It's been a big week for Lions cornerback Darius Slay.
Fresh off a two-interception performance vs. the Bears, Slay was named to his first Pro Bowl, something he's been working toward for some time.
"It's great to put on your resume," Slay said Monday before the announcement. "I can show my kids that anything is possible. It's good on my resume, and I'm ready to put it in my bios on social media."
In addition to the Pro Bowl nod, Slay was also announced as the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
"He can run. He's quick. He's competitive," head coach Jim Caldwell said of Slay after Sunday's game. "He loves to mix it up and now just through experience and seeing a lot of things throughout the years, he's really coming into his own and playing extremely well."
EXPECTING THE BENGALS' BEST
With a 5-9 record, the Cincinnati Bengals are no longer in the playoff race, but the Lions are still expecting the Bengals' best, as they should.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said his team's preparation is no different, whether they're in the playoff hunt or already eliminated.
"That was no different then or now," Lewis said of the mentality of getting ready. "You could ask me the same question any of the last seven years, and I'm going to tell you the same answer. That's all that matters, is the one week at a time.
"We've got to win out, too. There's no difference. Both teams have some urgency to it."
For Mike O'Hara's full scouting report on the Bengals, click here.
TJ JONES TO IR
The Lions placed wide receiver TJ Jones (shoulder) on IR Tuesday, ending his season.
"Yeah, he was a Swiss Army Knife for us, man," quarterback Matthew Stafford said of Jones. "He did a bunch of stuff for us on offense, played inside, played outside, caught some balls underneath, stretched the field too.
"I know he's valuable on special teams. He was stepping in as a returner if anybody needed a breather or whatever it was. So, obviously a really good player that we'll just have to fill in the next guy up."
In addition to Marvin Jones Jr. and Golden Tate, who are both on track for 1,000-yard receiving seasons, and rookie Kenny Golladay, the Lions also have Bradley Marquez and Andy Jones on the roster at WR.
We'll find out Sunday in Cincinnati how the Lions plan on replacing TJ Jones' production.
OTHER NOTEWORTHY ITEMS:
- Check out all the footage from Boogie Down Brown's visit to the Lions training facility.
- Watch guard T.J. Lang sit down with rookie linebacker Jarrad Davis for the thirteenth episode of Talkin' With T.J.
- What needs to happen for the Lions to make the playoffs? Tim Twentyman breaks it all down in his latest 10 Questions column.
- Catch up on all the news from Teryl Austin's and Jim Bob Cooter's Thursday press conferences.
- You asked. Now watch quarterback Matthew Stafford answer your fan-submitted questions in this week's #AskALion episode.