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  Lions | Cole Wick ready to return    Sat Feb 18, 09:23 PM

Detroit Lions TE Cole Wick (knee) said he is 'itching' to return to football after a knee injury cut his rookie year short, and he is doing everything he can to be ready for offseason activities.

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  Lions | Rehab on track for Ameer Abdullah    Sat Feb 18, 08:46 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) remains on track to return for spring practice, and he posted a video of himself running on an incline treadmill.

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  Lions | Jake Rudock to be backup    Thu Feb 16, 10:09 AM

Detroit Lions QB Jake Rudock will be the No. 2 quarterback in 2017.

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  Lions | Dan Orlovsky won't return to Lions    Thu Feb 16, 10:08 AM

Detroit Lions impending free-agent QB Dan Orlovsky will not return to the Lions in 2017.

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  Lions | Dan Orlovsky might not return    Sun Feb 12, 11:54 AM

The Detroit Lions may decide to move on from backup QB Dan Orlovsky, who is scheduled to become a free agent next month. Matthew Stafford and Jake Rudock are the only other quarterbacks on the team's roster, so another NFL veteran or college prospect is likely to be brought in if Orlovsky does not return.

Footballguys view: It's not a great quarterback class in the 2017 NFL draft, but the Lions should take a camp arm at least into minicamp. They may add another quarterback late in the draft or perhaps even as a college free agent. Orlovsky isn't going to the market with a ton of interest, but any team in need of a veteran backup will give him a look.

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  Lions | Barry Sanders believes in Ameer Abdullah    Sat Feb 11, 08:48 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah has the 'potential' to develop into an every-down back, according to retired RB Barry Sanders.

Footballguys view: That's cool and all, but Abdullah has done nothing to prove that. Abdullah is small and can't absorb the punishment of a full-time back. As a change-of-pace back, Abdullah could certainly have value for fantasy owners in PPR leagues. This is a deep RB class in the draft, so expect the Lions to take a back during the process.

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  Lions | Anquan Boldin not rushing decision    Thu Feb 9, 10:28 PM

Detroit Lions impending free-agent WR Anquan Boldin said he is looking forward to seeing what opportunities present themselves in free agency and is in no hurry to decide his future.

Footballguys view: Boldin has no need to rush his decision. He's still got something left in the tank after snaring 67 catches for 584 yards and eight touchdowns for the Lions last year.

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  Lions | Detroit signs Rolan Milligan    Thu Feb 9, 02:34 PM

Free-agent S Rolan Milligan (Cowboys) signed with the Detroit Lions Thursday, Feb. 9. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner established himself in 2016    Mon Feb 6, 12:48 PM

Lions RB Zach Zenner finished with 334 yards on 88 carries for the year and a team-high four rushing touchdowns, leading the team in rushing the last three weeks of the season. Even though Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick are expected to be completely healthy by the start of 2017, WR Anquan Boldin said in a recent interview Zenner could handle a growing role.

Footballguys view: Zenner should enter the season as the lead big back and maybe the top back in the Lions backfield. Still, if Riddick and Abdullah are healthy, his volume will be limited from week to week. He'll be a boom/bust flex play, but one that anyone who watched him in December will be eager to take at the end of their drafts.

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  Lions | Miles Killebrew ticketed for bigger role?    Mon Feb 6, 12:20 PM

Detroit Lions S Miles Killebrew was able to carve out a role as a rookie in 2016, showing enough physicality to line up inside the box and enough speed to cover tight ends. As a result, FS Glover Quin suggested in a recent interview that Killebrew was the player on the Lions' defense most likely to break out in 2017.

Footballguys view: Killebrew is part of the new breed safety/linebacker tweener that appears to be a key role in defenses, where ten years ago, they were players without a position. Deep IDP dynasty leaguers should make sure he hasn't been left on the waiver wire.

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  Lions | Jace Billingsley to compete for roster spot    Sat Feb 4, 01:30 PM

Detroit Lions WR Jace Billingsley will compete for the slot receiver job as well as a returner job during training camp next season.

Footballguys view: Billingsley has a path to make the roster as a returner, as a slot receiver, or as a backup WR/RB tweener to Theo Riddick. There are probably three spots up for grabs in the teams receiving corps next season.

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  Lions | T.J. Jones not lock for roster    Sat Feb 4, 01:22 PM

Detroit Lions WR T.J. Jones is not a lock for the roster next season and will have to compete for a roster spot during training camp.

Footballguys view: Jones didn't make the final cut in 2016, in part because of Anquan Boldin, so if Boldin doesn't come back, his chances of surviving to the final 53 goes up. Jones is only turning 25 in July, so his best football is still ahead of him. If the Lions release him, he might get picked up before the season.

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  Lions | Andre Roberts may not return    Sat Feb 4, 01:15 PM

Detroit Lions impending free-agent WR Andre Roberts may not be an option for the Lions if they believe they have other candidates to be kick returners on their roster.

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  Lions | Anquan Boldin unsure about future    Fri Feb 3, 08:19 PM

Detroit Lions impending free-agent WR Anquan Boldin said he is not sure if he will play in 2017 but would be open to re-signing with the Lions if he does continue to play.

Footballguys view: Boldin was a success with the Lions, both in terms of production at his age and the Lions advancing to the playoffs. He'll find work at some point in 2017 if he wants to play, but is on the very fringe of fantasy relevance, and only in a plum situation such as the Lions slot receiver.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford still resting finger    Tue Jan 31, 12:52 AM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (finger) had a chance to play in the Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 29, but chose to rest his injured middle finger instead. He was the second alternate at quarterback on the NFC team.

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  Lions | Detroit could eye a pair of Patriot FAs    Sat Jan 28, 08:02 PM

The Detroit Lions may be interested in impending free agents CB Logan Ryan and DE Jabaal Sheard, both of whom are currently preparing for Super Bowl LI with the New England Patriots, in free agency this offseason, according to ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah not the answer?    Fri Jan 27, 12:43 AM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah is a 'complementary' back, according to NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks, and Brooks said the Lions need to target an every-down, 'crown-jewel type' back in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: You don't say? Abdullah should have always been considered a change-of-pace back and nothing more in the NFL. He doesn't have the size to carry a full-time load in the pros. He was limited to only two games in 2016 before a foot injury ended his season.

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  Lions | No surgery for DeAndre Levy    Wed Jan 25, 06:09 PM

Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy (knee) does not need another surgery on his right knee at this time, according to a source.

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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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