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Lions fans won’t get to welcome back Matt Millen


When the 2011 regular-season schedule came out, one of the first games I circled on the schedule lands on Monday, October 10.

Chicago at Detroit.

It marks the return of the long-suffering Lions to Monday Night Football. And it also entailed (or so we thought at the time) the return of Matt Millen to Motown.

Millen has been part of ESPN’s on-site Monday Night Football coverage for the last two years, sitting at a field-level desk with Stuart Scott and Steve Young.

It would have been loud. It would have been memorable. It would have been great.

But, alas, it won’t be.

Trent Dilfer is taking Millen’s spot, as Millen focuses exclusively on college football for 2011.

And so Millen, who had three jobs last season (ESPN college football, Monday Night Football, and NFLN Thursday Night Football) is down to one.

Lions fans would say that’s still one too many.