Detroit Lions

Stadium: Ford Field | Coach: Jim Caldwell
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense20th83.4 (32nd)263.2 (9th)
Defense18th113.0 (18th)236.6 (14th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
21Abdullah, Ameer RB5-82036/13/19932Nebraska
94Ansah, Ezekiel DE6-52785/29/19894Brigham Young
24Bademosi, Johnson DB6-02007/23/19905Stanford
 Barnes, Adairius CB5-111814/30/1994RLouisiana Tech
 Billingsley, Jace WR5-9185//REastern Oregon State
58Bostic, Jon LB6-12455/5/19914Florida
46Burton, Michael FB6-02472/1/19922Rutgers
25Bush, Rafael DB5-112055/12/19876South Carolina State
29Butler, Crezdon CB6-11915/26/19877Clemson
57Bynes, Josh OLB6-12358/24/19895Auburn
12Caldwell, Andre WR6-02004/15/19859Florida
26Carey, Don SS5-112032/14/19878Norfolk State
33Carter, Alex CB6-019610/19/19941Stanford
96Charles, Stefan DT6-53236/9/19884Regina (Canada)
81Charles, Orson TE6-32541/27/19913Georgia
95Copeland, Brandon LB6-32487/2/19912Pennsylvania
83Copeland, Damian WR6-118210/17/19903Louisville
 Dahl, Joe G6-32994/9/1993RWashington State
 Davis, Quinshad WR6-42055/24/1994RNorth Carolina
 Decker, Taylor T6-73208/23/1994ROhio State
28Diggs, Quandre CB5-91971/22/19932Texas
85Ebron, Eric TE6-42554/10/19933North Carolina
 Farris, Chase G6-53104/8/1993ROhio State
54Franklin, Jerry LB6-12451/10/19882Arkansas
 Fuehne, Adam TE6-72603/23/1993RSouthern Illinois
10Fuller, Corey WR6-22006/23/19903Virginia Tech
 Gibson, Deonte DE6-32602/22/1993RNorthwestern
95Gilberry, Wallace DE6-227012/5/19849Alabama
 Glasgow, Graham C6-63067/19/1992RMichigan
50Gooden, Zaviar LB6-12318/31/19903Missouri
44Greene, Khaseem LB6-12412/4/19893Rutgers
61Hyder, Kerry DE6-22905/2/19911Texas Tech
65Ikard, Gabe C6-43049/26/19903Oklahoma
43Johnson, Isaiah DB6-12025/16/19922Georgia Tech
82Jones, Marvin WR6-21983/12/19905California
13Jones, T.J. WR6-01907/19/19922Notre Dame
11Kerley, Jeremy WR5-918811/8/19886Texas Christian
 Killebrew, Miles SS6-22175/10/1993RSouthern Utah
 Landes, Jimmy LS6-12408/13/1992RBaylor
24Lawson, Nevin CB5-91914/23/19913Utah State
 Lee, Jay WR6-12146/29/1993RBaylor
54Levy, DeAndre OLB6-22353/26/19878Wisconsin
34Lewis, Keith DB6-11903/28/19891Lynchburg College
77Lucas, Cornelius T6-93287/18/19913Kansas State
64Marquardt, Luke T6-83153/23/19901Azusa Pacific
6Martin, Sam P6-12112/27/19904Appalachian State
 McCord, Ben TE6-42436/30/1992RCentral Michigan
48Muhlbach, Don LS6-42588/17/198113Texas A&M
82Mulligan, Matthew TE6-42671/18/19857Maine
92Ngata, Haloti DT6-43451/21/198411Oregon
74Ola, Michael T6-43124/19/19883Hampton
8Orlovsky, Dan QB6-52158/18/198311Connecticut
 Palmer, Louis DE6-226512/8/1994RCentral Michigan
87Pettigrew, Brandon TE6-52782/23/19858Oklahoma State
5Prater, Matt K5-102118/10/198410Central Florida
27Quin, Glover FS6-02071/15/19868New Mexico
97Reid, Caraun DT6-229811/23/19913Princeton
71Reiff, Riley T6-630812/1/19885Iowa
25Riddick, Theo RB5-92005/4/19914Notre Dame
22Ridley, Stevan RB5-112201/27/19896Louisiana State
12Roberts, Andre WR5-111871/9/19887The Citadel
 Robinson, A'Shawn DT6-43123/21/1995RAlabama
70Robinson, Corey T6-73165/21/19922South Carolina
0Rudock, Jake QB6-32071/21/1993RMichigan
74Schwartz, Geoff T6-63407/11/19868Oregon
23Slay, Darius CB6-01901/1/19914Mississippi State
93Smith, Quanterus DE6-525511/26/19893Western Kentucky
18Spadola, Ryan WR6-12052/15/19911Lehigh
9Stafford, Matthew QB6-32262/7/19888Georgia
64Swanson, Travis C6-53071/30/19913Arkansas
15Tate, Golden WR5-101988/2/19887Notre Dame
98Taylor, Devin DE6-727511/15/19894South Carolina
67Thornton, Khyri DT6-331511/21/19893Southern Mississippi
72Tomlinson, Laken G6-33232/9/19922Duke
53Van Noy, Kyle OLB6-32486/19/19903Brigham Young
93Walker, Tyrunn DT6-33053/18/19905Tulsa
26Walls, Darrin DB6-01906/20/19886Notre Dame
75Warford, Larry G6-33327/18/19914Kentucky
 Washington, Dwayne RB6-22264/24/1994RWashington
 Washington, Charles DB5-111923/10/1993RFresno State
 Wells, Ian CB5-112027/14/1993ROhio U.
59Whitehead, Tahir OLB6-22424/2/19905Temple
 Wick, Cole TE6-725511/30/1993RIncarnate Word (Tex.)
 Williams, Antwione LB6-32295/26/1993RGeorgia Southern
27Wilson, Tavon DB6-02153/19/19905Illinois
38Winn, George RB5-1121511/10/19903Cincinnati
90Wright, Gabe DT6-33054/3/19922Auburn
34Zenner, Zach FB5-112229/13/19912South Dakota State
 Zettel, Anthony DT6-42788/9/1992RPenn State
Injured Players
88Washington, Corey (IR) WR6-421412/29/19912Newberry
83Wright, Timothy (IR) TE6-42204/7/19904Rutgers
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Detroit6-5318.86-3294.225.62134
 
 
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Position Listing
Michael Ola
News
The Bears ruled the following players inactive for Monday's game against the Saints: kicker Robbie Gould (quad), safety Chris Conte (back), cornerback Terrance Mitchell, offensive lineman Michael Ola (back), quarterback David Fales, defensive end Trevor Scott and defensive tackle Brandon Dunn.
Jerry Franklin
News
Tackle Terron Armstead is the lone injured player on the inactive list released by the Saints for their Week 17 game against Tampa Bay. He is dealing with a neck issue that prevented him from practicing all week.

The healthy scratches are wide receiversSeantavius Jones and Brandon Coleman, cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste, linebackers Jerry Franklin and Moise Fokou and safety Kenny Vaccaro.

The inclusion of the embattled Vaccaro is not a good sign for the 2013 first-round pick.

Matthew Mulligan
News
The Lions have signed Mulligan, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Mulligan gives the Lions some added tight end depth, with Brandon Pettigrew still recovering from a torn ACL. Once Pettigrew recovers from his injury, look for Mulligan to compete with Tim Wright for the Lions' No. 3 tight end job behind presumed starter Eric Ebron and Pettigrew.

Darrin Walls
News
Walls has agreed to terms with the Lions, ESPN's Michael Rothstein reports.

The contract is a one-year, minimum-salary deal. Through five seasons in the league, the undrafted Notre Dame product has accrued 75 tackles (11 on special teams), as well as 22 pass breakups and three picks across 54 games, including 16 starts. In 2011, Walls spent his rookie year with Atlanta, then joined the Jets the next season where he looked to be an ascending talent, as his stats increased year-to-year from 2012 to 2014. However, the Jets welcomed back CB Darrelle Revis in 2015 and Walls didn't manage a single start throughout the entire campaign. Subsequently, Walls' production fell off a cliff, and the Jets decided against keeping him in the fold. Now with the Lions, he'll compete for a starting gig following the retirement of Rashean Mathis, though Walls will likely prove to be a depth signing and special teams contributor.

Jon Bostic
News
The Patriots have traded Bostic to the Lions in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2017, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Bostic ended up being the odd man out after New England signed Shea McClellin and then drafted Kamu Grugier-Hill and Elandon Roberts. He'll bolster the Lions' depth at linebacker, with his capabilities well-understood by GM Bob Quinn, formerly the Patriots director of pro personnel.

Ian Wells
No Updates
Zach Zenner
News
Zenner (chest) could experience an uptick in usage next season, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

The release of Joique Bell on Tuesday whittled down the Lions' backfield situation to Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick, and Zenner. Assuming the status quo remains after free agency and the draft, Abdullah seems to be the leader in the clubhouse for the top gig, but Riddick's pass-catching prowess leave the door open for the versatile Zenner to have a regular role in the offense. In the preseason, Zenner led all players with 183 rushing yards, and he followed it up with 17 carries for 60 yards and two catches for 11 yards in six regular season contests before his rookie campaign ended when he sustained cracked ribs and a partially collapsed lung in Week 6.

Kyle Van Noy
News
Lions coach Jim Caldwell said linebacker Kyle Van Noy will not need surgery after he went for a second opinion. Caldwell added Van Noy will need rest and is week-to-week.
Keith Lewis
News
The Buccaneers made a slew of moves Saturday to pare their roster down to the required 53 for the regular season.

Tampa Bay cut the following players: DB Marc Anthony, LB Nate Askew, OL Edawn Coughman, CB Kip Edwards, DE T.J. Fatinikun, CB Anthony Gaitor, LB Ka'Lial Glaud, CB Keith Lewis, OL Jamon Meredith, OL Andrew Miller, FB Lonnie Pryor, OL Jeremiah Warren, K Connor Barth, DE Larry English, RB Jeff Demps, QB Mike Kafka and SS Major Wright.
Cole Wick
No Updates
Nevin Lawson
News
Lions cornerback Nevin Lawson said he plans to make a full recovery by the start of the season.

Lawson suffered a severely dislocated foot. He isn't sure if he'll participate in the Lions' OTAs, but he said he has no limitations on his activities, per MLive. Lawson is taking his recovery slow, but he should be back by the opener. 

Jace Billingsley
No Updates
Khaseem Greene
News
The Buccaneers announced the signing of sixth-round pick Kaelin Clay, fourth-round linebacker Kwon Alexander, fifth-round wide receiver Kenny Bell and seventh-round fullback Joey Iosefa, according to the team's official website. The draft picks were all signed to four-year deals.

The team also announced they claimed linebacker Khaseem Greene off waivers. Greene totaled 17 tackles in 10 games for the Bears last season.

Adam Fuehne
No Updates
Riley Reiff
News
The Lions have picked up the fifth-year option of offensive tackle Riley Reiff, general manager Martin Mayhew has announced.

"We anticipate getting that paperwork done sometime soon," Mayhew told MLive.com.

The one-year option will cost the team a bit more than $8 million.

Reiff has started every game but one over the last three seasons.

Stevan Ridley
News
Ridley is line to compete with Zach Zenner, George Winn and Dwayne Washington for slotting behind Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick on the Lions' running back depth chart, the team's official site reports.

The expectation remains that Abdullah, when healthy, will serve as the Lions' top back in 2016, with Riddick in line to see his share of touches as well, notably in the passing game. Per the report, Ridley "seems like the favorite" to win the No. 3 spot in the Detroit backfield and in such a scenario, the 27-year-old, who ran for 1,263 yards for the Patriots in 2012, could be a break away from resurfacing on the fantasy radar after back-to-back campaigns impacted by the right ACL/MCL injury that he sustained in Week 6 of the 2014 season.

Deonte Gibson
No Updates
Matthew Stafford
News
Stafford got some help in the 2016 NFL Draft, with Detroit selecting three offensive linemen in the first five rounds, ESPN.com reports.

Addressing an obvious weakness from 2015, the Lions drafted OT Taylor Decker in the first round, center Graham Glasgow in the third and guard/tackle Joe Dahl in the fifth. Stafford won't have Calvin Johnson around to bail him out, yet it's still quite possible the Detroit offense will be improved from 2015. Stafford played much better last season after Jim Bob Cooter replaced Joe Lombardi as the offensive coordinator, making it an easy decision to stick with Cooter for 2016. Furthermore, the Lions signed WR Marvin Jones to a five-year, $40 million contract, and there's hope that 23-year-old TE Eric Ebron will take a big step forward in his third NFL season.

Ryan Spadola
News
The Cardinals relased punter Dave Zastudil, LB Lorenzo Alexander, ILB Glenn Carson, G Nate Isles, ILB Edwin Jackson, ILB Andrae Kirk, S Shaq Richardson, TE Gannon Sinclair, WR Ryan Spadola and S Darren Woodard on Monday.

They also waived/injured wide receiver Travis Harvey (hamstring), who will be placed on injured reserve if he clears waivers.

Jake Rudock
No Updates
Corey Washington
News
The Lions waived-injured Washington (knee) on Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Washington's recovery from the knee injury he suffered last August apparently was not going as planned, so the Lions decided to remove him from the roster in order to free up a spot for another, presumably healthier, player.

Injury
Khyri Thornton
News
Three injured players have been placed on the inactive list by the Patriots for their season opener Thursday night against Pittsburgh. They are running back Travaris Cadet (hamstring), defensive lineman Trey Flowers (knee) and safety Tavon Wilson (quad).

The healthy inactives are offensive lineman Ryan Wendell, defensive lineman Khyri Thornton, linebacker Rufus Johnson and cornerback Justin Coleman.

Johnson Bademosi
News
The Lions and Bademosi agreed to a two-year contract Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Bademosi has made his bones in the NFL as a special-teams ace, culminating in a career-high 27 tackles and one fumble recovery last season. With the move from Cleveland to Detroit, the opportunity may exist for Bademosi to play a role in a rejiggered secondary, but containment on kick and punt returns will again be on the docket.

Wallace Gilberry
News
The Lions have signed Gilberry, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Gilberry, who was limited to 23 tackles and two sacks in 16 games for the Bengals last season, bolsters the Lions' defensive end depth, though his path to IDP relevance hinges on him securing his share of snaps at the position opposite Ziggy Ansah.

Tahir Whitehead
News
The Lions told Whitehead that he will compete for the starting middle linebacker job, The Detroit Free Press reports.

The Lions are expected to release 31-year-old Stephen Tulloch, who carries a $7.3 million cap hit for the final year of his contract. The team presumably wants a younger and cheaper starting middle linebacker, after Tulloch was largely limited to a two-down role in 2015. The 25-year-old Whitehead signed a two-year, $8 million contract last week, making him the favorite to take over Tulloch's old role, though Josh Bynes could also compete for the job. Whitehead started 24 games for Detroit over the past two years, playing both inside and outside linebacker, yet never quite earning a consistent every-down role. He should have the inside track to that role in 2016, potentially leading to IDP utility.

A'Shawn Robinson
News
The Lions selected Robinson in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft, 46th overall.

Robinson was widely expected to be a first-round pick, but he fell this far because he's likely a pure run-stopping tackle in the NFL. Even if he doesn't collapse the pocket on passing downs, though, Robinson should prove a valuable anchor on the interior for Detroit, and at the very least he provides them with a long-term option for absorbing double-teams. Robinson is unlikely to make an IDP impact, however.

Glover Quin
News
Quin (ankle) practiced in near-full capacity during the first day of minicamp, the Lions' official site reports.

Quin had been taking it easy since undergoing offseason ankle surgery, but participated in near-full capacity during Tuesday's session. For reference, Quin never participated in any team drills during OTAs. However, now in minicamp, he lined up as the starting free safety during team drills, admittedly only for a portion of the snaps, though. It appears Quin has been setback-free in his recovery, and will continue to amp up his workload in practice as the offseason wears on.

Corey Robinson
No Updates
Andre Caldwell
News
The Lions and Caldwell agreed to a contract Wednesday, MLive.com reports.

Since receiving sporadic starts with the Bengals during a four-year stint to kick off his career, Caldwell was lightly used with the Broncos over the past four seasons, totaling 32 catches (on 70 targets) for 337 yards and five touchdowns across 54 games. He took on part-time duty as a kick returner as well, averaging 23.2 YPR on 25 attempts over the last three campaigns, but he merely hauled in his only target while returning a pair of kicks in Denver's Super Bowl victory in February. If he lands on the Lions' 53-man roster out of training camp, he'll serve as depth for a receiving corps that's attempting to weather the loss of Calvin Johnson to retirement.

Ben McCord
No Updates
Crezdon Butler
News
Butler re-signed with the Lions on Friday.

Butler signed with the Lions half-way through the season after being cut during training camp during the offseason last year. He played in eight games last season, totaling three tackles. The terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Joe Dahl
No Updates
Michael Burton
No Updates
Laken Tomlinson
News
The Lions finished signing their entire 2015 draft class when first-round pick Laken Tomlinson agreed to a four-year contract Thursday, reports the Detroit Free Press.

The deal includes a team option on the fifth year of the deal. Tomlinson is expected to start at left guard for the Lions.

Stefan Charles
News
The Bills listed tight end Chris Gragg (knee), safety Da'Norris Searcy (hamstring), and Mike Williams as out for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Searcy, who left Week 14 against the Broncos and was unable to return, has 47 tackles and three interceptions this year in Buffalo. 

Defensive end Jarius Wynn (knee) is listed as questionable while kicker Dan Carpenter (groin) and defensive tackle Stefan Charles (quad) are probable. 

Brandon Copeland
News
The Lions announced the signing of linebacker Brandon Copeland on Tuesday.

Copeland impressed the Lions when he ran a 4.52 40-yard dash at the NFL veterans combine. Copeland had spent time on the Titans' practice squad in 2013.

Don Carey
News
Lions strong safety Don Carey and linebacker Tahir Whitehead both returned to Sunday's Wild Card game against the Cowboys after being deemed questionable in the third quarter.

Both players were diagnosed with dehydration, but both were able to make it back onto the field before the end of the third quarter. The Lions have a 20-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Darius Slay
News
Slay (hip) is active for Sunday's game against the Bears.

Slay was able to compete fully in Friday's practice, so he shouldn't be held to a limited snap count while working as the Lions' top cornerback Sunday. Through five games, Slay has collected 21 tackles and an interception.

Travis Swanson
News
When the Lions drafted Travis Swanson a year ago, the idea was for him to emerge as a starting center for the franchise by 2015. 

There's now some doubt, at least that's what the Lions themselves are saying after acquiring veteran Manny Ramirez in a trade on Thursday during the NFL draft. 

"I don't know," Lions offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn said, via the Detroit Free Press. "And I'm not trying to be evasive, I just don't know. What is it, May 2, 3rd? The depth kind of develops itself, which is a nice thing. Going through OTAs, mini-camp, training camp, it always takes care of itself."

Swanson is still the favorite to start at center, though it does appear the Lions want to put him in a competitive situation. 

Marvin Jones
News
Jones has agreed to join the Lions, Dianna Marie Russini of ESPN reports.

One day after Calvin Johnson announced his retirement, the Lions swooped in and grabbed one of the top wide receivers on the free agent market, inking Jones to a deal that will averaged $8 million per year, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Jones will step into the starting wide receiver spot Johnson vacated opposite Golden Tate.

Dwayne Washington
No Updates
Adairius Barnes
No Updates
Matt Prater
News
Prater went 22 for 24 on field goals and 36 for 39 on extra points during the 2015 season.

Prater also kicked the second longest field goal in the league this season, a 59-yarder in Week 17. Prater's field goal percentage tied New England's Stephen Gostkowski for fifth in the league, but that may speak more to his value in actual football as opposed to fantasy football. No other kicker in the top 10 in accuracy attempted fewer kicks than Prater, who made the 23rd most field goals in the league overall. Prater is known for having a mighty pendulum for a right leg, but he's probably not worth a pickup to start the 2016 season. Nine kickers kicked at least 30 field goals this season, a figure Prater has only reached once in his career, back in 2009 with Denver.

Quinshad Davis
No Updates
DeAndre Levy
News
Levy (hip) "shows no signs of the hip injury that limited him", Mike O'Hara of the Lion's official site reports.

Levy was seen running stride-for-stride with TE Eric Ebron, and evidently appears to be be nearing his 2014 form. That season, Levy racked up 117 solo tackles - 16 more than anyone else - and finished second in the league in total tackles (only behind Luke Kuechly). Should Levy make a full recovery and maneuver through the rest of the offseason without any setbacks, he will undoubtedly re-bolster a Lions defense that finished 19th in the league against the run in 2015.

Injury
Hip - Probable for start of season
Graham Glasgow
No Updates
Cornelius Lucas
News
Lions coach Jim Caldwell said that Riley Reiff might start at right tackle next season. 

Reiff has started 32 games at left tackle over the last two seasons. The Lions aren't sure that last year's right tackle LaAdrian Waddle will be fully recovered from knee surgery, and backup tackle Cornelius Lucas is better on the left side. 

Reiff told the Daily Republic he doesn't care where he plays. 

 "I like playing, and wherever they want to put me, that's fine. I'll play," he said.

Quandre Diggs
News
A lack of size and speed is generally a deadly combination to those seeking employment as an NFL cornerback. But Lions rookie nickel back Quandre Diggs is ahead of the game in his desire to land a job.

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."

Jimmy Landes
No Updates
Gabe Wright
News
Lions rookie defensive tackle Gabe Wright is burdened with wearing former Detroit star Ndamukong Suh's number. But the fourth-round draft pick is showing he can rep the number and fill in the void left in the defense, according to MLive.com.

"We think he is going to be productive for us when we get him in here and get him in the rotation for us," defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said. "We are hoping, like most of our defensive tackles, to get him 25, 30, 35 plays a game."

Sixth-round pick Quandre Diggs thinks the team is going to have a solid player in the middle of their defensive line.

"He's going to go out and compete," Diggs said. "He's one of those big guys that loves to hustle. He loves to make plays, and he plays the game with the type of excitement that you love to see from those big guys."

George Winn
News
Winn -- who had been an exclusive rights free agent -- has signed his contract tender with the Lions, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick continue to slot in as as the Lions' top two running backs, while Winn (who recorded just four carries for one yard in seven 2015 appearances for Detroit) and Zach Zenner will jostle for depth slotting in the team's backfield along with free agent acquisition Stevan Ridley.

Alex Carter
News
Carter (ankle) has practiced as a slot corner with the starting defense in offseason workouts, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Carter missed all of his rookie season with an ankle injury, but is getting back into the flow of things this offseason. He was originally placed on the injured reserve/designated to return, but the injury lingered and he couldn't recover in time. Now that he's back to full strength, the 2015 third-round pick has been rotating between the first and second team defense and spent time at both outside and slot corner back. In training camp, he'll be competing with Darrin Walls, Quandre Diggs, and Crezdon Butler for reps in the slot and behind starters Darius Slay and Nevin Lawson.

Haloti Ngata
News
Ngata has signed a two-year deal to remain with the Lions, ESPN.com reports.

Ngata will thus continue to be a key part of the Lions' interior defensive line, with his arrival in a trade with the Ravens last March having occurred in the wake of the departure of Ndamukong Suh. With 24 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 14 games this past season, Ngata is off the IDP radar in all but the deepest of fantasy formats.

Brandon Pettigrew
News
Pettigrew has been placed on the physically unable to perform list prior to the start of Detroit's training camp.

Pettigrew has been recovering from a ACL tear he suffered in December of last season. Though he's made steady progress, he isn't ready to practice quite yet, but he will participate with the team in all meetings during the preseason and training camp. He'll be looking to return as soon as possible to compete with Eric Ebron and Tim Wright, who'll share first team reps while Pettigrew is sidelined.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for start of season
Corey Fuller
News
Fuller has been placed on the physically unable to perform list for the start of the Lions' training camp.

Fuller had offseason foot surgery in June and a timetable has not yet been released for his return. That being said it's now clear he won't be able to practice at the start of training camp. When healthy, he's a likely candidate for the Lions' No. 3 wide receiver slot behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones. Whether or not he returns to practice during training camp remains to be seen. Look for Andre Roberts and Jeremy Kerley to see some extra reps as long as Fuller is sidelined.

Tyrunn Walker
News
Walker re-signed with the Lions, inking a one-year deal on Thursday, Justin Rogers of MLive.com reports.

Walker signed a one-year contract with the Lions last season and will now remain with the team for at least another year. In 2015 he played in four games, recording nine tackles.

Rafael Bush
News
Bush will compete with Tavon Wilson for the Lions' starting job at strong safety this offseason, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

The Lions have a void to fill opposite incumbent FS Glover Quin (ankle), and Lion's GM Bob Quinn recently declared the newly-signed Bush a candidate for the gig. Tavon Wilson, the Lions' other free-agent signing at safety, appears to be Bush's main competition for the job, though Quinn didn't rule out the possibility of Detroit also adding more players to the competition as the offseason continues. For now, Bush is the favorite to win the role. He is undoubtedly the more tenured of the two, as Bush started 14 games for the Saints between 2013 and 2015, compared to Wilson's four total career starts. Should Bush win out, and avoid the injury bug that has plagued him the past two seasons, he will aim to improve a Detroit defense that surrendered a 10th-worst 25.0 points per game in 2015.

Miles Killebrew
News
Killebrew will compete with Rafael Bush and Tavon Wilson for the Lions' starting strong safety position, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

The Lions set at the free safety position with veteran Glover Quinn (ankle), but the strong safety job looks to be an open and intense competition. Initially there was concern about Killebrew's coverage ability, but he'll be given every chance to prove he can handle coverage at the NFL level, where he'll likely be asked to cover tight ends. Due to the veteran presence of Bush and Wilson, it would be surprising if Killebrew became the team's Week 1 starter, but it is likely that he gets some backup snaps to start the year.

Chase Farris
No Updates
Larry Warford
News
Lions offensive lineman Larry Warford is still bothered by a high ankle sprain, but he hopes to begin practicing this week, reports MLive.com.

"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.

Timothy Wright
News
Wright sustained a torn ACL during the Lions' offseason program, which spurred the team to release him Thursday, The Detroit News reports.

After clearing waivers Tuesday, the Lions placed the tight end on injured reserve, thus retaining his rights while he spends the next year or so in rehabilitation. In three professional seasons with a trio of organizations, the hybrid wideout/tight end has totaled 89 catches (on 125 targets) for 907 yards and 13 touchdowns in 41 games.

Injury
Knee - IR.
Ezekiel Ansah
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Ansah's fifth-year contract option has been exercised by the Lions, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Ansah was drafted as a high-upside prospect at No. 5 overall in 2013 and has since emerged into one of the NFL's premier pass rushers. Through three seasons, he's totaled 30 sacks, including a career-best 14.5 last season, which accompanied 47 tackles and four forced fumbles as well. A fast-rising talent, Ansah will remain with the Lions through 2017, when his salary is expected to rise to $12.7 million.

Don Muhlbach
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The Lions have re-signed long snapper Don Muhlbach to a one-year contract, the team announced Friday.

Muhlbach made the Pro Bowl in 2012 and has spent his entire 12-year career with the Lions. 

Louis Palmer
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Orson Charles
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The NFL suspended Saints tight end Orson Charles for the first game of the season, reports the NFL Network. The suspension was for violating the league's Personal Conduct Policy.

Charles has nine receptions for 109 yards during his three-year career.

Anthony Zettel
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The Lions selected Zettel in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 202nd overall.

Originally a defensive end, Zettel was more of a defensive tackle over the last two years at Penn State, a span in which he was quite disruptive on a strong defense. At 6-foot-4, 277 pounds, Zettel remains a tackle/end tweener, as he has the size of an end but athleticism below the average for one.

Caraun Reid
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Lions defensive tackle Caraun Reid (ankle) practiced for the first time since Aug. 20, Josh Katzenstein of The Detroit News reports.

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.

Devin Taylor
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Lions tight ends Eric Ebron (hamstring) and Joseph Fauria (ankle) are active for Sunday's game at Arizona after being listed as probable. Ebron returns after missing three straight games and will start in place of Brandon Pettigrew (foot). Fauria is back after missing six straight games.

Also suiting up are safety James Ihedigbo (back), center Don Muhlbach (ankle), right tacle LaAdrian Waddle (knee) and defensive end Devin Taylor (knee).

Sam Martin
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Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell, still upset about the pass-interference flag officials picked up in the fourth quarter of Sunday's playoff loss at Dallas, suggested video replay be used on critical calls like that one, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

"I think, without question, it was probably not officiated correctly in my estimation,” Caldwell said Monday. "Nevertheless, I do think in this day and age, with modern times where we have technology that can take out the human factor in certain key situations in big games, that we should use that technology to do so."

Detroit led 20-17 and had third-and-1 at the Cowboys' 46-yard line when linebacker Anthony Hitchens was called for pass interference against tight end Brandon Pettigrew. Officials reversed themselves and picked up the flag, prompting a Lions punt. Sam Martin shanked it, the Cowboys drove for a touchdown and held on to win 24-20.

"I'm angry about it, and trying to keep my composure here, but I'm probably angry for our team, and the fans," Caldwell said. "That's the thing that stirs your blood."

Dean Blandino, the NFL's vice president for officiating, said Hitchens should have been penalized for defensive holding. That would have given the Lions a first down, putting them near field-goal range.

T.J. Jones
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Jones operated as a slot receiver with the Lions' first-team offense during Detroit's offseason program, the The Detroit Free Press reports.

Jones, a 2014 sixth-rounder, spent the entirety of his rookie season on the PUP list, then caught just one ball off three targets through November of 2015. However, Jones finished the year on a high note by corralling nine balls for 121 yards and a touchdown during the month of December, hauling in a pass of at least 15 yards in every contest. Now taking first-team reps in the slot during the Lions' first offseason under OC Jim Bob Cooter, Jones appears to be in direct competition with both Jeremy Kerley and Andre Caldwell for the No. 3 receiver job in the wake of Calvin Johnson's retirement.

Golden Tate
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Tate caught 90 of 128 targets for 813 yards and six touchdowns in 2015, adding 41 yards on six carries.

For the second consecutive year, Tate led the Lions in receptions. He did much of his work underneath the coverage in 2015, his 9.0 yards per catch the lowest total of any receiver who ranked in the Top 10 in the league in catches. Tate disappointed early on with just one touchdown in the first 10 games of the season, but he was able to find the end zone five times in the final six contests of the season. More and better production could be in Tate's future as, if Calvin Johnson departs due to retirement or for cap savings, Tate would suddenly become Detroit's primary target.

Devon Bell
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Jeremy Kerley
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Kerley has agreed to terms on a contract with the Lions, ESPN's Adam Caplin reports.

Kerley is coming off a season in which a scaled back role resulted in career-lows in catches (16), targets (26) and receiving yards (152). That being said, he's proven to be a capable slot receiver in the past, and given the Lions' need at wide receiver, he could compete for the team's No. 3 job this season, potentially offering for a slight fantasy resurgence.

Antwione Williams
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Theo Riddick
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Riddick caught 80 of 99 targets for 697 yards and three touchdowns and added 133 yards on 43 carries in 2015.

Riddick ended the season tied with Danny Woodhead for most receptions by a running back. The third-year back was by far the most consistent performer in Detroit's backfield, leading the threesome with 833 total yards. With at least five catches in 10 games in 2015, Riddick should continue to be featured prominently in Detroit's passing attack in 2015 and could be starter-material in PPR leagues.

Zaviar Gooden
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The Titans released linebacker Zaviar Gooden (hamstring) from injured reserve Tuesday, 247Sports reports. 

Gooden believes he can still play this season despite being placed on injured reserve, so the Titans released him so he can try to hook on with another team.

Dan Orlovsky
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Orlovsky re-signed with the Lions on Friday, James Jahnke of the Detroit Free Press reports.

The terms of the contract are not disclosed, but Orlovsky will remain in Detroit for at least another season. The 32-year-old has cemented himself as Matthew Stafford's backup, appearing in two games last season.

Jay Lee
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Taylor Decker
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Charles Washington
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Tavon Wilson
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Wilson and Rafael Bush will compete for the Lion's starting strong safety position this offseason, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Back in 2012, then-rookie Wilson played in all 16 games for the Patriots, logging four starts and an equal number of interceptions. In three seasons since, he failed to start a single contest, and picked off just one pass. Now in Detroit, the Illinois product will have the opportunity to reposition himself as an NFL starter this offseason, according to Lions GM Bob Quinn. Glover Quin (ankle) is currently cemented in as their starting free safety, but Wilson will compete with Rafael Bush to patrol the secondary alongside him. However, Bush is the presumptive favorite to win this battle, and the Lions could still further address the safety position in the draft or through the free-agent market.

Eric Ebron
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Ebron has been sidelined at OTAs due to an undisclosed injury, Tim Twentyman of Detroitlions.com reports.

The Lions will wrap up OTAs on Friday, then begin a three-day mandatory minicamp next Tuesday. Although Ebron has missed the entirety of OTAs, there hasn't been any indication his injury is serious, and he has still been present as an observer. With Calvin Johnson retired and the Lions lacking other pass-game options at tight end, Ebron figures to be a key piece in the aerial attack this season under offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter.

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Undisclosed - Probable for start of season
Geoff Schwartz
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The Giants have completely remodeled their offensive line unit for the start of organized team activities.

Compared to last year's o-line, only two players are back but even those guys have switched positions and shifted along the line. Justin Pugh has gone from right tackle to left guard and Weston Richburg shifted from left guard to center.

Will Beatty, who was a mainstay at left tackle last season, will miss five to six months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle. Beatty's injury has paved the way for rookie Ereck Flowers to step in at the left tackle position.

Quaterback Eli Manning is still adjusting to all the moving pieces in front of him.

"Obviously, having a new center can be an adjustment," Manning said. "But (Weston) Richburg was here last year and I got snaps with him last year, so that hasn't been a big deal. Anytime you have a rookie at left tackle, it can be an adjustment."

Geoff Schwartz and John Jerry are splitting time at right guard, while Marshall Newhouse has been taking the snaps at right tackle.

Quanterus Smith
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The Broncos have waived defensive end Quanterus Smith, the Denver Post reports. The team confirmed the move Tuesday.

Smith played in 15 games last season as DeMarcus Ware's backup on the line, recording 11 tackles and no sacks. He was placed on the injured reserve with a knee injury before the team's divisional-round loss against the Colts. His role next season could go to Shaquil Barrett, who was added to the roster before that playoff loss.

Andre Roberts
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Roberts signed a one-year deal with the Lions on Monday, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.

Roberts was released by the Redskins last month after hauling in 47 passes over 25 games with the team. The 28-year-old drew considerable interest as a free agent, and he'll now head to Detroit, joining a receiving corps that must make up for the loss of Calvin Johnson to retirement. Roberts figures to compete for a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver spot with the likes of Corey Fuller, Jeremy Kerley and Marvin Jones. The Lions are also reportedly interested in adding veteran Anquan Boldin, who will visit with the team Monday.

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.

Josh Bynes
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Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy (hip) won't play Sunday against the Vikings, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Levy has not practiced since Aug. 24 due to a hip strain, so his Week 3 status is cloudy as well. In his absence this weekend, Josh Bynes will start in Levy's place on Sunday.

Isaiah Johnson
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Damian Copeland
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For a few hours Wednesday, the Jaguars had two healthy receivers who have played in the NFL. That's how many receivers Jacksonville has lost. ESPN.com updated the team's woes at wideout:

Mike Brown went down with hamstring tightness Wednesday after a strong camp. It's unclear how long he'll be out.

Starter Cecil Shorts left the first practice July 25 with hamstring tightness too and has not practiced since. Rookie Allen Robinson strained his hamstring July 31 and will be out at least one more week. Tandon Doss is out indefinitely with a badly sprained ankle.

Rookie Damian Copeland went on IR on Monday with a wrist injury. Rookie Nathan Slaughter sprained his foot and is out several weeks. Ace Sanders, who caught 51 passes last year, took a leave of absence for "personal issues" and will face a four-game substance abuse suspension upon his return.

"Man, I've never seen anything like it," said receiver Kerry Taylor, who started four games last year. "I don't even know what to call it."
Ameer Abdullah
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Abdullah (shoulder) will be ready for the start of training camp, which kicks off Friday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

The Lions will place a trio of players on the preseason PUP list -- WR Corey Fuller (foot), TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee), and OT Corey Robinson (undisclosed) -- but Abdullah has avoided such an honor. Alas, Abdullah's recovery from offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum has followed the intended path, which should afford him every opportunity to solidify himself as the clear-cut No. 1 back. His rookie campaign was a roller-coaster ride, to say the least, yet he still finished with respectable output, namely 4.2 yards per carry and 25 receptions on 38 targets in 16 games.

Injury
Shoulder - Probable for start of season
Gabe Ikard
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According to the Tennessean, the following players will not suit up for the Titans Saturday night against the Falcons in Atlanta: center Chris Spencer, center Gabe Ikard, quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, and defensive lineman Antonio Johnson and Mike Martin.
Luke Marquardt
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The 49ers released offensive tackle Luke Marquardt, who reportedly re-fractured the same foot that kept him out all of last season, according to the Sacramento Bee.
 
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