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Linebacker Takeo Spikes' decision to sign with San Francisco left the Detroit Lions in the same predicament they've been in for most of the summer: Mulling changes in the configuration of their incumbent linebackers.
Ernie Sims is stationed on the weak side in the Lions' 4-3 scheme, but the other two positions remain in play with three preseason games to go. Detroit was hoping to bring in Spikes to play on the strong side,according to this analysis in the Detroit Free Press, but for now Alex Lewis is competing with Leon Joe and Darnell Bing for the position.
Rookie Jordon Dizon is running with the second team behind Paris Lenon at middle linebacker, but the Lions might move Lenon to the weak side if and when Dizon gets up to speed on playing the middle linebacker spot.
We plan to be on the ground in Detroit (finally) on Wednesday and will update you on the linebacker position, among others, when we get there.
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