Detroit Lions

Stadium: Ford Field | Coach: Jim Caldwell
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense6th112.0 (18th)280.1 (5th)
Defense16th99.8 (5th)246.9 (23rd)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
42Abdul-Quddus, Isa FS6-12058/3/19894Fordham
2Akers, David (FA) K5-1020012/9/197417Louisville
94Ansah, Ezekiel DE6-52715/29/19892Brigham Young
74Austin, Rodney G6-431112/4/19881Elon
35Bell, Joique RB5-112208/4/19864Wayne State (Mich.)
28Bentley, Bill CB5-101765/16/19893Louisiana-Lafayette
56Brown, Kourtnei LB6-42534/17/19881Clemson
84Broyles, Ryan WR5-101884/9/19883Oklahoma
21Bush, Reggie RB6-02033/2/19859USC
32Carey, Don SS5-111922/14/19876Norfolk State
45Collins, Jed RB6-12553/3/19864Washington State
82Dickerson, Dorin WR6-12263/31/19884Pittsburgh
18Durham, Kris WR6-62163/17/19884Georgia
83Edwards, Pat WR5-917510/25/19882Houston
98Fairley, Nick DT6-42981/23/19884Auburn
80Fauria, Joseph TE6-72551/16/19902UCLA
96Fluellen, Andre DT6-23023/7/19856Florida State
10Fuller, Corey WR6-21966/23/19901Virginia Tech
65Gandy, Dylan (FA) C6-32953/8/198210Texas Tech
24Gomes, DeJon DB6-020111/17/19894Nebraska
36Green, Jonte CB6-01847/19/19893New Mexico State
33Greenwood, Chris CB6-11937/10/19893Albion
53Greenwood, Cory LB6-22356/5/19855Concordia (Quebec)
64Harris, Leroy (FA) C6-33036/6/19848North Carolina State
57Hepburn, Brandon ILB6-423512/6/19891Florida A&M
78Hilliard, Corey T6-63004/26/19856Oklahoma State
23Houston, Chris CB5-1117810/18/19848Arkansas
32Ihedigbo, James DB6-121412/3/19838Massachusetts
69Irvin, Corvey DT6-22955/3/19854Georgia
81Johnson, Calvin WR6-52369/29/19858Georgia Tech
91Jones, Jason DE6-52765/23/19867Eastern Michigan
62Keyton, Darren C6-33056/15/1990RCentral Michigan
25Leshoure, Mikel RB6-02333/30/19904Illinois
54Levy, DeAndre OLB6-22383/26/19876Wisconsin
50Lewis, Travis LB6-22221/15/19883Oklahoma
90Martin, Vaughn DT6-43004/18/19866Western Ontario (Canada)
6Martin, Sam P6-12052/27/19902Appalachian State
31Mathis, Rashean (FA) CB6-11958/27/198011Bethune-Cookman
52McIntosh, Rocky (FA) LB6-224211/15/19829Miami (Fla.)
40Miller, Steven RB5-71723/23/19911Appalachian State
17Moore, Kellen QB6-01977/12/19893Boise State
49Morgan, Jon LB6-123312/22/1989RAlbany
99Mosley, C.J. DT6-23108/6/198310Missouri
48Muhlbach, Don (FA) LS6-42658/17/198111Texas A&M
11Ogletree, Kevin WR6-11988/5/19876Virginia
6Orlovsky, Dan QB6-52308/18/198310Connecticut
34Owens, Montell RB5-102255/4/19849Maine
47Owusu-Ansah, Akwasi WR6-02104/10/19883Indiana (PA)
58Palmer, Ashlee OLB6-12364/7/19866Mississippi
87Pettigrew, Brandon TE6-52652/23/19856Oklahoma State
1Potter, John K6-12191/24/19902Western Michigan
69Proctor, Xavier DT6-627211/1/19901North Carolina Central
27Quin, Glover SS6-02091/15/19866New Mexico
51Raiola, Dominic C6-129512/30/197814Nebraska
71Reiff, Riley T6-631312/1/19883Iowa
41Riddick, Theo RB5-92005/4/19912Notre Dame
12Ross, Jeremy WR6-02153/16/19882California
63Saddler-McQueen, Jimmy DT6-22998/4/19872Texas A&M - Kingsville
79Shugarts, J.B. T6-630510/26/19891Ohio State
67Sims, Rob G6-331212/6/19839Ohio State
30Slay, Darius CB6-01921/1/19912Mississippi State
15Spurlock, Micheal (FA) WR5-112101/31/19838Mississippi
9Stafford, Matthew QB6-32322/7/19886Georgia
57Stanford, Julian LB6-12309/2/19902Wagner
90Suh, Ndamukong DT6-43071/6/19875Nebraska
54Tapp, Darryl DE6-12709/13/19849Virginia Tech
81Tate, Golden WR5-102028/2/19885Notre Dame
7Tavecchio, Giorgio K5-101827/16/1990RCalifornia
92Taylor, Devin DE6-726711/15/19892South Carolina
55Tulloch, Stephen MLB5-112401/1/19859North Carolina State
32Vaughn, Cassius DB5-1119911/3/19875Mississippi
85Veldman, Matt TE6-72558/12/19882North Dakota State
66Waddle, LaAdrian T6-63217/21/19912Texas Tech
75Warford, Larry G6-33337/18/19912Kentucky
29Wendling, John (FA) FS6-12226/4/19838Wyoming
59Whitehead, Tahir LB6-22284/2/19903Temple
89Williams, Michael TE6-62709/8/19902Alabama
1Wilson, Cody WR5-91913/5/19911Central Michigan
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Detroit6-4313.66-3288.925.82235
 
 
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Position Listing
Kris Durham
News
The Lions tendered exclusive rights free agent offers to receiver Kris Durham, kick returner Jeremy Ross, linebacker Julian Stanford, cornerback Chris Greenwood and tight end Matt Veldman. Durham caught 38 passes for 490 yards and two touchdowns last season, while Ross averaged 29.3 yards on kickoff returns and 16.2 yards on punt returns.
Rob Sims
News
Lions G Rob Sims is probable Week 5 against the Packers.

Sims has been dealing with a shoulder injury. He was limited in practice both Wednesday and Thursday, but was able to return Friday.

Steven Miller
News
The Lions signed receivers Pat Edwards, Corey Fuller, Carlin Isles and Cody Wilson, running back Steven Miller, linebacker Jon Morgan, kickers John Potter and Giorgio Tavecchio, and defensive tackles Xavier Proctor and Jimmy Saddler-McQueen to reserve/futures contracts. 
Corey Hilliard
News
With Jason Fox headed to free agency, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he'd feel "very comfortable with LaAdrian Waddle and Corey Hilliard as his right tackles in 2014. Waddle started eight games last year after going undrafted out of Texas Tech.

“They both played really good football for us last year," Mayhew told the team's website of Waddle and Hilliard.

The website notes the Lions have more pressing needs at receiver and in the secondary.

Jonte Green
News
The Lions have made QB Kellen Moore, CB Chris Houston, CB Bill Bentley, CB Jonte Green, OL Dylan Gandy, OL LaAdrian Waddle and WR Calvin Johnson inactive Week 17.

Johnson is not going to play through a knee injury. Houston and Bentley came into the week listed as doubtful. 

Michael Williams
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Lions tight end Michael Williams had surgery Monday to repair a broken right hand, reports MLive.com. Williams' agent, Bradley Byrne, said the rookie's injury is considered minor and he is expected back "in a few weeks."
Montell Owens
News
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said the team might keep both fullbacks currently on the roster: Jed Collins and Montell Owens

"Montell can play fullback, but Montell is sort of a tweener halfback/fullback guy," Mayhew told MLive.com. "Obviously Jed, he's a hammering fullback. I've seen him play fullback on some run downs and short-yardage situations, he can play some special teams for you in some other situations. So they're really two different types of players.

"There's a way where you keep both of them, so we'll see how it all plays out."

Brandon Hepburn
News
The Lions made several more cuts Saturday in an effort to pare down their roster to 53 players. The following players were released: OL Rodney Austin; OL Xavier Proctor; LB Brandon Hepburn; CB Ron Bartell; P Blake Clingan; WR Matt Willis; S Tyrell Johnson; RB Steven Miller; and OL Jake Scott
Jason Jones
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Lions defensive end Jason Jones, who ruptured his patellar tendon in Week 3 last season, told MLive.com he'll be ready for OTAs. Jones produced at least three sacks in each of his first five seasons.
Kevin Ogletree
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The Lions have re-signed receiver Kevin Ogletree to a one-year deal, reports Pro Football Talk.

Ogletree had 21 catches for 269 yards and two touchdowns in 2013.

Riley Reiff
News
The Lions could be down two starting tackles Sunday against the Cowboys. Jason Fox (knee) and Riley Reiff (hamstring) are both questionable for the game.
Chris Greenwood
News
The Lions tendered exclusive rights free agent offers to receiver Kris Durham, kick returner Jeremy Ross, linebacker Julian Stanford, cornerback Chris Greenwood and tight end Matt Veldman. Durham caught 38 passes for 490 yards and two touchdowns last season, while Ross averaged 29.3 yards on kickoff returns and 16.2 yards on punt returns.
DeJon Gomes
News
Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett surprised everyone Thursday by saying rookie DeJon Gomes will start the rest of the season at strong safety. Current starter LaRon Landry has been hampered by groin and Achilles' problems.
Isa Abdul-Quddus
News
The Lions have signed safety Isa Abdul-Quddus, formerly with the Saints, to a one-year deal worth just under $700,000. 

The former Fordham student has 74 total tackles, nine passes defensed and a pair of interceptions to go with three forced fumbles over three years. 

Matthew Stafford
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Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford ranked 30th last year with a 58.5 percent completion rate. New coach Jim Caldwell is focused on raising that number significantly.

"Every single time you throw, you throw at a target," Caldwell said, per MLive.com. "I'm trying to hit your right ear, I'm trying to hit your left shoulder. Every single time, even when you're warming up. You work on your accuracy just constantly and you look at small targets. That's what gets you accustomed to being able to pinpoint your accuracy."

Caldwell said Stafford can be much more precise."He has the ability to do that," Caldwell said. "But the key is to be able to do it more consistently. That's what we're always striving for."

Vaughn Martin
News
The Lions signed Vaughn Martin, formerly of the Dolphins, in hopes he can be the fourth defensive tackle behind Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and C.J. Mosley, reports the team's website. Martin played in three games for Miami last season before suffering a hernia injury.
Julian Stanford
News
The Lions tendered exclusive rights free agent offers to receiver Kris Durham, kick returner Jeremy Ross, linebacker Julian Stanford, cornerback Chris Greenwood and tight end Matt Veldman. Durham caught 38 passes for 490 yards and two touchdowns last season, while Ross averaged 29.3 yards on kickoff returns and 16.2 yards on punt returns.
Mikel Leshoure
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Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he has "zero interest" in trading running back Mikel Leshoure, reports the Detroit Free Press. Leshoure played in just three games last year, running twice for 9 yards.
Travis Lewis
News
Lions linebacker Travis Lewis said his suspension for the final four games resulted from his taking Adderall, a potent amphetamine, reports MLive.com. However, Lewis said he thought he was taking caffeine pills.

"Big mistake," he told the website. "Don't ever trust a friend that gives you something like that."

Xavier Proctor
News
The Lions signed receivers Pat Edwards, Corey Fuller, Carlin Isles and Cody Wilson, running back Steven Miller, linebacker Jon Morgan, kickers John Potter and Giorgio Tavecchio, and defensive tackles Xavier Proctor and Jimmy Saddler-McQueen to reserve/futures contracts. 
Tahir Whitehead
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The Lions drafted three cornerbacks and three linebackers in April's draft, all of them with picks in Round 3 or later. The three cornerbacks are Louisiana-Lafayette's Dwight Bentley, Albion's Chris Greenwood and New Mexico State's Jonte Green. The linebackers are Oklahoma's Ronnell Lewis (who might play some defensive end), Temple's Tahir Whitehead and Oklahoma's Travis Lewis. Bentley's a tough, physical cornerback who might compete for a roster spot while Greenwood and Green's speed should help them land some work on special teams. Ronnell Lewis will definitely work on special teams and might move into a role as a pass rusher for the Lions as a defensive lineman while Travis Lewis is a tackling machine. Whitehead has good skills and can work in pass coverage as an outside linebacker.
Darren Keyton
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Rashean Mathis
News
The Lions with sign veteran cornerback Rashean Mathis to a one-year deal, ESPN reported Monday. Mathis started 13 games last year for the Lions. 
Glover Quin
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Lions safety Glover Quin had a small surgical procedure to relieve pain in his ankle, reports the team's official website.

Quin said the surgery was minor, but he said he needed to procedure because the ankle wasn't getting any better. Quin played all 16 games for the Lions in 2013 and finished with 57 tackles (44 solo), three interceptions and two sacks.

C.J. Mosley
News
Accusation from three unnamed teammates that Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh displayed insubordination against former coach Jim Schwartz have been refuted by fellow lineman C.J. Mosley.

"Suh wasn't late to one meeting, or have any outbursts, or show any dominance over the head coach," Mosley wrote in an email to Michigan Live. "From what I've seen, they had a very good relationship. Not one argument, blowup, or even an incident where he disrespected the head coach. He's nowhere near a monster."

The claims against Suh by the players were imparted to former NFL fullback Heath Evans, who relayed them to a Detroit radio station.

Don Carey
News
The Lions have signed strong safety Don Carey to a three-year extension that includes an $800,000 signing bonus, per the Detroit Free Press. Carey played in 14 games and started three of the last seven.
Darius Slay
News
Lions cornerback Darius Slay was inconsistent as a rookie but the team is counting on him as a starter in 2014, according to the team's website. 

“He has a lot of work to do,” general manager Martin Mayhew said. “I think he’s up to the challenge. He finished up strong for us the last half of the season. I’m looking forward to seeing him this season.”

The Lions are expected to play more aggressive, man-to-man coverage under new coordinator Teryl Austin, a style that suits Slay's strengths, the report said.

Giorgio Tavecchio
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The Lions signed receivers Pat Edwards, Corey Fuller, Carlin Isles and Cody Wilson, running back Steven Miller, linebacker Jon Morgan, kickers John Potter and Giorgio Tavecchio, and defensive tackles Xavier Proctor and Jimmy Saddler-McQueen to reserve/futures contracts. 
Andre Fluellen
News
The Lions have re-signed defensive tackle Andre Fluellen, who played as a non-starter for 13 games last season and made just three tackles. He has been a backup throughout his career.
Kellen Moore
News
Lions coach Jim Caldwell said "all options are open" when it comes to finding a backup quarterback. Shaun Hill signed with the Rams, leaving only Kellen Moore behind Matthew Stafford.

Moore has not appeared in a regular-season game, and it's unclear if he has a legitimate shot at the No. 2 job.

“We keep looking and we could certainly address it a number of different ways, and all options are open at this time,” Caldwell said, per the Detroit Free Press.

Signing Dan Orlovsky is one possibility. He started seven games for the Lions from 2005-08.

Dorin Dickerson
News
The Lions have placed tight end Dorin Dickerson on I.R.

Dickerson admitted to hiding a concussion earlier this week. The team signed Matt Veldman to the active roster in order to replace Dickerson.

LaAdrian Waddle
News
With Jason Fox headed to free agency, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he'd feel "very comfortable with LaAdrian Waddle and Corey Hilliard as his right tackles in 2014. Waddle started eight games last year after going undrafted out of Texas Tech.

“They both played really good football for us last year," Mayhew told the team's website of Waddle and Hilliard.

The website notes the Lions have more pressing needs at receiver and in the secondary.

Pat Edwards
News
The Lions signed receivers Pat Edwards, Corey Fuller, Carlin Isles and Cody Wilson, running back Steven Miller, linebacker Jon Morgan, kickers John Potter and Giorgio Tavecchio, and defensive tackles Xavier Proctor and Jimmy Saddler-McQueen to reserve/futures contracts. 
Nick Fairley
News
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew told MLive.com the team won't exercise the $5.5 million option on defensive tackle Nick Fairley for 2015. The announcement was designed as motivation, with Mayhew saying he wants a "juiced up" Fairley this season.

Fairley did not control his weight late last year and finished with 36 tackles, six sacks and two forced fumbles.

Joique Bell
News
It continues to appear that the Lions will use more of Joique Bell and less of Reggie Bush in 2014, reports the Detroit Free Press.

New Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi on Monday said both running backs have the chance to play a lot.

"I see these guys kind of having a split role and both being very productive," Lombardi said.

Both Bush and Bell totaled over 1,100 yards last year, with Bush getting 1,006 rush yards and 506 receiving yards. Bell had 650 rush yards and 547 receiving yards. Both had over 50 catches. 

Bell did his damage on 166 carries while Bush had 223.

Cassius Vaughn
News
The Lions signed cornerback Cassius Vaughn to a one-year deal, reports the Detroit Free Press. He had 30 tackles, six pass breakups, three interceptions and a forced fumble in part-time duty with the Colts last year.
DeAndre Levy
News
The Lions have ruled Louis Delmas (knee), DeAndre Levy (foot), Darius Slay (knee) and John Wendling (ankle) active for Sunday's game against the Giants in Week 16. Slay was the biggest surprise among the injured players, as he was originally ruled doubtful for the game on Friday.
Rodney Austin
News
The Lions have ruled Kellen Moore, Brandon Pettigrew, Mikel Leshoure, Chris Houston, Rashean Mathis, Leroy Harris and Rodney Austin inactive for Sunday's home game against the Giants in Week 16.
Micheal Spurlock
News
The Lions claimed receiver/returner Micheal Spurlock off waivers from the Cowboys, reports the Detroit Free Press. Spurlock was with Detroit earlier this season.
Leroy Harris
News
The Lions released backup guard/center Leroy Harris, reports the National Football Post. The move saved Detroit $1.95 million.
Brandon Pettigrew
News
Under new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew anticipates more passes thrown his way. He had 41 catches last season, a big drop from the 71 and 83 receptions he made in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

“I think these guys kind of want to open up the game a little bit more,” Pettigrew told the team's website after re-signing with Detroit for $16 million over four years. “Spread the ball out a little bit more and try to get the tight ends the ball.

“Knowing what (Lombardi) is coming from (New Orleans), the expectation is that balls will be coming my way a little bit more. It sounds fun. It sounds exciting.“

Pettigrew, however, will continue to do a lot of blocking in the running game.

Corey Fuller
News
Everyone knows the Lions are in the market for receivers to help out Calvin Johnson. They might have one on their roster who could surprise, according to general manager Martin Mayhew.

Corey Fuller, last year's sixth-round pick, spent his entire rookie season on the practice squad. He ran track at Virginia Tech and is a big target at 6-2, 204 pounds. “He’s really improved since we’ve had him,” Mayhew told the Detroit Free Press.

“His big thing is going to be a need to get stronger in the weight room. I think he’s worked very hard at that, and I think another year in the offseason program is really going to benefit him quite a bit. So I’m looking forward to seeing him.”

Jed Collins
News
The Lions signed free agent fullback Jed Collins, formerly of the Saints, to a one-year deal, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Joseph Fauria
News
Calling him a "unique, physical specimen," new Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he expects to see more from second-year tight end Joseph Fauria in 2014. Fauria made waves as a rookie last year catching seven touchdowns (including three in the same game) on just 18 catches. 

"We've got the tall guy who can get down in the goal line area we can do something with, but not only that, I think you'll see Joe's going to be pretty good out in the field, too," Caldwell said from the NFL Owners Meetings. "[T]here will be some things he can do every down, there will be some things, obviously, he can do on passing downs as well. ... Do I think that he's one of those guys you can put in a bunch of point-of-attack runs and heavy run-oriented situations? I think you're misusing him in terms of his talent level. I mean the guy is athletic, he can run, he can jump, and to take him and pidgeon hole him into one area, I think, would be unfair. I do think he's talented enough to play on every down but I do also think that he's a specialized talent that you have to make certain that you put him in the best possible position in order to be successful."

Fauria will battle for playing time this summer; the team re-signed fellow tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who might end up seeing far more playing time but not necessarily as many targets. 

Akwasi Owusu-Ansah
News
Saints coach Sean Payton said Tuesday the team waived three players. They were linebacker Eric Martin, wide receiver Tim Toone and defensive back Akwasi Owusu-Ansah.
Ndamukong Suh
News
Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley attended the first day of the team's voluntary conditioning program, while fellow defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh did not, reports MLive.com. With Detroit electing not to pick up Fairley's 2015 option, his presence Monday "is an early sign that the team's risky move has grabbed the defensive tackle's attention," the report said.

Suh's decision isn't big news, according to the website. "He's a workout warrior and consistently one of the league's best-conditioned players," the report said.

J.B. Shugarts
News
The Lions signed offensive tackle J.B. Shugarts, a 2012 undrafted free agent out of Ohio State who spent time with the Browns and Jets.
Dylan Gandy
News
The Lions have made QB Kellen Moore, CB Chris Houston, CB Bill Bentley, CB Jonte Green, OL Dylan Gandy, OL LaAdrian Waddle and WR Calvin Johnson inactive Week 17.

Johnson is not going to play through a knee injury. Houston and Bentley came into the week listed as doubtful. 

Cody Wilson
News
The Lions signed receivers Pat Edwards, Corey Fuller, Carlin Isles and Cody Wilson, running back Steven Miller, linebacker Jon Morgan, kickers John Potter and Giorgio Tavecchio, and defensive tackles Xavier Proctor and Jimmy Saddler-McQueen to reserve/futures contracts. 
Larry Warford
News
Lions guard Larry Warford played every offensive snap, did not allow a sack and was a strong run-blocker. For that, Pro Football Focus named him Offensive Rookie of the Year over higher-profile candidates like Eddie Lacy and Keenan Allen.

Warford plans to increase his flexibility and improve his body composition in the offseason, reports MLive.com. 

“It’s going to be so much easier,” Warford said. “I was really worried about, am I going to be good enough and am I going to be strong enough or whatever. I was really worried about that (last year). After testing the waters and testing my mettle against people, I feel comfortable going into this off-season that I know what I need to focus on this time, for sure.”

Bill Bentley
News
Lions cornerback Bill Bentley, a third-round pick in 2012, found a home as a slot corner this season and hopes to stay there under the new coaching staff, whenever it is named. Bentley played outside as a rookie.

"We’ll find out when the new coaches come in where they’d like me to be at, but I definitely love the inside," Bentley said. "That’s where my game is based at and I’m definitely comfortable on the inside. I think that’s where I can make my name in this league."

In 13 games this year, Bentley had 29 tackles and five passes defended.

Calvin Johnson
News
The Lions are interested in free agent receiver Golden Tate as a complement to Calvin Johnson, reports NFL Network. Tate has said he'd like to return to the Seahawks, but it's unclear if they've made him a substantial offer.
John Wendling
News
Lions S Louis Delmas, S John Wendling, OL Dylan Gandy, CB Chris Greenwood, CB Rashean Mathis and CB Darius Slay are probable Week 17.

Delmas has been playing through a knee injury all season. Mathis has an illness, but practiced in full all week.

David Akers
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Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said the team is not expected to bring back free agent kicker David Akers, reports the team's offical website.

Akers, 39, made just 19 of 24 field goals in 2013, which his lone year in Detroit.

Ezekiel Ansah
News
Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah underwent shoulder surgery but is expected to be ready for the start of next season, reports Lions Insider. Ansah had eight sacks in 14 games as a rookie.
Don Muhlbach
News
The Lions re-signed long snapper Don Muhlbach to a one-year deal, according to the team's website.
John Potter
News
The Lions signed receivers Pat Edwards, Corey Fuller, Carlin Isles and Cody Wilson, running back Steven Miller, linebacker Jon Morgan, kickers John Potter and Giorgio Tavecchio, and defensive tackles Xavier Proctor and Jimmy Saddler-McQueen to reserve/futures contracts. 
Jimmy Saddler-McQueen
News
The Lions signed receivers Pat Edwards, Corey Fuller, Carlin Isles and Cody Wilson, running back Steven Miller, linebacker Jon Morgan, kickers John Potter and Giorgio Tavecchio, and defensive tackles Xavier Proctor and Jimmy Saddler-McQueen to reserve/futures contracts. 
Kourtnei Brown
News
The Bills released defensive end Kourtnei Brown on Thursday, the official team website reported.
Rocky McIntosh
News
The Lions signed former Redskins and Rams linebacker Rocky McIntosh Wednesday. McIntosh recorded 44 tackles and one sack in 16 games for St. Louis last season.
Chris Houston
News
The Lions have made QB Kellen Moore, CB Chris Houston, CB Bill Bentley, CB Jonte Green, OL Dylan Gandy, OL LaAdrian Waddle and WR Calvin Johnson inactive Week 17.

Johnson is not going to play through a knee injury. Houston and Bentley came into the week listed as doubtful. 

Devin Taylor
News
Lions coach Jim Schwartz said rookie Devin Taylor will be asked to play a bigger role on defense after the team lost starting defensive end Jason Jones to a season-ending knee injury Sunday against the Redskins.

"We've got a lot of different ways (to replace Jones) and I think I said yesterday, we're going to lean on Devin Taylor, also there," Schwartz said at his Monday press conference, per MLive.com. "A lot of the same things we like about Jason, we like in Devin. He played well at times in preseason, but he needs to grow up quickly."

Taylor has been active for just one of three games. He played three snaps Week 2 against the Cardinals and had no stats.

"Taylor has shown some really good things," Schwartz said immediately after the Lions' win over the Redskins. "He's only been active for one game, but it will be his time to step up."

Sam Martin
News
The Lions have listed S John Wendling, S Louis Delmas and P Sam Martin as probable Week 16. 

Wendling has an ankle injury and was limited in practice Friday. Delmas has been dealing with a knee injury all year, but has played through it. Martin has been limited with a groin issue.

Golden Tate
News
New Lions receiver Golden Tate is pumped about leaving a run-first offense for the Lions' pass-oriented attack. Seattle ran the ball 55 percent or more of the time in three of Tate's four seasons there.

The Lions had a 60/40 pass-to-run ratio last season, and that was their most balanced in years, according to the team's website.

“For me it just made more sense to come here,” Tate said. “You know, I just see a ton of upside in the vision that this organization has and that I have. It’s all the same. I’m excited just to be a part of something special.

“Like I said, I’m leaving a run-heavy offense to a pass-happy offense, so that’s exciting. I get to play with one of the best to ever play the game, so I wanted to jump on that opportunity and I’m just excited.”

With Calvin Johnson lining up opposite him, Matthew Stafford throwing the passes, and Reggie Bush and Joique Bell in the backfield, Tate said he sees the Lions "opening it up everywhere. I think it’s going to be tough to stop us.”

Ryan Broyles
News
Lions receiver Ryan Broyles, who ruptured his Achilles tendon fielding a punt in late October, is participating in voluntary conditioning this week after gaining medical clearance, reports MLive.com. Broyles missed 16 games in his first two NFL seasons.

The next test is whether Broyles can join the Lions for on-field instruction starting April 22, the report said.

Injury
Achilles - Questionable for start of training camp
Stephen Tulloch
News
Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch totaled 10-plus tackles for the third time in four games Week 7 vs. Cincinnati. Tulloch had a team-high 12 tackles, which included a team-high nine solo tackles.

Tulloch had one tackle for loss and has 30 tackles through three October games.

James Ihedigbo
News
The Lions signed strong safety James Ihedigbo to a two-year contract on Monday, according to the his Twitter handle. 

Ihedigbo will be re-united with defensive coordinator Terry Austin. He is expected to replace Louis Delmas. Ihedigbo, 30, registered a career-high 101 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles.  

Jeremy Ross
News
The Lions tendered exclusive rights free agent offers to receiver Kris Durham, kick returner Jeremy Ross, linebacker Julian Stanford, cornerback Chris Greenwood and tight end Matt Veldman. Durham caught 38 passes for 490 yards and two touchdowns last season, while Ross averaged 29.3 yards on kickoff returns and 16.2 yards on punt returns.
Theo Riddick
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Lions running back Theo Riddick found the end zone for the first time in his career during Sunday's overtime loss to the Giants in Week 16.

Riddick only had two carries in the game, one of them was a 2-yard sprint for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. He finished with eight yards in a 23-20 defeat.

The Lions, already eliminated from the playoffs, will end the season at Minnesota in Week 17.
Dan Orlovsky
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Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky, who's back with the team after his 2005-08 stint, doesn't like to relive the 0-16 season in 2008. Orlovsky punctuated that debacle by running out the back of his own end zone for a safety.

“There’s not much I can say to unmask the things that happened or erase those things,” Orlovsky told the Detroit Free Press. “My personal aspect of it is I knew I played well. We were just not a good football team. Did I have a part of that? Sure. I wish I played better in certain spaces, but I knew I played well, and I kind of look at it like this: It’s hard to play in this league for four years. It’s really, really hard to play in it for 10 years.

“I get the fears maybe with obviously fans and whatnot, but the organization knows what they’re doing, and I know I’m a good player, and I certainly hope to just be part of changing some of that past, whether it’s directly or indirectly.”

Orlovsky replaced Shaun Hill as Matthew Stafford's backup.

Matt Veldman
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The Lions tendered exclusive rights free agent offers to receiver Kris Durham, kick returner Jeremy Ross, linebacker Julian Stanford, cornerback Chris Greenwood and tight end Matt Veldman. Durham caught 38 passes for 490 yards and two touchdowns last season, while Ross averaged 29.3 yards on kickoff returns and 16.2 yards on punt returns.
Ashlee Palmer
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The Detroit Lions listed several players as probable for the Week 8 game against Dallas Sunday. All of those players are active for the contest. They are as follows: DB Louis Delmas (knee); DL Andre Fluellen (concussion); DB Rashean Mathis (groin); LB Ashlee Palmer (ankle); and RB Theo Riddick (concussion). All are active against the Cowboys. 
Jon Morgan
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The Lions signed receivers Pat Edwards, Corey Fuller, Carlin Isles and Cody Wilson, running back Steven Miller, linebacker Jon Morgan, kickers John Potter and Giorgio Tavecchio, and defensive tackles Xavier Proctor and Jimmy Saddler-McQueen to reserve/futures contracts. 
Corvey Irvin
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The Lions signed defensive tackle Corvey Irvin, who was released by the Cowboys last week. Irvin appeared in six games last season with Dallas, making three tackles. 
Dominic Raiola
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The Lions have re-signed center Dominic Raiola to a one-year deal, the Detroit Free Press reported Friday. He took a paycut last season and played well, so it is believed he received a nice raise. 
Darryl Tapp
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The Lions added defensive lineman Darryl Tapp via free agency Thursday, according to the Detroit Free Press. Terms of the deal are not yet known for the veteran who spent last season with the Redskins, recording one sack in 11 games. 
Reggie Bush
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It continues to appear that the Lions will use more of Joique Bell and less of Reggie Bush in 2014, reports the Detroit Free Press.

New Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi on Monday said both running backs have the chance to play a lot.

"I see these guys kind of having a split role and both being very productive," Lombardi said.

Both Bush and Bell totaled over 1,100 yards last year, with Bush getting 1,006 rush yards and 506 receiving yards. Bell had 650 rush yards and 547 receiving yards. Both had over 50 catches. 

Bell did his damage on 166 carries while Bush had 223.

Cory Greenwood
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The Lions have claimed linebacker Cory Greenwood off waivers from the Chiefs.
 
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