GREEN BAY, Wis. — For the first time in his NFL career, right guard T.J. Lang will wear colors other than green and gold after his agent announced he’d signed a three-year contract with the Detroit Lions.
Lang was a mainstay in keeping Aaron Rodgers upright, spending the first eight years of his career in Green Bay. Terms of his new deal weren’t released, but Lang was told prior to the 2016 season that he was not among the team’s priorities in terms of contract extensions. That same reasoning led to the outright release of Josh Sitton last fall.
29-year-old Lang has never played fewer than 12 games in a given season, but will come into training camp this year fresh off foot and hip surgeries. He was injured late in Green Bay’s NFC championship game loss to Atlanta.
MILWAUKEE — While Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was limited on offense, Greg Monroe picked up the slack in a 102-89 win over the Detroit Pistons Monday night.
Antetokounmpo was held to just eight points in 36 minutes of play, while Monroe came off the bench to provide a team-high 25 points, along with 13 rebounds. It was Milwaukee’s first win streak since Jan. 13 and the team’s second double-digit win since losing Jabari Parker to his second torn ACL to the same knee.
Michael Beasley supplemented Milwaukee’s offensive output with 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting, helping build the lead up to as many as 22 points.
”Those two guys crushed us. And then our offense was pathetic,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. ”It was just a miserable night all around.”
Defensively, Milwaukee made progress as well, holding an opponent under 100 points for the first time in 20 games.
Pistons rookie Henry Ellenson was inactive in his first return to Milwaukee since being drafted out of Marquette. He was the No. 18 overall selection by Detroit last summer.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 17 points and eight rebounds weren’t enough to overcome Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons in Sunday night’s 98-83 loss.
Drummond gave the Pistons 20 points and 23 rebounds, helping Detroit win the battle for boards 58-40. The Pistons were also the better shooting team, combining for 44.3 percent from the field, compared to the Bucks’ 39.1 percent. Neither team shot particularly well from beyond the arc, with Detroit just edging out Milwaukee 25 percent to 23.5 percent.
Rashad Vaughn’s performance was a far cry from his Saturday night performance against Brooklyn where he logged a career-high 22 points. In their first road game of the season, Vaughn added just five points on 2-of-8 shooting. He was also 25 percent from downtown, converting on just one of his four attempts.
Tony Snell saw 25 minutes of action, but added only four points. He’s still trying to adjust to a new system since being traded from the Chicago Bulls earlier this month. Early reports indicate he might not be given a contract extension with the deadline set for Monday night at 11 C.T.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — For the third straight game, the Milwaukee Bucks allowed an opponent to go on a run, falling to the Detroit Pistons 102-78 Monday night.
The Bucks won their first two preseason games, but have lost each of their last three. The difference? Defense. Opponents have gone on runs of 41-6, 37-7, and last night 37-8.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker had strong showings in the first half, finishing with 21 and 18 points, respectively. They didn’t get much help elsewhere, getting outscored in the second half 62-30.
Greg Monroe added 12 points and eight rebounds off the bench, while the Pistons were paced by 23 points courtesy of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Michael Beasley (sprained right elbow), Khris Middleton (torn hamstring), Tony Snell (sprained left ankle), Jason Terry (sprained right ankle), and Rashad Vaughn (sprained left ankle) were all inactive for Milwaukee Monday night.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers will be more short-handed defensively than they originally thought, with officials ruling out safety Morgan Burnett and linebacker Clay Matthews when they take on the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
Cornerback Sam Shields was ruled out earlier in the week after visiting a concussion specialist.
Green Bay Packers press release:
Packers S Morgan Burnett (groin) and LB Clay Matthews (ankle/hamstring) have been ruled OUT, and DT Letroy Guion (knee) and DE/LB Datone Jones (knee) have been downgraded to doubtful for tomorrow’s game against the Detroit Lions.