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  Lions | Calvin Johnson's body not holding up    Wed Feb 10, 01:56 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson's body and injuries are the main reason he is contemplating retirement, according to WR teammate Golden Tate. 'But his body just isn't holding up. With his body type, and how he plays the game, he plays at a high level all the time for a bunch of years,' Tate said.

Footballguys view: Johnson needed weekly knee drains in 2013 in order to play, and he missed three games and was used as a decoy in two other games with a high ankle sprain in 2014. Johnson also battled ankle injuries this year.

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  Lions | Tony Gonzalez comments on Eric Ebron     Sat Feb 6, 08:08 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron needs to change up his routine in order to reach his potential, according to retired TE Tony Gonzalez. 'Whatever he's doing, is not helping him be the best,' Gonzalez said. 'If he could figure out a routine that would help him get to where he should be, then he'll be on his way. But a lot of guys don't do that; they don't figure it out.'

Footballguys view: Nothing like getting into specifics. Gonzalez was able to be a superstar in the league because of amazing natural talent and a die-hard work ethic. Ebron has a ton of athletic talent, but if he doesn't put more time into his craft then he'll always be remembered as the player taken instead of WR Odell Beckham Jr.

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Eric Ebron player page


  Lions | Calvin Johnson and GM could meet    Fri Feb 5, 11:47 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson is staying in touch with team president Rod Wood, and Wood said he hopes to introduce Johnson to general manager Bob Quinn sometime next week.

Footballguys view: Everyone is just going to have to be patient here. It looks like Johnson is going to retire at this time, but he could change his mind as the season draws closer. We don't think a meeting in February with the GM will all of a sudden change his mind. However, it's a wise move for the Lions to stay in contact with Johnson.

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Calvin Johnson player page


  Lions | Detroit axes longtime exec Sheldon White    Thu Feb 4, 01:42 PM

The Detroit Lions continued shaking up their front office by firing longtime vice president of pro personnel Sheldon White on Thursday, Feb. 4. White joins former college scouting director Scott McEwen and senior personnel executive Cedric Saunders as high-ranking officers that have been relieved of their duties under new general manager Bob Quinn.

Footballguys view: Given some of the bad decisions the Lions have made, if they replaced the entire personnel department with clowns and typewriters it wouldn't shock us.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson's longevity was in question    Thu Feb 4, 09:25 AM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson's (ankles) longevity and condition of his ankles was a concern for doctors, and the team told prospective coaches they were interviewing about it in 2014.

Footballguys view: The questions will come now that (it seems) Johnson is hanging up his cleats. We still think Johnson has great years left, but having ankle issues would definitely limit his production going forward.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron likely to see bigger role    Tue Feb 2, 12:55 AM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron is likely to see a larger role in the offense regardless of whether WR Calvin Johnson retires or not.

Footballguys view: He'll likely always be remembered as the player taken instead of Odell Beckham Jr. Ebron has good athleticism, but he's yet to do more than briefly flash playmaking ability from the tight end position.

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  Lions | Detroit watching Will Fuller    Tue Feb 2, 12:54 AM

Notre Dame WR Will Fuller has good speed and runs a nice route tree, but his hands might be an issue. The team might be looking for a receiver if WR Calvin Johnson elects to retire, and Fuller is likely to still be there at No. 16 in the first round when the Lions select in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: Fuller is more of a second-round pick in our eyes. He's a fantastic deep threat with the speed and ball-tracking ability to be a threat vertically. However, he's lean and can be pushed around on his routes by physical/aggressive corners.

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  Lions | Ole Miss WR in Detroit's crosshairs?    Tue Feb 2, 12:53 AM

Mississippi WR Laquon Treadwell might be on the wish list of the Detroit Lions, although it's unlikely he'll be available at No. 16 when the team selects in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He posted 1,153 yards in 2015, and he could provide a long-term replacement for WR Calvin Johnson due to his size and speed.

Footballguys view: This has to be a pipe dream for the Lions, unless they were to move up in the NFL draft. Treadwell is our favorite receiver in this draft class, and there's a good chance that he goes off the board in the top 10. Though not asked to run the full route tree at Ole Miss, Treadwell has the athleticism and explosiveness to get separation. He's got long arms and can pluck the ball out of the air regularly. This WR class isn't as good as the last two years have been, but Treadwell is a high-quality talent.

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  Lions | Alshon Jeffery on Detroit wish list?    Tue Feb 2, 12:53 AM

Chicago Bears impending free-agent WR Alshon Jeffery is tops on the wish list of the Detroit Lions if WR Calvin Johnson elects to retire. However, the Bears could use the franchise tag or sign Jeffery to an extension before he reaches free agency, so Jeffery to the Lions is considered a long shot.

Footballguys view: Jeffery would be a great replacement for Johnson, but we don't think he's going to be available on the open market. The Bears will have a week to sign Jeffery before the new league year begins. If they can't get something done in that time, then a franchise tag would give them until July 15th to work out a new long-term deal with the star receiver.

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  Lions | Al Golden hired to coach tight ends    Mon Feb 1, 06:27 PM

Former University of Miami (Fla.) head coach Al Golden was hired by the Detroit Lions Monday, Feb. 1, to coach their tight ends. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Golden had recently interviewed with the Cowboys as well. The Lions have now hired two former college head coaches this offseason as they added former Maryland coach Randy Edsall.

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  Lions | Detroit wants Calvin Johnson to return    Mon Feb 1, 05:18 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson may be offered an extension by the Lions in an effort by Detroit to bring their star wide receiver back. It was reported earlier that Johnson made the Lions aware of his intentions to retire following the 2015 season.

Footballguys view: Of course the Lions want Calvin Johnson back! Not only are they thin at the position behind him, he's still a top-10 receiver in the NFL. Johnson is far from the end of his career, and he could be a top contributor to their offense for years to come. Nothing's official, and the Lions are hoping they can convince Johnson to play in 2016..and beyond.

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  Lions | Marvin Jones a top target for Lions    Mon Feb 1, 09:28 AM

Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent WR Marvin Jones could be the top target for the Detroit Lions this offseason.

Footballguys view: We could see Jones attract quite a bit of interest on the open market. In addition to the Lions, there's speculation that the Patriots want Jones as well. The Lions need to upgrade the WR position, especially if Calvin Johnson officially announces his retirement.

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Marvin Jones player page


  Lions | Calvin Johnson plans to retire    Sun Jan 31, 05:29 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson told head coach Jim Caldwell after the regular season that he plans to retire, according to sources. Caldwell has told Johnson to take his time with his decision, and the Lions are hoping that Johnson will change his mind this offseason.

Footballguys view: Johnson turned 30 in September, and reports say he told family that 2015 would be his last season. While he seems content with his decision right now, there's always a chance that Johnson changes his mind. He's due approximately $16 million in base salary (per Spotrac.com) in 2016, but he's got a cap number of just over $24 million after bonuses. If Johnson ends up retiring, the Lions will obviously make adding talent at the position a priority.

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  Lions | Michael McCarthy added to staff    Fri Jan 29, 01:13 PM

The Detroit Lions hired Michael McCarthy as their quality control coach for the offensive line Friday, Jan. 29. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

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  Lions | No timetable for Calvin Johnson decision    Tue Jan 26, 02:59 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson does not have a timetable on a decision to retire or not, according to Johnson's agent.

Footballguys view: Johnson has earned the right to take as long as he wants. The Lions need to get back on the winning track after a disappointing 2015 season, and having Johnson out there would help them do that. If he doesn't retire, the Lions may ask Johnson to take a pay cut. Under contract through 2019, Johnson is due $15.95 million next season.

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Calvin Johnson player page


  Lions | Joique Bell feeling good into offseason    Mon Jan 25, 10:14 PM

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell said Monday, Jan. 25, that he is primed for a rebound in 2016, as he feels healthier entering the offseason than he has in year. 'Going into my third year, I had a pretty good season. I feel probably just as good now as I felt then. So I really have an offseason when I can train the way I want to train and get after it,' Bell said.

Footballguys view: Dynasty owners shouldn't feel too good about Bell. The team drafted Ameer Abdullah last year, and while some think he's nothing more than a change-of-pace back we could see Abdullah get a shot to be more. Abdullah looks like the lead back for the Lions in 2016, making Bell more of the part-time player.

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  Lions | Caraun Reid had surgery    Sat Jan 23, 03:51 PM

Detroit Lions DT Caraun Reid (ankle) recently underwent ankle surgery, but he is expected to be back on the field sometime this offseason.

Footballguys view: Reid, a fifth-round pick out of Princeton in 2014, is a player with good upside. He flashed at times this year even though he was battling a high-ankle sprain suffered in training camp. Having surgery now will help insure that he's good to go when camp rolls around later this year.

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  Lions | Cedric Saunders fired    Fri Jan 22, 05:42 PM

Detroit Lions vice president of football operations Cedric Saunders was fired Friday, Jan. 22, according to a team source. Saunders had been with Detroit for 10 years and was in charge of the football operations, including player development, video department, equipment operations, team travel, athletic training and strength and conditioning.

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  Lions | Sign Austin Willis    Thu Jan 21, 04:24 PM

Free-agent WR Austin Willis (Raiders) was signed to a Reserve-Futures deal by the Detroit Lions Thursday, Jan. 21.

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  Lions | Jim Bob Cooter officially hired    Mon Jan 18, 12:33 PM

Detroit Lions interim offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter was hired for the full-time position Monday, Jan. 18.

Footballguys view: Matthew Stafford has to be happy as his production went through the roof under Cooter. He was in his comfort zone in Cooter's offense and Stafford should be set up for success this coming season.

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  Lions | Travis Swanson has surgery    Fri Jan 15, 02:29 PM

Detroit Lions C Travis Swanson (shoulder) had successful shoulder surgery last week, according to a source.

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  Lions | Jim Bob Cooter likely to remain    Fri Jan 15, 12:17 PM

Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter is likely to remain on the coaching staff now that the Lions announced that head coach Jim Caldwell will be retained for another season.

Footballguys view: If Caldwell is staying around, it's a wise move for Cooter to stick with the team as well. Cooter helped QB Matthew Stafford to the most consistent stretch of his seven-year career in the second half of this season.

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  Lions | Kyle O'Brien hired    Fri Jan 15, 12:06 PM

The Detroit Lions hired Kyle O'Brien as their director of player personnel Friday, Jan. 15.

Footballguys view: General manager Bob Quinn and O'Brien were interns together with the New England Patriots years ago. O'Brien spent five seasons as an area scout with New England, two seasons as a national scout and was a pro personnel scout another two seasons. He then was named director of college scouting for the Jacksonville Jaguars. O'Brien will be Quinn's right-hand man in the personnel department.

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  Lions | Jim Caldwell retained    Fri Jan 15, 09:06 AM

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell was retained as head coach for the 2016 season.

Footballguys view: Awesome? Well, it's good news for players who support the veteran coach. One of those players is WR Calvin Johnson. With Johnson mulling retirement, perhaps retaining Caldwell is a move to help keep Megatron in the building. Expect Caldwell to have a short leash in 2016.

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  Lions | Jim Caldwell still waiting on his fate    Fri Jan 15, 12:33 AM

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell has met with general manager Bob Quinn on at least four different occasions, according to a source, but Caldwell has still not received any indication on whether he will coach the Lions in 2016.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford talks Megatron    Thu Jan 14, 01:15 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford believes WR Calvin Johnson is seriously considering retirement this offseason. 'I think, anytime Calvin says something, it's not for show, it's something serious,' Stafford said. 'I think you guys have covered him long enough to know that he's a pretty measured person, and everything that he says to the public is a thought-out thing. So in that regard, I'm sure it's thought-out.'

Footballguys view: It's crazy that Johnson could go the Barry Sanders route and leave when he still has years left, though he's not quite at the top of his game the way Sanders was. We'll watch this carefully as it will impact the Lions offense and the front office's plans for the offseason.

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Calvin Johnson player page


  Lions | Calvin Johnson will be given time    Tue Jan 12, 12:33 AM

Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn said Monday, Jan. 11, that when the time is right he will reach out to WR Calvin Johnson about his future plans. He said a couple of weeks after the season isn't that time.

Footballguys view: That's the wise move by Quinn and the Lions. Even if Johnson decides he's going to play, we might see the team ask him to restructure his contract. Johnson is due a whopping $15.95 million in 2016.

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Calvin Johnson player page


  Lions | Matthew Stafford to meet with GM    Mon Jan 11, 03:30 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford will meet with new general manager Bob Quinn before a decision is made on head coach Jim Caldwell.

Footballguys view: Stafford might want to keep Caldwell around, but it's no given that's going to happen. We're expecting Caldwell to be removed as head coach in the near future.

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Matthew Stafford player page


  Lions | No decision on Jim Caldwell yet    Mon Jan 11, 02:34 PM

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell is still in limbo, according to new general manager Bob Quinn.

Footballguys view: We'd be shocked to see Caldwell stick around. Quinn said he met with Caldwell Monday, Jan. 11, and has great respect for him, but that he is still noncommittal on Caldwell staying or leaving.

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  Lions | Jim Caldwell to meet with GM    Sun Jan 10, 10:32 AM

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell is meeting with general manager Bob Quinn this weekend to discuss his future with the organization.

Footballguys view: The Lions are in an interesting situation here. It is believed that Quinn wants to move in a different direction although many players have campaigned for Caldwell to return for a third season.

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  Lions | Detroit eyeing Josh McDaniels?    Sat Jan 9, 03:36 PM

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels may be of interest to Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quin in regards to their open head coach position. No decision has been made on current head coach Jim Caldwell, however.

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  Lions | Jim Caldwell's status uncertain    Sat Jan 9, 09:50 AM

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell's status with the Lions is still uncertain because new general manager Bob Quinn will evaluate the team's coaching situation.

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  Lions | Bob Quinn the new Detroit GM    Fri Jan 8, 05:25 PM

The Detroit Lions will hire New England Patriots director of pro scouting Bob Quinn as their new general manager, according to a source.

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  Lions | Megatron told mother he may retire    Thu Jan 7, 08:32 AM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson told his mother he wasn't sure he wanted to play anymore, and he cleaned out his locker unlike other veterans.

Footballguys view: Ala Barry Sanders. It would be sad to see the second franchise player retire because it just became too exhausted with the team struggles. He may just need some time, but it would be crazy to picture this team without Calvin Johnson suiting up.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson considering retirement?    Wed Jan 6, 02:19 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson spent as much time in the training room as anyone this year, and his ankle injury forced him to miss large chunks of practice time for a second straight season. As a result, Johnson is contemplating his future and has mentioned the subject of retirement to at least one former teammate. Several people that know Johnson said it's not far-fetched. Johnson's production has declined in recent seasons due to injuries. He missed two games with knee and finger injuries in 2013, missed three games and parts of two others last year and missed Week 8 this season with a sprained ankle and played through the injury for much of the second half. He still managed to catch 88 passes for 1,214 yards and nine touchdowns in 2015 and led the Lions in yards and touchdowns.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners need to keep an eye on this situation. Without Johnson, it would heavily impact the fantasy value of guys like QB Matthew Stafford and WR Golden Tate. Johnson is scheduled to make $16 million next year and has a cap number of $24.008 million. Detroit could ask him to take a pay cut or outright release him to save $11 million in cap space.

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Calvin Johnson player page


  Lions | Rock City or bust for Rashean Mathis    Tue Jan 5, 08:33 AM

Detroit Lions FS Rashean Mathis said he'll play for the Lions or retire in 2016. Mathis (concussion) said he's fully recovered from the concussion that ended his season.

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  Lions | Quiet finish for Golden Tate    Sun Jan 3, 10:59 PM

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate posted four receptions for 34 yards in the Week 17 game against the Chicago Bears. He was targeted six times.

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  Lions | Detroit TEs each post touchdowns    Sun Jan 3, 10:58 PM

Detroit Lions TEs Eric Ebron and Tim Wright each found the end zone in the Week 17 game against the Chicago Bears. Ebron finished with five grabs for 25 yards and the TD, and Wright had a nine-yard reception for score.

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  Lions | Megatron finishes season strong    Sun Jan 3, 10:57 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) posted 10 receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown in the Week 17 game against the Chicago Bears. He was targeted 15 times.

Footballguys view: Johnson had a big game to go out on for this season, as he goes into an offseason that is fraught with uncertainty. The Lions should seek to keep him, but we are talking about the Lions.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah totals 11 touches    Sun Jan 3, 10:56 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah ran 10 times for 44 yards in the Week 17 game against the Chicago Bears, and added one reception for seven yards.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford tosses three TDs    Sun Jan 3, 10:55 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford completed 28 of his 39 pass attempts for 298 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 17 game against the Chicago Bears.

Footballguys view: Stafford has actually played well and within himself, despite having a less than 100% Calvin Johnson again for a decent part of this year. He'll be in the low QB1/high QB2 mix again next season.

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  Lions | Detroit pass rushers in elite company    Sun Jan 3, 10:55 PM

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah and DE Devin Taylor are the first Lions teammates to combine for 20 or more sacks in a season since DLs Robert Porcher and Tracy Scroggins did it in 1999. Ansah finished with 14 1/2 sacks, while Taylor added seven sacks.

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  Lions | Theo Riddick sets club record    Sun Jan 3, 10:54 PM

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick posted two receptions in the Week 17 game against the Chicago Bears to set a club record for catches by a running back (78) in a single season.

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  Lions | Travis Swanson might need surgery    Sun Jan 3, 10:54 PM

Detroit Lions C Travis Swanson (shoulder) might need surgery during the offseason, head coach Jim Caldwell said Sunday, Jan. 3.

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  Lions | Isa Abdul-Quddus injures shoulder    Sun Jan 3, 10:53 PM

Detroit Lions S Isa Abdul-Quddus (shoulder) suffered a shoulder injury in the Week 17 game against the Chicago Bears.

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  Lions | Isa Abdul-Quddus injured    Sun Jan 3, 01:54 PM

Detroit Lions SS Isa Abdul-Quddus (shoulder) suffered a shoulder injury during the team's Week 17 game and is considered questionable to return.

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  Lions | Michael Ola suffers minor injury    Sun Jan 3, 01:46 PM

Detroit Lions OT Michael Ola (rib) suffered a rib injury during the team's Week 17 game but is considered probable to return.

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  Lions | Week 17 inactives for Lions    Sun Jan 3, 11:40 AM

The Detroit Lions have declared C Braxston Cave, OT Corey Robinson, WR Corey Fuller, DL Gabe Wright, RB George Winn, DL Jason Jones, DL Khyri Thornton inactive for Week 17.

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  Lions | Jim Caldwell likely to return in 2016    Sun Jan 3, 10:55 AM

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell has the support of ownership and they plan to retain him for the 2016 season, according to multiple sources. However, it is possible that their yet-to-be-hired general manager will make the final decision regarding his fate.

Footballguys view: Having the support of ownership is everything in Detroit. The Lions will probably remain a sometimes promising but frustrating team if Caldwell remains at the helm next season.

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  Lions | Travis Swanson to IR    Sat Jan 2, 07:07 PM

Detroit Lions C Travis Swanson (shoulder) was placed on Injured Reserve Saturday, Jan. 2.

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