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Friday, September 13, 2013
Morning Roar: Larry Warford tops rookie list

By Michael Rothstein

Good morning and ROOOAAARRRR!!!!

He played in one regular-season game and right guard Larry Warford is already starting to receive some attention.

Not bad for an offensive lineman, a position where anonymity and not being noticed are usually hallmarks of strong play.

Warford's play against Minnesota on Sunday caught the eye of colleague Mel Kiper Jr., who placed Warford at No. 13 Insider in his latest rookie rankings.

The former Kentucky standout is one of three offensive linemen on the list. It'll be interesting to see if Warford, who had a really good first game against a talented Vikings front, can maintain this pace with two road games before Kiper's next rookie ranking list.

And now a look at the Lions from around the Interwebs:

Detroit wide receiver Nate Burleson, one of the most affable guys in the Detroit locker room, was given the team's Ed Block Courage Award on Thursday, according to the Detroit Free Press. It's a big win for Burleson, who broke his leg last season and returned to the Lions.

A roundup of our coverage from yesterday: Think Detroit has the most expensive beer in the NFL? Not quite. Calvin Johnson vs. Patrick Peterson, Part II, should be one of the best matchups of the season. Ashlee Palmer and Nick Fairley were among those who didn't practice Thursday. Why is the offensive line having success? Reggie Bush. And Ten(ish) questions with tight end Brandon Pettigrew.

Colleague Josh Weinfuss and I break down Sunday's game.

John Niyo of the Detroit News writes that Ndamukong Suh is still being followed by his past.

Former Lion Frank Tripucka died at age 85. His son is former NBA player Kelly Tripucka.

Kyle Meinke from MLive writes that Corey Hilliard, who replaced Jason Fox at right tackle Sunday, is hoping to bounce back from pass-protection struggles. Meinke also writes that the Lions are policing themselves for personal fouls in games.

Chris Wesseling from NFL.com writes that Marshall Faulk felt that Bush's debut in Detroit was reminiscent of Faulk himself.