The Detroit Lions return to Monday Night Football for the second time this season to take on the New Orleans Saints in Week 15.
The Detroit Lions travel to New Orleans following a 21-14 loss at St. Louis in Week 14, while the Saints are coming off a 24-17 win over Tampa Bay. Monday’s game marks the first time Detroit and New Orleans have ever met on MNF, as the Lions hold a 13-17-1 all-time record on the Monday Night stage. The two teams met last season (10/19/14) as Detroit claimed victory in a 24-23 tilt at Ford Field. New Orleans leads the all-time series with Detroit, 11-10-1.
The Detroit Lions waived T LaAdrian Waddle and claimed C Gabe Ikard off waivers.
The Lions placed TE Brandon Pettigrew on Reserve/Injured and signed TE Bear Pascoe.
The Lions released CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste from the practice squad and signed CB Kendall James to the practice squad.
The following players have been listed on the Detroit Lions Practice Report today: WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) did not participate in practice; DT Haloti Ngata (neck), T Michael Ola (knee) and S Glover Quin (ankle) were limited in practice; WR Lance Moore was a full participant in practice.
The following players have been listed on the New Orleans Saints’ Practice Report today: T Terron Armstread (knee), S Jairus Byrd (knee) and WR Marques Colston (not injury related) did not participate in practice; G Jahri Evans (ankle), DT John Jenkins (concussion) and T Zach Strief (hip/shoulder) were limited in practice.
Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell on…
the decision to release T LaAdrian Waddle: “You know, we make moves all the time that best suit us. That was obviously a decision that we made that best suits us at the time, but I saw he got picked up right away, which is great. He’s a good, young man and I’m happy for him. Your time in this league is very, very short, so it’s good.”
why the Patriots seem to sign a lot of former Lions: “That’s not for me to answer.”
how the rules limiting physical contact on defense have contributed to the success of smaller receivers: “Yeah, I think that could contribute to it where you may see a few guys, but even before, you always go back in history, so my mind just goes back to different players. Cliff Branch wasn’t a very big guy as I recall, and there were a number of those guys back in those days that weren’t huge men that – Speed still has a way of finding a place in this league.”
on players on the roster that deserve Pro Bowl consideration: “I don’t get into that. It’s voted upon by the fans and we’ll see. I think we have some guys that have played well. Ziggy (Ansah) has played well, there’s a number of guys that have played well, so we’ll see. Glover (Quin) plays well every year, so we’ll see what happens.”
Calvin Johnson’s lack of 100-yard games this season: “The season’s not over yet. He won’t get to obviously, the same number, but I do think he still changes the game. People play him differently. They double cover him, they do a lot of different things to handle him, which I think you probably didn’t see as much of a creative coverage as you see now. Sometimes they refuse just say ,’Hey, we’re not going to let this guy catch a ball.’ If you take a look at Golden’s (Tate) touchdown pass, if you have a chance to look at it and see, Matthew (Stafford) actually checked into the play because there was another play called and checked into it, got us into a play and ends up hitting Golden for the touchdown, which you very rarely see. I’m not certain, I saw a couple times, but they have him like he’s a gunner and they have a guy line up on this shoulder and a guy lineup on that shoulder. You never see that, right on the line of scrimmage. So, that’s why I think teams understand, it’s been a couple weeks now. A couple weeks ago a couple teams said, ‘Hey, you know we can play him one-on-one.’ And several touchdowns and big plays later it was a little bit different. So I do think that teams recognize exactly what you’re talking about, but they also recognize that he can still do it and I believe that too.“