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  Lions | Aaron Dobson waived    Sat Sep 24, 04:14 PM

Detroit Lions WR Aaron Dobson was waived Saturday, Sept. 24. The Lions also signed practice squad LB Zaviar Gooden to their active roster.

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Aaron Dobson player page
Zaviar Gooden player page


  Lions | Three Lions players to miss Week 3    Sat Sep 24, 03:23 PM

Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy (quadriceps), LB Antwione Williams (hamstring) and CB Adairius Barnes (ankle) have been ruled out for the team's Week 3 game.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner could be involved Week 3    Sat Sep 24, 01:23 PM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner may serve as the team's goal-line back and possibly four-minute back during the absence of Ameer Abdullah, according to ESPN's Michael Rothstein.

Footballguys view: The Lions have a three-headed RBBC even without Abdullah on the field. Zenner and Washington will cut into each other's playing time while Theo Riddick should be the lead back. Only Riddick is worth starting, and he's a RB2 in PPR leagues this week. Washington is more of a 'what the heck' flex.

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Theo Riddick player page
Ameer Abdullah player page
Zach Zenner player page
Dwayne Washington player page


  Lions | Detroit's Friday injury report    Fri Sep 23, 05:43 PM

Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy (quadriceps) and LB Antwione Williams (hamstring) are listed as doubtful for Week 3. CB Adairius Barnes (ankle), DE Wallace Gilberry (abdomen), OT Riley Reiff (ankle), DE Devin Taylor (ankle), LB Kyle Van Noy (calf), DT Tyrunn Walker (calf) and OG Larry Warford (illness) are listed as questionable. Levy, Warford and Williams did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 23. Barnes, Gilberry and Taylor were limited during practice, while Reiff, Van Noy and Walker fully participated in practice.

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Wallace Gilberry player page
DeAndre Levy player page
Tyrunn Walker player page
Devin Taylor player page
Kyle Van Noy player page


  Lions | Eric Ebron questionable    Fri Sep 23, 05:38 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (back) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 23, and is listed as questionable for Week 3.

Footballguys view: Ebron should play and he is a solid TE1 start this week. After scoring in Week 1, he should have had a score last week, but the refs took it off of the board on a phantom offensive pass interference call.

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Eric Ebron player page


  Lions | Ziggy Ansah out for Week 3    Fri Sep 23, 05:23 PM

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 3 versus the Green Bay Packers. He is expected to seek a second opinion, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

Footballguys view: Second opinions can often be ominous in hindsight. Ansah is the best pass rusher the Lions have by far. His absence should be a boost for Aaron Rodgers.

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Ezekiel Ansah player page


  Lions | Two Lions sitting out    Fri Sep 23, 11:36 AM

Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy (quadriceps) and DE Ziggy Ansah (ankle) are out of practice Friday, Sept. 23. Both are unlikely to play in Week 3. DE Devin Taylor (ankle) returned to practice.

Footballguys view: Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense should have a lot easier time doing whatever they want against the Lions defense without two of its three best players this week.

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DeAndre Levy player page
Ezekiel Ansah player page
Devin Taylor player page


  Lions | Detroit's Thursday practice report    Thu Sep 22, 06:21 PM

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (ankle), LB DeAndre Levy (quadriceps), DE Devin Taylor (ankle) and LB Antwione Williams (hamstring) did not practice Thursday, Sept. 22. CB Adairius Barnes (ankle), DE Wallace Gilberry (abdomen), OT Riley Reiff (ankle), LB Kyle Van Noy (calf) and DT Tyrunn Walker (calf) were limited. TE Cole Wick (shoulder) was a full participant.

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Wallace Gilberry player page
DeAndre Levy player page
Tyrunn Walker player page
Ezekiel Ansah player page
Devin Taylor player page
Kyle Van Noy player page
Cole Wick player page


  Lions | Eric Ebron limited    Thu Sep 22, 06:15 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (back) was limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 22.

Footballguys view: Ebron has been getting enough work to consider TE1 potential in the new-look Lions offense. He's a low-end TE1 against the Packers in Week 3.

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  Lions | Ziggy Ansah will have second opinion    Thu Sep 22, 05:31 PM

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (ankle) is seeking a second opinion on his high-ankle sprain, according to a source.

Footballguys view: An interesting bit of news here. High-ankle sprains are known to linger if not given plenty of time to heal. Ansah might be facing a multi-week absence. Kerry Hyder takes over while Ansah is out.

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Ezekiel Ansah player page


  Lions | Detroit not adding Ray Rice    Wed Sep 21, 08:51 PM

Free-agent RB Ray Rice (Ravens) is not an option for the Detroit Lions, according to a source.

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  Lions | Detroit's Wednesday injury report    Wed Sep 21, 06:15 PM

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (ankle), DE Wallace Gilberry (abdomen), LB DeAndre Levy (quadriceps), OT Riley Reiff (ankle), LB Kyle Van Noy (calf), DT Tyrunn Walker (calf) and LB Antwione Williams (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 21. CB Adarius Barnes (ankle) was limited during practice, while TE Cole Wick (shoulder) fully participated in practice.

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Wallace Gilberry player page
DeAndre Levy player page
Tyrunn Walker player page
Ezekiel Ansah player page
Kyle Van Noy player page
Cole Wick player page


  Lions | Eric Ebron does not practice    Wed Sep 21, 06:09 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (back) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Footballguys view: Ebron has been doing more this year. Make sure he practices on Friday before you trust him as a low-end TE1 in your fantasy league.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah could be back    Wed Sep 21, 09:54 AM

Updating earlier reports, Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) could return this season if his rehab goes well. New Injured Reserve rules allow teams flexibility.

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  Lions | Theo Riddick to take over    Wed Sep 21, 09:18 AM

Updating an earlier report, Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) is out for the season, and RB Theo Riddick will get the first crack as the team's top back. RB Dwayne Washington and RB Zach Zenner will back him up.

Footballguys view: Riddick has been looking much better as a runner this year, and he's already nails as a receiver out of the backfield. He's a RB2 in PPR leagues, but he could lose out on TDs to the power back Washington.

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Theo Riddick player page
Ameer Abdullah player page
Zach Zenner player page
Dwayne Washington player page


  Lions | Detroit adds one, cuts one    Wed Sep 21, 08:54 AM

Free-agent RB George Winn (Lions) was re-signed to the practice squad by the Detroit Lions Wednesday, Sept. 21. WR Isaac Fruechte was waived from the practice squad.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah to IR    Wed Sep 21, 08:32 AM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Footballguys view: The league has new IR rules, so Abdullah can be brought back in eight weeks if he's their designated to return player. In the meantime, everyone should add Dwayne Washington if he's available. Washington is a big back with plenty of power. He'll get some looks, but Theo Riddick (likely already owned in your league) will be the lead back and lead receiving back with Abdullah out.

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Ameer Abdullah player page


  Lions | Detroit works out Joique Bell    Tue Sep 20, 05:37 PM

Free-agent RB Joique Bell (Lions) worked out for the Detroit Lions Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Footballguys view: Bell knows the system and would give the team veteran depth behind Theo Riddick and Dwayne Washington. Don't expect much from him if he comes back to the Lions.

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  Lions | Aaron Dobson joining Lions    Tue Sep 20, 05:13 PM

Free-agent WR Aaron Dobson (Patriots) is signing with the Detroit Lions Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Footballguys view: If you get points for drops, then rush to the waiver wire to add Dobson in super deep leagues.

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  Lions | Ziggy Ansah has ankle sprain    Mon Sep 19, 08:04 PM

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (ankle) suffered a high-ankle sprain in a Week 2 loss to the Tennessee Titans, according to a source. He will miss some time, but how long exactly has not been determined.

Footballguys view: High-ankle sprains are known to linger, so this is an injury to watch for the talented pass-rusher. Kerry Hyder will continue to get a larger role with Ansah on the mend.

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Ezekiel Ansah player page


  Lions | Andrew Quarless released    Mon Sep 19, 05:14 PM

Detroit Lions TE Andrew Quarless was released Monday, Sept. 19.

Footballguys view: Quarless was just available after serving a two-game suspension, and the Lions wasted no time in getting rid of him.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah to see noted foot specialist    Mon Sep 19, 03:44 PM

Updating a previous story, Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) will meet with Dr. Robert Anderson in North Carolina on Tuesday, Sept. 20, to seek another opinion on his sprained left foot.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah dealing with foot sprain    Mon Sep 19, 01:02 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) is believed to have suffered a foot sprain in his team's Week 2 loss versus the Tennessee Titans, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah X-rays negative    Mon Sep 19, 08:46 AM

Updating previous reports, Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah's (foot) X-rays were negative, but he'll have more tests Monday, Sept. 19.

Footballguys view: Abdullah is part of a three-headed RBBC with the Lions, and that limits his fantasy value when healthy. He's more of a RB3/flex play when starting for the Lions. We'll know more about his situation after the additional testing is done.

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  Lions | Anquan Boldin finds the end zone    Sun Sep 18, 05:51 PM

Detroit Lions WR Anquan Boldin scored his first touchdown as a Lion in Week 2. He caught four passes for 48 yards in total against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Sept. 18. Boldin had a second touchdown nullified by an offensive holding call against OG Laken Tomlinson.

Footballguys view: Boldin is playing well and complicating a pass offense that uses five players to a full extent each week. He's not worth carrying in typical leagues, but Boldin is keeping Golden Tate out of startable consideration.

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  Lions | Golden Tate catches 2 of 13 targets    Sun Sep 18, 05:42 PM

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate hauled in two passes on 13 targets for 13 yards Sunday, Sept. 18, versus the Tennessee Titans in Week 2.

Footballguys view: Tate is still running most of his routes close to the line of scrimmage and he isn't getting a large share of the team's plentiful passing game. It's reasonable to keep him on the bench until he has a good game, even in PPR leagues. Next week he gets the Packers.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron quiet in Week 2    Sun Sep 18, 05:37 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron caught four passes for 53 yards in Week 2 against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Sept. 18. He had a touchdown called back by an offensive penalty.

Footballguys view: Ebron is looking like a high floor/low ceiling TE1 in a Lions offense that has enough targets to keep him involved every week but enough good receivers to keep him as a role player in an offense with as many as five viable passcatchers on the field at once.

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  Lions | Marvin Jones leads the way    Sun Sep 18, 05:26 PM

Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones caught eight passes for 118 yards in Week 2 against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Sept. 18. No other Lions player caught more than four passes in the game.

Footballguys view: Jones appears to be the clear #1 target, and he is running downfield routes more than any other Lions receiver. He is more valuable than Golden Tate heading into a Week 3 matchup against Green Bay.

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  Lions | Theo Riddick quiet Sunday    Sun Sep 18, 05:03 PM

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick ran 11 times for 37 yards and caught passes for 28 yards in Week 2 against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Sept. 18. RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) left early, but Riddick wasn't able to capitalize on the extra work.

Footballguys view: Riddick wasn't as productive against a more formidable defense than the Colts, but his PPR floor remains solid next week against Green Bay.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah did not return    Sun Sep 18, 04:57 PM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) did not return after leaving with a foot injury Sunday, Sept. 18. He ran six times for 38 yards and did not catch a pass before exiting.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford fails to impress    Sun Sep 18, 04:41 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford went 22-for-40, passing for 260 yards, one touchdown and one interception in a Week 2 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Footballguys view: Stafford had one good improvisational play to Anquan Boldin for a touchdown and was much more efficient on throws to Marvin Jones this week, but overall this performance tells us that his big Week 1 was more a function of the Colts terrible defense than the first game in a massive breakout year. He goes to Green Bay next week.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah leaves early    Sun Sep 18, 03:03 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) left the team's Week 2 game early because of a foot injury and is questionable to return.

Footballguys view: Rookie Dwayne Washington is going to play a big role in the backfield the rest of the way. If Abdullah can't go against the Packers next week, Theo Riddick should be a safe PPR running back play, with Washington as a what the heck flex.

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Ameer Abdullah player page


  Lions | Ziggy Ansah leaves early    Sun Sep 18, 01:24 PM

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (ankle) left the team's Week 2 game early because of an ankle injury and is considered questionable to return.

Footballguys view: Ansah is one of the best pass rushers in the league, so this is quite a blow to the Lions defense. Exotic smashmouth is stalling out so for in Detroit, but this could help the Titans cause.

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Ezekiel Ansah player page


  Lions | Week 2 Inactives    Sun Sep 18, 11:35 AM

The Detroit Lions have declared CB Adairius Barnes, DL Anthony Zettel, TE Cole Wick, OT Cornelius Lucas, LB DeAndre Levy, OG Joe Dahl, RB Zach Zenner inactive for Week 2.

Footballguys view: With Levy out, look for Delanie Walker to do even better in the best fantasy TE matchup in the league. The Lions allowed three scores to tight ends in Week 1.

DeAndre Levy player page
Zach Zenner player page
Cole Wick player page


  Lions | Ziggy Ansah drawing extra attention    Sat Sep 17, 11:02 PM

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah rushed Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck 24 times in Week 1, and he faced double teams or quick passes on 14 of those plays.

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Ezekiel Ansah player page


  Lions | Theo Riddick improving as a runner    Sat Sep 17, 08:42 PM

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick played 24 snaps and had seven carries for 45 yards in Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts, and offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter said Riddick has spent a lot of time with running backs coach David Walker to improve his vision and ability to read blocks.

Footballguys view: Riddick is approach something close to the role the Darren Sproles made into near RB1 numbers with the Saints. Consider him a PPR RB2 this week against the Titans.

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Theo Riddick player page


  Lions | Antwione Williams expected to see more time    Sat Sep 17, 06:56 PM

Detroit Lions LB Antwione Williams is expected to receive increased playing time in Week 2 because of the injury to LB DeAndre Levy (quadriceps).

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  Lions | Brandon Pettigrew may not return    Sat Sep 17, 05:39 PM

Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee) may not be activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list this season if TE Cole Wick plays well over the next few weeks.

Footballguys view: Pettigrew is a big-bodied blocker and he could be a red-zone target for the Lions if he returns. We'll be watching Eric Ebron in Detroit, as he's the most fantasy-relevant TE on the team.

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Brandon Pettigrew player page
Cole Wick player page


  Lions | Friday injury report for Lions    Fri Sep 16, 07:52 PM

Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy (quadriceps) is listed as doubtful for Week 2, while DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder), CB Adairius Barnes (ankle) and TE Cole Wick (shoulder) are listed as questionable. Levy did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 16. Barnes and Wick were limited during practice, while Ansah fully participated in practice.

DeAndre Levy player page
Ezekiel Ansah player page
Cole Wick player page


  Lions | DeAndre Levy trending downward for Week 2    Fri Sep 16, 04:49 PM

Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy (quad) is listed as doubtful for Week 2 versus the Tennessee Titans. Despite not missing a snap in Week 1, Levy has been unable to practice this week. If he cannot go, LB Thurston Armbrister would be expected to draw the start at weakside linebacker.

Footballguys view: Levy's durability has been very questionable over the last two seasons. The Titans running game and Delanie Walker should both be able to benefit from his absence.

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DeAndre Levy player page


  Lions | Detroit's Thursday injury report    Thu Sep 15, 06:43 PM

Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy (quadriceps), CB Adairius Barnes (ankle) and TE Cole Wick (shoulder) did not practice Thursday, September 15. DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) was a limited participant.

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Ezekiel Ansah player page
Cole Wick player page


  Lions | DC expects DeAndre Levy to play    Thu Sep 15, 12:55 PM

Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy (quadriceps) should be able to play in Week 2 even though he missed practice Wednesday, Sept. 14, according to defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.

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  Lions | Nate Washington works out for Detroit    Wed Sep 14, 08:44 PM

Free-agent WR Nate Washington (Patriots) worked out for the Detroit Lions Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Footballguys view: The Lions are just updating their emergency list here. No signing is imminent, but if the team feels they need more help at the position then Washington could be an option.

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  Lions | Wednesday injury report for Detroit    Wed Sep 14, 05:14 PM

Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy (quadriceps) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 14. TE Cole Wick (shoulder), DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) and CB Adairius Barnes (ankle) were limited during practice.

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Ezekiel Ansah player page
Cole Wick player page


  Lions | Detroit works out defensive backs    Tue Sep 13, 06:24 PM

Free-agent S Jimmy Wilson (Bengals), CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (Titans) and CB Demetrius McCray (Jaguars) worked out for the Detroit Lions Tuesday, Sept. 13.

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Blidi Wreh-Wilson player page
Demetrius McCray player page


  Lions | Theo Riddick able to return to game    Sun Sep 11, 07:35 PM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick (head) was able to return to the Week 1 game against the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth quarter after apparently passing his concussion evaluation.

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  Lions | Theo Riddick exits with head injury    Sun Sep 11, 07:11 PM

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick (head) left the Week 1 game against the Indianapolis Colts due to a head injury. He is being evaluated for a concussion.

Footballguys view: Riddick returned and scored another touchdown. His extension was good evidence of the Lions intentions to make him a bigger part of the offense.

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  Lions | Golden Tate active    Sun Sep 11, 03:44 PM

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate (ankle) is officially active for the team's Week 1 game.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron will be in uniform    Sun Sep 11, 03:33 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (ankle) is officially active for the team's Week 1 game.

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  Lions | Week 1 Inactives    Sun Sep 11, 03:17 PM

The Detroit Lions have declared DL Anthony Zettel, OT Cornelius Lucas, OG Joe Dahl, TE Orson Charles, DL Stefan Charles, LB Thurston Armbrister, RB Zach Zenner inactive for Week 1.

Footballguys view: Zenner is a surprise inactive as rookie Dwayne Washington appears to be the "big back" for the Lions this week. This could also be a sign that Ameer Abdullah will get some short yardage looks this week.

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Stefan Charles player page
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