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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
21Bush, Reggie (FA) RB6-02053/2/198510USC
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
45Collins, Jed FB6-12523/3/19865Washington State
98Cudjo, Jermelle DT6-23049/28/19864Central Oklahoma
89Davis, Kellen TE6-726510/11/19858Michigan State
18Dawson, Skye WR5-918312/2/19902Texas Christian
85Ebron, Eric TE6-42654/10/19932North Carolina
98Fairley, Nick DT6-43081/23/19885Auburn
80Fauria, Joseph TE6-72671/16/19903UCLA
96Fluellen, Andre DT6-23023/7/19857Florida State
10Fuller, Corey WR6-22006/23/19902Virginia Tech
52Harris, Jerrell LB6-32427/8/19891Alabama
78Hilliard, Corey T6-63004/26/19857Oklahoma State
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 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. DT6-23128/6/198311Missouri
48Muhlbach, Don LS6-42608/17/198112Texas A&M
8Orlovsky, Dan QB6-52188/18/198310Connecticut
58Palmer, Ashlee 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 C6-131012/30/197815Nebraska
97Reid, Caraun DT6-230511/23/19912Princeton
71Reiff, Riley T6-631312/1/19884Iowa
70Reynolds, Garrett T6-73057/1/19877North Carolina
25Riddick, Theo RB5-92005/4/19913Notre Dame
12Ross, Jeremy WR6-02153/16/19883California
39Seisay, Mohammed DB6-22005/22/19902Nebraska
67Sims, Rob G6-331212/6/198310Ohio State
23Slay, Darius CB6-11921/1/19913Mississippi State
9Stafford, Matthew QB6-32342/7/19887Georgia
49Stanford, Julian LB6-12309/2/19903Wagner
90Suh, Ndamukong DT6-43051/6/19876Nebraska
64Swanson, Travis G6-53121/30/19912Arkansas
52Tapp, Darryl 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 CB5-1119511/3/19876Mississippi
66Waddle, LaAdrian T6-63307/21/19913Texas Tech
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
Detroit6-5310.36-3284.826.42136
 
 
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Position Listing
Emil Igwenagu
News
The Lions filled their entire 10-man practice squad, signing guard Rodney Austin, tight end Michael Egnew, fullback Emil Igwenagu, safety Nate Ness, receiver Andrew Peacock, defensive tackle Xavier Proctor, cornerback Mohammed Seisay, linebacker Julian Stanford, offensive tackle Michael Williams and running back George Winn.
Rob Sims
News
Lions guard Rob Sims is hoping to return to Detroit for a sixth season after being traded to the team in 2010.

"The 10 years previous of me being here there had been 16 other guards," Sims said shortly after the season ended for Detroit. "That’s enough. Me holding it down for five years, I’m proud of that."

The 31-year-old veteran is proud to call Detroit home.

"This is our home," Sims said. "My children were born here. Me and my wife have built our family here and bought businesses here. Detroit is never ever going to leave me. My heart and my charity work will always be here. But yeah, I would love to stay here, love to."

Sims is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March.

Corey Hilliard
News
Lions right tackle Corey Hilliard, who played most of Monday night's win over the Giants, is expected to miss the rest of the season with a foot injury, reports the Detroit Free Press.
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 declared running back Reggie Bush (ankle) and wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) as probable for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers. Both were able to fully participate in practice Friday.

Also listed as probable were Theo Riddick, Reily Reiff and Larry Warford. Nick Fairley was the only player listed as out.

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 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
News
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew believes that quarterback Matthew Stafford will make a big leap in his second year under the same offensive system designed by coach Jim Caldwell, per MLive.com.

"I can't quantify how much better (the offense is) going to get, but I do think the second year in the offense is going to be great, going to be big for the quarterback," Mayhew said. "Some of the routes and the way that we run them were totally different for Matthew. He hadn't thrown those routes in college or when Scott Linehan was our offensive coordinator, so some of that was a learning process for him. He had a bunch of new receivers out there, guys he hadn't really worked with that much. I think second year in the offense is going to be huge for him, individually."

Stafford threw for 4,257 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2014. It was his fourth consecutive season over 4,000 passing yards and fourth straight with at least 20 passing touchdowns.

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
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.

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
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew told reporters at the combine that he'd love to have cornerback Rashean Mathis back on the team next season, per MLive.com.

"Yeah, we'd love to have Rashean back," Mayhew said. "He's been a really good leader for us. He's done a phenomenal job, I think, working with Darius (Slay)."

Mathis, who is due to be a free agent in March, started 29 games the past two seasons for the team, including all 16 last season. He registered 51 tackles, nine pass breakups and one interception in 2014.

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 ruled defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee) out and cornerback Mohammed Seisay (hamstring) questionable for Sunday's contest against the Bears.

Meanwhile, safety Don Carey (ankle), wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle), defensive end George Johnson (illness), defensive tackle C.J. Mosley (not injury related), linebacker Ashlee Palmer (quad) and guard Rob Sims (illness) were labeled as probable.

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 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.

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
With center Dominic Raiola being told he will not be back on the Lions' roster in 2015, the attention nows turns to the development of Travis Swanson, who was drafted in the third round in 2014 to be Detroit's future center.

“I thought he made good progress last year,” Lions general manager Martin Mayhew at the Senior Bowl, per the team's official website. “I think this is a really important offseason for him, obviously. He’s going to have an opportunity to get in there and compete for that job at center.”

Swanson started four games at guard and one at center during his rookie season. He struggled when he first joined the starting lineup, but by season's end he was much improved. In his final two starts, including the playoff game against Dallas, Swanson finished each of those games with a positive grade from Pro Football Focus.

“I think it’s important this offseason that he continues to show the same type of improvement he showed last year,” Mayhew said. “There’s nothing promised to anybody, but I’m excited about the potential that he showed last year with his ability to get into some games, finish some games for us and start some games for us at guard and one game at center. But he’s got a ways to go in terms of being a great player in this league."

Nick Fairley
News
The Lions are hoping to bring back defensive tackle Nick Fairley for next season. Detroit met with Fairley's representatives at the NFL combine and the meeting was considered "very positive," according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.

Fairley played just eight games in 2014 after suffering a knee injury halfway through the season. In his first four seasons in Detroit, Fairley has totaled 66 tackles with 13 1/2 sacks in 46 games.

Injury
Knee - Missed Wild Card game at Dallas
Matt Prater
News
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew told reporters that he's scheduled to meet with kicker Matt Prater's representatives Friday night, per the team's official website.

"I'm meeting with his agent tonight, in fact," Mayhew said. "Frank Bauer and I are going to sit down tonight and talk about Matt's situation and I'm looking forward to that dialogue."

Prater was signed to a one-year deal after being cut by the Broncos on Oct. 3. He converted 21 of 26 field goals in 11 games for the Lions in 2014. Prater noted in January that he would like to return to Detroit in 2015.

Joique Bell
News
Lions running back Joique Bell enjoyed his best statistical campaign in the NFL in 2014, but remains unsatisfied, per the team's official website.

"As a whole, the season was a very successful season as far as the team," Bell said. "As far as my (season), I really need to pick it up a little bit more. I can do better. We didn't win a Super Bowl, so I can do more."

Reggie Bush took a backseat to Bell after experiencing various injuries, and Bell helped the Lions reach 11 wins and a playoff berth. Bell finished the year with a career-best 860 rushing yards, with 547 coming in the final eight games. He is recovering from an undisclosed operation, and is expected to be back for organized team activities in April. However, it remains to be seen if he'll be fully recovered in time for OTAs.

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.

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
The Lions are looking for a solid No. 3 receiver to supplement Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, and converted track star Corey Fuller could be the guy, reports the team's website. Fuller was Johnson's backup in 2014 and played in some multi-receiver sets, catching 14 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown.

“I think I had a big improvement coming in from last year to this year,” said Fuller, a sixth-round pick in the 2013 draft. “If I just keep on progressing, who knows where I can go.”

Fuller, who brings a unique combination of speed and strength, said his main focus this offseason is improving his route running.

“The whole (route) tree,” he said. “Being able to expand the routes they throw me.”

Jed Collins
News
Several backs and receivers played minor roles Sunday for the Lions in a defeat of Chicago that raised their record to 11-4.

Among them was running back Theo Riddick, who caught two passes for 10 yards. Wideout Jeremy Ross chipped in with a catch for 11 yards. Running backs Jed Collins and George Winn combined for two carries and eight yards.

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.
Ndamukong Suh
News
After the Lions chose not to use the franchise tag to retain DE Ndamukong Suh, it became more likely that he'll become an unrestricted free agent on March 10. 

When Suh hits the market, the Redskins will be interested in signing him, reported Dianna Marie Russini of DC's NBC 4, citing sources within the organization. 

Injury
Suspension - One-game suspension
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. 

Kellen Davis
News
Sources have indicated the Lions will sign tight end Kellen Davis Tuesday, according to ProFootbalTalk.com.

The Lions previously waived Davis Nov. 25. The potential signing of Davis indicates the Lions are not confident tight end Joseph Fauria will be able to recover from his injured ankle, according to The Detroit News. Fauria missed six games earlier this season after injuring his ankle.

The Lions play the Vikings Week 15.

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
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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
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Lions Pro Bowl receiver Golden Tate had a career year in 2014, posting 99 catches for 1,331 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games. While his numbers were impressive, coach Jim Caldwell feels Tate could be in for an even better campaign in 2015, per the Detroit Free Press.

"It doesn't take a whole year to determine what a guy can do from a schematic standpoint, but I do think that what happens is, guys get more comfortable within the system from quarterback to offensive line to running backs to all those involved, and you should see an uptick," Caldwell said Wednesday at the Senior Bowl. "If we're not playing better than we played this year then obviously all of us are going to be disappointed about that. So I would anticipate in every phase that we're going to be able to improve."

Caldwell said Tate's role probably won't change much, but he added the Lions should be more balanced when Tate and wide receiver Calvin Johnson are on the field at the same time. Johnson missed some time in 2014 due to an ankle injury.

"Golden had a superb year with 99 catches and just did an incredible job on third down for us," Caldwell said. "Was a great leader for us as well. Stepped into some very, very difficult situations and certainly gave us an opportunity."

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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Lions LB Stephen Tulloch isn't sure whether he'll be back with the team next season. 

Tulloch is scheduled to make $4.8 million in 2015, and the Lions could save $3.2 million against the cap by releasing him. 

So far, this offsesason, the team has not communicated its plans to Tulloch. ""I haven't heard anything about what's going on, my agent hasn't heard anything," Tulloch told Sirius XM radio. "We're just preparing to report, April 20th, accordingly to the mail we've received for the offseason program. It's out of my control.

Tulloch has recovered from the ACL tear that ended his season three weeks in. "I'm way ahead of schedule and I feel great," Tulloch said. "I was telling a friend of mine yesterday, it's crazy how you feel stronger than you did previously, before the surgery." 

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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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Several backs and receivers played minor roles Sunday for the Lions in a defeat of Chicago that raised their record to 11-4.

Among them was running back Theo Riddick, who caught two passes for 10 yards. Wideout Jeremy Ross chipped in with a catch for 11 yards. Running backs Jed Collins and George Winn combined for two carries and eight yards.

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).

Garrett Reynolds
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The Lions have listed Nick Fairley, Kellen Moore, Ryan Broyles, Garrett Reynolds, Rodney Austin, Caraun Reid and Larry Webster as inactive Week 15 against the Vikings.

Fairley was the only player who had been ruled out prior to Sunday. He's dealing with a knee injury. The other six players listed are healthy scratches. 

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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Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said Friday the team will tender restricted free agent George Johnson, according to ESPN. Mayhew did not go into details what level of tender Detroit planned on using on Johnson.

After spending his first two seasons with Tampa Bay, Johnson worked alongside Ndamukong Suh, Ezekiel Ansah, Jason Jones and Nick Fairley in 2014. The 27-year-old finished the year with 26 tackles, six sacks and a fumble recovery.

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 declined to tender a restricted free-agent offer to reserve linebacker Josh Bynes, but have indicated they want to re-sign Bynes in coming weeks, reports the Detroit Free Press. In 13 games, Bynes had 18 tackles, an interception and a pass defensed.

The team could have tendered Byce at $1.323 million but apparently hopes to retain him at a lesser price.

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.
Reggie Bush
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Three days after being released by the Lions, RB Reggie Bush said he has no plans to retire. 

TMZ reporters confronted Bush outside a Beverly Hills restaurant and asked if Bush, who turns 30 on Monday, was going to quit football. Bush responded with, "No." 

Bush rushed for 297 yards and two touchdowns last season. 

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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