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Rams Sign DT Nick Fairley

Rams Sign DT Nick Fairley Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images (ST. LOUIS, Mo.) -- The St. Louis Rams are re-inventing the Fearsome Foursome.  Defensive tackle Nick Fairley has agreed to a one-year deal, worth up to $8 million. "The defensive line here is great," Fairley said. "I’m glad to be a part of it, glad to be coming in to a great situation with the defense, and just to add to it. So I’m here to help this team win and hopefully we’ll get to the Super Bowl." Before signing Fairley, St. Louis defensive line included Michael Brockers, Aaron Donald, Chris Long and Robert Quinn. The four members registered 22.5 sacks last season, though Long only played in six games due to injury. Fairley had recorded 10 pressures through a two-game span in October last year before a knee injury slowed down his season. Fairley is expected to slide in behind Donald as part of a defensive line rotation and will likely spell Brockers on passing downs. The Rams of the 1960's were comprised of Lamar Lundy, Rosie Grier, Merlin Olson and Deacon Jones.  The four members were known as the "Fearsome Foursome" and both Olson and Jones are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Ngata: Ray Rice would be “Great Addition” To Lions

Ngata: Ray Rice would be “Great Addition” To Lions National Football League(DETROIT, Mi.) -- Just days after being traded to Detroit, Haloti Ngata has one recommendation to improve the team. In an interview with WXYT Detroit, Ngata was asked about former Ravens running back Ray Rice and whether he would fit in with Detroit. "I've never hung out with him off-field, but he's a great guy," Ngata said. "He's a great guy on the field, in the locker room. He's a great community guy. He does a lot for the community, and so of course I think he would be a great addition to this team. I love playing with him, I trusted him. You feel bad for his situation. You just hope nothing but the best for him." Ngata, Rice's former teammate in Baltimore, was traded to the Lions Tuesday for a fourth and fifth-round pick in upcoming NFL draft. Rice is currently a free agent after winning an appeal of his indefinite suspension from the NFL. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Lions Cut RB Bush, Packers Cut LB Hawk

Lions Cut RB Bush, Packers Cut LB Hawk Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The top two teams in the NFC North have released two of their most prominent players. The Detroit Lions will part ways with running back Reggie Bush and the Green Bay Packers have released inside linebacker A.J. Hawk. Hawk was the fifth overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft by the Packers. He spent the last nine seasons with the team and is the franchise’s all-time leading tackler with 1,118. "A.J. is a consummate Packer and we are grateful for all that he has given and how he represented the organization over the past nine seasons," Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement. The move frees up $3.5 million in cap space for Green Bay. Bush, who signed a four-year deal with the Lions in 2013, could not stay healthy. He played in 25 games in two seasons with Detroit, missing five this past season as he dealt with a nagging ankle injury. The move frees up $1.7 million in cap space. The Packers (12-4) won the NFC North last season when they defeated the Lions (11-5) 30-20 in Week 17. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tony Romo Rallies Cowboys to a 24-20 Win over Detroit

Tony Romo Rallies Cowboys to a 24-20 Win over Detroit Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Tony Romo came through when it counted late in the fourth quarter and hit Terrance Williams with a eight-yard touchdown strike to rally the Cowboys back to a 24-20 win over the Lions in the wild card round on Sunday. Romo finished the game with 293 yards and two touchdown passes to Williams, the first was a 76-yard bomb in the second quarter. DeMarco Murray pulled Dallas within seven with a touchdown run in the third quarter, which set up the go-ahead pass to Williams with 2:32 left in the fourth quarter. Romo's winning drive came after officials reversed a pass interference penalty against the Cowboys, the Lions then punted the ball. The Cowboys defense did the rest and sacked Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who fumbled and Demarcus Lawrence recovered it to seal the deal for Detroit. The Green Bay Packers will host Dallas next weekend. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Lions Prepare for Cowboys in First Playoff Appearance Since 2012

Lions Prepare for Cowboys in First Playoff Appearance Since 2012 Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- The Detroit Lions are 7-11 all-time in the playoffs and will travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys on Sunday in the wild-card round. Detroit is making their first appearance in the playoffs since the 2011 season, which was the first playoff appearance for quarterback Matthew Stafford. "Obviously I've got a ton more experience," Stafford said.  "I've played in a lot more football games.  I'd like to think that I'm probably a little bit better at doing what it takes to win games and not just throw for a million yards and touchdowns." Stafford will also be making his return to Dallas where he grew up. "It's always fun to go back there and play," Stafford said of seeing his family members.  "It'll be fun." The last time the Lions won a playoff game was when running back Barry Sanders was patrolling the field against Dallas on Jan. 5, 1992. "I don't need much motivation, it's a playoff game," Stafford said of breaking their skid.  "Win or go home gives you enough motivation." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Suh Wins Appeal, Will Play Against Dallas

Suh Wins Appeal, Will Play Against Dallas Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A day after being suspended for Detroit's upcoming wild card game against Dallas, Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh won his appeal and will play in the teams playoff game on Sunday. The decision, handed down by appeals officer Ted Cottrell, came on Tuesday but also carried with it some bad news. Suh was fined $70,000 for stepping on the injured leg of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Sunday's regular season finale. Cottrell agreed with league official Merton Hanks that Suh violated the player-safety policy but opted to reduce the penalty instead of uphold it. "The only thing I can say is if you step on something in your everyday life or if you step on somebody on the field, the first reaction seems to be looking back and maybe apologizing with your hands or maybe pulling your foot back right away, and I'm just not sure that's what happened on Sunday," Rodgers said Tuesday. The four-time Pro Bowler may also have a new guideline to thank for his ability to compete in the postseason. Due to a modified repeat offender policy, players are taken off the "repeat offender" list 32 weeks after their previous violation. For Suh, that came in Week 1 of 2013 when he was fined $100,000 for an illegal chop block on Minnesota Vikings player John Sullivan. The 32-week reprieve game after Week 16, and included two preseason games. In his five seasons, Suh has been penalized 38 times, more than any other player in the NFL since 2010, and has also been fined in excess of $200,000. The Lions visit the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in the NFC's wild card round. It is the first postseason appearance by Detroit since 2011. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Rodgers Leaves Game, Returns to Lead Packers to Division Title

Rodgers Leaves Game, Returns to Lead Packers to Division Title Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- The Detroit Lions couldn't hold down Aaron Rodgers.Rodgers was carted to the locker room in the second quarter after tweaking his previously injured left calf, but returned in the second half to throw and run for a touchdown and lead the Green Bay Packers to a 30-20 win over the Lions Sunday, clinching the NFC North title.The win also clinches the Packers (12-4) a first-round bye and the number-two seed in the NFC.After missing the first series of the third quarter, Rodgers returned to lead the Packers on a 75-yard scoring drive that ended with him throwing a 13-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb.Despite the loss, the Lions (11-5) are still playoff bound and will take on the Cowboys in Dallas next week.Matthew Stafford completed only 20 of his 41 passes but threw for three touchdowns in the loss.It's the Packers' fourth-straight NFC North championship. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Packers and Lions to Go Head-to-Head with NFC North on the Line

Packers and Lions to Go Head-to-Head with NFC North on the LineJonathan Daniel/Getty Images(GREEN BAY) -- The Green Bay Packers will host the Detroit Lions on Sunday with the NFC North on the line. Green Bay is 7-0 at Lambeau Field this year and understands the importance of getting a bye in the first week of the ...

NFL Suspends Lions Center Dominic Raiola for Final Game of Season

NFL Suspends Lions Center Dominic Raiola for Final Game of Season Scott Boehm/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The Detroit Lions will be without one of their most vital veteran lineman Sunday when the team takes on the Green Bay Packers in their most important game of the season. After stomping on Chicago Bears defensive lineman Ego Ferguson's ankle in the team's Week 16 game, the NFL suspended Dominic Raiola for the regular season finale.  Raiola was suspended as much for the stomp, supported by visual evidence, as he was for being a repeat offender. Merton Hanks, the NFL's vice president of football operations was the one who handed down the suspension.  According to the league, this is Raiola's sixth "safety-related rules violation since 2010." Rookie Travis Swanson will likely get the nod to start in Raiola's absence. The Lions (11-4) and Packers (11-4) will face off in Green Bay for the NFC North title this week.  The Lions could potentially lock up the No.1 seed in the NFC playoffs with a win and a Seattle loss. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio  

Lions Prepare for Bears QB Jimmy Clausen

Lions Prepare for Bears QB Jimmy Clausen Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- The Lions (10-4) enter Sunday's game against the Bears tied with the Green Bay Packers for first place in the NFC North. Chicago announced this week that they benched quarterback Jay Cutler and are going with backup Jimmy Clausen, who hasn't made a start since 2010. Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said on Friday that with the news coming on Thursday, the team still had a chance to prepare for it. "We heard fairly early, so we had a chance to take a look at him," Caldwell said. "There's always still a question of whether they'll do the same things that they've been doing with him." "So, they'll certainly be a bit of an unknown there but we certainly have a chance," Caldwell continued. "There's enough tape on him in preseason and things of that nature to get a good look at him." Caldwell said that despite Clausen's little experience as a starter, their defense will be ready for him. "This year we've had a couple backup quarterbacks that have stepped in and played pretty well against us," Caldwell said. "Obvious (Drew) Stanton played pretty well and (Kyle) Orton stepped in and played extremely well. We're guarded about all that stuff, we're trying to make sure that we're functioning as well as we possibly can. "It doesn't matter, if he's got on a uniform in the National Football League, that guy can play, they can make some things happen." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lions Defeat the Bears, 34-17

Lions Defeat the Bears, 34-17 Leon Halip.Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Megatron simply could not be stopped on Thursday as the Detroit Lions improved to 8-4 on the season after taking down the Chicago Bears 34-17. Johnson dominated the game as he caught 11 passes for 146 yards two touchdowns. He also crossed the 10,000 receiving yards mark for his career, and became the fastest player in NFL history to do so. "Guys still believe in what we got going here," Johnson said. "We had a good week of practice -- it was a very short week, but we were very detailed in what we did on the field, coaches taking care of us. It's our part to come out here and do our job on the field." Lions running back Joique Bell also had a great day, as he carried the ball 23 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns. He was the only Lion with a rushing attempt. The Lions defense also handled the Bears run game. The team carried the ball eight times for a grand total of 13 yards, good for just 1.6 yards per attempt. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler completed 31 of 48 passes for two touchdowns and two interceptions. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Patriots Silence Lions

Patriots Silence Lions Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- Tom Brady threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns and the New England Patriots defense held the Detroit Lions in check all game en route to a 34-9 victory Sunday.The Patriots (9-2) took command of the game in the second quarter. After Matt Prater kicked a 20-yard field goal to put the Lions within one point of the Pats, New England scored 17 unanswered to go into halftime with a 24-6 lead.The second half is when the Patriots defense stepped up, allowing one field goal in six Lions' drives.LeGarrette Blount, who was cut by the Steelers and then signed by the Patriots this past week, carried the ball 12 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns.Detroit (7-4) couldn't get anything going on offense. Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate combined for only eight catches while being blanketed by Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis all afternoon.The Patriots have now won seven straight and will head to Green Bay next weekend, where they will take on the Packers (8-3). Meanwhile, the Lions, which have lost two straight, will host the Chicago Bears (5-6) on Thanksgiving. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/9/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/9/14 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Atlanta Falcons 27 (3-6) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 (1-8) New York Jets 20 (2-8) - Pittsburgh Steelers 13 (6-4) Baltimore Ravens 21 (6-4) - Tennessee Titans 7 (2-7) Dallas Cowboys 31 (7-3) - Jacksonville Jaguars 17 (1-9) San Francisco 49ers 27 (5-4) - New Orleans Saints 24 (4-5) - OT Detroit Lions 20 (7-2) - Miami Dolphins 16 (5-4) Kansas City Chiefs 17 (6-3) - Buffalo Bills 13 (5-4) Denver Broncos 41 (7-2) - Oakland Raiders 17 (0-9) Arizona Cardinals 31 (8-1) - St. Louis Rams 14 (3-6) Seattle Seahawks 38 (6-3) - New York Giants 17 (3-6) NBA: Brooklyn Nets 104 (4-2) - Orlando Magic 96 (2-5) NASCAR Sprint Cup: Kevin Harvick wins the Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Harvick, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman advance to the final round in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio  

Lions Rally to Defeat Dolphins 20-16

Lions Rally to Defeat Dolphins 20-16 Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT, Mi) -- As the clock ticked under 30 seconds Lions quarterback Matt Stafford scanned the field and found running back Theo Riddick in the end zone for a go-ahead touchdown. The Lions would defeat the Miami Dolphins 20-16 Sunday and push their winning streak to four games and their overall record to 7-2. The Lions have won their last three games by a combined six points. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson returned to the field after missing three straight games with an ankle injury.  He looked back to form as he racked up 113 yards on seven catches, including a 49-yard touchdown reception when he beat Dolphins corner Brent Grimes in single coverage. The Lions had established an early 10-0 lead but the Dolphins dug in for a fight and flipped the scoreboard after blocking a Detroit field goal attempt in the third quarter. Dion Jordan returned the blocked kick to Detroit's three-yard line. Ryan Tannehill would find Mike Wallace for a three-yard touchdown on the next play.  Miami would take a 13-10 lead. The teams would trade field goals until Stafford mounted an 11-play, 74-yard drive that would give Detroit the leading score. "I just love that feeling. It's a good feeling for a quarterback to have the ball in his hands at the end of the game," Stafford said. "By no means are we playing perfect, but we're finding ways to win games."   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

ESPN: Lions’ Fairley Out 4-5 Weeks

ESPN: Lions’ Fairley Out 4-5 Weeks Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(DETROIT, MI) -- After a scary collision with teammate Ndamokung Suh, Nick Fairley's season appeared to be over. The young defensive tackle's knee bent awkwardly as he attempted to make a tackle against Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and needed assistance off the field. According to a report from ESPN Chicago's Michael C. Wright, Fairley has a sprained MCL and PCL in his knee and will be out four to five weeks - much less than what was feared. This is good news for both the Lions and Fairley.  The young nose tackle has been an integral part of the improved Lions defense this season. The Lions are holding opponents to less than 300 yards per game. As for Fairley, the Lions declined a team option that would have kept him under contract through 2015.  He would have been set to enter free agency this coming offseason and a severe knee injury would have hurt his market.   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Falcons Collapse in London, Lose to Lions 22-21

Falcons Collapse in London, Lose to Lions 22-21 Leon Halip/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The Atlanta Falcons led at halftime over the Lions 21-0. When they looked up at the clock as the game was over, the score favored Detroit 22-21. The Falcons suffered a defensive breakdown with 4:38 to go in the third quarter as Golden Tate ran past two Atlanta defenders and caught a 59-yard bomb from Matt Stafford, closing Atlanta's early lead to 21-10. On the ensuing drive, with pressure in his face quarterback Matt Ryan threw a terrible inteception to Lions cornerback Cassius Vaughn.  "In my mind, that kind of cost us the ball game," Ryan said. "I was trying to throw the ball away and I never saw him." The Falcons defense remained stought and held the Lions to a field goal. The Lions would score another touchdown in the fourth quarter when Matt Stafford found Theo Riddick on a five yard completion. The score was now 21-19 after Detroit missed a two point attempt to tie the game. The Falcons would try to run the clock out with a poorly executed drive. With less than two minutes to go the Falcons commited a holding penalty that would stop the clock at 1:55.  On the next play, Matt Ryan attempted a screen to Julio Jones, who dropped the ball.  Atlanta would punt the ball inside Detroit's ten yard line. Detroit would march down the field with little resistance.  Settling at Atlanta's 25 yard line, Detroit lined up for a field goal and newly signed kick Matt Prater pushed the ball wide right.  Atlanta ran on the field in celebration only to find out a whistle had blown. The Lions were called for a delay of game penalty: the kick was negated.  Prater got a second chance and drilled it though the uprights. That's football. He missed it and there was a delay of game penalty," Mike Smith, Falcons head coach said after the loss. "Thought we were going to squeak one out. Obviously we didn't."   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

New Orleans Road Woes Continue in Loss to Detroit

New Orleans Road Woes Continue in Loss to Detroit iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- The New Orleans Saints road losing streak moves up to seven as they lost to the Detroit Lions 24-23. The Saints blew a 23-10 fourth quarter lead with less than four minutes remaining that saw Lions quarterback Matt Stafford toss two touchdowns. Stafford threw a short pass to Golden Tate that saw the receiver break past three defenders. Seventy-three yards later the Lions had cut the Saints lead to 23-17.  Drew Brees tried to lead a game clinching drive but was intercepted by Lions defensive back Glover Quin who returned the ball to New Orleans 14 yard line with 3:10 remaining. The Saints defense held after the interception but on a fourth down were called for defensive pass interference. With second life Stafford found receiver Corey Fuller for the go ahead score. Head Coach Sean Payton was not pleased after the game that saw his team commit 12 penalties. "I thought the penalties ended up hurting us," New Orleans coach Sean Payton said. "I wasn't happy with how that game was officiated. I'll leave it at that, and yet that wasn't the reason in the end." The loss leaves New Orleans at 2-4 with a tough matchup next week as they host the Green Bay Packers. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/28/14

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. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lions LB Tulloch Done for Season

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. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lions Roll Past Giants on Monday Night

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." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
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