Watching the Lions - News & Notes from Detroit

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August 24, 2011 at 03:35pm ET

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Coming into Saturday night's game against Detroit, it seemed like Tom Brady may have been set to face off against a tough pass rush from the Lions.

It looks like that won't be the case, or at least it looks like the Lions will be down one key component of their defensive line this weekend.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch missed his fourth straight practice with a sore shoulder today, and by all accounts it sounds like he won't see action against New England.

Vanden Bosch finished last season 5th on the Lions in sacks with 4, along with 12 quarterback hits.

Cliff Avril was second on the team last season with 8.5 sacks and 11 quarterback hits, and also had one QB hit last week  against the Browns.

Brady admitted on Wednesday he doesn't mind getting hit. (FILE:Icon/SMI)

So far this preseason it's been the Patriots who have been the ones terrorizing opposing QB's, however, Tom Brady admitted that getting hit doesn't bother him and he's not too concerned about it.

"That's part of the preseason process, to have guys sack you and knock you on the ground," Brady told reporters on Wednesday. "So your body can kind of become callous to those hits. Hopefully not too much, but enough where you can … that's a nice thing to have happen to a quarterback, to get hit."

On offense, according to the Free Press receiver Calvin Johnson also sat out practice today because of a sore left shoulder. Johnson apparently injured his shoulder in the preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals and did not play last week against the Cleveland Browns.

It should be a fun atmosphere Saturday night, with the Lions selling out what will be a nationally televised game.  FoxSportsDetroit reports that Ford Field is the place to be right now, with the team announcing quite a few sellouts recently.

Reports out of Foxboro said that head coach Bill Belichick is piping in noise during practice to simulate being on the road.  It should be loud, as Detroit is clearly on the rise once again as a franchise and the fans are excited. Needless to say while it may only be an exhibition game, it could end up being a pretty good one.

More to come.