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Lions Considering Sitting Calvin Johnson Sunday

Leon Halip/Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) -- Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson is dealing with a high ankle injury that may cause him to miss the team's game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said Monday, he is "strongly" considering sitting the four-time Pro Bowler.

While Johnson said Wednesday he is working hard to be on the field Sunday, he didn't sound that optimistic. "You want to be smart," Johnson said."You don't want to put yourself in a position where you can't be there for the team when it comes down to it there at the end, and that's what we're trying to be smart about right now."

Johnson played the last two games with the injury, which he says hurts most when planting his foot in the ground.

Through five games this season, Johnson has compiled 22 catches for 348 yards and two touchdowns.

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Detroit Lions Sign K Matt Prater

iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- The Detroit Lions signed kicker Matt Prater to a one-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 30-year-old Prater was released by the Broncos last week as he was about to return from serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.  During his time away from the gridiron, Prater said he went to a substance abuse treatment center for help with alcohol.

In eight seasons suiting up with the Broncos and Atlanta Falcons, the former Pro Bowler made 142 of 174 field goal attempts for a percentage of 81.6.

Prater is replacing Alex Henery, who missed three field goals during last Sunday’s 17-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

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Lions Cut K Alex Henery Following 3 Missed Field Goals

Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) -- A day after he missed three field goals, kicker Alex Henery was cut by the Detroit Lions on Monday.

Henery missed field goals from 44, 47 and 50-yards during Detroit’s 17-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field on Sunday. He had a chance to give the Lions the lead with 26 seconds left in the game, but missed wide left on his 50-yard attempt.

Henery finishes his two-week stint with Detroit, 1 for 5 on field goal attempts.

Detroit will be looking for their third kicker of the season. They began the season with rookie Nate Freese, but let him go after he was 3 of 7 on field goal attempts.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 9/28/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Green Bay Packers 38 (2-2) - Chicago Bears 17 (2-2)

Indianapolis Colts 41 (2-2) - Tennessee Titans 17 (1-3) 

Baltimore Ravens 38 (3-1) - Carolina Panthers 10 (2-2)

Detroit Lions 24 (3-1) - New York Jets 17 (1-3)

Miami Dolphins 38 (2-2) - Oakland Raiders 14 (0-4)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27 (1-3) - Pittsburgh Steelers 24 (2-2)

Houston Texans 23 (3-1) - Buffalo Bills 17 (2-2)

San Diego Chargers 33 (3-1) - Jacksonville Jaguars 14 (0-4)

Minnesota Vikings 41 (2-2) - Atlanta Falcons 28 (2-2) 

San Francisco 49ers 26 (2-2) - Philadelphia Eagles 21 (3-1)

Dallas Cowboys 38 (3-1) - New Orleans Saints 17 (1-2)

MLB: Cleveland Indians 7 (85-77) - Tampa Bay Rays 2 (77-85)

Cincinnati Reds 4 (76-86) - Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (88-74)

Baltimore Orioles 1 (96-66) - Toronto Blue Jays 0 (83-79)

New York Mets 8 (79-83) - Houston Astros 3 (70-92)

Detroit Tigers 3 (90-72) - Minnesota Twins 0 (70-92)

Washington Nationals 1 (96-66) - Miami Marlins 0 (77-85)

Atlanta Braves 2 (79-83) - Philadelphia Phillies 1 (73-89)

New York Yankees 9 (84-78) - Boston Red Sox 5 (71-91)

Kansas City Royals 6 (89-73) - Chicago White Sox 4 (73-89)

Chicago Cubs 5 (73-89) - Milwaukee Brewers 2 (82-80)

Oakland Athletics 4 (88-74) - Texas Rangers 0 (67-95)

St. Louis Cardinals 1 (90-72) - Arizona Diamondbacks 0 (64-98)

San Francisco Giants 9 (88-74) - San Diego Padres 3 (77-85)

Seattle Mariners 4 (87-75) - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1 (98-64)

Los Angeles Dodgers 10 (94-68) - Colorado Rockies 5 (66-96)

NASCAR: Jeff Gordon won the Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway.

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Rex Ryan Compares Lions' Suh to Warren Sapp

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) -- The New York Jets will take on the Detroit Lions on Sunday and head coach Rex Ryan is well aware of Pro Bowl defensive end Ndamukong Suh.

"Suh is probably the version now of Warren Sapp," Ryan said on a conference call with Detroit media Wednesday. "He's probably as close to Warren Sapp as I've seen."

"[Sapp's] a Hall of Famer. Again, it doesn't get much higher than that," Ryan continued. "This kid [Suh] is fun to watch. He's got an excellent motor, and he's got skills. He has unusual balance. He's not off his feet, he's able to play with power, he's able to play with finesse, and it's just a rare combination. He's a guy that's obviously a difference-maker."

Suh is playing in the final season of his rookie contract and respects the praises that Ryan gave him.

Suh said he's honored to be compared to Sapp as he was a "dominant player. [He] obviously did a great job [and] kind of revolutionized the 3-technique, as you kind of say. But [he's] just a solid player."

The Lions are 2-1 this season and the Jets are hoping to avoid a 1-3 start to the year.

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Lions LB Tulloch Done for Season

Darrin Klimek/Thinkstock(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) -- Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee Sunday in the Lions win over the Green Bay Packers.

The injury occurred while Tulloch was celebrating a sack of quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the first quarter.

Tulloch stayed in the game for one more play before leaving the field for good.

“Obviously he’s disappointed,” Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said. “He’s been one of our fine team leaders, but obviously he’ll still be around helping our guys with a little instruction and things of that nature."

The 29-year-old Tulloch has never missed a game since being drafted in 2006.

Tulloch had 135 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and an interception last season for the Lions.

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Lions Roll Past Giants on Monday Night

Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Matthew Stafford connected with Calvin Johnson twice in the first quarter for touchdowns and never looked back in the Lions 35-14 win over the New York Giants on Monday night.

Stafford passed for 346 yards with two touchdown passes to Johnson in the victory.

"I don't work on my moves a lot during practice, but I know I have to be better with my feet this year so that we can keep plays alive," Stafford said. "On both of the touchdown passes to Calvin, the offensive line got me a lot of time, and he was able to uncover himself and find somewhere open."

Johnson finished with seven receptions, 163 yards, and the two early touchdowns.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who had a career high 27 interceptions last season, added two on opening night and was 18 of 33 for 163 yards with a touchdown.

"No excuses. We played very poorly," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "We don't have a lot to be proud of here. Couldn't move the ball, couldn't stop them, turned the ball over, got into that business again. Got a punt blocked, so you name it. It was a nightmare performance."

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Lions Welcome Giants to Ford Field on Monday Night

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- The Detroit Lions will welcome the New York Giants to Ford Field this Monday Night in their season opener.

The Lions will have a new head coach roaming the sidelines this year with Jim Caldwell. He takes over for Jim Schwartz, who was fired in the off-season after compiling a record of 29-51 in five seasons at the helm.

Detroit’s offense will be led once again by quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Stafford is the only quarterback in league history to pass for 4,500 yards or more in three of his first five seasons. In the last three seasons, Johnson has 5,137 receiving yards.

Quarterback Eli Manning and the Giants will be running the West Coast offense this season under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. Last year, Manning threw a career-high 27 interceptions.

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WR Jonathan Baldwin Waived by Lions

Darrin Klimek/Thinkstock(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) -- Just two days after claiming former first-round pick Jonathan Baldwin off waivers, the Detroit Lions waived the 24-year-old receiver due to a failed physical.

Despite being waived, Baldwin could still play for the Lions if he is determined to be healthy.

"His health is paramount and the most important thing at this point in time," Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said. "At some point in time, who knows what's going to happen in the future."

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Baldwin is dealing with a knee injury. Without Baldwin, Kevin Ogletree is expected to earn the number-three receiver spot behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.

Baldwin was selected with the 26th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. In three seasons, split between the Chiefs and 49ers, Baldwin has played in 33 games, catching 44 balls for 607 yards and two touchdowns.

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Lions Table Ndamukong Suh Contract Talks 

NFL via Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) --  The Detroit Lions have announced that they will table contract discussions with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh until after the season.

"I think it's the right thing for us to do," Lions president Tom Lewand said Monday. "It's the right thing for the team. It's the right thing for everybody involved and it allows us to keep the focus where it belongs."

"We have a high degree of confidence that we can work out something that will be mutually satisfactory at the right time and the goal hasn't changed in the least," he added.

This year marks the last year of Suh's five-year rookie contract. Suh will have a cap number of $22.5 million this season.  The goal remains to ink the 27-year-old to a long-term deal after the season.

The Lions drafted Suh with the No. 2 pick in the 2010 NFL draft.

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