Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson scores a touchdown on a 16-yard reception as Carolina Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (41) and strong safety Charles Godfrey (30) defend in the third quarter of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Lions Vs. Panthers: Detroit Completes Comeback, Beats Carolina, 49-35

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Panthers Vs. Lions Final Score: Detroit Completes Second-Half Comeback, Beats Carolina 49-35

The Detroit Lions bounced back from a poor start and a 24-7 deficit against the Carolina Panther to complete a wild second-half comeback and secure a 49-35 win.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw interceptions on Detroit's first two possessions of the game before he rallied to put up a huge performance in front of the home crowd. Stafford spread the ball around to his playmakers, throwing five touchdown passes to five different targets, and finishing the game completing 28 of 36 passes for 335 yards.

Nine different Lions had a reception and seven had more than one catch. Calvin Johnson didn't score one of those touchdowns but he did lead the Lions with 89 receiving yards on five receptions.

The Lions scored 35 second-half points as Kevin Smith rushed for two touchdowns and Stafford hooked up with Nate Burleson, Tony Scheffler and Brandon Pettigrew for three of his five TDs. Smith's final touchdown put the game away after Chris Harris intercepted a Cam Newton pass on Carolina's last real attempt for a late-game comeback of their own. Smith had a huge day on the ground with 140 yards on just 16 carries.

Newton was picked off four times by the Lions while completing 22 of 38 passes for 280 yards and one touchdown pass to Steve Smith. Newton did flash the positive play-making ability he has running for 37 yards and two touchdowns with his feet.

The win moved the Lions to 7-3 on the season to hold on to the top NFC wild card spot while the Panthers dropped to 2-8 on the season.


Carolina Panthers Injury Report And Inactives, Week 11: TE Jeremy Shockey, LB Dan Connor Out

As expected, Jeremy Shockey will not play this week against the Detroit Lions, as he was suffering from a ribs injury. He was listed as doubtful all week and it was confirmed early that he would sit this one out. Greg Olsen will see a boost in action as a result. 

Starting linebacker Dan Connor was questionable all week, but he will be inactive. He was a limited participant at practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but did not practice at all on Friday

Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, whose status was in doubt with fellow cornerback Brandon Hogan, is active. Hogan on the other hand will not play. Frank Kearse and James Anderson, both of whom were on the injury report this week, are also active. 

Here is the full list of inactives for the Carolina Panthers

  • Jimmy Clausen QB Inactive
  • Brandon Hogan CB Inactive
  • Jason Phillips LB Inactive
  • Dan Connor MLB Inactive
  • Lee Ziemba T Inactive
  • Jeremy Shockey TE Inactive Shockey (ribs) is inactive.
  • Frank Kearse DT Inactive

Detroit Lions Injury Report And Inactives, Week 11: Lawrence Jackson, Willie Young Out

As expected, the Lions will be without running back Jahvid Best  this week when the Lions take on the Panthers. Maurice Morris will get the majority of the carries at running back. 

The Lions will also be without two of their big defensive ends, Willie Young and Lawrence Jackson. The news means that Ndamukong Suh or even Nick Fairley could see time at defensive end today

Cornerback Aaron Berry is out because he woke up this morning under the weather. 

Here is the full list of inactives for the Lions (Lawrence Jackson was added shortly after): 

#Lions inactives are QB Drew Stanton, P Ryan Donahue, CB Aaron Berry, RB Jahvid Best, G Leonard Davis, DE Willie Young
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Detroit Lions Injury Report, Week 11: Jahvid Best, Ryan Donahue Ruled Out Vs. Panthers

The Detroit Lions will be without the services of their starting running back once again this weekend when they face the Carolina Panthers at Ford Field. Jahvid Best was ruled out due to concussion systems officially following the release of Friday's injury report.

Best was expected to be out -- despite marked improvement being reported from head coach Jim Schwartz -- as he continues to recover from a pair of concussions sustained earlier in the season. He hasn't been able to play since the Lions played the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 16.

The only other player ruled out for the weekend was punter Ryan Donahue. Donahue injured his right quad last week while filling in for Jason Hanson during practice and was expected to be out again this week. In his place, the Lions have brought in Ben Graham.

Defensive ends Lawrence Jackson and Willie Young are both questionable with injuries to their thigh and ankle, respectively, while Amari Spievey and Matthew Stafford are probable and expected to be able to start.


Jahvid Best Injury Update: Likely Out For Detroit Lions Game Against Carolina Panthers

Jahvid Best hasn't played for the Detroit Lions since suffering a second concussion against the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 16, just a couple of months after he sustained a similar head injury during the preseason. The starting running back looks like he will miss at least one more game, unfortunately, as he hasn't quite shown enough improvement to be allowed to return to the lineup.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said earlier this week that his running back would need to be symptom-free before he returns to the Detroit practice field. He isn't quite there, but Best is improving according to the coach's comments after Thursday's practice.

"I'll just say this with Jahvid: He is improving, and he's back in the building and those kind of things on a limited basis," Schwartz said. "That's, obviously, a good sign, but we still don't have clearance for him to do physical activity yet."

It's likely he will be ruled out once again for the Lions game against the Carolina Panthers, but that won't be made official until Friday's practice report is released.


Detroit Lions Injury Report, Week 11: Amari Spievey Returned Thursday

The Detroit Lions have a game with the Carolina Panthers coming up this weekend, and considering starting running back Jahvid Best will likely be ruled out, it will be important for the remainder of the team to be able to contribute as much as possible as they try to pick up the slack. That wasn't yet the case according to Thursday's injury report, however, as safety Amari Spievey was the only player to return to practice.

Spievey, dealing with a toe injury, didn't practice at all on Wednesday. The safety returned for limited duty on Thursday, but four other players remained sidelined for a second consecutive practice.

Jahvid Best was still out with a concussion, defensive end Lawrence Jackson missed another practice due to his thigh injury, Willie Young was out with an ankle injury and punter Ryan Donahue's quad is still hurting him.

"Before, it was like a stabbing pain. Now it's still a stabbing pain," Donahue said said. "It hasn't changed. Tapping the ball, it felt good just to get the ball off your foot, but anytime you tried to put any power under it, (I can't do it)."

Matthew Stafford is still listed on the injury report, but he made it through his second consecutive practice.


Detroit Lions Injury Report, Week 11: Jahvid Best Headlines Once Again

The Detroit Lions have had their fair share of injury issues the past few weeks. Judging by Wednesday's week-opening injury report for the upcoming game against the Carolina Panthers, it isn't likely to get better, either.

The Panthers listed starters Matthew Stafford, Jahvid Best, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Amari Spievey and Ryan Donahue on Wednesday's injury report. Considering Stafford was able to take his normal reps and Vanden Bosch's availability was not injury related, however, it might not be as bad as it looks on first glance.

Best needs to be symptom free if he's cleared to practice or play, according to the team. The remaining injuries haven't been given timetables, though the Lions did sign punter Ben Graham on Tuesday.

The remaining injury report is included below.

RB Jahvid Best Concussion DNP      
P Ryan Donahue Quad (Right) DNP      
DE Lawrence Jackson Thigh DNP      
S Amari Spievey Toe DNP      
DE Kyle Vanden Bosch Not Injury Related DNP      
DE Willie Young Ankle DNP      
QB Matthew Stafford Finger (Right) FP      


Lions Make Change At Punter By Signing Ben Graham

As first reported by Adam Caplan, the Detroit Lions made a change at punter on Tuesday. They released Robert Malone, who filled in for the injured Ryan Donahue on Sunday in Chicago, and signed Ben Graham.

Graham is from Australia and has spent most of his career with the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals. This year, he only appeared in one game with the Cardinals, but now he is getting a chance to fill in for Donahue in Detroit. Donahue missed Wednesday's practice, so it's looking unlikely that he will play on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

In other roster news, the Lions signed defensive end Ugo Chinasa to their practice squad. Defensive end Kyle Moore was signed off the Lions' practice squad by the Bills, so the Lions added Chinasa to fill the vacancy.

Chinasa is a rookie from Oklahoma State who spent training camp with the Carolina Panthers after signing as an undrafted free agent.

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