It might be scary for Lions fans to hope, given how they have been burned in the past, but Detroit is giving plenty of reasons for optimism.
“By the time I opened the door a 9 a.m., I probably had 30 people waiting in the parking lot come in the doors,” one owner said. “We were full before the game started.”
Matt Prater knocked down a 48-yard game-winning field goal as time expired to give the Lions a come-from-behind victory over the Atlanta Falcons at Wembley Stadium in London.
Fairley was injured as he hit Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan on a 3rd-down pass play that was incomplete. Lions teammate Ndamukong Suh, rushing Ryan from the other side, crashed into Fairley.
Detroit defensive tackle C.J. Mosley was sent home from London on Saturday and suspended by the Lions for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Johnson participated in limited practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Most of the NFL teams that have arrived early and spent a week practicing in England have praised the local facilities and the team-bonding environment of being overseas.
In some ways, an NFL game in London can be approached the way colleges approach a bowl game, Caldwell said.
The Atlanta Falcons are a long way from the Georgia Dome.
Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is still a doubt for Detroit’s game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in London.