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Detroit Lions

Stadium: Ford Field | Coach: Jim Caldwell
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense20th83.4 (32nd)263.2 (9th)
Defense18th113.0 (18th)236.6 (14th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
42Abdul-Quddus, Isa SS6-12018/3/19895Fordham
21Abdullah, Ameer RB5-82036/13/1993RNebraska
94Ansah, Ezekiel DE6-52785/29/19893Brigham Young
35Bell, Joique RB5-112318/4/19865Wayne State (Mich.)
46Burton, Michael FB6-02472/1/1992RRutgers
29Butler, Crezdon CB6-11915/26/19876Clemson
57Bynes, Josh OLB6-12358/24/19894Auburn
26Carey, Don SS5-112032/14/19877Norfolk State
33Carter, Alex CB6-019610/19/1994RStanford
60Cave, Braxston C6-33057/29/19891Notre Dame
95Copeland, Brandon LB6-32487/2/19911Pennsylvania
99Cudjo, Jermelle DT6-22989/28/19864Central Oklahoma
28Diggs, Quandre CB5-91971/22/1993RTexas
85Ebron, Eric TE6-42554/10/19932North Carolina
10Fuller, Corey WR6-22006/23/19902Virginia Tech
61Hyder, Kerry DE6-22905/2/19911Texas Tech
32Ihedigbo, James SS6-121412/3/19838Massachusetts
65Ikard, Gabe C6-43049/26/19902Oklahoma
81Johnson, Calvin WR6-52379/29/19859Georgia Tech
43Johnson, Isaiah DB6-12025/16/1992RGeorgia Tech
91Jones, Jason DE6-52755/23/19868Eastern Michigan
13Jones, T.J. WR6-01907/19/19921Notre Dame
24Lawson, Nevin CB5-91914/23/19912Utah State
50Lewis, Travis OLB6-22351/15/19884Oklahoma
77Lucas, Cornelius T6-93287/18/19912Kansas State
6Martin, Sam P6-12112/27/19903Appalachian State
16Moore, Lance WR5-91878/31/198310Toledo
48Muhlbach, Don LS6-42588/17/198112Texas A&M
92Ngata, Haloti DT6-43451/21/198410Oregon
74Ola, Michael T6-43124/19/19882Hampton
8Orlovsky, Dan QB6-52158/18/198310Connecticut
80Pascoe, Bear TE6-52652/23/19867Fresno State
5Prater, Matt K5-102118/10/19849Central Florida
27Quin, Glover FS6-02071/15/19867New Mexico
63Ramirez, Manny G6-33252/19/19839Texas Tech
97Reid, Caraun DT6-229811/23/19912Princeton
71Reiff, Riley T6-630812/1/19884Iowa
25Riddick, Theo RB5-92005/4/19913Notre Dame
70Robinson, Corey T6-73165/21/1992RSouth Carolina
23Slay, Darius CB6-01901/1/19913Mississippi State
9Stafford, Matthew QB6-32262/7/19887Georgia
52Tapp, Darryl DE6-12709/13/198410Virginia Tech
15Tate, Golden WR5-101988/2/19886Notre Dame
98Taylor, Devin DE6-727511/15/19893South Carolina
67Thornton, Khyri DT6-331511/21/19892Southern Mississippi
72Tomlinson, Laken G6-33232/9/1992RDuke
55Tulloch, Stephen MLB5-112451/1/198510North Carolina State
53Van Noy, Kyle OLB6-32486/19/19902Brigham Young
75Warford, Larry G6-33327/18/19913Kentucky
59Whitehead, Tahir OLB6-22424/2/19904Temple
78Wilson, C.J. DT6-32903/30/19876East Carolina
38Winn, George RB5-1121511/10/19902Cincinnati
90Wright, Gabe DT6-33054/3/1992RAuburn
83Wright, Timothy TE6-42204/7/19903Rutgers
Injured Players
68Keyton, Darren (IR) C6-33056/15/19901Central Michigan
54Levy, DeAndre (IR) OLB6-22353/26/19877Wisconsin
31Mathis, Rashean (IR) CB6-11958/27/198013Bethune-Cookman
87Pettigrew, Brandon (IR) TE6-52782/23/19857Oklahoma State
64Swanson, Travis (IR) C6-53071/30/19912Arkansas
82Thompson, Jordan (IR) TE6-42577/12/19891Ohio U.
93Walker, Tyrunn (IR) DT6-33053/18/19904Tulsa
30Wilson, Josh (IR) DB5-91873/11/19859Maryland
99Wootton, Corey (IR) DE6-62706/22/19876Northwestern
34Zenner, Zach (IR) FB5-112229/13/1991RSouth Dakota State
Practice Squad
 Greene, Khaseem LB6-12412/4/19893Rutgers
 James, Kendall CB5-111806/29/19911Maine
86Pierce, Casey TE6-32448/21/1991RKent State
 Spadola, Ryan WR6-12052/15/19911Lehigh
 Stanzi, Ricky QB6-42289/3/19875Iowa
 Thompson, Tyrus T6-533011/17/1991ROklahoma
 Washington, Corey WR6-421412/29/19912Newberry
79Webster, Larry DE6-62622/14/19902Bloomsburg
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Detroit6-5320.66-3293.426.82235
 
 
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Position Listing
Michael Ola
News
The Bears ruled the following players inactive for Monday's game against the Saints: kicker Robbie Gould (quad), safety Chris Conte (back), cornerback Terrance Mitchell, offensive lineman Michael Ola (back), quarterback David Fales, defensive end Trevor Scott and defensive tackle Brandon Dunn.
Corey Wootton
News
The Lions placed wide receiver Greg Salas and defensive tackle Corey Wootton on injured reserve Saturday, reports the team's official website. Salas was dealing with a knee injury while Wootton had a torn pectoral.
Injury
Pectoral - IR. Out for season
Zach Zenner
News
Zenner (chest) has been cleared to resume football activities, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

The Lions' ground game struggled to find its footing all season, but Zenner was beginning to make inroads in the offense before suffering cracked ribs and a partially collapsed lung from a brutal hit against the Bears in Week 6. Finishing his rookie season with 17 rushes for 60 yards (3.5 YPC) and two receptions (on three targets) for 11 yards, he displayed some acumen in multiple facets, which bodes well for his prospects in a backfield that may experience change under new general manager Bob Quinn.

Injury
Ribs - IR. Out for season
Kyle Van Noy
News
Lions coach Jim Caldwell said linebacker Kyle Van Noy will not need surgery after he went for a second opinion. Caldwell added Van Noy will need rest and is week-to-week.
Jason Jones
News
Jones (knee) is active for Sunday's matchup against the Bears.

Jones, one of the Lions' starting defensive ends, was cleared to play in Week 6 after returning to full practice Friday. The 29-year-old has recorded 12 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and a forced fumble so far this season.

Nevin Lawson
News
Lions cornerback Nevin Lawson said he plans to make a full recovery by the start of the season.

Lawson suffered a severely dislocated foot. He isn't sure if he'll participate in the Lions' OTAs, but he said he has no limitations on his activities, per MLive. Lawson is taking his recovery slow, but he should be back by the opener. 

Kendall James
News
The Chargers have waived guard Jeff Baca from their active roster and cornerback Kendall James from their practice squad.

Baca was released by Dallas in mid-November and played in just one game for San Diego.

Khaseem Greene
News
The Buccaneers announced the signing of sixth-round pick Kaelin Clay, fourth-round linebacker Kwon Alexander, fifth-round wide receiver Kenny Bell and seventh-round fullback Joey Iosefa, according to the team's official website. The draft picks were all signed to four-year deals.

The team also announced they claimed linebacker Khaseem Greene off waivers. Greene totaled 17 tackles in 10 games for the Bears last season.

Riley Reiff
News
The Lions have picked up the fifth-year option of offensive tackle Riley Reiff, general manager Martin Mayhew has announced.

"We anticipate getting that paperwork done sometime soon," Mayhew told MLive.com.

The one-year option will cost the team a bit more than $8 million.

Reiff has started every game but one over the last three seasons.

Isa Abdul-Quddus
News
Abdul-Quddus notched eight solo tackles in Sunday's win over the Packers.

Abdul-Quddus has been filling in at the safety position after the injury to James Ihedigbo, and he was all over the field on Sunday. Abdul-Quddus led the team in tackles which helped the Lions pull of the upset in Green Bay. He can provide solid IDP value as long as Ihedigbo is still sidelined.

Matthew Stafford
News
Stafford ended the season having completed 398 of 592 passes for 4,262 yards, 32 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Stafford's 67.2 completion percentage shattered his previous career high by nearly four percentage points and he narrowly missed setting a new career high in passer rating, an impressive feat given how the season started. During the first eight weeks of the season, Stafford had completed a respectable 64.5 percent of his passes and 260 yards per game, but with a rough 13-to-11 touchdown-to-interception ratio. After the Lions' Week 9 bye, Stafford improved slightly with a 70 percent completion percentage and 272 yards per game, but his touchdown-interception ration really shined, jumping to 19-2. The primary difference between the two halves was who was calling plays, as Joe Lombardi was fired shortly before the bye and replaced by quarterbacks coach Jim Bob Cooter. An offseason to further adjust the offense should be great for Stafford, but Detroit has a lot of questions this offseason, ranging from whether head coach Jim Caldwell will be back to the possible retirement of Calvin Johnson.

Ryan Spadola
News
The Cardinals relased punter Dave Zastudil, LB Lorenzo Alexander, ILB Glenn Carson, G Nate Isles, ILB Edwin Jackson, ILB Andrae Kirk, S Shaq Richardson, TE Gannon Sinclair, WR Ryan Spadola and S Darren Woodard on Monday.

They also waived/injured wide receiver Travis Harvey (hamstring), who will be placed on injured reserve if he clears waivers.

Casey Pierce
No Updates
Corey Washington
News
The Giants released wide receiver Corey Washington on Saturday, a source told The Record. Washington caught five passes for 52 yards and one touchdown in 14 games last season.
Khyri Thornton
News
Three injured players have been placed on the inactive list by the Patriots for their season opener Thursday night against Pittsburgh. They are running back Travaris Cadet (hamstring), defensive lineman Trey Flowers (knee) and safety Tavon Wilson (quad).

The healthy inactives are offensive lineman Ryan Wendell, defensive lineman Khyri Thornton, linebacker Rufus Johnson and cornerback Justin Coleman.

Travis Lewis
News
The Lions placed linebacker Travis Lewis (quad) on injured reserve Saturday. The team replaced Lewis on the active roster with tight end Jordan Thompson, who was signed from the practice squad.
Tahir Whitehead
News
Whitehead notched eight tackles (seven solo) and a sack in Sunday's win over the Packers.

Whitehead was very impressive on Sunday as he helped the Lions' defense shut down a prolific Packers' offense in Green Bay, which ultimately led to a victory. Whitehead recorded his first sack of the season on a day where he put up by far his best numbers of the season. The fourth-year linebacker won't hold a ton of IDP value moving forward, but he could be good for a solid game or two like this every once in awhile.

Darren Keyton
News
The Lions placed center Darren Keyton on injured reserve Tuesday due to a knee injury. The team also released tight end David Ausberry from injured reserve.
Injury
Rashean Mathis
News
Mathis (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Mathis missed the previous three games due to concussion symptoms, so it's not too surprising to see him land on IR. The 35-year-old could found his way onto the field next year, but given his age and injury history it wouldn't be surprising to see him retire at the end of the season.

Injury
Concussion - IR. Out for season
Glover Quin
News
Quin recoreded an interception and pass defensed in Sunday's win over the Bears.

The pick was Quin's fourth of the season, tying him for 13th in the league. Quin topped the NFL in interceptions in 2014 with seven and started 2015 on a hot pace with two picks in his first three games. He cooled off considerably after that, failing to record an interception in eight straight games before nabbing two more in the season's final five contests.

Corey Robinson
No Updates
Crezdon Butler
News
The Buccaneers announced they released cornerback Crezdon Butler. He played in 14 games, making 11 tackles.
Michael Burton
No Updates
Laken Tomlinson
News
The Lions finished signing their entire 2015 draft class when first-round pick Laken Tomlinson agreed to a four-year contract Thursday, reports the Detroit Free Press.

The deal includes a team option on the fifth year of the deal. Tomlinson is expected to start at left guard for the Lions.

Brandon Copeland
News
The Lions announced the signing of linebacker Brandon Copeland on Tuesday.

Copeland impressed the Lions when he ran a 4.52 40-yard dash at the NFL veterans combine. Copeland had spent time on the Titans' practice squad in 2013.

Don Carey
News
Lions strong safety Don Carey and linebacker Tahir Whitehead both returned to Sunday's Wild Card game against the Cowboys after being deemed questionable in the third quarter.

Both players were diagnosed with dehydration, but both were able to make it back onto the field before the end of the third quarter. The Lions have a 20-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Darius Slay
News
Slay (hip) is active for Sunday's game against the Bears.

Slay was able to compete fully in Friday's practice, so he shouldn't be held to a limited snap count while working as the Lions' top cornerback Sunday. Through five games, Slay has collected 21 tackles and an interception.

Ricky Stanzi
News
The Jaguars have pared down their roster to 53 on Saturday by cutting 20 players.

The players on that list are: C Michael Brewster, G Drew Nowak, DE Gerald Rivers, QB Ricky Stanzi, WR Chad Bumphis, FB Eric Kettani, TE Brandon Barden, OT Cody Booth, DL Deandre Coleman, DT Ricky Heimuli, S Craig Loston, QB Stephen Morris, K/P Kasey Redfern, G Tyler Shatley, TE D.J. Tialavea, LB Marcus Whitfield, WR Kerry Taylor, S Sherrod Martin, LB Nate Stupar and CB Jamell Fleming.
Travis Swanson
News
When the Lions drafted Travis Swanson a year ago, the idea was for him to emerge as a starting center for the franchise by 2015. 

There's now some doubt, at least that's what the Lions themselves are saying after acquiring veteran Manny Ramirez in a trade on Thursday during the NFL draft. 

"I don't know," Lions offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn said, via the Detroit Free Press. "And I'm not trying to be evasive, I just don't know. What is it, May 2, 3rd? The depth kind of develops itself, which is a nice thing. Going through OTAs, mini-camp, training camp, it always takes care of itself."

Swanson is still the favorite to start at center, though it does appear the Lions want to put him in a competitive situation. 

Injury
Matt Prater
News
Prater went 22 for 24 on field goals and 36 for 39 on extra points during the 2015 season.

Prater also kicked the second longest field goal in the league this season, a 59-yarder in Week 17. Prater's field goal percentage tied New England's Stephen Gostkowski for fifth in the league, but that may speak more to his value in actual football as opposed to fantasy football. No other kicker in the top 10 in accuracy attempted fewer kicks than Prater, who made the 23rd most field goals in the league overall. Prater is known for having a mighty pendulum for a right leg, but he's probably not worth a pickup to start the 2016 season. Nine kickers kicked at least 30 field goals this season, a figure Prater has only reached once in his career, back in 2009 with Denver.

Joique Bell
News
Bell wrapped up the 2015 season with 311 yards and four touchdowns on 90 carries and 22 catches for another 286 yards.

For many of Bell's teammates, production started coming along after the Lions' switch at coordinator. Bell started coming around at the same time, but his improvements likely had more to do with getting healthy after battling knee and ankle injuries. Bell was the only Lions back to rack up over 100 total yards in a game, Week 15 against New Orleans, and his four touchdowns also led Detroit backs. Detroit has a lot of talented youth running back, including Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner, so Bell and his contract could be a cap casualty. If he stays, expect for him to continue to be featured in goal-line situations.

DeAndre Levy
News
Levy (hip) is expected to participate in offseason workouts in the spring, the Detroit Free Press reports.

After inking a lucrative four-year deal in August, Levy mustered just 17 snaps thereafter due to continuing issues with his hip, which required surgery in mid-October. While the door was left ajar for a return at some point in the season, the Lions opted to shut him down for good on Nov. 4. Head coach Jim Caldwell has noted that Levy has looked "great" in rehab sessions, indicating that the weakside linebacker is progressing well through the healing process. If all goes as planned, Levy will be of interest in IDP circles with three 100-tackle campaigns in six seasons prior to 2015.

Injury
Hip - IR. Out for season
Cornelius Lucas
News
Lions coach Jim Caldwell said that Riley Reiff might start at right tackle next season. 

Reiff has started 32 games at left tackle over the last two seasons. The Lions aren't sure that last year's right tackle LaAdrian Waddle will be fully recovered from knee surgery, and backup tackle Cornelius Lucas is better on the left side. 

Reiff told the Daily Republic he doesn't care where he plays. 

 "I like playing, and wherever they want to put me, that's fine. I'll play," he said.

Quandre Diggs
News
A lack of size and speed is generally a deadly combination to those seeking employment as an NFL cornerback. But Lions rookie nickel back Quandre Diggs is ahead of the game in his desire to land a job.

His 40-yard dash time of 4.56 at the combine is below average. The sixth-round pick is only 5-foot-9. But he has shown instincts at his position that have impressed his coaches and teammates.

"He's got a natural feel," quarterback Matthew Stafford told MLive.com. "(He) made a play the other day in the red zone that wasn't even on the ball. I wasn't in the game. I was watching from afar, and was like, 'Man, our QB wanted to throw it, and he just took it away at the last second. ... He's got a good feel in zone, and I think he's a feisty kind of competitor in man. He's going to be around the football trying to make plays on it."

Gabe Wright
News
Lions rookie defensive tackle Gabe Wright is burdened with wearing former Detroit star Ndamukong Suh's number. But the fourth-round draft pick is showing he can rep the number and fill in the void left in the defense, according to MLive.com.

"We think he is going to be productive for us when we get him in here and get him in the rotation for us," defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said. "We are hoping, like most of our defensive tackles, to get him 25, 30, 35 plays a game."

Sixth-round pick Quandre Diggs thinks the team is going to have a solid player in the middle of their defensive line.

"He's going to go out and compete," Diggs said. "He's one of those big guys that loves to hustle. He loves to make plays, and he plays the game with the type of excitement that you love to see from those big guys."

George Winn
News
Winn was promoted from the practice squad to the Lions' 53-man roster Tuesday, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

Winn will take the place of fellow running back Zack Zenner, who sustained multiple cracked ribs and a partially collapsed lung Sunday versus the Bears. While he's unlikely to get much run behind Joique Bell (ankle), Ameer Abdullah (arm), and Theo Riddick, Winn did turn 19 carries into 73 yards in 12 games last season.

Alex Carter
News
The Lions elected to place cornerback Alex Carter on their short-term injured reserve list, according to the team's official website.

Carter suffered an ankle injury shortly after training camp began. He will sit out the first eight weeks before he can be activated.

Injury
Ankle - IR. Out for season
Haloti Ngata
News
Lions defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (calf) is listed as active Sunday against the Vikings.

Ngata will prop up the run defense for the first time since Week 4, but his Individual Defensive Player utility remains negligible, as he's recorded a mere six tackles (four solo) in four games.

Brandon Pettigrew
News
Pettigrew (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

After Pettigrew sustained a torn ACL Sunday at St. Louis, the move is merely a bookkeeping measure by the Lions intended to open up a spot on the 53-man roster. The organization will use it to sign a tight end, Bear Pascoe, who is known for his blocking.

Injury
Knee - IR. Out for season
Lance Moore
News
Moore completed the 2015 season with 29 catches off of 43 targets for 337 yards and four touchdowns.

Moore ended 2015 ranked fifth on the team in most receiving categories, including catches, targets and yards. His seven receptions of at least 20 yards tied him with Golden Tate and Theo Riddick for second on the team. Moore had a nice little run from Weeks 5 through 10, during which he caught four touchdowns in five games. In his five games following, he managed just four catches total as the second-year receiver TJ Jones began making his presence felt. Moore was brought in this offseason due to his familiarity with former offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's scheme. With Lombardi now out of town, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Moore join him as the Lions look toward the future at receiver.

Corey Fuller
News
Lions wide receiver Corey Fuller is inactive for Sunday's game against the Broncos, MLive.com's Kyle Meinke reports.

Fuller was active for the Lions' first two games, but he didn't draw any targets and wasn't used as a return man. Lance Moore is the No. 3 wide receiver, with TJ Jones serving as the No. 4.

Bear Pascoe
News
The Bears signed tight end Bear Pascoe to a one-year contract, the team announced Thursday.

In 2014, Pascoe caught two receptions for three yards and one touchdown while playing for the Falcons.

Josh Wilson
News
Wilson (knee) has been placed on season-ending injured reserve, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

With Rashean Mathis (concussion) already on injured reserve and Nevin Lawson (concussion) in danger of missing Week 11, the Lions badly need to add depth at a position that wasn't exactly a strength to begin with. Wilson had been serving as the team's nickelback.

Injury
Knee - IR. Out for season
Tyrunn Walker
News
Lions defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker was carted off the field with a left ankle injury Monday night, Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com reports. The injury appeared to be a tibia or fibula fracture, David Chao of Sirius XM reports.

It sounds like Walker's in for an extended absence, as this was a gruesome injury.

Injury
Leg - IR. Out for season
Braxston Cave
News
The Redskins signed offensive lineman Tevita Stevens to the practice squad and released offensive lineman Braxston Cave from the squad.
Larry Warford
News
Lions offensive lineman Larry Warford is still bothered by a high ankle sprain, but he hopes to begin practicing this week, reports MLive.com.

"It's good," he said. "Your soreness is going to be obvious, but I feel better. It's coming along pretty well. It feels good to run again."

Warford suffered the injury in the preseason and missed Week 1.

Calvin Johnson
News
The Lions will do everything in their power to convince Johnson to continue playing, NFL.com reports.

In the wake of Sunday's news that Johnson intends to retire, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network relayed Monday that the wideout has personally called owner Martha Ford in order "to thank them for everything." While the Lions have noted "profound respect" for Johnson and will give him time to make a decision, Rapoport released another bombshell Monday, stating Johnson wouldn't return on his 2016 salary of $15.95 million, but rather would be offered a two-year contract with reduced cap figures similar to the one signed by Larry Fitzgerald last offseason. However, because Johnson has dealt with serious ankle injuries and general body soreness the last few seasons, the Lions' potential offer of a multi-year deal likely isn't an appealing one.

Timothy Wright
News
Wright hauled in a nine-yard touchdown on his lone target of the Lions' win over the Bears.

Wright opened the scoring early in the first quarter, working out of right slot and slipping behind the coverage. It was Wright's first catch since Week 7 and he had seen just one target over the eight games in between. Wright is a restricted free agent and, given how seldomly he was used, it would not be a surprise if the Lions let him walk. Wright recorded 80 catches and 11 touchdowns combined in 2013 and 2014, and should find a home quickly as a flex tight end if he does not return to Detroit.

Ezekiel Ansah
News
Ansah recorded three tackles, a sack, a tackle for a loss, a pass defensed and three quarterback hits in Sunday's win over Chicago.

Ansah closed out 2015 with 14.5 sacks, good for third in the league. His four forced fumbles were tied for the NFL's second most. The Lions drafted Ansah No. 5 overall in 2013 based almost entirely on his potential as the Ghana native was not familiar with football until college. After recording 15.5 sacks combined in his first two years in the league, Ansah appears to be reaching his considerable potential.

Manny Ramirez
News
Many believed that guard and first-round pick Laken Tomlinson was a shoo-in to start for the Lions this season.

Not so fast.

Fellow newcomer Manny Ramirez, for whom the team traded in a swap with Denver, began OTAs this week working with the first team. Tomlinson was on the second unit.

Jim Caldwell explained why, praising the 32-year-old Ramirez along the way.

"He's a guy that's certainly going to add some girth and power and experience in the (interior)," Caldwell told MLive.com. "But, also, you can just tell from a leadership standpoint, I mean, he's tremendous. Real solid guy, just a person that's well-rounded, has a good sense of what being a real pro is. ... I think you'll see some of that wear off on some of our younger guys."

Ramirez was a full-time starter with the Broncos in each of the last three seasons.

Don Muhlbach
News
The Lions have re-signed long snapper Don Muhlbach to a one-year contract, the team announced Friday.

Muhlbach made the Pro Bowl in 2012 and has spent his entire 12-year career with the Lions. 

C.J. Wilson
News
Wilson was released by the Raiders on Saturday.

Wilson appeared in every game with the Raiders last season, picking up 23 tackles (16 solo) and two sacks, but he quickly tumbled down the depth chart in 2015, playing in just three games this season. He could be a candidate to join another team should they need help along their defensive line.

Caraun Reid
News
Lions defensive tackle Caraun Reid (ankle) practiced for the first time since Aug. 20, Josh Katzenstein of The Detroit News reports.

Reid was atop the Lions' depth chart prior to being injured in Detroit's preseason game against Washington. Though he will likely return to the team in a supporting role behind Haloti Ngata and Tyrunn Walker, backup defensive tackles Jermelle Cudjo and Gabe Wright combined for 39 defensive snaps in Week 1 - a total Reid may take the bulk of once he returns to full health.

Devin Taylor
News
Lions tight ends Eric Ebron (hamstring) and Joseph Fauria (ankle) are active for Sunday's game at Arizona after being listed as probable. Ebron returns after missing three straight games and will start in place of Brandon Pettigrew (foot). Fauria is back after missing six straight games.

Also suiting up are safety James Ihedigbo (back), center Don Muhlbach (ankle), right tacle LaAdrian Waddle (knee) and defensive end Devin Taylor (knee).

Sam Martin
News
Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell, still upset about the pass-interference flag officials picked up in the fourth quarter of Sunday's playoff loss at Dallas, suggested video replay be used on critical calls like that one, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

"I think, without question, it was probably not officiated correctly in my estimation,” Caldwell said Monday. "Nevertheless, I do think in this day and age, with modern times where we have technology that can take out the human factor in certain key situations in big games, that we should use that technology to do so."

Detroit led 20-17 and had third-and-1 at the Cowboys' 46-yard line when linebacker Anthony Hitchens was called for pass interference against tight end Brandon Pettigrew. Officials reversed themselves and picked up the flag, prompting a Lions punt. Sam Martin shanked it, the Cowboys drove for a touchdown and held on to win 24-20.

"I'm angry about it, and trying to keep my composure here, but I'm probably angry for our team, and the fans," Caldwell said. "That's the thing that stirs your blood."

Dean Blandino, the NFL's vice president for officiating, said Hitchens should have been penalized for defensive holding. That would have given the Lions a first down, putting them near field-goal range.

T.J. Jones
News
Jones hauled in a 29-yard touchdown with his lone target in Sunday's win over the 49ers.

Jones recoreded a single target after averaging over four per game in previous three weeks. He managed to do a lot with that one target, splitting the 49ers' defense on a deep post for his first career touchdown. Jones stuck on to the Lions' roster to start the season due to his potential as a returner. As the season closes, he appears to be carving a role for himself as Detroit's No. 3 receiver. Expect for him to continue to see chances in next week's finale against Chicago.

Golden Tate
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Tate caught 90 of 128 targets for 813 yards and six touchdowns in 2015, adding 41 yards on six carries.

For the second consecutive year, Tate led the Lions in receptions. He did much of his work underneath the coverage in 2015, his 9.0 yards per catch the lowest total of any receiver who ranked in the Top 10 in the league in catches. Tate disappointed early on with just one touchdown in the first 10 games of the season, but he was able to find the end zone five times in the final six contests of the season. More and better production could be in Tate's future as, if Calvin Johnson departs due to retirement or for cap savings, Tate would suddenly become Detroit's primary target.

Stephen Tulloch
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Lions middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch has apparently made good on his claim that he has fully recovered from ACL surgery undergone in 2014, at least if his effort Tuesday is any indication.

The team website is stating that Tulloch was a full participant in the OTA session. "I'm doing everything," he said. "I'm able to run around and make calls and make checks and get back to being a middle linebacker."

Tulloch suffered a bit of embarrassment in Week 3 a year ago when he sustained the season-ending injury celebrating a sack of Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

James Ihedigbo
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Ihedigbo (quadriceps) is listed as active Sunday versus the Vikings, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Following last Sunday's DNP, Ihedigbo will reclaim his place as the Lions' starting strong safety, from which he accrued 36 tackles (28 solo), three forced fumbles, and one sack over the first five games.

Theo Riddick
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Riddick caught 80 of 99 targets for 697 yards and three touchdowns and added 133 yards on 43 carries in 2015.

Riddick ended the season tied with Danny Woodhead for most receptions by a running back. The third-year back was by far the most consistent performer in Detroit's backfield, leading the threesome with 833 total yards. With at least five catches in 10 games in 2015, Riddick should continue to be featured prominently in Detroit's passing attack in 2015 and could be starter-material in PPR leagues.

Dan Orlovsky
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Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky completed 21 of 38 passes for 191 yards, with one touchdown and an interception, in Sunday's 42-17 loss to Arizona.

Orlovsky entered the game midway through the third quarter for an ineffective Matthew Stafford, who tossed three interceptions. The backup QB was able to move the ball a bit in the second half, but he did not lead the Lions to a touchdown until the 1:36 mark of the fourth quarter, when he hit Lance Moore on a 13-yard score. Stafford is Detroit's franchise QB, for better or worse, so don't expect Orlovsky to start anytime soon.

Eric Ebron
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Ebron snagged 47 of 69 targets for 537 yards and five touchdowns during the 2015 season.

Ebron missed two games in the middle of the season with an injury, but was a consistent performer otherwise - catching at least four passes in eight of 14 games. For the season, Ebron ranked tied for ninth among tight ends with five touchdowns and, like many of his teammates, could see an increased role depending on whether or not Calvin Johnson returns to Detroit in 2016. If not, Ebron should see far less competition for red-zone looks.

Tyrus Thompson
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Kerry Hyder
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The Jets have cut their roster down to 53 by waiving a number of players.

Those on offense are quarterback Tajh Boyd and Matt Simms, wide receivers Clyde Gates and Stephen Hill, running backs Daryl Richardson and Alex Green, tight end Chris Pantale, linemen Brent Qvale and Caleb Schlauderaff.

The defenders imclude defensive backs Rontez Miles, Jeremy Reeves, Johnny Patrick, Dimitri Patterson and Brandon Dixon, linemen Zach Thompson, Kerry Hyder and Tevita Finau and linebackers Garrett McIntyre and A.J. Edds.

Linebacker Antwan Barnes has been placed on the PUP list.

Josh Bynes
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Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy (hip) won't play Sunday against the Vikings, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Levy has not practiced since Aug. 24 due to a hip strain, so his Week 3 status is cloudy as well. In his absence this weekend, Josh Bynes will start in Levy's place on Sunday.

Darryl Tapp
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Tapp (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Bears.

After participating in practice in a limited fashion Wednesday and Thursday, Tapp logged full duty during Friday's session to clear up any concern about his availability for Week 6. He's slated to come off the bench as part of the Lions' defensive line rotation.

Isaiah Johnson
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Jermelle Cudjo
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The Chiefs released receivers Jerrell Jackson, Darryl Surgent, Deon Anthony and Weston Dressler, defensive tackle Jermelle Cudjo, defensive lineman Jairus Campbell, guard Otis Hudson, cornerbacks Brandon Jones and Vernon Kearney, safety Jerron McMillian and tight end Adam Schiltz.
Jordan Thompson
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The Lions announced several practice squad roster moves on Monday, according to the Detroit Free Press. The team signed the following players to the practice squad: Tight end Jordan Thompson, cornerback Trevin Wade and defensive tackle Roy Philon.
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Ameer Abdullah
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Abdullah rushed for 597 yards and two touchdowns on 143 carries and added 183 yards and a touchdown on 25 receptions in 2015.

Like many of his teammates, Abdullah struggled to start the season and began to find form following the Week 9 bye. In the season's first eight games, Abdullah averaged just over 42 yards toal yards per game and had fumbled three times - an issue that, combined with other lapses, placed him in head coach Jim Caldwell's doghouse midseason. After the bye, Abdullah improved to over 55 total yards per game and fumbled just once. Abdullah still has plenty improvement to make before he becomes starter-material, but he showed flashes in the season's final weeks. His size and fumbling tendency may prevent him from ever being a fantasy star as he is ripe pickings for goal-line vultures.

Larry Webster
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The Lions parted ways with defensive end Larry Webster on Saturday, sources told Mlive.com. Webster has never appeared in an NFL game. He was a fourth-round pick in 2014.
Gabe Ikard
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According to the Tennessean, the following players will not suit up for the Titans Saturday night against the Falcons in Atlanta: center Chris Spencer, center Gabe Ikard, quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, and defensive lineman Antonio Johnson and Mike Martin.
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