Detroit Lions

Stadium: Ford Field | Coach: Jim Caldwell
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense19th88.9 (28th)251.9 (12th)
Defense2nd69.3 (1st)231.6 (13th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
42Abdul-Quddus, Isa SS6-12008/3/19895Fordham
0Abdullah, Ameer RB5-92056/13/1993RNebraska
94Ansah, Ezekiel DE6-62785/29/19893Brigham Young
35Bell, Joique RB5-112298/4/19865Wayne State (Mich.)
28Bentley, Bill CB5-101885/16/19894Louisiana-Lafayette
60Boggs, Taylor C6-32852/20/19873Humboldt State
0Bond, Al G6-43033/5/1992RMemphis
0Boone, Anthony QB6-023110/29/1991RDuke
0Brindza, Kyle K6-12361/13/1993RNotre Dame
84Broyles, Ryan WR5-101954/9/19884Oklahoma
0Burton, Michael FB5-112422/1/1992RRutgers
26Butler, Crezdon CB6-11915/26/19876Clemson
57Bynes, Josh LB6-12408/24/19894Auburn
26Carey, Don SS5-112082/14/19877Norfolk State
0Carter, Alex CB6-0196//RStanford
68Cave, Braxston C6-33057/29/19891Notre Dame
51Copeland, Brandon LB6-32607/2/19911Pennsylvania
98Cudjo, Jermelle DT6-23049/28/19864Central Oklahoma
0Diggs, Quandre CB5-9196//RTexas
85Ebron, Eric TE6-42654/10/19932North Carolina
80Fauria, Joseph TE6-72671/16/19903UCLA
96Fluellen, Andre (FA) DT6-23023/7/19857Florida State
10Fuller, Corey WR6-22006/23/19902Virginia Tech
 Haggins, Jarred WR6-01901/17/1992RFlorida State
52Harris, Jerrell LB6-32427/8/19891Alabama
95Hunt, Phillip DE6-12541/10/19864Houston
62Hyder, Kerry DE6-22805/2/19911Texas Tech
44Igwenagu, Emil TE6-22453/27/19892Massachusetts
32Ihedigbo, James SS6-121712/3/19838Massachusetts
 Johnson, Vernon WR6-11904/17/1992RTexas A&M-Commerce
81Johnson, Calvin WR6-52369/29/19859Georgia Tech
 Johnson, Isaiah DB6-22055/16/1992RGeorgia Tech
91Jones, Jason DE6-52765/23/19868Eastern Michigan
13Jones, T.J. WR6-01887/19/19922Notre Dame
68Keyton, Darren G6-33056/15/19901Central Michigan
43Lawson, Nevin CB5-91924/23/19912Utah State
54Levy, DeAndre OLB6-22353/26/19877Wisconsin
50Lewis, Travis LB6-22361/15/19884Oklahoma
 Lindsey, Nathan DB6-1190//RFort Hays State
14Lora, Erik WR5-112023/14/1991REastern Illinois
77Lucas, Cornelius T6-93257/18/19912Kansas State
6Martin, Sam P6-12102/27/19903Appalachian State
 Martin, Desmond RB6-02213/20/1992RWayne State (Mich.)
31Mathis, Rashean CB6-11958/27/198013Bethune-Cookman
17Moore, Kellen QB6-02007/12/19894Boise State
16Moore, Lance WR5-91908/31/198310Toledo
99Mosley, C.J. (FA) DT6-23128/6/198311Missouri
48Muhlbach, Don LS6-42608/17/198112Texas A&M
92Ngata, Haloti DT6-43401/21/198410Oregon
8Orlovsky, Dan (FA) QB6-52188/18/198310Connecticut
20Owens, Chris DB5-918012/1/19867San Jose State
58Palmer, Ashlee (FA) OLB6-12384/7/19867Mississippi
1Peacock, Andrew WR5-101901/14/19911Appalachian State
87Pettigrew, Brandon TE6-52752/23/19857Oklahoma State
62Philon, Roy DE6-32913/26/19911Louisville
 Pierce, Casey TE6-42428/21/1991RKent State
5Prater, Matt K5-101958/10/19849Central Florida
69Proctor, Xavier DT6-627211/1/19901North Carolina Central
27Quin, Glover FS6-02061/15/19867New Mexico
51Raiola, Dominic (FA) C6-131012/30/197815Nebraska
66Ramirez, Manny G6-33202/19/19838Texas Tech
97Reid, Caraun DT6-230511/23/19912Princeton
71Reiff, Riley T6-631312/1/19884Iowa
25Riddick, Theo RB5-92005/4/19913Notre Dame
0Robinson, Corey T6-73245/21/1992RSouth Carolina
12Ross, Jeremy WR6-02153/16/19883California
17Salas, Greg WR6-22108/25/19885Hawaii
39Seisay, Mohammed DB6-22005/22/19902Nebraska
67Sims, Rob (FA) G6-331212/6/198310Ohio State
23Slay, Darius CB6-11921/1/19913Mississippi State
 Snyder, Kevin LB6-3235//RRutgers
9Stafford, Matthew QB6-32342/7/19887Georgia
49Stanford, Julian LB6-12309/2/19903Wagner
 Suite, Brian DB6-3205//RUtah State
64Swanson, Travis G6-53121/30/19912Arkansas
52Tapp, Darryl (FA) DE6-12709/13/198410Virginia Tech
15Tate, Golden WR5-101958/2/19886Notre Dame
92Taylor, Devin DE6-727511/15/19893South Carolina
24Thomas, Josh (FA) DB5-111855/3/19895Buffalo
82Thompson, Jordan TE6-42487/12/19891Ohio U.
0Tomlinson, Laken G6-33232/9/1992RDuke
55Tulloch, Stephen MLB5-112451/1/198510North Carolina State
95Van Noy, Kyle OLB6-32446/19/19902Brigham Young
29Vaughn, Cassius (FA) CB5-1119511/3/19876Mississippi
66Waddle, LaAdrian T6-63307/21/19913Texas Tech
75Walker, Tyrunn DE6-32943/18/19904Tulsa
75Warford, Larry G6-33307/18/19913Kentucky
79Webster, Larry DE6-72622/14/19902Bloomsburg
59Whitehead, Tahir MLB6-22424/2/19904Temple
73Williams, Michael T6-62709/8/19902Alabama
26Wilson, Josh DB5-91883/11/19859Maryland
 Wilson, Torrian G6-3306//RCentral Florida
38Winn, George RB5-1121511/10/19902Cincinnati
99Wootton, Corey DE6-62706/22/19876Northwestern
0Wright, Gabe DT6-33004/3/2000RAuburn
0Zenner, Zach FB5-11223//RSouth Dakota
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Detroit6-5312.56-4285.825.71534
 
 
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Position Listing
Emil Igwenagu
News
The Lions filled their entire 10-man practice squad, signing guard Rodney Austin, tight end Michael Egnew, fullback Emil Igwenagu, safety Nate Ness, receiver Andrew Peacock, defensive tackle Xavier Proctor, cornerback Mohammed Seisay, linebacker Julian Stanford, offensive tackle Michael Williams and running back George Winn.
Rob Sims
News
The Lions need a left guard and Rob Sims would be a solid option if the two sides can strike a deal for the veteran to return. 

However, talks have stalled between the Lions' front office and Sims' representation. Speaking to reporters on Friday, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said it's been nearly a month since he's spoken to Sims' camp. 

"We've had some discussion with Rob," Mayhew said, via MLive.com. "I spoke to his agent probably about three weeks ago and we had an offer out to him. That's kind of where we are right now. We'll have to kind of wait and see what happens."

The Lions could still opt to draft a lineman early to fill the position, too. 

Sims, who entered the NFL in 2006, has been with the Lions for the past five seasons. 

Vernon Johnson
No Updates
Michael Williams
News
The Lions filled their entire 10-man practice squad, signing guard Rodney Austin, tight end Michael Egnew, fullback Emil Igwenagu, safety Nate Ness, receiver Andrew Peacock, defensive tackle Xavier Proctor, cornerback Mohammed Seisay, linebacker Julian Stanford, offensive tackle Michael Williams and running back George Winn.
Erik Lora
News
The Vikings released safety Brandan Bishop, offensive tackles Kevin Murphy and Pierce Burton, defensive ends Jake Snyder and Tyler Scott, defensive tackle Kheeston Randall, receivers Kamar Jorden, Erik Lora and Andy Cruse, and cornerbacks Derek Cox and Robert Steeples.

Minnesota also waived/injured safety Mistral Raymond, who suffered a concussion in the preseason opener.

Corey Wootton
News
The Lions signed defensive tackle Corey Wootton to a one-year contract Thursday, according to his agent.

Wootton registered 16 tackles and one sack in 15 games for the Vikings last season.

Josh Thomas
News
The Lions have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Cowboys: guard Larry Warford (knee), defensive tackles Nick Fairley (knee) and Caraun Reid, defensive back Josh Thomas, wide receiver Ryan Broyles, defensive end Larry Webster and quarterback Kellen Moore.

Fairley was deemed doubtful to play Sunday on the team's final injury report, while Warford had been ruled out for the Wild Card game. Travis Swanson will draw the start at guard in Warford's absence. The Lions had three players listed as probable to play and all are active.

Detroit is a 6-point underdog in Dallas for Sunday's playoff game.

Zach Zenner
No Updates
Kyle Van Noy
News
Lions coach Jim Caldwell announced Thursday rookie linebacker Kyle Van Noy will make his season debut Sunday against the Dolphins. However, Caldwell indicated Van Noy will likely be limited as he sees snaps on special teams and defense.

Van Noy spent most of the season on short-term injured reserve due to a sports hernia injury before being activated Monday.

Jason Jones
News
Lions defensive end Jason Jones should be fine for the Sunday game at New England after returning to practice Friday. He had missed the last two sessions due to a family medical emergency.

Jones has started every game this season with two sacks. He has contributed to 12 tackles.

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. 

Anthony Boone
No Updates
Greg Salas
News
The Lions have signed two veterans - wideout Greg Salas and cornerback Chris Owens - per the Detroit Free Press. The team later confirmed the report.

Salas last played with the Jets. He compiled his most productive numbers since his rookie year last season, but that only amounted to eight catches for 167 yards.

Owens has played with four different teams over the last four seasons, but did get into 11 games with Kansas City in 2014. He has not recorded an interception since 2010.

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.

Mohammed Seisay
News
The Lions will be without defensive tackle Nick Fairley for Sunday's game against the Packers with a knee injury.

It will be Fairley's eighth straight week out of game action. 

Running back Joique Bell (Achilles), wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) and cornerback Mohammed Seisay (hamstring) are all listed as probable.

The Lions are currently 7 1/2-point underdogs against the Packers for Week 17. 

Isa Abdul-Quddus
News
The Lions have re-signed safety Isa Abdul-Quddus, the team announced.

Abdul-Quddus played in all 16 games in 2014, totaling 32 tackles with two passes defended. He spent the previous three years with the Saints, where he recorded two interceptions.

Matthew Stafford
News
The Lions didn't go sexy in the first round of the 2015 draft. But quarterback Matthew Stafford is certainly not complaining.

His team drafted offensive linemen Manny Ramirez and Laken Tomlinson in the first round. Just what the doctor ordered - if that doctor is Stafford, who can certainly visualize the difference between the offensive line that will be protecting him in 2015 and the one that did not last season.

The Lions allowed 45 sacks a year ago - only 10 teams surrendered more. It was the highest number of times Stafford wound up on his back during his six-year career.

"Since the week before the draft, to the week after, it was like night and day," Stafford told MLive.com. "We just have so many more bodies, and so many more guys who are capable of playing well."

Casey Pierce
No Updates
Julian Stanford
News
The Lions put cornerback Nevin Lawson (dislocated toes) on injured reserve, signed cornerback Danny Gorrer and promoted linebacker Julian Stanford from the practice squad.
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.
Phillip Hunt
News
The Lions are on the verge of signing linebacker Phillip Hunt, reports ESPN.

Hunt spent three seasons with the Eagles and totaled 16 tackles. He did not play in the NFL during the 2014 season.

Xavier Proctor
News
The Lions filled their entire 10-man practice squad, signing guard Rodney Austin, tight end Michael Egnew, fullback Emil Igwenagu, safety Nate Ness, receiver Andrew Peacock, defensive tackle Xavier Proctor, cornerback Mohammed Seisay, linebacker Julian Stanford, offensive tackle Michael Williams and running back George Winn.
Tahir Whitehead
News
The Lions' Stephen Tulloch will start at middle linebacker again once he returns from the torn ACL he suffered Week 3 last year, reports MLive.com. "He's highly experienced and highly productive," coach Jim Caldwell told the website. "And he's a great leader."

Tulloch, 30, is progressing well in his rehab, the report said, but it's unclear when he'll return. Tulloch had 135 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 2013, his last full season.

Tahir Whitehead likely will fill in until Tulloch returns. Whitehead had 86 tackles and two interceptions last year.

Darren Keyton
News
The Lions have waived center Darren Keyton on Monday, per the team's official website. Keyton was added prior to Week 17 to add depth for Dominic Raiola, who was suspended for the final game of the season after stomping on Ego Ferguson's ankle in Week 16.
Jerrell Harris
News
The Lions have parted ways with tight end Kellen Davis on Tuesday, according to the Detroit Free-Press. The team promoted linebacker Jerrell Harris and guard Rodney Austin from the practice squad.
Rashean Mathis
News
The Lions re-signed cornerback Rashean Mathis to a two-year, $3.5 million deal, reports Pro Football Talk. Mathis, 34, played in every game last season, recording 51 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble.
Glover Quin
News
The Lions and safety Glover Quin agreed to restructure his contract, a source told ESPN.com.

By converting $3.255 million of his 2015 base salary into a signing bonus, the team created $2.17 million in additional cap space this season. The deal allows Quin to receive more guaranteed money now.

Quin is under contract through the 2017 season. He has produced 10 interceptions over the last two seasons with the Lions.

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
No Updates
C.J. Mosley
News
Unsigned Lions defensive tackle C.J. Mosley was sent home from the team's game in London last season after he was found with marijuana in his hotel room. 

The incident is one of the factors the team is taking into consideration in their decision on whether to re-sign Mosley. 

"We take everything into consideration -- I mean, everything," coach Jim Caldwell said, when asked about the incident being a factor, per MLive. "You know how it is in our business. We put everything under the microscope. We take a look at it, and we make a determination on each and every individual according to what he brings to the table -- positive or negative."

The team has not pursued Mosley since he became a free agent in February, and the Lions appear to be prepared to move on without him. 

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
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.”

Andre Fluellen
News
The Lions re-signed defensive tackle Andre Fluellen Monday, according to the team's official website. He had three tackles (two solo) in 13 games for Detroit last season.
Kellen Moore
News
After signing a two-year deal to remain with the Lions, quarterback Kellen Moore is looking to improve his status on the depth chart, reports the team's official website.

“It’s a good place, a good situation,” Moore said in a telephone interview from Boise, where he is spending the offseason with his wife, Julie, and their young child.

“Ideally, the hope was to be able to go back, as long as there was a little plan in place. I feel like it’s a good situation to go back to. I didn’t have to deal with all the variables.”

Head coach Jim Caldwell likes what he sees in Moore.

“They all have a chance,” Caldwell said at the recent NFL Annual Meeting. “He’s got some qualities that you really like.”

“It’s nice that they see some value in you,” Moore said. “As a backup quarterback, you’re not seen on the field, other than a few August games. But hopefully, you still have an impact on the team – with the other players, helping in the film room.

“We enjoy Detroit – stuff that’s not football related. Obviously, in the football side of it we have a good room. Matthew’s obviously a tremendous quarterback. Dan’s been awesome. It’s awesome that we’re all set to come back.”

Although Moore would like to see the playing field, he recognizes that the team has its starter in Matthew Stafford.

“Obviously, at the end of the day all of us love playing the game of football. Only so many guys get to play. We’ve got good guys, and we’ve got a great starter in Matthew.

“You have to take advantage of opportunities, whether it’s preseason games or whatever.”

Moore has yet to throw a pass during a regular season game after being drafted by the team in 2012.

LaAdrian Waddle
News
Lions right tackle LaAdrian Waddle has begun running, as he continues to recover from January knee surgery. 

Waddle has felt ready to begin running for some time, but he is sticking with the prescribed schedule. 

"It’s hard to hold back," Waddle said, per NFL.com. "I’m not going to lie. I’m doing everything I’m supposed to do. There’s no point in pushing it and doing something stupid and make everything you did worth nothing. I’m pushing it as much as I can push it."

Kyle Brindza
No Updates
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. 

Matt Prater
News
The Lions' contract with kicker Matt Prater is for two years and $4.55 million, with a team option for 2017, reports the Detroit Free Press. Prater, 30, hit 21 of 26 field goals and all 21 of his PATs last season.
Joique Bell
News
Lions running back Joique Bell participated in the team's Tuesday workout, though it's unclear to what extent, per the Detroit News.

His mere availability for the OTA is encouraging, however, given the minor surgeries he underwent in the offseason.

Bell came on strong at the end of last year and finished with 860 yards and a 3.9 yards-per-carry average.

Cassius Vaughn
News
The Lions will have their probable players Week 6 against the Vikings. 

Jerome Couplin, Theo Riddick and Cassius Vaughn will all play against Minnesota. Couplin is dealing with a rib injury. Riddick has a hamstring issue, and Vaughn has an ankle injury.

DeAndre Levy
News
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew has announced that his team has begun contract negotiations with outside linebacker DeAndre Levy.

"We've had some dialogue with him," he told MLive.com. "and I think it's ongoing at this point."

Levy is entering the final year of a $9.75 million contract he signed with the team in 2013. He thrived a year ago, contributing to a career-high 117 tackles and adding 2 1/2 sacks.

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.

Taylor Boggs
News
The Friday injury report issued by the Bears for their Week 6 game at Atlanta is headlined by the thumbs-down given to linebackers Lance Briggs (ribs) and Shea McClellin (hand). But they are not the only Chicago players ruled out.

Also red-lighted are offensive linemen Jermon Bushrod (knee/ankle) and Taylor Boggs (hamstring) and safety Ahmad Dixon (hamstring).

The questionables are linebacker Jonathan Bostic (back) and cornerback Sherrick McManis (quad). Safety Chris Conte (concussion), offensive lineman Roberto Garza (ankle), nose tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion) and linebacker D.J. Williams (neck) are all probable.

Quandre Diggs
No Updates
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
The Lions might not have running back Joique Bell for Sunday's key game at Green Bay, reports MLive.com. Bell has been limited in practice this week with an Achilles injury, and coach Jim Caldwell said only, "We'll see," when asked about Bell's status.

Bell leads Detroit with 800 rushing yards and eight total touchdowns. He's averaged at least 4.0 yards per carry in four straight games, scoring five times in that span. If he can't play, Reggie Bush would start and Theo Riddick and George Winn would get increased snaps, the report said.

Detroit is a 7.5-point underdog in the game that will decide the division title.

Alex Carter
No Updates
Haloti Ngata
News
The Lions announced they will not file tampering charges against the Ravens a day after owner Steve Bisciotti told season-ticket holders that there's a chance defensive tackle Haloti Ngata could return to Baltimore in 2016. 

The statement was released via the team site's Tim Twentyman

“The Ravens have reached out to us concerning the comments made yesterday by Steve Bisciotti regarding Haloti Ngata. We appreciate both the Ravens’ professionalism and the context in which Mr. Bisciotti’s statements were made. We consider the matter to be a non-issue.”

The Ravens traded Ngata to the Lions in March. NFL rules stipulate a team is not allowed to talk publicly or privately about a player that is under contract with another team. 

Brandon Pettigrew
News
Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew had his worst season from a statistical standpoint in 2014, totaling a career-low 10 catches for 70 yards and no touchdowns. His numbers aren't expected to improve dramatically in 2015 since the Lions want to get second-year tight end Eric Ebron more involved in the passing game.

Still, coach Jim Caldwell holds Pettigrew in high regard.

"I think he's an iron man," Caldwell said, per MLive.com. "(He did a) tremendous job. Got a lot of respect for that man. Let me tell you something, he was tough. He was gritty. And I think those guys are the kinds of guys you can build a foundation upon.

"He's one of those guys."

Lance Moore
News
The Lions have signed veteran wide receiver Lance Moore to a one-year contract, the team announced on Tuesday.

Moore, who was released by the Steelers in the offseason, has 360 career receptions for 4,479 yards and 40 touchdowns in his 10-year career. 

Corey Fuller
News
In wideouts Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, the Lions feature one the best 1-2 punches in the league. But the Lions' website notes the team "is also very high on Corey Fuller and is hoping he takes the same big jump in his development from year two to three as he did from his rookie season to year two."

A 6-2, 200-pound former track star, Fuller caught 14 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown in limited work last year. The 24-year-old is in for a bigger role in 2015.

Joseph Fauria
News
Lions tight end Joseph Fauria, who went on injured reserve Dec. 10, is waiting for one more medical opinion before deciding whether to have surgery on his ankle, reports ESPN.com. Fauria said he should know in a week.

Ankle injuries limited Fauria to seven games. He caught six passes for 74 yards and a touchdown this season after catching seven touchdown passes as a rookie.

Josh Wilson
News
The Lions have signed former Falcons cornerback Josh Wilson to a one-year deal on Friday, per the team's official website.

Wilson, 30, played for four different teams (Seahawks, Ravens, Redskins, Falcons) before signing with Detroit on Friday. He totaled 426 tackles in 118 career games with 85 starts. He posted 27 tackles and one interception in 16 games (four starts) for the Falcons in 2014.

Kevin Snyder
No Updates
Tyrunn Walker
News
The Lions have signed defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker to a one-year deal, per the team.

Walker, formerly of the Saints, is entering his fourth season in the NFL. The 24-year-old played in all 16 games last season, registering 19 total tackles, 2.5 sacks and forced fumble.

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
The Lions have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Cowboys: guard Larry Warford (knee), defensive tackles Nick Fairley (knee) and Caraun Reid, defensive back Josh Thomas, wide receiver Ryan Broyles, defensive end Larry Webster and quarterback Kellen Moore.

Fairley was deemed doubtful to play Sunday on the team's final injury report, while Warford had been ruled out for the Wild Card game. Travis Swanson will draw the start at guard in Warford's absence. The Lions had three players listed as probable to play and all are active.

Detroit is a 6-point underdog in Dallas for Sunday's playoff game.

Bill Bentley
News
Lions cornerbacks Bill Bentley and Nevin Lawson are both making progress from their season-ending surgeries last September. Bentley suffered an ACL injury and Lawson suffered a toe injury. 

Coach Jim Caldwell said that both players are active, working and making progress, per the Oakland Press.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for start of training camp
Calvin Johnson
News
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew doesn't plan on losing star wide receiver Calvin Johnson anytime soon. 

"Man, Calvin's a stud," Mayhew said this week at the NFL combine. "Calvin's a great player. He's a phenomenal player, you know? He has a very bright future -- and a very bright past, you know? -- and I plan on him being around for a very long time."

Johnson is due $12.5 million in 2015 with a cap hit of $20.5 million and $15.9 million in 2016 with a $24 million cap hit. He and Matthew Stafford account for much of the Lions' salary. With Johnson dealing with more and more injuries, Mayhew could cut ties with him at some point. But he doesn't see that happening anytime soon.

"Sometimes guys get injured. It's not a big concern for me," Mayhew said. "He's tough. He gets out there and he plays. There was one game this year -- Buffalo -- where he gutted it out. He got out there, and unfortunately, he got another shot in that game in exactly in the same spot. Which was unfortunate."

Ezekiel Ansah
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In only his seventh year of playing organized football, Lions defensive tackle Ziggy Ansah will experience his first healthy NFL offseason, a fact that will help prepare him for what could be a big season, per the team's website. 

Ansah was drafted by the Lions in 2013 and didn't get to spend much time working on his game leading up to draft day. Prior to the 2014 season, Ansah was sidelined with shoulder surgery and missed all team OTAs and minicamps. 

Now, however, Ansah is healthy and getting in shape for the 2015 campaign, which could see him in a bigger role on the Lions' front line. 

"We're looking forward to Ziggy really having his first offseason and getting into shape and having a great year and having the stamina to finish well," defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said.

Manny Ramirez
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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. 

Chris Owens
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The Lions have signed two veterans - wideout Greg Salas and cornerback Chris Owens - per the Detroit Free Press. The team later confirmed the report.

Salas last played with the Jets. He compiled his most productive numbers since his rookie year last season, but that only amounted to eight catches for 167 yards.

Owens has played with four different teams over the last four seasons, but did get into 11 games with Kansas City in 2014. He has not recorded an interception since 2010.

Don Muhlbach
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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. 

Caraun Reid
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The Lions have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Cowboys: guard Larry Warford (knee), defensive tackles Nick Fairley (knee) and Caraun Reid, defensive back Josh Thomas, wide receiver Ryan Broyles, defensive end Larry Webster and quarterback Kellen Moore.

Fairley was deemed doubtful to play Sunday on the team's final injury report, while Warford had been ruled out for the Wild Card game. Travis Swanson will draw the start at guard in Warford's absence. The Lions had three players listed as probable to play and all are active.

Detroit is a 6-point underdog in Dallas for Sunday's playoff game.

Devin Taylor
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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
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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
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Lions coach Jim Caldwell said receiver T.J. Jones is nearing a return to the practice field, according to MLive.com

Before the Lions selected him in the 2014 NFL draft in the sixth round, Jones injured his arm late in his final collegiate season with Notre Dame. He ended up dealing with a nerve issue in his arm, which placed him on injured reserve last season. 

Though he's eligible to participate in this weekend's rookie minicamp, Jones was not present. Caldwell said Jones is in the weight room getting his strength back. 

"He's healed up quite nicely," Caldwell said. "I think he's still working himself into a position where's got all of his girth back, because you do lose a little bit with inactivity. But he's been working hard at it, he's gaining and he's making strides."

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Shoulder - Questionable for start of training camp
Golden Tate
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Although Lions wide receiver Golden Tate feels the loss of Ndamukong Suh is a blow to the team, he doesn't believe it puts more pressure on the offense, reports ESPN. 

When asked specifically about the subject, Tate was clear about his thoughts.

"No, I don't think it adds any pressure," Tate said by phone Monday. "We just need to be who we are. We know that we have a lot of weapons all over the field. We just need to reach our potential each and every week.

"We just need to go out there and play fundamentally sound football and I have no doubt our defense is going to be really good again this year and we just got to do our jobs. There's no pressure on anyone but to be ourselves and to play good football."

Additionally, Tate recognizes that Suh was a game-changing player for the Lions, but he likes the addition of Haloti Ngata.

"Obviously, losing Suh is a big hit," Tate said. "I don't care what team you are, he's the guy that can change the game. Change an opposing offense's game plan. He affects the game so much. But with that being said, I'm thankful to have [had] the opportunity to play with him for a year and be a part of something special. But the show must go on.

"The guy we got, [Haloti] Ngata, is a heck of a player. I think it's a good pickup for us. I know he has a past with coach Caldwell so he knows the ins and outs of the system, probably. But we're ready to move forward. We can't live in the past and football season must still go on. We're preparing to have a great year and build from last year."

The 26-year-old stated that he plans on focusing on the intricacies of the offensive playbook heading into this season.

"One thing I really want to focus on is learning the playbook a little bit better," Tate said. "I felt like I knew it for the most part, but details, running the plays exactly how Joe Lombardi draws them up, could help us win more games and create more opportunities for myself and our team."

Tate finished his first season with the Lions catching 99 passes for 1,331 yards and four touchdowns.

Ryan Broyles
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The Lions are not yet giving up on wide receiver Ryan Broyles, who has been hampered in his career by knee and Achilles injuries. 

“I think he’s a guy you have a lot of respect for because he’s had three major injuries and fought his way back,’’ Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said Tuesday, per The Oakland Press. “When he’s been in there he’s been productive. We’re excited to see where he is now after a full season of not coming back from an injury. He’s had a full year to be healthy we’re excited to see what he does in the offseasaon.’’

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.

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Knee - Questionable for start of training camp
James Ihedigbo
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Lions strong safety James Ihedigbo has reported to OTAs and will likely attend minicamp despite his stated desire for a new contract, the Detroit News is reporting.

Ihedigbo was the lone Lion to skip voluntary workouts last month. But general manager Martin Mayhew expressed understanding about his absence given the contract situation.

The 31-year-old Ihedigbo has been a starter in the NFL since 2009. He racked up 59 tackles and a career-high four interceptions in his first season with Detroit in 2014.

Jeremy Ross
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Wide receiver and kick returner Jeremy Ross has signed his exclusive right tender with the Lions, the team has announced.

Ross, a four-year NFL veteran, started 13 of the Lions' 16 games last year and caught 32 passes for 284 yards.
Theo Riddick
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Even though the Lions are considering drafting a running back, the team will depend on Joique Bell and Theo Riddick for a large portion of the running game this season.

GM Joe Lombardi called the veteran tandem a "work in progress".

"Joique we love. He's a tough guy. Runs hard. Just keeping him healthy will be key," Lombardi said, per NFL.com. "I'm very excited for Theo (Riddick) and have been since I first got here. I think we're going to see great things from him."

 

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Dan Orlovsky
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The Lions have re-signed quarterback Dan Orlovsky to a one-year deal, per the team's website.

Orlovsky will return to a backup role behind starter Matthew Stafford. Originally drafted by the Lions in the fifth round of the 2005 draft, Orlovsky has attempted 472 career passes. He's made 12 starts in his career, with seven coming for the Lions in 2008 and five for the Colts in 2011.

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Torrian Wilson
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Ashlee Palmer
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Free agent linebacker Ashlee Palmer is frustrated that he hasn't generated much interest since his contract with the Lions expired in February. 

Palmer sent a series of tweets, complaining about the fact that he's still unsigned. 

"Wow! Maybe I should have attended the Veteran's Combine," he wrote, then added, "A productive player for 6 years in multiple roles... STILL NOT SIGNED!! LOL."

Palmer has not missed a game in five years with the Lions. He has 12 tackles, one and a half sacks and two pass defenses last year. 

Eric Ebron
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Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said that tight end Eric Ebron has been working out with quarterback Matthew Stafford in Atlanta this offseason, reports the Detroit News. Lombardi also said that the plan is to have Ebron be the No. 3 weapon in the passing game this year.

Ebron, 21, finished his rookie season with 25 catches for 248 yards and one touchdown. 

"Listen, there's a big learning curve, obviously, for any rookie. And the tight end position is one that requires a lot," Lombardi said, per MLive.com. "As you look back, if you're self critical, maybe we asked a little too much from him from that perspective. I think there was just a volume that he struggled with early.

"But, listen, he was productive, and for anybody the second year is always where you see the biggest jump."

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.

Desmond Martin
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The Lions have announced the signing of free agent running back Desmond Martin after an impressive tryout.

Martin rushed for 1,578 yards last season at Wayne State. He finished his college career fourth in school history in career yards with 2,791 and seventh with 24 touchdowns.

He can talk all about that with fellow Wayne State standout and Lions backfield mate Joique Bell.

Nathan Lindsey
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Andrew Peacock
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The Lions filled their entire 10-man practice squad, signing guard Rodney Austin, tight end Michael Egnew, fullback Emil Igwenagu, safety Nate Ness, receiver Andrew Peacock, defensive tackle Xavier Proctor, cornerback Mohammed Seisay, linebacker Julian Stanford, offensive tackle Michael Williams and running back George Winn.
Dominic Raiola
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By releasing veteran Dominic Raiola earlier this offseason, the Lions appear ready to hand the starting center job over to Travis Swanson.

The Lions selected Swanson in the third round of the 2014 NFL draft out of Arkansas.

“I know that nothing’s guaranteed,” Swanson told the Lions' official website. “As far as my mindset, that wasn’t something I was going to think about. Yes, that’s how it looks on paper, but you can’t be settled on that, especially early in the year.”

Swanson did get some playing time this year at right guard due to an in-season injury to Larry Warford. Swanson started at center in the regular-season finale against Green Bay after Raiola was suspended for stomping on Bears defensive lineman Ego Ferguson's leg.

Josh Bynes
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The Lions have re-signed linebacker Josh Bynes.

The team declined to tender Bynes a restricted free-agent offer in February, but he'll be back with the team in 2015. The linebacker recorded 18 tackles and one interception in 13 games in 2014.

Darryl Tapp
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The Lions have re-signed defensive end Darryl Tapp, according to Jeff Katzenstein of the Detroit News, citing NFLPA data.

Tapp was scheduled to become a free agent on March 10. He reportedly signed for the minimum salary, which is $870,000 for veterans. He made $855,000 last season. 

Tapp had 17 tackles, half a sack and two pass defenses in his first year with the Lions, last season. He's been in the NFL since 2006, with the Seahawks, Eagles and Redskins. 

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.
Jarred Haggins
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Roy Philon
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The Steelers announced their final round of cuts to trim the roster to 53 players Saturday, as they parted ways with 22 players.

The Steelers released defensive backs Isaiah Green, Dayonne Nunley, Shaquille Richardson and Ross Ventrone, linebackers Chris Carter, Howard Jones and Dan Molls, and defensive linemen Ethan Hemer, Josh Mauro, Roy Philon and Nick Williams on the defensive side of the ball. On offense, the team cut tight ends Rob Blanchflower, Bryce Davis and David Paulson, running backs Josh Harris and Stephen Houston, wide receivers Derek Moye and Lanear Sampson, offensive linemen Graham Pocic, Will Simmons and Guy Whimper, and quarter Brendon Kay.

Ameer Abdullah
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The Lions have signed second-round pick Ameer Abdullah to his rookie contract, the team announced on Wednesday.

Abdullah, a running back out of Nebraska, ran for 3,301 yards and 28 touchdowns in his last two seasons in college.

Larry Webster
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The Lions have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Cowboys: guard Larry Warford (knee), defensive tackles Nick Fairley (knee) and Caraun Reid, defensive back Josh Thomas, wide receiver Ryan Broyles, defensive end Larry Webster and quarterback Kellen Moore.

Fairley was deemed doubtful to play Sunday on the team's final injury report, while Warford had been ruled out for the Wild Card game. Travis Swanson will draw the start at guard in Warford's absence. The Lions had three players listed as probable to play and all are active.

Detroit is a 6-point underdog in Dallas for Sunday's playoff game.

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