Detroit Lions Links: Oft-Injured Jason Fox Running Out of Chances

Here are the latest news and notes for June 25, 2012:

• The Lions’ coaching staff would love nothing more than for 2010 fourth-round pick to finally take a step forward and start competing for playing time at tackle. The problem is that Fox has not been able to stay healthy since coming to Detroit, and that never-ending stream of injuries could push the Lions toward cutting Fox before the regular season arrives. —

• Erik Coleman says he feels “young again” after missing all but four games last season with injuries. That’s great news for a Lions team that continues to search for help at a thin safety position, and Coleman truly believes that he can earn some more playing time this season. —

• Columnist Mike Freeman wrote that he “came up with a lot of Detroit Lions” for possible inclusion on his list of the 10 biggest jerks in the NFL. But when he narrowed things down, one member of the Detroit franchise stood out above the rest. —

• The Lions claimed defensive back Dontrell Johnson off waivers after Jacksonville cut him last week. Brandon Folsom caught up with the newest Detroit rookie to find out what Johnson expects once he arrives in the Motor City. — Sidelion Report

has just one year left on his current contract and, given how quickly he’s been able to turn things around in Detroit, the team would be wise to lock him up soon. If Schwartz somehow wound up available next offseason, he would be one of the hottest commodities on the coaching market. — Detroit News

• Late Lions beat writer Tom Kowalski, who tragically died at 51 of a heart attack last August, was honored by the Pro Football Writers of America with a lifetime achievement award. — CBS Local

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