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Jim Caldwell

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 27: Ezekiel Ansah #94 and head coach Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions celebrate a fourth quarter extra point against the Dallas Cowboys that put Detroit up 31-30 with only seconds remaining at Ford Field on October 27, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Caldwell, Austin Hopeful To Have Ansah Play In Friday’s Game

“We’ll be able to check with the doctors after today’s practice,” Caldwell said. “Hopefully he’ll be able to get some snaps.”

CBS Detroit–08/20/2014

Quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions runs with the ball against the Oakland Raiders during their preseason game at O.co Coliseum on August 15, 2014 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Caldwell Pleased By Stafford’s Progress In Mastering New Offense

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford knows – has always known – that the success of the Lions rests on his shoulders.

CBS Detroit–08/19/2014

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 08: Nick Fairley #98 of the Detroit Lions sacks quarterback Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter of the game at Ford Field on September 8, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Vikings 34-24. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Caldwell On Fairley: ‘He’s Not Starting Right Now’

Fairley, Detroit’s first-round draft pick in 2011, has entered the final season of his contract with the Lions.

CBS Detroit–08/18/2014

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 15:  Wide receiver Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions looks on during their preseason game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on August 15, 2014 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Jim Caldwell Confirms Calvin Johnson Will Play Friday

Generally speaking, Caldwell said to expect most of the first string to play the entire first half and come back out for the second half.

CBS Detroit–08/18/2014

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 19:  Wide receiver Golden Tate #81 of the Seattle Seahawks runs after a catch against cornerback Tramaine Brock #26 of the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter during the 2014 NFC Championship at CenturyLink Field on January 19, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Golden Tate Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Nominates Megatron, Jim Caldwell [VIDEO]

According to the ALS Association, that organization and its 38 chapters have received $4 million in donations between July 29 and Aug. 12.

CBS Detroit–08/13/2014

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 10: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears passes under pressure from C.J. Mosley #99 of the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on November 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Lions defeated the Packers 21-19. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Caldwell Says Not To Read Into Mosley Taking First-Team Reps Over Fairley

Fairley, whose fifth-year option the Lions declined to pick up after an inconsistent 2013, refused to talk with reporters after practice.

CBS Detroit–08/12/2014

ALLEN PARK, MI - MAY 17: Detroit Lions first year head coach Jim Caldwell watches the action during Rookie Minicamp on May 17, 2014 in Allen Park, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Lions Swap Crowd Noise For Music In Practice, Keep Playlists Clean

Caldwell agreed that there was a cheerfulness to practice, but he thought it had little to do with the tunes.

CBS Detroit–08/11/2014

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 29:  Cordarrelle Patterson #84 of the Minnesota Vikings attempts to pull in a pass while Darius Slay #30 of the Detroit Lions blocks it on December 29, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

How Darius Slay Tried To Get Chris Houston To Let Him Wear No. 23

“I thought he was just going to give it to me to give it to me,” Slay said, laughing.

CBS Detroit–08/07/2014

Stephen Tulloch #55 of the Detroit Lions celebrates a first quarter touchdown with teammates DeAndre Levy #54 and Corey Williams #99 while playing the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field on December 11, 2011. (Credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Lions Encouraged By Progress Of Defense, Look Forward To Real Test Saturday

Stephen Tulloch said fans can expect to see a better defense in 2014 than they saw in 2013.

CBS Detroit–08/06/2014

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 28:  Reggie Bush #21 of the Detroit Lions runs for a first down during the fourth quarter of the game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field on November 28, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Packers 40-10.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Reggie Bush Says 2013 Lions Lacked Leadership, Experience, This Year: ‘There’s Absolutely No Excuse’

One of the factors to success this season will be the continuation of the unprecedented effectiveness of the Lions offensive line.

CBS Detroit–08/04/2014

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