“There’s a lot of different reasons,” Lewand said, declining to go into detail.
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.
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.
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.
Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush continues to battle an ankle injury leading up to Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.
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.