The pre-season is mostly about staying healthy and not so much about winning as evidenced by the Lions in 2008 when they had a 4-and-0 exhibition record and then went 0-and-16 in the regular season. And now Detroit is already behind the eight ball this year at the linebacker position, where the Lions were already thin going into Saturday’s pre-season opener at Pittsburgh.
Detroit fell 23-to-7 to the Steelers and it appears the Lions have lost backup middle linebacker Jordan Dizon for the season to a knee injury suffered in the game. Dizon was starting in place of DeAndre Levy, who has been fighting lingering back pain which forced him to miss most of training camp.
Lion’s prized rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh didn’t register a sack or make a tackle in his debut, but did a nice job in helping occupy blockers and plug running lanes.
The Lion’s second exhibition game will be Saturday night against the Broncos at Denver. Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow made his NFL debut for the Broncos last night and went 8-for-13 for 105 yards and ran the ball into the end zone from seven yards out on the final play of the game.