This item falls into the category of never wishing too hard for something . . .
Reigning MVP Tom Brady famously said he wanted to get hit in the Patriots' preseason games, adding it is part of the process of getting ready for the season.
Somebody must have told the Detroit Lions.
Fierce defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh shoved Brady a couple times on Saturday after he got rid of the ball, Corey Williams got another shot on him just after he released a pass, and Cliff Avril sacked him twice.
"My job is to continue to rattle him, get after him and be in his face," Suh said.
It may have worked. Brady was 12 of 22, skipping passes off the turf to open teammates and throwing short and low on another attempt over the middle to an open Wes Welker on what could've been a touchdown. He hung up a pass intended for Chad Ochocinco that was intercepted by rookie defensive back Ricardo Silva.
Welker left later in the game with a neck injury, but told reporters he was "OK."
That's better than coach Bill Belichick was after the 34-10 thrashing.
"We didn't do anything very well," Belichick said. "We didn't throw it, didn't catch it, didn't block, didn't tackle, didn't cover, didn't return. It's a long list. Didn't coach."
The NFL sent its top security man to the Bay Area for the weekend to meet with police and security staffs and to reassure fans that the league is serious about preventing a repeat of the violence that marred a recent 49ers-Raiders game.
NFL security chief Jeff Miller said he plans to report back to commissioner Roger Goodell that he is confident Candlestick Park will be safe for fans this season.
Perhaps part of the reason for an incident-free game on Saturday was the sparse crowd. Candlestick was about one-third full a week after two men were shot in a parking lot after the 49ers beat the Raiders, 17-3.
Goodell told Tennessee Titan and former Rutgers' wide receiver Kenny Britt he would not be disciplined for his four arrests during the lockout. Britt said the commish also told him he didn't want to see the receiver in his office again.
Tampa Bay cornerback Aqib Talib won't be suspended for his arrest in connection with an offseason shooting in Texas. The fourth-year pro is facing a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the Dallas suburb of Garland.
Washington rookie Jarvis Jenkins tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a game on Thursday. According to SI.com's Chris Burke, Jenkins is the sixth player from the top 57 picks in the 2011 draft to suffer a major injury this preseason.
Rookies Marvin Austin (pectoral), Mikel Leshoure (Achilles), Ryan Williams (knee), Prince Amukamara (foot), and Nick Fairley (foot) all have been sidelined since the opening of camps. Amukamara and Fairley are expected back, but the three others and Jenkins will miss the season.
According to Burke, last year's first-round picks more or less got through camp without a hitch, and 25 got through the entire season.
The Chicago Tribune said Bears' linebacker Lance Briggs has approached the organization seeking a raise over the $3.65 million he's scheduled to receive in 2011.
But Briggs is in a tough negotiating position because he has three seasons left on his contract.
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This article contains information from the Associated Press.