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Johnson Likes Lions' Chances; Colts Release Brazill
Saturday Jul 12, 2014 12:00am

Calvin Johnson likes Lions' chances
(DETROIT) – The Detroit Lions have been a stranger to success, but some members of the 2014 version are bullish on their chances this season, including the team's best player. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who discussed with NFL Network his No. 2 ranking on the network's Top 100 players list this week, said the Lions feel they have what it takes to win a Super Bowl. Johnson says the team needs to win a Super Bowl, which is the number one thing every team should focus on. Earlier in the offseason, new Lions safety James Ihedigbo said he believes the team has a “championship DNA” a thought that defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh recently agreed with. The Detroit Lions haven't won their division since 1993 and have played in just two playoff games since 2000. The team finished 7-9 in 2013. Johnson credited new coach Jim Caldwell for the team's optimism heading into this season.

Colts release WR Brazill
(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Indianapolis Colts hav released receiver LaVon Brazill. The announcement is not surprising after the NFL suspended Brazill for at least a year on July 3 for violating the league's substance-abuse policy for the second time. Brazill was banned for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the policy. Brazill was expected to compete for one of the final spots on the Colts' roster this season Brazill was originally selected by the Colts in the sixth round (206th overall) of the 2012 NFL draft. In 25 career regular-season games with the team, he recorded 23 receptions for 347 yards and three touchdowns. Brazill also registered seven receptions for 144 yards and two touchdowns in three postseason games (two starts).

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