Calvin Johnson Returns, Theo Riddick Shines and James Ihedigbo Doesn’t Want A Fine


The Detroit Lions came from behind to beat the Miami Dolphins on Sunday but the victory wasn’t the only story line that emerged from the game.

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The Lions were healthy for the first time in weeks  and Calvin Johnson made his presence felt after missing three weeks with bad ankles. But the real hero of the game was Theo Riddick whose last-minute touchdown catch from Matt Stafford sealed the deal for the Lions and boosted his reputation as a clutch player.

Jame Ihedigbo had a great game but it did have a timely black mark.  The Lions safety intercepted a Ryan Tannehill pass and returned it onely to get caught from behind before scoring.  To add insult to injury Ihedigbo was also called for a face mask.

Amidst all the celebration there was a dark side to the Detroit Lions victory.  The offensive line is dinged up again and that could be an issue when the Lions play blitz happy Arizona next week.

All of these links and more are in Monday’s Detroit Lions edition of the Detroit Jock City Morning Drive.

From MLive: Calvin Johnson and Brandon Pettigrew Make Return To The Line-Up

"The superstar receiver has missed the past three weeks with a high ankle sprain — the first time in his career he’s missed three straight games. He hasn’t played since catching one pass for 7 yards in an Oct. 5 loss against the Buffalo Bills."

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  • From ESPN: Theo Riddicks Touchdown Catch Lifts Detroit Lions

    "Stafford’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Theo Riddick with 29 seconds remaining lifted the Lions to a 20-16 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. It was Detroit’s fourth straight victory, and the past three have been by a combined six points, all with fourth-quarter comebacks."

    From MLive: Grading The Lions: Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate Earn An A

    "Calvin Johnson topped 100 yards in his return to the lineup, including a long touchdown reception over Grimes, while Golden Tate continued to produce with 11 grabs for 109 yards on 13 targets."

    From MLive: Jame Ihedigbo To Roger Goddell “Please Don’t Fine Me”

    "Here’s what happened: Ihedigbo thwarted a Dolphins scoring opportunity by picking off a Tannehill pass at the 14-yard line, and returned it 70 yards. But he was also caught from behind by Tannehill, a quarterback, and then facemasked him."

    From Mlive: Offensive Line Rocked By Injury

    "The entire right side of the offensive line was banged up in this one, with guard Larry Warford leaving with a leg injury, tackle LaAdrian Waddle leaving with a knee injury and tight end Brandon Pettigrew playing through a foot injury."