Detroit Lions

Stadium: Ford Field | Coach: Jim Caldwell
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense21st81.9 (30th)256.9 (11th)
Defense18th106.3 (18th)248.4 (19th)


Sun Sep 11
W 39 - 35at IND
Sun Sep 18
L 16 - 15TEN
Sun Sep 25
L 34 - 27at GB
Sun Oct 2
L 17 - 14at CHI
Sun Oct 9
W 24 - 23PHI
Sun Oct 16
W 31 - 28LAR
Sun Oct 23
W 20 - 17WAS
Sun Oct 30
L 20 - 13at HOU
Sun Nov 6
W 22 - 16at MIN
Sun Nov 20
W 26 - 19JAC
Thu Nov 24
W 16 - 13MIN
Sun Dec 4
W 28 - 13at NO
Sun Dec 11
W 20 - 17CHI
Sun Dec 18
L 17 - 6at NYG
Mon Dec 26
L 42 - 21at DAL
Sun Jan 1
L 31 - 24GB
Sat Jan 7
L 26 - 6at SEA


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Lions' Ameer Abdullah: Remains on track to return for OTAs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Abdullah (foot) remains on track to return by the start of offseason workouts in April, the Detroit Free Press reports.

On the mend from an unspecified injury to his left foot, Abdullah said in early January that he anticipates being ready for the start of OTAs in April. His recovery remains setback-free and it doesn't appear as if it'll be much longer until he returns to full strength. The former second-rounder showcased his progress Friday by posting a video of himself on Instagram sprinting on a treadmill. With well over a month until the start of team workouts, Abdullah certainly appears on track to be ready. Of greater concern to his 2017 outlook than a potential delay to his offseason preparation is the Lions stated intent to upgrade the running game this offseason. This doesn't necessarily imply they want to specifically add another running back, but then again GM Bob Quinn didn't rule out such a possibility either.

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Lions' Dan Orlovsky: Headed for free agency
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Lions informed Orlovsky that he will not be re-signed this offseason, The Detroit Free Press reports.

Over the weekend, Orlovsky was told the team will let his contract expire at the end of the league year in order to go in a different direction at backup quarterback. The main beneficiary in this situation is Jake Rudock, the Lions' sixth-round pick in 2016 who will replace Orlovsky as the No. 2. It isn't clear what sort of market awaits the 33-year-old veteran, but Orlovsky should be able to latch on somewhere due to his serviceability as a second-string signal-caller as well as the veteran presence he can provide a locker room.

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Lions' Jake Rudock: Receives promotion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rudock is slated to become the Lions' backup quarterback in 2017, The Detroit Free Press reports.

The 33-year-old Dan Orlovsky acted as the Lions' backup quarterback in each of the past three seasons, but over the weekend he was informed the team will let his contract expire this offseason and promote Rudock to the No. 2 role. Here, Detroit is essentially swapping veteran experience for the youth and upside Rudock brings to the table. However, since starter Matthew Stafford hasn't missed a game in six years, Rudock is highly unlikely to see any meaningful playing time in 2017.

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Lions' Rolan Milligan: Signs contract with Lions
by RotoWire Staff | Special to

Milligan signed a contract with the Lions on Thursday, Kyle Meinke of MLive Media Group reports.

Milligan was an undrafted free agent at the start of least season and after latching on with the Cowboys, ended up suffering a severe injury that cost him the rest of the 2016 campaign. He was waived with an injury settlement and after taking the long road to recovery, he's finally healthy enough to sign with a new team. He'll join the Lions for the offseason, but there's no guarantee he makes the final roster.

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