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  Lions | Will still use Theo Riddick    Thu Oct 30, 02:03 PM

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick will continue to have a role in the offense even when RB Reggie Bush (ankle) returns to the lineup, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.

Footballguys view: Riddick will see his touches go down, so he will just be a flex or RB4 start but with upside because he has been explosive in his touches. There just will be so few (presumably) that it limits his reliability.

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  Lions | Nick Fairley to get second opinion    Wed Oct 29, 02:09 PM

Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) will get a second opinion on his knee Friday, Oct. 31, or early next week.

Footballguys view: There are conflicting reports about how long Fairley could be out of action. Some believe this is a season-ending injury, while others believe Fairley will not need surgery, and will be out about a month.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson expects to return after bye    Wed Oct 29, 12:32 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) said he 'definitely expects to play' against the Miami Dolphins after the team's bye week. Johnson has missed the last three games due to a high right ankle sprain. WR Golden Tate has 24 catches for 349 yards and two touchdowns in Johnson's absence.

Footballguys view: Good news for fantasy owners here. They've given him enough time to get close to full strength. So long as he practices fully in back-to-back days next week, feel confident starting Johnson again in Week 10.

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Calvin Johnson player page
Golden Tate player page


  Lions | Nick Fairley could be lost for season    Tue Oct 28, 04:56 PM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) isn't certain to return this season, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Fairley is dealing with a sprained knee, but there is hope that he can return in four to five weeks. Fairley had to be helped off the field in Week 8, and he was placed on a cart and taken to the locker room. He had 14 tackles and a sack through eight games.

Footballguys view: Earlier reports seemed to indicate that Fairley would be out 4-5 weeks. Now, the timetable is non-existent. Consider him doubtful to return until we hear more about the nature of this knee injury.

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  Lions | Nick Fairley out 4-5 weeks    Mon Oct 27, 06:41 PM

Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) injured his medial collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament in Week 8, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The team now turns to C.J. Mosley and Caraun Reid as options on the defensive line next to Ndamukong Suh. The team hopes he will be able to return in four or five weeks. This is a more optimistic outlook than was first feared. Fairley should be able to return for a postseason run.

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  Lions | Jim Caldwell not optimistic about Nick Fairley    Mon Oct 27, 04:05 AM

Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) suffered a knee injury during the team's 22-21 win over the Atlanta Falcons, and coach Jim Caldwell is not optimistic about his status. 'I'm not quite certain where he is right now,' Caldwell said after the game. 'But obviously, when you're carried off the field, it's not the greatest news. We'll see what the doctors say about him.' Caldwell did not speculate if he thought the injury could be season-ending.

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  Lions | Nick Fairley exits    Sun Oct 26, 10:39 AM

Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) left the game Sunday, Oct. 26, with a knee injury and will not return.

Footballguys view: The Lions already sent CJ Mosley home this week, so they are seriously undermanned in their defensive line rotation. Look for rookie Caraun Reid to get a tonne of snaps today.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron inactive    Sun Oct 26, 09:12 AM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) is inactive Sunday, Oct. 26, for Week 8.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson inactive for Week 8    Sun Oct 26, 09:12 AM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is inactive for the Week 8 game Sunday, Oct. 26.

Footballguys view: Johnson should be back and at full speed after the Lions bye next week. Golden Tate remains a must-start in his absence.

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  Lions | Reggie Bush inactive today    Sun Oct 26, 09:11 AM

Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) is inactive for the Week 8 game Sunday, Oct. 26.

Footballguys view: Theo Riddick is back from his hamstring issue and he could thrive against a porous Falcons defense with his acumen as a receiver out of the backfield.

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Reggie Bush player page


  Lions | Week 8 Inactives    Sun Oct 26, 09:05 AM

The Detroit Lions have declared TE Brandon Pettigrew, WR Calvin Johnson, TE Eric Ebron, TE Joseph Fauria, QB Kellen Moore, OT LaAdrian Waddle, RB Reggie Bush inactive for Week 8.

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Calvin Johnson player page
Brandon Pettigrew player page
Kellen Moore player page
Joseph Fauria player page
Eric Ebron player page


  Lions | Joique Bell likely to carry load    Fri Oct 24, 10:10 PM

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell is likely to see a lion's share of the carries in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons.

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  Lions | Another big game for Golden Tate?    Fri Oct 24, 10:09 PM

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate will be facing the league's 29th ranked pass defense in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons.

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  Lions | Reggie Bush unlikely to play in London    Fri Oct 24, 09:58 PM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) is expected to be inactive for the Week 9 game against the Atlanta Falcons in London, according to a source Friday, Oct. 24.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson unlikely for Week 9    Fri Oct 24, 09:47 PM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is unlikely to play in Week 9 against the Atlanta Falcons in London, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The team has a bye in Week 10, and head coach Jim Caldwell is reportedly looking at the big picture.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson will be game-time decision    Fri Oct 24, 01:47 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) will truly be a game-time decision against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 8 in London. Johnson was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable. "He did work yesterday. I thought he did a pretty good job, but we'll see where he is today," head coach Jim Caldwell said of Johnson before Friday's practice.

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  Lions | Friday injury report    Fri Oct 24, 12:18 PM

Detroit Lions TE Joseph Fauria (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons in London. TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot) is doubtful. OT LaAdrian Waddle (concussion) is questionable, while DE Ziggy Ansah (toe) and RB Theo Riddick (hamstring) are probable. Fauria and Pettigrew didn't practice Friday, Oct. 24. Ansah was limited, while Waddle and Riddick practiced in full.

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Brandon Pettigrew player page
Ezekiel Ansah player page
Joseph Fauria player page
Theo Riddick player page


  Lions | Eric Ebron ruled out    Fri Oct 24, 12:05 PM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) has officially been ruled out for Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons in London. TE Joseph Fauria (ankle) is also out, and TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot) is listed as doubtful.

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Joseph Fauria player page
Eric Ebron player page


  Lions | LaAdrian Waddle returns to practice    Fri Oct 24, 12:05 PM

Detroit Lions OT LaAdrian Waddle (concussion) returned to practice Friday, Oct. 24, and he said he did everything in practice. However, he's still unsure if he'll play in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons, and he's listed as questionable for the game. 'I'm feeling good,' Waddle said. 'Came out here, did some stuff today. Go back, do some more tests and stuff like that and see how it feels later on in the day and we'll see where we go from here.' Waddle wasn't sure he suffered a concussion in Week 7, and he said he didn't inform the doctors of his condition at the end of the game. Head coach Jim Caldwell said doctors will determine if Waddle will suit up Sunday, Oct. 26.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson listed as questionable    Fri Oct 24, 10:47 AM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is listed as questionable for the Week 8 game Sunday, Oct. 26. Johnson was limited in practice Friday, Oct. 24.

Footballguys view: Johnson is a true game time decision. With the Lions saying they won't play him unless he's really ready to return, and a Week 9 bye giving them every incentive to sit him if there is any question, Johnson is worth playing if he is active. We should know around 8 am eastern whether that is the case on Sunday. Go to bed on Saturday with Johnson on your bench just to be safe.

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Calvin Johnson player page


  Lions | Reggie Bush listed as doubtful    Fri Oct 24, 10:45 AM

Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) is listed as doubtful for the Week 8 game Sunday, Oct. 26.

Footballguys view: Don't listen to Bush saying he'll play. With the early start and his limited upside and risk of an early end to his day in London, you can go to sleep Saturday night with Bush on your bench.

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  Lions | Reggie Bush says he'll play Sunday    Fri Oct 24, 09:57 AM

Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) missed practice Friday, Oct. 24, but said he will play in Week 8 Sunday, Oct. 26.

Footballguys view: Bush is still not trustworthy because he is coming in banged up, and he is not as effective on natural tracks (especially potentially muddy tracks like Wembley Stadium often is).

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  Lions | Brandon Pettigrew a game-time decision    Fri Oct 24, 09:15 AM

Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot) will be a game-time decision Sunday, Oct. 26. TE Joseph Fauria (ankle) is unlikely to play this weekend.

Footballguys view: New Lion Kellen Davis could get significant snaps at tight end for Detroit with all of the injuries at the position, but he has no fantasy value.

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Brandon Pettigrew player page
Joseph Fauria player page


  Lions | Eric Ebron likely out    Fri Oct 24, 09:08 AM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) is likely out for Week 8, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Ebron missed practice again Friday, Oct. 24.

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  Lions | Reggie Bush day-to-day    Thu Oct 23, 02:31 PM

Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle), who missed practice Thursday, Oct. 23, said he will do his best to push through his injury and suit up for the team's Week 8 game against the Atlanta Falcons in London. "The ankle's good -- just taking it day by day," Bush said. "I'm trying to do my best to just be smart, make sure I'm healthy. Obviously I want to be out there on the field Sunday, and I'm going to do everything I can to be out there on the field Sunday, but I'm also going to be smart about it, too, so it feels good , practiced yesterday, and we'll see how it goes today.'

Footballguys view: Of he plays we have him as no more than an RB3 and as his game is 9:30am EST (that's 6:30am for you poor folks out west), this is a risky play unless you know for sure he will be in the game or that you can avoid hitting the snooze alarm so you can get up and check the inactive list.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson encouraged with progress    Thu Oct 23, 01:21 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) has been more encouraged about the progress of his high right ankle sprain this week, even though he's been limited in practices so far. 'Good. We're doing everything from straight-forward running to moving laterally as well,' Johnson said. 'Things are going good. We're moving in a positive direction.' However, Johnson said a decision on whether he'll play in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons could come down to a game-time decision in London. Head coach Jim Caldwell said the decision will come down to doctors.

Footballguys view: That's a slightly different tune coming from Caldwell who had said before that Calvin Johnson had to be 100 percent to play. 100 percent may not involve practice it seems. If he doesn't play, Golden Tate remains a fantastic WR1 but if Johnson does play we wouldn't panic on Tate--he's still at least a WR2 as we don't know how involved Johnson will be.

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  Lions | Thursday practice report    Thu Oct 23, 11:58 AM

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (toe) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 23, while RB Theo Riddick (hamstring) fully participated in practice.

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Ezekiel Ansah player page
Theo Riddick player page


  Lions | Calvin Johnson limited    Thu Oct 23, 11:51 AM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 23.

Footballguys view: There's always a chance Johnson plays but it's not looking good even if he was cutting and running as reports state he was. Coach Jim Caldwell has said Johnson has to be 100 percent in order to play and that seems unlikely at this point. Golden Tate will continue to play as the No. 1 for Detroit and we expect top numbers from him this week, so start him as a WR1.

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  Lions | T.J. Jones to be activated soon    Thu Oct 23, 11:09 AM

Detroit Lions WR T.J. Jones (shoulder) likely will be activated from the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list in the next few weeks, according to general manager Martin Mayhew.

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  Lions | Three sit, one returns    Thu Oct 23, 10:16 AM

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (toe) returned to practice Thursday, Oct. 23. TE Joseph Fauria (ankle), OT LaAdrian Waddle (calf) and TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot) sat out of practice.

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Brandon Pettigrew player page
Ezekiel Ansah player page
Joseph Fauria player page


  Lions | Eric Ebron sits    Thu Oct 23, 10:12 AM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) sat out of practice Thursday, Oct. 23.

Footballguys view: It doesn't look good for Ebron but then again, there's really nobody at tight end we'd start as we hope you aren't in bad enough shape to start Kellen Davis who is a poor TE3 at best.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson increases practice load    Thu Oct 23, 10:12 AM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) did a lot more in practice Thursday, Oct. 23, as he was cutting and running routes.

Footballguys view: He needs to be 100 percent according to head coach Jim Caldwell, and while Johnson is doing more, right now it's not enough. Looks like another WR1 week for Golden Tate.

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  Lions | Reggie Bush sitting out    Thu Oct 23, 10:04 AM

Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) is not practicing Thursday, Oct. 23.

Footballguys view: The Lions will keep an eye on Bush here. If he's unable to practice later in the week then we'll see more from Joique Bell and Theo Riddick in Week 8.

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  Lions | Jerome Couplin re-signs    Wed Oct 22, 01:56 PM

The Detroit Lions re-signed S Jerome Couplin III to their practice squad Wednesday, Oct. 22, and released RB William Powell from the practice squad in a corresponding move.

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  Lions | LaAdrian Waddle has concussion    Wed Oct 22, 01:13 PM

Detroit Lions OT LaAdrian Waddle (concussion), who missed three games this year with a calf ailment, didn't practice Wednesday, Oct. 22, due to a concussion. The team used a rotation of OTs Cornelius Lucas and Garrett Reynolds when Waddle was out earlier this year at right tackle, and the duo combined to allow three hurries and five sacks of QB Matthew Stafford.

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  Lions | Theo Riddick does some drills    Wed Oct 22, 12:43 PM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick (hamstring) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Footballguys view: Alright, that gives us a bit more clarity here. Riddick has looked explosive for the Lions on limited touches, but he's still third in the pecking order behind Joique Bell and Reggie Bush.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson limited    Wed Oct 22, 12:41 PM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.

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  Lions | Reggie Bush limited during practice    Wed Oct 22, 12:29 PM

Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Footballguys view: Let's watch this situation closely as the week of practice goes on. Bush should be able to practice fully on Friday--and if he does--then we see him as a RB2 with upside against a bad Falcons defense in Week 8.

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Reggie Bush player page


  Lions | Four sit out    Wed Oct 22, 10:04 AM

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (toe), TE Joseph Fauria (ankle), OT LaAdrian Waddle (calf) and TE Brandon Pettigrew (undisclosed) are out of practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Footballguys view: The Lions TE situation is one to watch here...especially if Calvin Johnson can't play against the Falcons. It doesn't help that Eric Ebron also missed practice on Wednesday as well.

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Brandon Pettigrew player page
Ezekiel Ansah player page
Joseph Fauria player page


  Lions | Eric Ebron out of practice    Wed Oct 22, 10:04 AM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) is out of practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Footballguys view: We'll see if Ebron can practice and get ready before the team's game against the Falcons in London this week. He could have a larger role if the Lions are without Calvin Johnson again.

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Eric Ebron player page


  Lions | Theo Riddick practicing    Wed Oct 22, 10:03 AM

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Footballguys view: Riddick has looked explosive when he's been given the rock this year. We'll see if he can continue to get a few touches here and there behind Joique Bell and Reggie Bush.

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Theo Riddick player page


  Lions | Calvin Johnson sitting out    Wed Oct 22, 10:03 AM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is out of practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Footballguys view: Lions head coach Jim Caldwell stated earlier this week that Johnson would need to be 100 percent healthy in order to play against the Falcons. The Lions have a bye next week, so they might be better off shutting down Johnson for one more week.

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  Lions | Golden Tate making consistent impact    Tue Oct 21, 11:28 PM

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate is one of just two receivers to have at least five receptions in each of the first seven games of the season.

Footballguys view: Tate has been amazing for the Lions this year. He was certainly one of the most underrated free agent additions this offseason. Tate has especially shined with the team missing Calvin Johnson in the lineup.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson must be 100 percent    Tue Oct 21, 05:11 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) will only return in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons if he's 100 percent healthy, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. 'It's not going to be a thing of degrees,' Caldwell said. 'When they say he's cleared, he's ready to go and he's feeling great, when they doctors say, OK, that's when it's going to happen. It's not going to be a whole lot of in between.' Johnson has missed six straight practices.

Footballguys view: We're okay with the team holding out Johnson until he's fully ready to return. We saw him struggle with this ankle injury for a couple of weeks, and he just didn't look the same. Keep watching for Johnson's practice status each day.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson resumes running    Tue Oct 21, 01:03 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) said he is back to running Tuesday, Oct. 21. Johnson sat out in Week 7 against the New Orleans Saints and appears to be trying to return sooner rather than later.

Footballguys view: Watch Johnson's practice status to see if he's ready to play in Week 8. They play the Falcons this week, but then the Lions have a bye the week after that. It might be wise to let Johnson rest through the bye.

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  Lions | Jerome Couplin waived    Mon Oct 20, 05:47 PM

Detroit Lions S Jerome Couplin III was placed on no-recall waivers Monday, Oct. 20.


  Lions | Joseph Fauria feeling good    Mon Oct 20, 04:30 PM

Detroit Lions TE Joseph Fauria (ankle) said he felt good running and cutting on his ankle Monday, Oct. 20.

Footballguys view: Fauria will be back soon, but he's only a desperation TE3 in TD-heavy leagues.

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  Lions | Ifeanyi Momah signed to practice squad    Mon Oct 20, 02:02 PM

The Detroit Lions signed free-agent WR Ifeanyi Momah (Browns) to their practice squad Monday, Oct. 20.

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  Lions | Jerome Couplin cut    Mon Oct 20, 01:54 PM

The Detroit Lions released SS Jerome Couplin III Monday, Oct. 20.

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  Lions | Kellen Davis added     Mon Oct 20, 01:54 PM

The Detroit Lions signed free-agent TE Kellen Davis (Seahawks) Monday, Oct. 20. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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