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LIONS FIRE MILLEN AFTER SEVEN HORRID SEASONS

Making news

The Lions fired Matt Millen as president Wednesday(3C). Why? Their 31 wins since he was hired in 2001 are one fewer than the Texans, who began in 2002. Each team's wins and playoff berths during Millen's tenure:

Patriots 88 6 Chiefs 57 2

Colts 80 6 Jets 54 4

Steelers 75 5 Panthers 54 2

Eagles 74 5 Falcons 53 2

Packers 71 5 Saints 53 1

Broncos 69 3 Vikings 52 1

S'hawks 68 5 Redskins 52 2

Chargers 64 3 Dolphins 51 1

Ravens 62 3 Bengals 50 1

Bears 61 3 49ers 49 2

Cowboys 60 3 Bills 48 0

Titans 60 3 Browns 45 1

Bucs 59 4 Cards 42 0

Giants 59 4 Raiders 41 2

Jaguars 58 2 Texans 32 0

Rams 58 3 Lions 31 0

Out of bounds

Athletes donate brains to science

Sixteen athletes, including six ex-NFL players, will donate their brains to a program that studies the long-term effects of concussions. The study is by Boston University and the Sports Legacy Institute, which studies the effects of concussions and other sports-related brain injuries. The players include Ted Johnson (linebacker from 1995-2004), Frank Wycheck (tight end from 1993-2003), Isaiah Kacyvenski (linebacker from 2000-06) and Ben Lynch (guard from 1997-2003). Johnson, 35, cites his multiple concussions as a cause of his memory problems and depression. "I'm not being vindictive. I'm not trying to reach up from the grave and get the NFL," he said. "But any doctor who doesn't connect concussions with long-term effects should be ashamed of themselves."

Quotable

"They're saying, 'Okay, you win. We missed.'"

Mike Mayock, NFL Network draft analyst on him saying before the 2006 draft that Jay Cutler would be a better QB than Vince Young and Matt Leinart; Cutler was picked after both

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