“We’re only a quarter way through the season,” Stafford said, “but it’s a nice start.”
His season shockingly shortened by a car accident that broke both bones in his left forearm, Nate Burleson has teammates missing him on and off the field.
“It’s easy to have a dislike for those guys,” Johnson said with a laugh. “It’s not hard at all.”
“That never happened,” Raiola said. “It’s false. You don’t have to look no further than his teammates voting him captain. He doesn’t do that in practice. That’s totally false.”
Questions about the offensive line have lingered all off-season, and as the collective enabler of quarterback Matthew Stafford, wide receiver Calvin Johnson, running back Reggie Bush and other offensive powers, the line needs to be solid.
Even retired, former left tackle Jeff Backus is an anchor for the Detroit Lions’ offensive line.
We love our professional athletes in Detroit even if they are mediocre.
When Detroit Lions veteran center Dominic Raiola turns 35 in December, one of the most tenured offensive linemen in the league could be approaching the final weeks of his stellar NFL career.
The Lions have done some shedding this off-season, sending Steven Peterman packing along with Kyle Vanden Bosch.
When Raiola was told Melton made the Pro Bowl he responded by saying, “This guy made the Pro Bowl? Kevin Williams, who worked through injuries all year, Suh, who’s a better player than this guy, he made the Pro Bowl? Come on.”