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Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

T.J. Lang, Jace Billingsley and Toby Johnson all at practice for the Lions but not participating during Monday's preseason practice.

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Lions cut veteran defensive end Washington

Cornelius Washington was looked at as a versatile player for the Lions defensive line, but that wasn't good enough for him to keep his job as he was cut Monday.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions signed CBs Sterling Moore and Dexter McDougle along with OL Beau Nunn. To make room, they released DL Cornelius Washington, CB Antwuan Davis and officially put Steve Longa on injured reserve. Of the moves, Washington is the most surprising as he was a starter last year.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Patricia: "We're going to try to continue to educate everybody on all the rules" when asked about the helmet rule. Said he thinks they are in the "same spot" and they are teaching to hit with their heads up and to "keep preaching" to put the shoulders in the game. Said they are in the education process now.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions lose a lot on special teams with Steve Longa going in IR with a torn ACL suffered against the Giants on Friday. Longa was a reserve linebacker but a core special teams player who was used on all four units. “As a special teams player, I'd say he's very tough, he's smart, very instinctual," Lions coach Matt Patricia said Saturday about Longa. "And those are some of the things that have been carrying over this year on defense also, which has been a positive that we've seen from him.”

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions signed S Marcus Cromartie and waived-injured S Stefan McClure. McClure sat out most of last week's practices with the Giants and had been injured much of training camp.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Kelly Stafford, wife of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, gave birth to the couple's third child Thursday. The Staffords had twin girls less than two years ago.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Patricia had no update yet on Steve Longa's right knee injury. He was on crutches and in a full-length leg brace last night after the game.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Patricia said he played Luke Willson, LeGarrette Blount and A'Shawn Robinson -- among others -- late in Friday's loss to the New York Giants because they are "trying to get guys enough reps out there." Said it's not a specific thing, but about the amount of reps the players are getting to have a good evaluation of them.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Patricia: "I would say overall, I think everybody, skill-wide, wide receiver, DBs, defensive line, offensive line, I don't think we played particularly well at any position."

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Patricia didn't think his team was overworked the past two weeks after two sets of padded joint practices -- including a trip to the west coast -- and then two games. "No, it's football. We're trying to get better every day and really to be honest with you, the practices are critically important. That's where we have to make improvements and get better and be able to do some things in practice that we can't do in a game in some different areas. It's important that we get those looks. That's part of the game and that's part of training camp and what it's supposed to be and that's how you better."

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions LB Steve Longa was spotted in the locker room after the game on crutches with a brace on his leg talking with teammates. Longa was injured in the third quarter and did not return. Detroit did not announce his exact injury during the game.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Another preseason game and more of the same issues for the Lions that plagued them last season. Detroit, for the second straight game, got no real pass rush to speak of despite the Giants sitting top playmakers Eli Manning, Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr. The offensive line (minus RG T.J. Lang) was also 2017-level bad. Matthew Stafford was sacked twice in three series and almost every starting lineman appeared to struggle with the Giants' front. Yes, it is only preseason, but considering these were areas the Lions knew were problem areas and they still look like problems should be concerning. The third preseason game against Tampa will be very telling with those two units.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Giants up on the Lions 10-3 at half in this preseason game and the same issues that plagued Detroit last season are still relevant now. The offensive line allowed two sacks (and a third that was wiped out by a questionable lowering-the-helmet penalty). Rush lanes were non-existent. There wasn't much pass rush from Detroit, either, besides some bursts from Ricky Jean Francois.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

As good as Ameer Abdullah looked in the first preseason game, Friday night has been poor. There was a fumble on a handoff exchange with Matthew Stafford (Stafford was credited with it in the scorebook, but it looked like it was Abdullah's issue, frankly) and then he muffed/fumbled a kick return. Neither were forced by a Giants defender. Fumbling has been an issue for him at points in his career, so to see him have these issues is not a great sign -- especially since he's potentially behind LeGarrette Blount, Kerryon Johnson and Theo Riddick on the depth chart by the time Week 1 rolls around.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matthew Stafford's day is done after three drives, going 2 of 5 for 51 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. He was also sacked twice -- a concerning stat considering the Lions attempts at shoring up the offensive line. Jake Rudock, who is in a battle with Matt Cassel for the backup quarterback spot, is replacing Stafford.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions hold a moment of silence for Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday. One of her last performances was the 2016 Thanksgiving Day National Anthem.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

It's only the preseason, but the Detroit Lions do have at least one famous face inside Ford Field for the game against the Giants. Actor Keegan-Michael Key -- a devout Lions fan and Detroit native -- was taking in warmups from the field earlier and posted a message to the Lions official Twitter account.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

These banners inside Ford Field have had Lions players on them in past years. So far, not this year.

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