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It wasn't immediately clear whose roster spot McDonald will take. If you're wondering, yes, it is the same Brandon McDonald who got into a bit of a Twitter kerfuffle this summer with Cincinnati Bengals receiver Terrell Owens. That makes two defensive veterans the Lions have picked up since they last played: McDonald and linebacker Bobby Carpenter.

  • Quarterback Matthew Stafford (shoulder) resumed his role as the No. 1 quarterback in practice. He told reporters that injuries are a part of the game but one that he hopes is behind him. Via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press: "Hopefully it's a part that will let me alone for a while and let me get out there and play."

  • The team said it has 10,000 tickets remaining for Sunday's game. That figure suggests the Lions could be in for their first local television blackout of the season.