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  Lions | DeAndre Levy does not practice    Wed Aug 26, 04:35 PM

Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy (undisclosed) did not participate in practice for the second straight day Wednesday, Aug. 26, because of an undisclosed injury.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson expected to sit Friday    Wed Aug 26, 04:24 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson is not expected to play in the third preseason game Friday, Aug. 26.

Footballguys view: We're not going to see Johnson in the preseason. He's fully recovered from the ankle injury that bothered him last year, but the team wants to make sure that he stays fresh for the entire 2015 season.

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  Lions | Jordan Thompson put on IR    Mon Aug 24, 05:44 PM

Detroit Lions TE Jordan Thompson (knee) has been placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Aug. 24.

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  Lions | Detroit will use committee at RB    Mon Aug 24, 03:53 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford said the Lions will still take a committee approach at running back even when Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') returns.

Footballguys view: An important message for fantasy owners here. Bell is the seasoned veteran, but rookie Ameer Abdullah is too good to keep off the field. At the end of the day, using a RBBC will be best for both backs. Bell is coming off two big injuries, while Abdullah may lack the size necessary to carry a full workload in the NFL.

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  Lions | Detroit HC talks Joique Bell    Mon Aug 24, 03:01 PM

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') is expected to return this season as a bellcow running back, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.

Footballguys view: Bell has been nursing injuries all offseason, but Caldwell still envisions him producing similarly to how he did last year. We're not going to buy in quite as much as his coach is because of rookie Ameer Abdullah. His talent has been on full display in the preseason, and Abdullah could end up being the more valuable fantasy asset because of his speed and big-play ability.

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  Lions | Ryan Broyles fighting for spot    Sat Aug 22, 10:18 AM

Detroit Lions WR Ryan Broyles has made plays during the preseason games, but he will have to overtake WR Jeremy Ross for a roster spot.

Footballguys view: We loved his natural talent coming out of Oklahoma, but Broyles' career should always read "what might have been." Broyles has lost some explosiveness because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament and an Achilles' tendon injury in his career.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner open to playing special teams    Sat Aug 22, 10:18 AM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner said he is willing to play on special teams in order to make the final roster. 'I didn't expect to come in, as an undrafted guy, and start getting the ball 30 times a game,' Zenner said. 'That's just not how the NFL works. I expected that. I was prepared to make an impact on special teams and that's what I've been preparing to do.' Zenner is competing with RB George Winn for a roster spot.

Footballguys view: Keep an eye on this situation. Zenner is a one-speed back who can work well as a receiver out of the backfield. He has natural instincts for running the ball, and his efficient style means he doesn't lose a lot of yards.

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  Lions | Ziggy Ansah misses practice    Fri Aug 21, 07:13 PM

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Friday, Aug. 21, after he limped off the field during the second preseason game Thursday, Aug. 20.

Footballguys view: Ansah has had trouble staying healthy during his career or he would have been moving into the elite DE tier in IDP leagues. This should give you pause before taking him too high in IDP leagues until we know more about the nature of his injury.

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  Lions | Two players suffer injuries    Fri Aug 21, 06:51 PM

Detroit Lions OG Larry Warford (ankle) and DT Caraun Reid (ankle) suffered ankle injuries during the second preseason game Thursday, Aug. 20, and both are expected to miss some time. The team has not disclosed the severity of the injuries, but it is believes they are dealing with high ankle sprains.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah sees limited time Thursday    Fri Aug 21, 06:15 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah received only seven offense snaps during the second preseason game Thursday, Aug. 20. Head coach Jim Caldwell said the flow of the game determined his playing time.

Footballguys view: It was Zach Zenner's night to shine in what could be a preview of an AA to ZZ backfield that will be the Lions duo for years to come. Joique Bell will figure heavily into this backfield once healthy, but that could be a temporary condition and we might see the rookies rule as the season goes on - assuming Zenner makes the team.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner performing well    Fri Aug 21, 04:49 PM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner has shown good vision and balance during preseason games with the ability to gain extra yards. Zenner is competing for a roster spot during training camp.

Footballguys view: If Joique Bell isn't ready for the regular season or the veteran breaks down, Zenner looks like the best inside runner the Lions have. He has to force them to carry only two quarterbacks or release George Winn, who is good on special teams, but so far his play is on track to do that. He's a waiver wire speed dial name.

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  Lions | Little action for Ryan Broyles    Thu Aug 20, 11:18 PM

Detroit Lions WR Ryan Broyles didn't see a target in the first three quarters of the preseason game against the Washington Redskins Thursday, Aug. 20.

Footballguys view: Broyles is never going to be what he could have been before injuries derailed his career. Even dynasty owners in super deep leagues should have moved on.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson sitting Thursday    Thu Aug 20, 07:22 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (rest) will not play Thursday, Aug. 20, against the Washington Redskins.

Footballguys view: No need to risk him on a preseason game. He's still an easy WR1 in any format preseason or not.

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  Lions | Joique Bell to keep starting job    Wed Aug 19, 09:38 AM

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') will return as the starting running back when he returns from the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to RB Zach Zenner.

Footballguys view: We could see that happening, but rookie Ameer Abdullah is going to force a RBBC at least. Bell is coming back from two injuries, while Abdullah is dazzling at most every practice. Abdullah has speed, big-play ability and quickness in the open field. He's a smaller back, but he runs tough inside. Abdullah is at least an electric change-of-pace back, but he could end up as the more valuable fantasy asset in the Lions backfield.

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  Lions | Coach happy with Theo Riddick's play    Fri Aug 14, 06:32 PM

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick showed good skills during his performance in the first preseason game, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. 'You know, Theo ran well. Theo got some tough yards, great effort plays and then also he made some people miss, which he's certainly capable of doing,' Caldwell said. 'So it was fun to get an opportunity to see him go at it a little bit and I thought on the ground he was productive.' Riddick finished the game with 35 yards on eight carries.

Footballguys view: Riddick looked much improved as a runner, and we already know he is a great (and former) receiver. Unfortunately sensational rookie Ameer Abdullah is overshadowing him and relegating him to a small role. If the Lions suffer injuries in the backfield, Riddick could still be relevant in fantasy leagues, especially PPR leagues.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah continues to receive praise    Fri Aug 14, 02:37 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah received praise from New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles after the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 13, in which Abdullah finished with seven carries for 67 yards on only 15 offensive snaps. 'He looked like he did in college,' Bowles said. 'He's quick as a cat. He's about as quick as Barry Sanders. I'm not saying he is Barry, but he's a good running back.'

Footballguys view: People will run with the Sanders comparison despite the qualification, but maybe they should. Abdullah will rise to the fourth or fifth round of drafts, but he can still produce profit if he has numbers like Reggie Bush had in 2013, and he doesn't have Bush's history of wearing down.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah runs wild    Fri Aug 14, 01:06 AM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah rushed for a game-high 67 yards on seven carries in a 23-3 win over the New York Jets in the preseason Thursday, Aug. 13.

Footballguys view: Abdullah's ADP could reach 3rd round levels after he was already getting into the fourth round in some drafts. That seems steep but Reggie Bush was an RB1 in PPR leagues in that role in 2013.

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  Lions | Darren Keyton carted off    Thu Aug 13, 08:34 PM

Detroit Lions OG Darren Keyton (undisclosed) was carted off the field to the locker room Thursday, Aug. 13.

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  Lions | Kellen Moore taking second-team reps    Thu Aug 13, 07:07 PM

Detroit Lions QB Kellen Moore is taking second-team quarterback reps in warmups Thursday, Aug. 13. Moore will likely follow QB Matthew Stafford in the quarterback rotation.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson, Matt Stafford to play    Thu Aug 13, 06:52 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson and QB Matthew Stafford are expected to play Thursday, Aug. 13. WR Ryan Broyles and TE Joseph Fauria are also active.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah has been camp star    Thu Aug 13, 12:40 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah has shown natural instincts during camp and has the potential to open up the offense with his big-play abilities outside the numbers, according to NFL Network's LaDainian Tomlinson.

Footballguys view: Another day, and another glowing report about Abdullah coming out of Lions camp. Joique Bell is getting healthier, and the team should employ some form of RBBC. Abdubllah is an electric player who is better at running inside than his small frame would indicate. We'll see if he can translate practice success into the preseason and regular season.

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  Lions | Detroit RBs close to even split    Thu Aug 13, 09:11 AM

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell and RB Ameer Abdullah are expected to have their touches fluctuate based on the weekly matchup, but it's unlikely there are games where one dominates the touches if both are healthy.

Footballguys view: "if both are healthy". Bell might not stay healthy, as he still isn't practicing after two offseason surgeries. Abdullah could also show out so much better than Bell that he causes the team to reconsider this plan. Abdullah is still more valuable than Bell in drafts, and he has Reggie Bush 2013 upside.

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  Lions | Joique Bell feeling good    Thu Aug 13, 12:11 AM

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell said he is finally pain-free for the first time in a couple of years and he is motivated to have a great season. Running backs coach Curtis Modkins likes the running back by committee style and Bell will have an important role as an inside runner.

Footballguys view: Bell is a good runner and a better receiver than some give him credit for. Rookie Ameer Abdullah will split time with Bell this season. We'll have to see which one (if any) emerges from the pack. Abdullah has been really impressive at Lions camp.

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  Lions | Lance Moore to see time in slot    Thu Aug 13, 12:11 AM

Detroit Lions WR Lance Moore has experience, knowledge of the offense and ability to play the slot which is likely to give him an edge over other receivers vying for the last spots on the 53-man roster.

Footballguys view: Moore may not be as washed up as his time with the Steelers suggested. Even if he does play in the slot, his fantasy value is almost non-existent.

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  Lions | Ryan Broyles on outside looking in?    Thu Aug 13, 12:10 AM

Detroit Lions WR Ryan Broyles is not expected to make the 53-man roster, according to beat writer Tim Twentyman. He feels the Lions will keep five wide receivers with WRs Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Corey Fuller, Jeremy Ross and Lance Moore making the roster.

Footballguys view: Broyles may always be remembered as "what might have been" because of injuries that derailed his career (even back in college). We'll see if he can do enough to make the final roster in Detroit.

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Calvin Johnson player page
Golden Tate player page
Jeremy Ross player page
Ryan Broyles player page
Corey Fuller player page


  Lions | Eric Ebron has chemistry with QB    Wed Aug 12, 06:02 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron has developed a rapport with QB Matthew Stafford this offseason. Ebron attributed communication and understanding what's going on in Stafford's head to their development. Stafford said he and Ebron are on the same page when they start talking and that Ebron understands the verbiage more than last year.

Footballguys view: Another positive report about Ebron coming out of Lions camp. The kid has talent, but he did not produce as a rookie. Usually, tight ends take a little longer to convert to the NFL. This year, Ebron is not getting drafted in most fantasy leagues. While we don't forecast him as a potential out-of-nowhere TE1, we wouldn't be surprised to see Ebron perform like a low-end TE2.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah capable in pass protection    Tue Aug 11, 11:00 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah has looked like he can hold his own in pass protection, in the opinion of Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Footballguys view: This is an important factor to keep an eye on. Rookie backs who struggle in pass-protection don't see playing time early. If Abdullah can protect the passer, then he could see a lot of action. With Joique Bell recovering from two injuries (knee, Achilles'), we could see Abdullah start the year as the lead back.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron wasn't 100% in 2014    Tue Aug 11, 10:40 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron said he was never 100% healthy last season. 'I came out of college with a bunch of nicks and bruises and it stuck with me throughout the season. I could never get healthy, but now I found myself a very good trainer and a very good off-season staff to help me and they prepared my body for 16 (games).'

Footballguys view: This news should come as no surprise to anyone who watched Ebron struggle through his rookie season. He needs to stay healthy and start playing up to his potential. Lions fans are already upset they selected Ebron over Odell Beckham Jr. in the draft last year.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah stealing the show    Tue Aug 11, 09:12 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah has been the most impressive player in camp, other than WR Calvin Johnson, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press Tuesday, Aug. 11.

Footballguys view: An important note for fantasy owners here. Abdullah has the speed to get by defenders in the blink of an eye. Even though he's a smaller back, Abdullah is a determined runner inside. He could be the top back for the Lions this year with Joique Bell coming back from two injuries (knee, Achilles').

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  Lions | David Ausberry has broken finger    Tue Aug 11, 06:06 PM

Updating a previous story, Detroit Lions TE David Ausberry (finger) broke his finger Tuesday, Aug. 11.

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  Lions | Joique Bell looking better    Tue Aug 11, 02:41 PM

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (Achilles', knee) ran harder on the side during practice Tuesday, Aug. 11, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

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  Lions | Haloti Ngata could return in time    Tue Aug 11, 10:21 AM

Detroit Lions DT Haloti Ngata (hamstring) is expected to return before the beginning of the regular season, but he's unlikely to play in the first preseason game.

Footballguys view: Ngata is taking the place of Ndamukong Suh on the defensive line. He's a seasoned veteran and doesn't need a ton of reps in the preseason. Hamstring injuries can linger, so expect the Lions to take it easy on Ngata.

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  Lions | David Ausberry to IR    Tue Aug 11, 08:49 AM

Detroit Lions TE David Ausberry (undisclosed) was placed on Injured Reserve Tuesday, Aug. 11.

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  Lions | Jacob Maxwell signed    Mon Aug 10, 05:45 PM

Free-agent TE Jacob Maxwell (Bears) signed with the Detroit Lions Monday, Aug. 10. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Lions | Theo Riddick listed as starter    Mon Aug 10, 04:37 PM

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick is listed as the starting running back on the team's first depth chart since RB Joique Bell (Achilles', knee) is on the Physically Unable to Perform list. RB Ameer Abdullah is listed as the No. 2 running back on the depth chart.

Footballguys view: Riddick is likely to move down the depth chart as the preseason rolls on. With Bell banged up, we could see the rookie Abdullah emerge as the top back. He's got the speed to score from anywhere, and he does a good job of being a tough-minded inside runner even though he's not a big guy.

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Theo Riddick player page
Ameer Abdullah player page


  Lions | Eric Ebron shines in scrimmage    Sun Aug 9, 08:41 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron caught four passes, including a touchdown, from QB Matthew Stafford on a scoring drive during a scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 8.

Footballguys view: Ebron had better shine on the field in 2015, or Lions fans will continue to think of him as the player they took instead of Odell Beckham Jr. He's an athletic tight end with the ability to stretch the seam, but Ebron looked lost last year as a rookie. The transition from college to the pros is slow for most tight ends, so perhaps Ebron will look much better this season.

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Eric Ebron player page


  Lions | Theo Riddick likely to have similar role    Sun Aug 9, 02:07 PM

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick is expected to have a similar role in 2015 than he did last season but could see more time in the slot.

Footballguys view: Riddick is a valuable player for the Lions, but his fantasy value is low with the addition of rookie RB Ameer Abdullah. Keep Riddick on your waiver wire speed dial in case he's used more as a part-time back due to injury.

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  Lions | DC impressed with Ameer Abdullah    Sun Aug 9, 12:52 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah has shown good elusiveness during training camp, according to defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. 'We can't even tackle that guy,' Austin said. 'We can't even touch him. He's like grasping at air.' Abdullah could receive a bigger role in the offense because of the injury to RB Joique Bell (Achilles', knee).

Footballguys view: We try not to get too caught up in coachspeak and camp hype, but the drumbeat on Abdullah has been steady and overwhelmingly positive. Joique Bell is getting closer to returning, but in the meantime Abdullah has established himself as maybe the best upside RB pick in the mid-rounds of PPR drafts.

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  Lions | DeAndre Levy remains out    Sat Aug 8, 10:41 AM

Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Saturday, Aug. 8.

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  Lions | Joseph Fauria on the sidelines    Sat Aug 8, 10:40 AM

Detroit Lions TE Joseph Fauria (knee) is not participating in practice Saturday, Aug. 8.

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  Lions | Stephen Tulloch not worried about knee    Fri Aug 7, 10:11 PM

Detroit Lions LB Stephen Tulloch (knee) said he is not worried about how his surgically repaired knee will hold up in the preseason opener Thursday, Aug. 13. 'I'm built for stuff like this,' Tulloch said. 'So, just getting back out here again, like I said, I'm back to me being me. I'm able to run around and make plays.'

Footballguys view: The Lions will take it a little easy on him this preseason and it's not like Tulloch is in his first year. You can bet the nine-year veteran will not be celebrating sacks again this year, however.

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  Lions | DeAndre Levy sits out Friday    Fri Aug 7, 07:13 PM

Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Friday, Aug. 7. Head coach Jim Caldwell said Levy tweaked something earlier in the week, but the injury is considered minor.

Footballguys view: The team will just be cautious with Levy, who they just signed to a big contract. Pro Football Focus had him as one of the best 4-3 outside linebackers in the NFL last season and with Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley gone from the defensive line, the Lions don't want to risk weakening the linebackers by getting Levy hurt.

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  Lions | Joseph Fauria does not practice    Fri Aug 7, 06:06 PM

Detroit Lions TE Joseph Fauria (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Aug. 7.

Footballguys view: Fauria is behind both Eric Ebron (who we expect a bigger year from) and Brandon Pettigrew, so his fantasy points will remain low regardless of injury. The Lions do like to use him on running downs though, so this could impact the run game a little bit. That makes it worth monitoring, but it likely will have only minor fantasy impact.

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  Lions | Joique Bell works on side    Fri Aug 7, 04:14 PM

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (Achilles', knee) has been working on a side field and could be activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list in the near future. Bell has been sprinting, cutting and doing cone drills during workouts.

Footballguys view: Bell is getting closer to a return, but rookie Ameer Abdullah has already been wowing observers in Detroit. We could see the Lions ease Bell into action so as not to aggravate either injury.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah works with first team    Fri Aug 7, 12:45 AM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah and RB George Winn handled a lot of first-team carries in training camp Thursday, Aug. 6, and Abdullah looked strong and decisive with his cuts.

Footballguys view: The rookie is an exciting back to watch. He's quick, agile and elusive in the open field. Abdullah is a smaller back, but he's tough in between the tackles. With Joique Bell coming back from both knee and Achilles' injuries, Abdullah is going to get a shot to prove himself.

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  Lions | Corey Fuller making good impression    Thu Aug 6, 07:15 PM

Detroit Lions WR Corey Fuller has impressed with his speed, his ability to stretch the field and his blocking this offseason, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.

Footballguys view: The flying Fuller's are a great football family, and it's no surprise that Fuller is impressing. He's fast and can track deep passes over his shoulder. Fuller said he has seen improvements in his route-running, as well, and added that his confidence has increased each season. We're watching Fuller in deep dynasty leagues.

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  Lions | Joseph Fauria injured Thursday    Thu Aug 6, 06:06 PM

Detroit Lions TE Joseph Fauria (knee) sustained an unknown injury in practice Thursday, Aug. 6, and was forced to leave, according to beat reporter Kyle Meinke. Fauria was later wearing a protective sleeve on his left knee. Head coach Jim Caldwell said it may be a few days before Fauria is back at practice.

Footballguys view: Ugh. Fauria is talented, but he's banged up too much to rely on. He'll compete for a spot on the depth chart behind Brandon Pettigrew and Eric Ebron.

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  Lions | Alex Carter ditches crutches    Wed Aug 5, 09:22 PM

Detroit Lions CB Alex Carter (ankle) was off his crutches Wednesday, Aug. 5, and he said his ankle is feeling better.

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  Lions | Haloti Ngata, Jason Jones injured    Wed Aug 5, 08:14 PM

Detroit Lions DT Haloti Ngata (hamstring) and DE Jason Jones (knee) both haven't been practicing as the team's training camp opened. Jones said he's not rushing to get back on the field. The longer Jones is out, the longer it will take for Detroit's remade defensive line to gel.

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Jason Jones player page


  Lions | DeAndre Levy agreed to four years    Wed Aug 5, 07:09 PM

Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy agreed to terms on a four-year deal Wednesday, Aug. 5, according to team president Tom Lewand. The contract has yet to be signed.

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