Lions GM 'optimistic' veterans will return 

February, 9, 2013
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You don't think of offensive linemen and kickers as sports heroes, but Jeff Backus and Jason Hanson are fixtures of the Detroit landscape, with 11 missed games between them in a combined 33 seasons. But they are 35 and 42 years old, and there's no guarantee they'll be back in 2013.