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Week in Review: Drama dominates headlines, but Lions ready for Arizona

Posted Sep 14, 2013

Though national headlines may have overshadowed the Lions big Week 1 win to the NFL as a whole, the team remained focused in preparation for Arizona

Ndamukong SuhDT Ndamukong Suh (Photo: G. Smith/Detroit Lions)

Despite a big win by the Lions this week that snapped an eight-game losing streak dating back to last November, this week's headlines were dominated by talk of Ndamukong Suh and his personal foul penalty.

Suh's teammates stood by the first-year team captain, who apologized to them in Tuesday's team meeting.

"He just said basically that he can’t make those type of mistakes and he can’t put us in a position where we have to battle back from mistakes like that," veteran receiver Nate Burleson said. “He also said that with him having a target, and people looking for him, they’re looking at us (as a team).

"After he sat down and few guys screamed ‘I love you.’ We’re a family."

Apparently these players consider themselves a family with members that want to hold each other accountable.

Burleson talked Thursday about a decision the team made to run gassers for every personal foul penalty committed this season.

After two penalties against Minnesota -- one by Suh and the other by Louis Delmas -- the team ran one full gasser (one half for each) following Wednesday's practice.

Coincidentally, it was the hottest practice of the season.

"We've got a group of guys who brought it up to the team," Burleson said. "We should have some accountability.

"Even though mistakes and personal fouls are individual-based, at the end of the day, it hurts everybody on the team."

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