Lions still figuring out backfield rotation, but LeGarrette Blount will have role

LeGarrette Blount is accustomed to sharing the backfield. So, if the Lions have a rotation with Blount, Kerryon Johnson, Theo Riddick and/or Ameer Abdullah, the veteran running back will fit right in.

I have always followed the ball — and the officials — up and down the field, Halas said. A coach has to stay on top of the action to make decisions. I cannot do that any longer. . . . I supposed I began to realize this in one of our final games last season when I started rushing after the referee who was pacing off a penalty and it suddenly dawned on me that I wasn’t gaining on him. I began to wonder whether the officials were speeding up, or I was slowing down.

Hicks tore his Achilles on Oct. 23 against Washington, so having him up and moving to that degree is an encouraging sign.

The Eagles released veteran Mychal Kendricks the same day free agent pickup Paul Worrilow suffered a torn ACL in practice, so having Hicks back and moving’s a good sign.

Cassius Marsh to Patriots fans: Sorry if you can’t handle the truth but that’s how I feel

Former Patriots defensive end Cassius Marsh took some heat from New England fans when he said he’s glad to be with the 49ers because the Patriots don’t have any fun. But unlike some athletes whose words get them in trouble, Marsh isn’t claiming he was taken out of context or misunderstood.

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