On Friday, the Detroit Lions held their final practice of the week before traveling to Minnesota to take on the Vikings on Sunday afternoon.
According to reports, all of the Lions players were present at practice but it was noticeable that guard T.J. Lang was limited and that Matthew Stafford was wearing a glove on his non-throwing hand. Matt Patricia commented that Ziggy Ansah is making progress but is still day to day.
All Lions players at open portion of practice. Matthew Stafford, who had two fingers on his left hand taped together earlier in the week, had a glove on the hand today. https://t.co/ejQKIdAEqn
— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) November 2, 2018
With or without Golden Tate, the 2018 Detroit Lions WERE NEVER winning the NFC North
As you know by now, Golden Tate is no longer a member of the Detroit Lions.
Earlier in the week, news broke that the Lions had traded their most consistent receiver over the past 4+ seasons to the Philadelphia Eagles for a third-round draft pick.
The move is one that has come under much scrutiny, especially from some local media members who cover the Lions for a living. Some have said the trade is a sign of the Lions front office waving the proverbial “white flag” on the season, while others have said the move would send a bad message to the rest of the players in the locker room and potentially cause them to “give up” on the season. I am not making his stuff up.
Anyone who believes either of those things is 100% clueless about NFL football and how it works. First of all, trading Tate had absolutely nothing to do with waving a white flag on the 2018 regular season. Though Tate has been the definition of consistency for the Lions since coming to the Motor City, he is not a player and will never be a player who puts the team over-the-top in terms of contending for a Super Bowl. The Lions offense has plenty of weapons and Tate, because of his age and contract situation moving forward, became expendable.
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