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WEEK IN REVIEW: Lions starters see game action in third preseason matchup

The Detroit Lions dropped their third preseason game to the Buffalo Bills Friday night, 24-20.

After much speculation prior to the game, quarterback Matthew Stafford saw his first action of the preseason, playing most of the first half and leading the offense on a touchdown drive.

“I think anytime you can go out there and play full on tackle football, where I don’t have a red jersey on and go play, the more experience you get the better,” Stafford said after the game.

“There’s going to be plays that I had tonight that I’ll learn from both good and bad. Every time I step out there it’s a learning experience. I’m trying to do everything I can to make sure we score a bunch of points, but at the same time I’m going to learn from it.”

There were a lot of positive takeaways from the starting offense and defense, but they were overshadowed by injuries to key players on both units. Linebacker Jarrad Davis and center Frank Ragnow both left the game with injuries in the first half and did not return.

“With JD and Frank, there’s nothing really to report right now," head coach Matt Patricia said after the game. "We’ll see what it looks like tomorrow and go through the medical procedures to see what that looks like and go from there. We certainly just got to keep pushing forward as far as getting ready to go.”

View photos from the Detroit Lions vs. Buffalo Bills Preseason Week 3 game at Ford Field on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 in Detroit.

LIONS SIGN HARRISON TO EXTENSION

The Lions announced Thursday that they signed defensive tackle Damon Harrison Sr. to a one-year contract extension.

Harrison started training camp on the Non-Football Injury List, but was removed from the list in Houston. He took part in practice the past two weeks, and started Friday night against the Bills.

Since his return to the field, Harrison has been working to build chemistry with new defensive line teammates Trey Flowers and Mike Daniels.

“It’s really nice to get out there with the guys and the more you play together the better you get to understand everybody and know who you’re playing with and build that chemistry,” Daniels said. “Everybody has the right attitude around here and I don’t foresee chemistry being an issue. I think we can just step out there together because of how everyone already gets along personally. We just all have similar mentality. Everyone wants to get better every day.”

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