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  Lions | Met with four prospects    Thu Jan 22, 05:21 AM

The Detroit Lions scheduled interviews with DT Danny Shelton (Washington), CB Doran Grant (Ohio State), CB Quinten Rollins (Miami Ohio) and QB Bryce Petty (Baylor) during Senior Bowl activities.

Footballguys view: The Lions are always looking for an edge in the secondary and could have to replace Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley this offseason (both are free agents) so all these make sense. Petty could get looked at as a backup right now. According to our very own Cecil Lammey and Matt Waldman, Petty has struggled to impress during the week of practice in Mobile.

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  Lions | Joique Bell undergoes surgery    Tue Jan 20, 11:14 PM

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell had minor surgery last week to clean up his knee and Achilles' tendon.

Footballguys view: Bell is going to heal, rest and then get back on the road to recovery. He is expected to return in time for organized offseason workouts. When he does return, we expect the Lions to ease him back into action.

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  Lions | Teryl Austin expected to stay in Detroit    Wed Jan 14, 10:37 PM

Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin interviewed with the Chicago Bears for the head coaching position Tuesday, Jan. 13, but he is now expected to remain with the Lions as the defensive coordinator.

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  Lions | Nevin Lawson expected to be ready for camp    Sun Jan 11, 01:33 PM

Detroit Lions CB Nevin Lawson (toes) may not be ready for the start of offseason workouts but should be ready for training camp, according to general manager Martin Mayhew.

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  Lions | Rob Sims hopes to return    Sat Jan 10, 09:25 AM

Detroit Lions impeding free-agent OG Rob Sims said he would like to re-sign with the team this offseason and is willing to wait until the team makes a decision on what to do with DT Ndamukong Suh.

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  Lions | Jermelle Cudjo signs    Fri Jan 9, 04:55 PM

The Detroit Lions signed free-agent DT Jermelle Cudjo (Chiefs) to a Reserve/Futures contract Friday, Jan. 9.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford had a lot on his plate    Fri Jan 9, 12:49 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford handled himself well despite all of the things offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi threw at him in their first season together. "Looking back, I kind of try to drop maybe some responsibilities on him that maybe a quarterback like Drew (Brees) didn't get until four years into the system in New Orleans," Lombardi said. "We asked a lot of him and he responded. There is a tax when you ask a quarterback maybe to do that much and the more comfortable he gets the lower that tax will be." Injuries and an inconsistent offensive line led Lombardi to give Stafford more responsibilities than he initially intended. Stafford's 12 interceptions was a career low, and he finished the season with a 60.3 completion percentage, which was the second highest mark in his career. His 4,257 yards were the fifth most in team history.

Footballguys view: Stafford has to win in the postseason. Period. He's put up 'Star Wars' numbers in the regular season before. He's made plenty of mistakes as a passer...and he still does (throwing off his back foot, staring down receivers, throwing into coverage). Yes, he has plenty on his plate but so does every other QB in the league. If Stafford wants to take the next step, he must improve.

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  Lions | Jarryd Hayne deal not yet finalized    Thu Jan 8, 02:31 AM

Rugby star Jarryd Hayne was not among the 12 players who signed Reserve/Futures contracts this week, but the team still intends on signing Hayne to a deal once work visa issues are cleared up.

Footballguys view: An interesting prospect for fantasy owners in deep dynasty leagues to watch. Hayne is considered the best player in Australia's National Rugby League, and he is expected to play running back in the NFL.

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  Lions | Crezdon Butler signed    Wed Jan 7, 05:35 PM

The Detroit Lions signed CB Crezdon Butler (Buccaneers) to a Reserve/Futures contract Wednesday, Jan. 7.

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  Lions | Michael Williams signed to Futures deal    Wed Jan 7, 07:39 AM

Updating a previous list, the Detroit Lions signed OT Michael Williams to a Reserve/Futures contract Tuesday, Jan. 6. Eleven players had previously inked Futures deals.

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  Lions | 11 signed to Futures deals    Tue Jan 6, 06:02 PM

The Detroit Lions signed C Taylor Boggs, C Braxston Cave, WR Skye Dawson, LB Jerrell Harris, DT Kerry Hyder, RB Emil Igwenagu, DB Nate Ness, WR Andrew Peacock, DT Roy Philon, DT Xavier Proctor and TE Jordan Thompson to Reserve/Futures deals Tuesday, Jan. 6.

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  Lions | Travis Swanson expected to be fine    Mon Jan 5, 06:22 PM

Detroit Lions C Travis Swanson (knee) suffered a knee injury in the wild-card playoff game, but it is believed to be minor. He is expected to be ready for offseason workouts and may not need surgery on the knee.

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  Lions | Rashean Mathis checks back in    Sun Jan 4, 07:31 PM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions CB Rashean Mathis (quadriceps) was able to check back into the wild-card game Sunday, Jan. 4, against the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter. He left earlier due to a quadriceps injury.

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  Lions | Brandon Pettigrew sidelined    Sun Jan 4, 06:59 PM

Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (head) left the wild-card game Sunday, Jan. 4, against the Dallas Cowboys in the third quarter to be evaluated for concussion.

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  Lions | Tahir Whitehead leaves game    Sun Jan 4, 06:58 PM

Detroit Lions CB Tahir Whitehead (illness) checked out of the wild-card game Sunday, Jan. 4, against the Dallas Cowboys due to dehydration issues.

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  Lions | Don Carey battling dehydration    Sun Jan 4, 06:58 PM

Detroit Lions FS Don Carey (illness) left the wild-card game Sunday, Jan. 4, due to dehydration issues. He has since checked back into the game.

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  Lions | Rashean Mathis nursing injury    Sun Jan 4, 05:44 PM

Detroit Lions CB Rashean Mathis (quadriceps) left the wild-card game Sunday, Jan. 4, against the Dallas Cowboys due to a quadriceps injury.

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  Lions | Week 18 Inactives    Sun Jan 4, 03:13 PM

The Detroit Lions have declared WR Ryan Broyles, DL Nick Fairley, QB Kellen Moore, DL Caraun Reid, CB Josh Thomas, OG Larry Warford, DE Larry Webster inactive for Week 18.

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  Lions | Ben Heenan tries out    Sun Jan 4, 07:50 AM

The Detroit Lions worked out OT Ben Heenan in the past couple days, and they also brought in DB Delvin Breaux for a visit.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson probable against Cowboys    Fri Jan 2, 04:51 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) practiced in full for the second straight day Friday, Jan. 2, and is probable for the team's wild-card playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Jan. 4.

Footballguys view: The Lions need Johnson to go nuts if they want to advance against the Cowboys. The Dallas defense is sound schematically, but it will be tough to match up against Johnson (as it is for everybody).

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  Lions | Wild-card injury report    Fri Jan 2, 04:39 PM

Detroit Lions OG Larry Warford (knee) has been ruled out for the team's wild-card playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Jan. 4. DT Nick Fairley (knee) is doubtful, while DE Ziggy Ansah (toe) and DE Darryl Tapp (non-injury) are probable. Warford didn't practice Friday, Jan. 2. Ansah and Fairley were limited, while Tapp practiced in full.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson to face Brandon Carr    Fri Jan 2, 04:20 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson is expected to be covered by Dallas Cowboys CB Brandon Carr in the wild-card playoff game Sunday, Jan. 4. The last time the two faced off last year, Johnson had 14 catches for 329 yards and a touchdown. Carr was often left on an island against Johnson last year, when QB Matthew Stafford threw for 488 yards. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said the Cowboys will make Johnson more of a focal point in their game plan this time around. 'I think we're going to be able to maybe give (Carr) more help than we did,' Marinelli said. 'And I feel like Brandon is a terrific corner and he's up for this challenge, but as a staff we've got to find ways to help him.'

Footballguys view: The Cowboys are going to do their best to slow down Johnson. However, the Lions best bet to win this contest is targeting Johnson early and often.

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  Lions | Nick Fairley not cleared    Fri Jan 2, 01:29 PM

Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) was not cleared for team drills Friday, Jan. 2. Fairley only participated in individual drills.

Footballguys view: Fairley is hopeful that he can play, but it seems like he's a longshot. We'll see if he can be cleared by the time Sunday's game against the Cowboys rolls around.

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  Lions | Nick Fairley hopes to play Sunday    Fri Jan 2, 12:17 PM

Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) is hoping to play in the Wild Card game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Jan. 4, after practicing Thursday, Jan. 1. Earlier in the week, head coach Jim Caldwell said it'd be 'a miracle' if Fairley played Sunday. 'I feel real comfortable,' Fairley said. 'End of the day felt good. I didn't feel like I had a minor setback or none of that. The knee felt pretty good.' Fairley is now down to 290 pounds.

Footballguys view: Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin doesn't think Fairley is at game-level fitness yet, but he still thinks his fitness level is good enough to play. Austin said Fairley would play in a limited role if he's active, since he hasn't played since Week 8.

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  Lions | Thursday practice report    Thu Jan 1, 04:09 PM

Detroit Lions DE Darryl Tapp (non-injury related) and OG Larry Warford (knee) did not practice Thursday, Jan. 1. DT Nick Fairley (knee) was limited.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson a full participant    Thu Jan 1, 04:06 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) participated fully in practice Thursday, Jan. 1.

Footballguys view: No chance in the world that Calvin Johnson misses this. The Lions will attack a Dallas secondary not many people will buy into and it's hard to limit Johnson. He should see 6-8 catches and close to 100 yards this week as Detroit tries to keep up with the Cowboys offense.

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  Lions | Nick Fairley to miss Wild Card game    Thu Jan 1, 12:06 PM

Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) will not be able to play in the Wild Card playoff game.

Footballguys view: Fairley may never play another game for the Lions. The team did not pick up his fifth-year option for 2015, and he's set to hit free agency this year.

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  Lions | Wednesday practice report    Wed Dec 31, 05:12 PM

Detroit Lions OG Larry Warford (knee) and DT Nick Fairley (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 31.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson limited    Wed Dec 31, 04:06 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 31.

Footballguys view: It's Wednesday, so we're not overly concerned here.

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  Lions | Larry Warford may miss playoff game    Wed Dec 31, 03:59 PM

Detroit Lions OG Larry Warford (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 31, and could miss the team's playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys this weekend. C Travis Swanson saw first-team repetitions in Warford's absence and would likely start in his place.

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  Lions | Add Joe Long to practice squad    Wed Dec 31, 12:01 PM

The Detroit Lions signed OT Joe Long (Bears) to the team's practice squad Wednesday, Dec. 31. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Lions | Ifeanyi Momah signs    Tue Dec 30, 07:15 PM

The Detroit Lions signed TE Ifeanyi Momah to a Reserve/Future contract Tuesday, Dec. 30.


  Lions | Darren Keyton cut    Mon Dec 29, 04:14 PM

The Detroit Lions waived C Darren Keyton Monday, Dec. 29.

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  Lions | Nick Fairley unlikely to play    Mon Dec 29, 01:51 PM

Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) probably will not be able to play in the Wild Card playoff game because of his knee injury, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.

Footballguys view: This will wrap up Fairley's time with the Lions. They chose not to pick up his fifth-year option earlier this year, and he'll enter free agency coming off an injury-riddled (and disappointing) season.

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  Lions | Larry Warford carted off Week 17    Sun Dec 28, 11:15 PM

Detroit Lions OG Larry Warford (knee) was carted off the field during the team's Week 17 game after suffering a left knee injury. Head coach Jim Caldwell said he is not sure if Warford will not be able to play in the Wild Card game.

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  Lions | Week 17 Inactives    Sun Dec 28, 03:27 PM

The Detroit Lions have declared DL Caraun Reid, CB Josh Thomas, QB Kellen Moore, DE Larry Webster, DL Nick Fairley, C Rodney Austin, WR Ryan Broyles inactive for Week 17.

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  Lions | Darren Keyton added to roster    Sat Dec 27, 12:42 PM

The Detroit Lions signed practice squad C Darren Keyton to their active roster Saturday, Dec. 27. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Lions | Friday injury report    Fri Dec 26, 04:41 PM

Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) is out for Week 17. CB Mohammed Seisay (hamstring) is probable.

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  Lions | Joique Bell probable    Fri Dec 26, 04:40 PM

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (Achilles') is probable for Week 17 against the Green Bay Packers.

Footballguys view: Bell's availability seemed to be in question earlier this week, but he's good to go in the NFC North/1st round bye bowl in Green Bay Sunday.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson probable for Sunday    Fri Dec 26, 04:35 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is probable for Week 17 against the Green Bay Packers.

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  Lions | Thursday practice report    Thu Dec 25, 05:57 PM

Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 25. CB Mohammed Seisay (hamstring) was a full participant.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson practices     Thu Dec 25, 05:54 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Dec. 25.

Footballguys view: Johnson should be good to go for the huge game against the Packers in Week 17.

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  Lions | Joique Bell a full-go Thursday    Thu Dec 25, 05:45 PM

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (Achilles') fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 25.

Footballguys view: Bell will see a few snaps lost here and there to Reggie Bush. He's still a decent RB2 for fantasy owners in Week 17.

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  Lions | Wednesday practice report    Wed Dec 24, 03:58 PM

Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 24. CB Mohammed Seisay (hamstring) was a full participant.

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  Lions | Joique Bell limited in practice    Wed Dec 24, 03:56 PM

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (Achilles') was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 24. Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said the injury shouldn't affect his status for Week 17.

Footballguys view: The Lions need to win against the Packers this week. If they beat Green Bay, the Lions will win the NFC North. There's a chance they could also get a first-round bye with a win and a little help.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson sitting out    Wed Dec 24, 02:38 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (undisclosed) is not participating during practice Wednesday, Dec. 24.

Footballguys view: We should see Johnson back on the practice field later in the week. The Lions have a huge matchup against the Packers in Week 17.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron expanding his game    Tue Dec 23, 08:35 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron has been improving as a blocker and progressing as an overall player, head coach Jim Caldwell said Monday, Dec. 22.

Footballguys view: Dynasty owners should still have plenty of interest in Ebron, but his rookie season left a lot to be desired. He only has 23 catches for 210 yards and one touchdown in 12 games this year.

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  Lions | Nick Fairley making progress    Mon Dec 22, 03:39 PM

Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) is making progress in his rehab from knee surgery, but his status for Week 17 is uncertain, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.

Footballguys view: The Lions have a big game against the Packers in Week 17. Having Fairley on the field would benefit the Lions defense, but he might not be ready. Caldwell also said Fairley could be a candidate for the Reserve/Injured list.

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  Lions | Joique Bell missed first quarter    Sun Dec 21, 05:38 PM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell missed the first quarter of the Week 16 game against the Chicago Bears due to a violation of team rules.

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  Lions | Golden Tate continues to produce    Sun Dec 21, 05:37 PM

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate posted 62 receiving yards on five catches in the Week 16 game against the Chicago Bears.

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