PRO:Began his NFL career on the Detroit Lions practice squad in 2012.
COLLEGE:A two-time first team All-Mountain West selection, Messina finished his career with the Lobos as the Mountain West all-time leader in tackles with 454, as well as third on the school’s career tackles list.
2011:First team All- Mountain West after leading the conference in tackles with 142 for the third-consecutive season, also finishing tied for sixth nationally.
2010:Second team All-Mountain West.
2009:Named first team All-Mountain West in addition to Honorable Mention All-America recognition by both CollegeFootballNews.com and SI.com.
2008:Made his lone start in week six at Wyoming as a redshirt freshman and had 35 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks on the season.
Rookie cornerback Darius Slay has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Eagles and the team has signed cornerback Chris Greenwood off the practice squad
As the Lions embark on a four-game stretch in which they clinch with three wins, the team is focused on the current match-up
Safety Louis Delmas (knee), Defensive end Israel Idonije (knee) and receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) are all probable
Lions defenders "excited" for a chance to be the first to get their hands on a Nick Foles pass
Former WR Herman Moore goes one-on-one with DE Israel Idonije on his transition from the Bears, the defensive line's play and the rookie defensive ends.