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
94Ansah, Ezekiel DE6-62785/29/19893Brigham Young
74Austin, Rodney G6-431112/4/19881Elon
35Bell, Joique RB5-112298/4/19865Wayne State (Mich.)
28Bentley, Bill CB5-101885/16/19894Louisiana-Lafayette
60Boggs, Taylor C6-32852/20/19873Humboldt State
84Broyles, Ryan WR5-101954/9/19884Oklahoma
26Butler, Crezdon CB6-11915/26/19876Clemson
57Bynes, Josh LB6-12408/24/19894Auburn
26Carey, Don SS5-112082/14/19877Norfolk State
68Cave, Braxston C6-33057/29/19891Notre Dame
98Cudjo, Jermelle DT6-23049/28/19864Central Oklahoma
18Dawson, Skye WR5-918312/2/19902Texas Christian
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
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
81Johnson, Calvin WR6-52369/29/19859Georgia Tech
93Johnson, George (FA) DE6-426312/11/19874Rutgers
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
77Lucas, Cornelius T6-93257/18/19912Kansas State
6Martin, Sam P6-12102/27/19903Appalachian State
31Mathis, Rashean CB6-11958/27/198013Bethune-Cookman
17Moore, Kellen QB6-02007/12/19894Boise State
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
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
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
97Reid, Caraun DT6-230511/23/19912Princeton
71Reiff, Riley T6-631312/1/19884Iowa
25Riddick, Theo RB5-92005/4/19913Notre Dame
12Ross, Jeremy WR6-02153/16/19883California
39Seisay, Mohammed DB6-22005/22/19902Nebraska
67Sims, Rob (FA) G6-331212/6/198310Ohio State
23Slay, Darius CB6-11921/1/19913Mississippi State
9Stafford, Matthew QB6-32342/7/19887Georgia
49Stanford, Julian LB6-12309/2/19903Wagner
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 DB5-111855/3/19895Buffalo
82Thompson, Jordan TE6-42487/12/19891Ohio U.
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
38Winn, George RB5-1121511/10/19902Cincinnati
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Detroit6-5310.76-4285.925.92134
 
 
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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
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said that the team would "love" to bring back guard Rob Sims, per the Detroit News.

"We've been in contact with Rob, and we've had some dialogue with him about a contract," Mayhew told local reporters at the NFL annual meetings at the Arizona Biltmore resort.

Sims came out and stated that the feeling is mutual about returning to the team.

"We would love to be back," Sims said in February, speaking about his wife. "We built a life here…. We want to be able to finish our work here that we started with this. We have businesses here. We've played good ball here.

"If (my career) stopped tomorrow, Detroit would have a huge place in my heart because of the things we've been able to do here. We would love to finish what we started."

The 31-year-old is entering his 10th season in the NFL, five of which have been with the Lions.

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.
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.

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
The Lions put cornerback Nevin Lawson (dislocated toes) on injured reserve, signed cornerback Danny Gorrer and promoted linebacker Julian Stanford from the practice squad.
Injury
Toes - IR. Out for season
Riley Reiff
News
The Lions have not decided whether they will exercise the fifth-year option on tackle Riley Reiff's contract, reports the team's official website.

"I'm not going to get into that right now," Mayhew said. "I haven't made a final determination on how that process is going to go."

Reiff was drafted in 2012 and will become a free agent after the 2015 season if the option is not utilized by May 3.

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
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is just one of five quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards. However, since he accomplished the feat in 2011, his passing yards have declined each season.

Stafford passed for 4,257 yards and attempted 602 passes in 2014 -- his first year under coach Jim Caldwell. While at the NFL owners' meetings in Phoenix this week, Caldwell said it's probably safe not to expect Stafford's numbers to change much in 2015.

"Here's the thing I want to make certain you guys understand, and see what I see just in terms of my vision," Caldwell said, per MLive.com. "When I tell you we're not going to throw the ball anymore than we threw it, that's a fact. We're probably not going to throw it (more).

"If we do throw it more, that means we're struggling, we're not winning, we're not a very good football team. OK? Plain and simple. Maybe that ball's got to be distributed a little bit differently, but I don't anticipate those numbers changing, overall, a significant amount."

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.
Injury
Quadriceps - IR. Out for season
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.
Skye Dawson
News
The Buccaneers waived or released 12 players: receivers Tommy Streeter, Skye Dawson and Eric Page, quarterback Alex Tanney, fullback Ian Thompson, long snapper Jeremy Cain, guard R.J. Mattes, defensive end Chaz Sutton, defensive end Ryne Giddins, defensive tackle Euclid Cummings and offensive linemen Jace Daniels and Jason Foster.
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 released their Week 13 injury report Wednesday, and announced they will play Thursday against the Bears without defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee) and guard Larry Warford.

Running back Reggie Bush (ankle, back) is listed as questionable for a third straight week. However, he told reporters he expects to play, according to MLive.com. Bush also said the same thing leading up to Week 12 before sitting out.

Tackle Riley Reiff (knee) is also listed as questionable, while Ezekiel Ansah (elbow), safety James Ihedigbo (knee), wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle), defensive end George Johnson (foot), cornerback Rashean Mathis (ankle) and safety Glover Quin (back) are all listed as probable.

Crezdon Butler
News
The Buccaneers announced they released cornerback Crezdon Butler. He played in 14 games, making 11 tackles.
C.J. Mosley
News
The Lions have not been in contact with free agent defensive tackle C.J. Mosley's camp about a return next season, according to MLive.com.

Mosley, 31, started eight of 15 game last season, and finished with 26 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble. He along with Ndamukong Suh anchored the defensive line and helped Detroit's unit finish No. 1 against the run, and No. 2 in overall defense.

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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
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. 

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
The Lions have re-signed backup quarterback Kellen Moore to a two-year deal on Friday, per the Detroit Free Press. Moore completed 35 of 51 passes for 361 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in the preseason last year. The 25-year-old took a backseat to Matthew Stafford and did not see a regular-season snap in 2014.

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LaAdrian Waddle
News
Lions right tackle LaAdrian Waddle will undergo surgery on Friday to repair his partially torn right ACL, per the Detroit Free Press. Waddle suffered the injury in Week 15 and was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 17. Waddle will rehab in the offseason in hopes of being fully recovered by the start of the 2015 season.
Travis Swanson
News
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.

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
With Reggie Bush banged up for a good portion of the 2014 season, the Lions leaned on running back Joique Bell to pace the rushing attack, as he finished with a team-high 860 rushing yards.

Barring any offseason moves, the Lions could once again look to Bell as their feature back in 2015, especially since Bush is no longer on the roster following his release last week.

“I think we worked well together,” Bell told the team's official website of his relationship with Bush. “I think we proved our tandem our first season playing together when we made history. But I’m definitely ready to handle whatever the team needs me to do."

Bell, who has totaled 15 rushing touchdowns the last two seasons, had his best year as a pro in '14 and showed the football world he could handle a job as a feature back in the NFL.

“I think it was more so for the front office and for coaches to see that I could handle that,” he said. “It wasn’t for me as a player. I know what I can and can’t handle as a player. As far as me carrying the load, I know what I can and can’t do.

“I always knew I had the ability. It was just about getting the opportunity. I didn’t know when that opportunity would come. I just had to be patient and wait."

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
With linebacker DeAndre Levy already signed for the 2015 season, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said signing Levy to a long-term deal will have to wait, reports MLive.com.

The Lions are currently discussing a contract with Ndamukong Suh and Mayhew said the team needs to concentrate on getting that deal done before any other moves can be made.

"[A long-term extension for Levy] may make sense, it may not," Mayhew said. "I'm not opposed to it. I obviously want him to be here a long time, but, you know, we obviously have some other big fish in the pan right now."

Levy will be a free agent after the 2015 season and Mayhew said he wants to keep Levy with the Lions.

"He's been outstanding, should have been in the Pro Bowl," Mayhew said. "He's one of the best 4-3 outside linebackers in the NFL, without question. You want to keep guys like that."

Rodney Austin
News
Only two injured players dot the inactive list released Sunday by the Lions for their clash against Chicago. They are defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee) and cornerback Mohammed Seisay (hamstring).

The healthy scratches are quarterback Kellen Moore, defensive end Larry Webster, wideout Ryan Broyles, defensive tackle Caraun Reid and offensive lineman Rodney Austin.

Cornelius Lucas
News
Lions coach Jim Caldwell said doctors are still evaluating the knee injury suffered by right tackle LaAdrian Waddle, but it appears he'll need surgery, reports the Detroit News. Waddle partially tore his right ACL, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The team placed him on IR and will go with undrafted rookie Cornelius Lucas on Sunday at Chicago.

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.

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.

Haloti Ngata
News
With Reggie Bush likely out of the picture, new Lions defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said in an interview on WXYT-FM in Detroit that he'd be open to having former teammate Ray Rice join him in Detroit.

"I've never hung out with him off-field, but he’s a great guy," Ngata said. "He's a great guy on the field, in the locker room. He's a great community guy. He does a lot for the community, and so of course I think he would be a great addition to this team. I love playing with him, I trusted him. You feel bad for his situation. You just hope nothing but the best for him."

Rice was suspended indefinitely by the league due to an altercation with his then-fiancee. An arbitrator overturned that suspension, and he reportedly received $1.6 million in wrongful termination case after he was released by the Ravens. The 28-year-old spent his first six years with the Ravens, and produced four straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons before running for 660 yards and averaging a career-low 3.1 yards per carry in 2013.

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Brandon Pettigrew
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.

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.

Injury
Ankle - IR. Out for season.
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
The Lions confirmed cornerback Bill Bentley has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season, reports the Detroit Free Press. Bentley suffered the injury Monday against the Giants.
Injury
Knee - IR. Out for season
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
News
Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) is active for Sunday's Wild Card matchup with the Cowboys after being listed as probable for the game on the team's final injury report.

Johnson was fully expected to be available and will serve as the team's top receiving threat in the playoff game. Defensive ends Ezekiel Ansah (toe) and Darryl Tapp (not injury related) are also active after being listed as probable to play. The Lions will be without two injured players Sunday: defensive tackle Nick Fairley and guard Larry Warford.

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

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. 

Caraun Reid
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.

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
Lions rookie wideout T.J. Jones will stay on the PUP list for the rest of the season after his 21-day practice window expired Monday, reports the Detroit News. Jones was unable to make a full comeback from preseason shoulder surgery.
Injury
Shoulder - PUP. Out indefinitely
Golden Tate
News
The Lions' Golden Tate was used strictly as a receiver during the regular season last year before returning a punt against the Cowboys in Detroit's playoff loss. Coach Jim Caldwell suggested Tate might get more opportunities as a punt returner in 2015.

"I suspect at some point in time he's going to play a role in that area for us," Caldwell told MLive.com.

Playing for Seattle in 2013, Tate had eight punt returns of at least 20 yards. Lions punt returner Jeremy Ross had just three such returns last season, and he fumbled four times.

Ryan Broyles
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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.

Stephen Tulloch
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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.

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Knee - IR. Out for season
James Ihedigbo
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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. 

Jeremy Ross
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The Lions' Golden Tate was used strictly as a receiver during the regular season last year before returning a punt against the Cowboys in Detroit's playoff loss. Coach Jim Caldwell suggested Tate might get more opportunities as a punt returner in 2015.

"I suspect at some point in time he's going to play a role in that area for us," Caldwell told MLive.com.

Playing for Seattle in 2013, Tate had eight punt returns of at least 20 yards. Lions punt returner Jeremy Ross had just three such returns last season, and he fumbled four times.

Theo Riddick
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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.

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.

Ashlee Palmer
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The Lions have cleared all their probables for their Sunday game against Chicago, including premier wideout Calvin Johnson (ankle). Among the other significant proables given the thumbs-up are linebacker Ashlee Palmer (quad) and guard Rob Sims (illness).

Eric Ebron
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Lions general manager Martin Mayhew isn't down on tight end Eric Ebron, despite the rookie failing to meet expectations. Ebron caught 25 passes for 248 yards and a touchdown after being selected 10th overall.

“I think he dealt with some typical rookie issues in learning the offense,” Mayhew told the team's website. “I think he got a lot better as the season went on, even after the hamstring (which forced him to miss three games).

“It may have calmed him down a little bit and I think he played better later in the year. Certainly I would expect better production next year. He’s certainly capable, he certainly has the ability. I think he’s going to be better the second year in our offense. I think a lot of our players are going to be better the second year in our offense and think he’s one of them. I do expect more from him.”

Ebron was targeted 46 times, and he had four drops.

George Johnson
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The Lions gave restricted free agent defensive lineman George Johnson an original round tender, worth $1.54 million, for the 2015 season. The team also announced the exclusive rights tender for wide receiver Jeremy Ross on Friday, per the team's official website.

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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.

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. 

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.
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.

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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