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23 Darius Slay CB

Detroit Lions

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Lions D-coordinator expecting Darius Slay to keep getting better
by Michael Hurcomb |

Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin gives a lot of credit to cornerback Darius Slay in helping transform the Detroit defense into a top defensive unit in 2014, per the team's official website. Detroit had a top-10 pass defense and was the second-best overall defense in the NFL, yielding 295.9 yards per game.

“Darius did a great job,” Austin said. “The thing that you noticed right away, obviously, he has ability, but he has a lot of confidence."

Slay admitted he had a confidence issue as a rookie in 2013, but he corrected the issue in the offseason leading up to the 2014 campaign. He finished with 61 tackles, 17 pass defenses and two interceptions in his second year in the NFL.

“He plays, what I would think, might be one of the hardest positions in the National Football League,” Austin said. “Playing out there at corner and playing by himself. He has a lot of things he does on his own and he held his own. He more than held his own.

“I’m excited. I know he’s working hard. He’ll come back and we just hope he keeps ascending.”

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Lions will have Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh for Week 15
by Chris Cwik |

The Lions will have wideout Calvin Johnson and defesive tackle Ndamukong Suh for Week 15.

Both players entered the game considered probable, and were always expected to play. Johnson is listed with an ankle injury. Suh is dealing with an illness. 

The team will also have Josh Bynes, James Ihedigbo, Darius Slay and LaAdrian Waddle. All four players were considered probable for the contest. 

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Lions unveil final injury report for Week 15
by Igor Mello |

Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee) was ruled out for Sunday's clash against the Vikings, according to the team's final injury report released on Friday. Running back Reggie Bush (ankle) and linebacker Tahir Whitehead (shoulder) were deemed questionable.

Meanwhile, linebacker Josh Bynes (illness), safety James Ihedigbo (illness), defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (illness), wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle), cornerback Darius Slay (shoulder) and tackle LaAdrian Waddle (concussion) were ruled probable for Week 15.

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YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2013Detroit Lions133427.070000.0005
2014Detroit Lions166148.013024221.040017
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Brunswick, GA, USA
Mississippi State
NFL Experience:
2016 Super Bowl
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