|Offense||25th||71.1 (32nd)||265.3 (8th)|
|Defense||20th||116.9 (22nd)||250.5 (19th)|
|94||Ansah, Ezekiel||DE||6-5||278||5/29/1989||3||Brigham Young|
|35||Bell, Joique||RB||5-11||231||8/4/1986||5||Wayne State (Mich.)|
|26||Carey, Don||SS||5-11||203||2/14/1987||7||Norfolk State|
|99||Cudjo, Jermelle||DT||6-2||298||9/28/1986||4||Central Oklahoma|
|85||Ebron, Eric||TE||6-4||255||4/10/1993||2||North Carolina|
|10||Fuller, Corey||WR||6-2||200||6/23/1990||2||Virginia Tech|
|81||Johnson, Calvin||WR||6-5||237||9/29/1985||9||Georgia Tech|
|43||Johnson, Isaiah||DB||6-1||202||5/16/1992||R||Georgia Tech|
|91||Jones, Jason||DE||6-5||275||5/23/1986||8||Eastern Michigan|
|13||Jones, T.J.||WR||6-0||190||7/19/1992||1||Notre Dame|
|24||Lawson, Nevin||CB||5-9||191||4/23/1991||2||Utah State|
|77||Lucas, Cornelius||T||6-9||328||7/18/1991||2||Kansas State|
|6||Martin, Sam||P||6-1||211||2/27/1990||3||Appalachian State|
|48||Muhlbach, Don||LS||6-4||258||8/17/1981||12||Texas A&M|
|87||Pettigrew, Brandon||TE||6-5||278||2/23/1985||7||Oklahoma State|
|5||Prater, Matt||K||5-10||211||8/10/1984||9||Central Florida|
|27||Quin, Glover||FS||6-0||207||1/15/1986||7||New Mexico|
|63||Ramirez, Manny||G||6-3||325||2/19/1983||9||Texas Tech|
|25||Riddick, Theo||RB||5-9||200||5/4/1991||3||Notre Dame|
|70||Robinson, Corey||T||6-7||316||5/21/1992||R||South Carolina|
|23||Slay, Darius||CB||6-0||190||1/1/1991||3||Mississippi State|
|52||Tapp, Darryl||DE||6-1||270||9/13/1984||10||Virginia Tech|
|15||Tate, Golden||WR||5-10||198||8/2/1988||6||Notre Dame|
|98||Taylor, Devin||DE||6-7||275||11/15/1989||3||South Carolina|
|67||Thornton, Khyri||DT||6-3||315||11/21/1989||2||Southern Mississippi|
|55||Tulloch, Stephen||MLB||5-11||245||1/1/1985||10||North Carolina State|
|53||Van Noy, Kyle||OLB||6-3||248||6/19/1990||2||Brigham Young|
|66||Waddle, LaAdrian||T||6-6||328||7/21/1991||3||Texas Tech|
|78||Wilson, C.J.||DT||6-3||290||3/30/1987||6||East Carolina|
|96||Fluellen, Andre (IR)||DT||6-2||302||3/7/1985||7||Florida State|
|68||Keyton, Darren (IR)||C||6-3||305||6/15/1990||1||Central Michigan|
|54||Levy, DeAndre (IR)||OLB||6-2||235||3/26/1987||7||Wisconsin|
|31||Mathis, Rashean (IR)||CB||6-1||195||8/27/1980||13||Bethune-Cookman|
|82||Thompson, Jordan (IR)||TE||6-4||257||7/12/1989||1||Ohio U.|
|93||Walker, Tyrunn (IR)||DT||6-3||305||3/18/1990||4||Tulsa|
|30||Wilson, Josh (IR)||DB||5-9||187||3/11/1985||9||Maryland|
|99||Wootton, Corey (IR)||DE||6-6||270||6/22/1987||6||Northwestern|
|34||Zenner, Zach (IR)||FB||5-11||222||9/13/1991||R||South Dakota State|
|60||Cave, Braxston||C||6-3||305||7/29/1989||1||Notre Dame|
|61||Hyder, Kerry||DE||6-2||280||5/2/1991||1||Texas Tech|
|86||Pierce, Casey||TE||6-3||244||8/21/1991||R||Kent State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Zenner was a preseason standout, making the roster as an undrafted free agent. The former South Dakota State standout ends his rookie campaign with 60 rushing yards on 17 carries.
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.
The team also announced they claimed linebacker Khaseem Greene off waivers. Greene totaled 17 tackles in 10 games for the Bears last season.
"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.
Abdul-Quddus has been filling in at the safety position after the injury to James Ihedigbo, and he was all over the field on Sunday. Abdul-Quddus led the team in tackles which helped the Lions pull of the upset in Green Bay. He can provide solid IDP value as long as Ihedigbo is still sidelined.
Things are suddenly looking up for Stafford and the Lions, who have now won three straight games. Highlighting Stafford's big day on Thanksgiving against a porous Philly D was the chemistry he displayed with top wideout Calvin Johnson, who caught three TDs in the contest. Next up for Stafford is a less favorable Week 13 matchup against the Packers.
Whitehead was very impressive on Sunday as he helped the Lions' defense shut down a prolific Packers' offense in Green Bay, which ultimately led to a victory. Whitehead recorded his first sack of the season on a day where he put up by far his best numbers of the season. The fourth-year linebacker won't hold a ton of IDP value moving forward, but he could be good for a solid game or two like this every once in awhile.
Mathis missed the previous three games due to concussion symptoms, so it's not too surprising to see him land on IR. The 35-year-old could found his way onto the field next year, but given his age and injury history it wouldn't be surprising to see him retire at the end of the season.
Quin made a diving basket catch on a deflected pass that snuffed out a Broncos march toward the end zone. The 2014 NFL interceptions leader is now tied atop the league lead this season with two.
Quin has assumed a leadership role in Detroit and appears set to remain in a center-field role, freeing him up to make breaks on the ball. Expect him to be in the thick of this year's interception race.
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.
Fluellen played in eight games for the Lions last year, recording 10 tackles in the process.
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.
"Am I thrilled about it? No, I don't think any other kicker is," Prater said in an interview with ESPN.com. "You know, they make these rules and they never talk to any of us about it. I don't know. I just feel that eventually they are just trying to weed kicking out of the game completely. It's something we'll have to deal with and hopefully make them all."
He also questioned the motive from the league with making this kind of rule change.
"I don't know what the owners and (NFL commissioner Roger) Goodell and all them are thinking," Prater said. "But I'm just going to try and do my job and keep my mouth shut for the most part."
One week after tallying a season-high 14 carries in the Lions' Week 10 win over Green Bay, Bell snapped back to reality with six carries - his average coming into Week 10. The Lions are owners of the league's worst rushing offense and Bell, despite entering the year as the team's starter, has not provided many answers. Bell has led the Lions in carries in three of the seven games in which he has played, with rookie Ameer Abdullah leading the team in carries six times in 10 games. The safe money is on that trend continuing, with the rookie getting the bulk of the carries with Bell and Theo Riddick filling in behind.
Shortly after signing a four-year extension in August, Levy came down with a hip injury that dogged him throughout the first month of the season. He finally made an appearance in Week 5, but he logged just 17 snaps without recording a tackle before aggravating the ailment. Following hip surgery, the Lions kept the door open for a return this season, but the decision was made Wednesday to shut him down for the season. Expect Josh Bynes to continue working as the nominal weakside linebacker in Detroit.
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.
His 40-yard dash time of 4.56 at the combine is below average. The sixth-round pick is only 5-foot-9. But he has shown instincts at his position that have impressed his coaches and teammates.
"He's got a natural feel," quarterback Matthew Stafford told MLive.com. "(He) made a play the other day in the red zone that wasn't even on the ball. I wasn't in the game. I was watching from afar, and was like, 'Man, our QB wanted to throw it, and he just took it away at the last second. ... He's got a good feel in zone, and I think he's a feisty kind of competitor in man. He's going to be around the football trying to make plays on it."
"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."
Winn will take the place of fellow running back Zack Zenner, who sustained multiple cracked ribs and a partially collapsed lung Sunday versus the Bears. While he's unlikely to get much run behind Joique Bell (ankle), Ameer Abdullah (arm), and Theo Riddick, Winn did turn 19 carries into 73 yards in 12 games last season.
Carter suffered an ankle injury shortly after training camp began. He will sit out the first eight weeks before he can be activated.
Thanks to the Lions' short week, Moore's ankle will be afforded some added healing time in advance of the team's Dec. 3 contest against the Packers. The veteran wideout enjoyed a bit of a roll earlier this season, but he's now logged two straight quiet fantasy efforts.
Fuller was active for the Lions' first two games, but he didn't draw any targets and wasn't used as a return man. Lance Moore is the No. 3 wide receiver, with TJ Jones serving as the No. 4.
With Rashean Mathis (concussion) already on injured reserve and Nevin Lawson (concussion) in danger of missing Week 11, the Lions badly need to add depth at a position that wasn't exactly a strength to begin with. Wilson had been serving as the team's nickelback.
It sounds like Walker's in for an extended absence, as this was a gruesome injury.
"It's good," he said. "Your soreness is going to be obvious, but I feel better. It's coming along pretty well. It feels good to run again."
Warford suffered the injury in the preseason and missed Week 1.
Bentley was returning from a torn ACL sustained during the first week of the 2014 season. Bentley was selected in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft by the Lions out of Louisiana-Lafayette.
Bentley was competing for the nickelback role in the secondary.
Thanks to the Lions' short week, Johnson, who was listed as questionable for Thursday's game, will now have some extra time to manage his ankle injury in advance of the team's Dec. 3 tilt against the Packers.
Ansah has been a consistent threat throughout the season, picking up a sack in seven of 10 games this year. For the season, Ansah's eight sacks rank fourth in the league while his three forced fumbles are tied for second.
Not so fast.
Jim Caldwell explained why, praising the 32-year-old Ramirez along the way.
"He's a guy that's certainly going to add some girth and power and experience in the (interior)," Caldwell told MLive.com. "But, also, you can just tell from a leadership standpoint, I mean, he's tremendous. Real solid guy, just a person that's well-rounded, has a good sense of what being a real pro is. ... I think you'll see some of that wear off on some of our younger guys."
Ramirez was a full-time starter with the Broncos in each of the last three seasons.
Wilson appeared in every game with the Raiders last season, picking up 23 tackles (16 solo) and two sacks, but he quickly tumbled down the depth chart in 2015, playing in just three games this season. He could be a candidate to join another team should they need help along their defensive line.
Reid was atop the Lions' depth chart prior to being injured in Detroit's preseason game against Washington. Though he will likely return to the team in a supporting role behind Haloti Ngata and Tyrunn Walker, backup defensive tackles Jermelle Cudjo and Gabe Wright combined for 39 defensive snaps in Week 1 - a total Reid may take the bulk of once he returns to full health.
"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.
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."
The eight catches tied a season high, with the 71 total yards representing Tate's third highest sum of the season. Tate ranks second on the team in catches, leading the squad during three games including Sunday. He's struggled to make much of those catches, however, finding the end zone just once and failing to reach 60 yards in seven of 10 games. After surpassing his preseason fantasy hype in 2014, Tate hasn't quite lived up to his billing in 2015. His poor yardage totals make him a beter fit for PPR leagues than standard leagues.
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.
Following last Sunday's DNP, Ihedigbo will reclaim his place as the Lions' starting strong safety, from which he accrued 36 tackles (28 solo), three forced fumbles, and one sack over the first five games.
Riddick's 86 total yards were a season high and he tied a season high with 11 touches on Sunday. Riddick hasn't been much of a factor in the Lions' awful running game, having yet to crack 30 yards on the ground in a game this season. He's consistently been a factor in the passing game, however, his 50 catches representing the most of any back in the league. Lions' running backs haven't been fantasy studs this season, but Riddick may be the best of the bunch given his value in PPR leagues.
Orlovsky entered the game midway through the third quarter for an ineffective Matthew Stafford, who tossed three interceptions. The backup QB was able to move the ball a bit in the second half, but he did not lead the Lions to a touchdown until the 1:36 mark of the fourth quarter, when he hit Lance Moore on a 13-yard score. Stafford is Detroit's franchise QB, for better or worse, so don't expect Orlovsky to start anytime soon.
That's four straight quiet fantasy efforts from Ebron, who will look to get his production going in Week 13 at home against the Packers. In Week 10, he caught four passes on eight targets for 28 yards in a Detroit win over Green Bay.
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.
After participating in practice in a limited fashion Wednesday and Thursday, Tapp logged full duty during Friday's session to clear up any concern about his availability for Week 6. He's slated to come off the bench as part of the Lions' defensive line rotation.
While Abdullah led the team in carries Thursday, Joique Bell got into the act by carrying seven times for 25 yards with a TD and catching two passes for 57 yards, while Theo Riddick ran just twice for six yards, but hauled in five catches for 62 yards and a TD. Though he's headed the Lions' rushing attack over the team's last two games, Abdullah's fantasy ceiling has been limited by the committee context in which he has been operating.
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