Lions GM 'optimistic' veterans will return
February, 9, 2013
By Vince Verhei | ESPN Insider
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.