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  Lions | Eric Ebron looking for 1,000-yard season    Mon Jan 16, 07:09 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron said his goal for next season is to have a 1,000-yard season. He said another goal is to stay healthy for the entire season.

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  Lions | Jake Rudock may be No. 2 QB    Mon Jan 16, 06:29 PM

Detroit Lions QB Jake Rudock may be the team's backup quarterback next season with QB Dan Orlovsky being an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

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  Lions | Anquan Boldin to be UFA    Sat Jan 14, 03:32 PM

Detroit Lions WR Anquan Boldin will be an unrestricted free agent Thursday, March 9, at 4 p.m. EST.

Footballguys view: Boldin has been considering retirement, but in 2016 he showed that there's still plenty left in the tank. A favorite target of QB Matthew Stafford, Boldin could be brought back by the Lions for another year.

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  Lions | Larry Warford expects to test market    Sat Jan 14, 02:00 PM

Detroit Lions impending free-agent OG Larry Warford said he expects to test the free-agent market this offseason.

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  Lions | High hopes for DeAndre Levy    Fri Jan 13, 11:27 PM

Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy is ' getting healthier and healthier,' according to general manager Bob Quinn, and Quinn said he expects Levy to be a Pro Bowl-caliber player next season.

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  Lions | Marvin Jones unhappy with season    Tue Jan 10, 10:22 PM

Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones was disappointed with how his season turned out, admitting, 'In terms of my standards, it wasn't good at all.' He added, 'When you look at how I started, you wouldn't think it would end this way.'

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners are unhappy with the way the season went for Jones after such a hot start. Replacing Calvin Johnson as the WR1 for the Lions, Jones exploding onto the scene with over 400 yards receiving in the first four games of the year -- including a monster 205 yard, two TD performance against the Packers in Week 3. Jones didn't have a 100-yard game after that, finishing the season with 55 catches, 930 yards and four TDs. We'll see if he can improve his consistency in 2017.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah still confident    Mon Jan 9, 05:29 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) has not lost his confidence despite missing most of the 2016 season with a foot injury and subsequent surgery. Abdullah believes he will still be a premier running back in the NFL. 'It just takes patience,' Abdullah said. 'It takes prayer, it takes diligence, and coming from this injury -- these injuries in the last year - it's just that much more important to me.'

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  Lions | Detroit signs a few players    Mon Jan 9, 04:47 PM

Detroit Lions TE Kennard Backman, TE Khari Lee, RB Mike James and WR Andrew Turzilli were signed to Reserve/Futures deals Monday, Jan. 9.

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  Lions | Corey Robinson wearing walking boot    Mon Jan 9, 03:53 PM

Detroit Lions OT Corey Robinson (foot) was wearing a walking boot on his right foot in the Lions' locker room Tuesday, Jan. 9.

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  Lions | Detroit adds Jared Abbrederis    Mon Jan 9, 01:57 PM

Free-agent WR Jared Abbrederis (Packers) signed an undisclosed deal with the Detroit Lions on Monday, Jan. 9.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah will be ready    Mon Jan 9, 11:53 AM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) said Monday, Jan. 9, that he intends to be ready for spring workouts.

Footballguys view: Abdullah should be ready, he was hurt in Week 2 and never returned to the field in 2016. He's built more like a change-of-pace runner than he is any sort of featured back. Abdullah could thrive in a specific role, perhaps working in tandem with Zach Zenner in 2017.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford hasn't had contract talks    Mon Jan 9, 11:44 AM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford said he hasn't been approached by the team about a contract extension yet.

Footballguys view: Stafford is on the books for $16.5 million in 2017, and he's set to be a free agent in 2018. His injured finger ended up costing the Lions late in the year and in the playoff game against the Seahawks on Saturday. Even with that injury, Stafford passes for 4,327 yards with 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2016.

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  Lions | Theo Riddick in a cast    Mon Jan 9, 11:30 AM

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick (wrist) had his left wrist in a hard cast Monday, Jan. 9, but he said he hasn't had surgery on it.

Footballguys view: Riddick was a PPR flex play when healthy, but he only played in 10 games this season. He finished the season on Injured Reserve and missed the Lions postseason run. Riddick had 357 yards rushing this year, one rushing touchdown along with 371 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns. A free agent in 2017, it will be interesting to see if the Lions make a move to keep Riddick on the team.

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  Lions | Anquan Boldin could play in 2017    Sun Jan 8, 06:36 PM

Detroit Lions WR Anquan Boldin said he hasn't discussed his playing future with his family but still has a lot of 'passion' for the game.

Footballguys view: Boldin can still play, and we think he could stick around past 2017 if he wanted to. This year, Boldin had 67 catches for 584 yards and a whopping eight touchdowns for the Lions.

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  Lions | Andre Roberts sustained quad injury    Sun Jan 8, 10:35 AM

Detroit Lions WR Andre Roberts (quadriceps) left the Wild Card game against the Seattle Seahawks Saturday, Jan. 7, after sustaining a quadriceps injury during the fourth quarter. He did not return to action.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford held in check    Sat Jan 7, 11:44 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford completed 18 of his 32 passes for 205 yards and no touchdowns in a 26-6 loss to the Seattle Seahawks Saturday, Jan. 7.

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  Lions | Rest the only cure for Matthew Stafford    Sat Jan 7, 09:27 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford's (finger) injured finger can't be repaired with surgery, and his finger will need to be immobilized after the season in order to heal.

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  Lions | Detroit's Wild Card Weekend inactives    Sat Jan 7, 06:49 PM

The Detroit Lions have declared CB Alex Carter, LB Antwione Williams, WR Jace Billingsley, QB Jake Rudock, FB Michael Burton, OT Riley Reiff, C Travis Swanson inactive for Week 18.

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  Lions | Graham Glasgow to start    Sat Jan 7, 04:26 PM

Detroit Lions C Graham Glasgow will start at center in the Wild Card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks since C Travis Swanson (concussion) has been ruled out.

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  Lions | Haloti Ngata plans to play another season    Sat Jan 7, 01:24 PM

Detroit Lions DT Haloti Ngata said he still loves playing football and intends to play in 2017 even though he will turn 33 years old next month.

Footballguys view: Ngata is getting up there, but he's got one year left on his contract and he can still be a solid run-defender for the Lions. In 2017, Ngata has a cap hit of $7.75 million, but the Lions could save a little over $5.7 million if they let him go. Perhaps a re-negotiated deal will keep him on the team.

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  Lions | Riley Reiff will try to play    Sat Jan 7, 12:20 AM

Detroit Lions OT Riley Reiff (hip) will test out his injured hip during warmups before deciding if he will play against the Seattle Seahawks Saturday, Jan. 7.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner's persistence paying off    Fri Jan 6, 10:35 PM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner credits his recent success to his consistent preparation throughout the year, and he said he plans to make the most of every opportunity he is given.

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  Lions | Travis Swanson to miss playoff game    Fri Jan 6, 07:53 PM

Detroit Lions C Travis Swanson (concussion) has been ruled out of the Wild Card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.

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  Lions | Friday injury report for Lions    Fri Jan 6, 04:53 PM

Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy (knee), OT Riley Reiff (hip), WR Andre Roberts (shoulder) and C Travis Swanson (concussion) were limited during practice Friday, Jan. 6, and are listed as questionable for the Wild Card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron likely returning     Thu Jan 5, 11:33 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron's fifth-year option will likely be picked up, according to beat writer Dave Birkett, and head coach Jim Caldwell said Ebron has performed well and has improved every year.

Footballguys view: Ebron had a career-best season in 2016. His 61 catches and 711 yards were the most he's had as a pro. As the Lions offense evolved without superstar WR Calvin Johnson, Ebron emerged as a reliable target for QB Matthew Stafford. Ebron's role may continue to grow so long as he can stay healthy, as the big tight end has never played a full 16-game season yet.

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  Lions | Thursday practice report for Detroit    Thu Jan 5, 08:32 PM

Detroit Lions WR Andre Roberts (shoulder), C Travis Swanson (concussion), OT Riley Reiff (hip) and LB DeAndre Levy (knee) were limited participants in practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner endorsed as featured back    Thu Jan 5, 12:41 AM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner played 64 of the 66 offensive snaps against the Green Bay Packers in Week 17, and offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter said Zenner is in 'phenomenal shape' and is open to keeping Zenner in an every-down role moving forward.

Footballguys view: Zenner is built like a fullback, but he's got the running style of a halfback. The Lions travel to face a tough Seahawks defense in Wild Card Weekend, so having Zenner work as the battering ram makes sense to keep the defense honest.

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  Lions | Detroit's Wednesday injury report    Wed Jan 4, 05:13 PM

Detroit Lions WR Andre Roberts (shoulder), C Travis Swanson (concussion), OT Riley Reiff (hip) and LB DeAndre Levy (knee) were limited during practice Wednesday, Jan. 4.

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  Lions | Jim Caldwell will return    Wed Jan 4, 09:04 AM

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell will return for the 2017 season.

Footballguys view: Caldwell's hold on this job has been shaky at times, but with another run in the Wild Card round (his second in three years) it looks like he's safe. A win in the postseason would help the Lions take that next step under Caldwell. If not, we expect him to once again be on the hot seat with the Lions in 2017.

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  Lions | Asa Jackson done for the season    Tue Jan 3, 01:36 PM

Detroit Lions CB Asa Jackson (ankle) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Jan. 3.

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  Lions | Corey Robinson lands on IR    Tue Jan 3, 01:33 PM

Detroit Lions OT Corey Robinson (foot) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Jan. 3.

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  Lions | Adairius Barnes promoted    Tue Jan 3, 01:25 PM

Detroit Lions CB Adairius Barnes was elevated from the team's practice squad Tuesday, Jan. 3.

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  Lions | Detroit adds Garrett Reynolds    Tue Jan 3, 01:24 PM

Free-agent OG Garrett Reynolds (Rams) signed an undisclosed deal with the Detroit Lions on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford passes milestone    Sun Jan 1, 10:16 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford became the fastest quarterback in NFL history to reach 30,000 passing yards, reaching the milestone in his 109th NFL career game. The previous record was Miami Dolphins QB Dan Marino, who reached the milestone in his 114th NFL game.

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  Lions | Detroit inactives for Week 17    Sun Jan 1, 07:31 PM

Detroit Lions WR Jace Billingsley, FB Michael Burton, CB Alex Carter, OT Riley Reiff (hip), QB Jake Rudock, C Travis Swanson (concussion) and LB Antwione Williams were inactive for the Week 17 game against the Green Bay Packers.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron keeps progressing    Sat Dec 31, 10:05 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron is 'functioning better' this season, according to head coach Jim Caldwell, and Caldwell said Ebron has the talent and ability to continue to improve.

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  Lions | Detroit adds Kennard Backman    Sat Dec 31, 09:17 PM

The Detroit Lions signed free-agent TE Kennard Backman to the practice squad Saturday, Dec. 31.

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  Lions | Jace Billingsley promoted    Sat Dec 31, 09:14 PM

Detroit Lions WR Jace Billingsley was signed from the practice squad Saturday, Dec. 31.

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  Lions | Coverages hurting Marvin Jones    Sat Dec 31, 08:15 PM

Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones had 408 receiving yards in the first three games but just 446 yards over the last 11 games, and Jones said double-coverage and an offense designed to spread the ball around has resulted in his lack of production.

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  Lions | Riley Reiff added to injury report    Sat Dec 31, 05:17 PM

Detroit Lions OT Riley Reiff (hip) was added to the team's Week 17 injury report because of a hip injury and is listed as questionable.

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  Lions | Theo Riddick placed on IR    Sat Dec 31, 04:05 PM

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick (wrist) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Dec. 31. The team also promoted practice squad WR Jace Billingsley to their active roster.

Footballguys view: Riddick was limited to only 10 games this season. He had a career-high 357 rushing yards in 2016. Riddick's main value comes as a pass-catching back, and he had RB3/flex value when healthy. He finished with 53 catches, 371 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns.

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  Lions | A'Shawn Robinson not fined    Sat Dec 31, 11:01 AM

The National Football League has decided not to fine Detroit Lions DL A'Shawn Robinson for an unnecessary roughness penalty in Week 16's game against the Dallas Cowboys, when Robinson body-slammed RB Ezekiel Elliott.

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  Lions | Lions injury report for Friday    Fri Dec 30, 04:46 PM

Detroit Lions CB Darius Slay (hamstring), LB DeAndre Levy (knee), C Travis Swanson (concussion) and WR Andre Roberts (shoulder) were limited participants in practice Friday, Dec. 30, while S Miles Killebrew (eye) practiced in full. Swanson is considered doubtful to suit up in the team's Week 17 finale Sunday, Jan. 1, with Levy, Roberts and Slay being listed as questionable to play.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford continues full practices    Fri Dec 30, 04:44 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (finger) once again practiced in full Friday, Dec. 30.

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  Lions | Theo Riddick won't return Week 17    Fri Dec 30, 04:37 PM

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick (wrist) missed practice again Friday, Dec. 30, and he has been ruled out for the team's Week 17 contest Sunday, Jan. 1, against the Green Bay Packers.

Footballguys view: It was supposed to be 'all hands on deck' for the Lions, but Riddick just isn't good enough to play at this time. If the Lions can win and secure a playoff spot, we'll see if Riddick can return for the postseason.

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  Lions | Anquan Boldin still has issue with finger    Thu Dec 29, 08:03 PM

Detroit Lions WR Anquan Boldin (finger) practiced Thursday, Dec. 29, with 'what appeared to be a splint on his left ring finger,' and he also 'did not catch any balls with that hand during the open portion of practice.' In addition, he was only using his right hand to catch passes during red-zone passing drills.

Footballguys view: Boldin is a decent possession receiver and that's about all, so if he is struggling to catch the ball the Lions shouldn't expect much from him. We wouldn't either and wouldn't have him in any lineups.

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  Lions | Detroit's injury report for Thursday    Thu Dec 29, 07:32 PM

Detroit Lions WR Andre Roberts (shoulder) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 29. CB Darius Slay (hamstring), C Travis Swanson (concussion) and LB DeAndre Levy (knee) were limited participants, while S Miles Killebrew (eye) practiced in full.

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  Lions | Another full practice for Matthew Stafford    Thu Dec 29, 07:23 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (finger) was a full participant at practice for the second consecutive day Thursday, Dec. 29.

Footballguys view: Stafford should do all right Sunday, but the finger and an ascendant Packers defense makes him less than ideal. He will produce good, but probably not great, numbers this weekend.

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  Lions | Theo Riddick misses another practice    Thu Dec 29, 07:22 PM

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick (wrist) missed practice for the second consecutive day Thursday, Dec. 29.

Footballguys view: We don't expect an appearance by Riddick, so Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington should get the nod. They face a tough Green Bay defense and will split carries, so playing them is very risky.

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  Lions | Detroit's Wednesday practice report    Wed Dec 28, 06:14 PM

Detroit Lions WR Andre Roberts (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 28. CB Darius Slay (hamstring), C Travis Swanson (concussion) and LB DeAndre Levy (knee) were limited. S Miles Killebrew (eye) participated fully.

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