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Detroit Lions

Stadium: Ford Field | Coach: Jim Caldwell
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense18th89.4 (24th)259.1 (12th)
Defense25th112.0 (19th)273.0 (23rd)
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94Ansah, Ezekiel DE6-52755/29/19894Brigham Young
50Armbrister, Thurston OLB6-323512/25/19922Miami (Fla.)
29Bademosi, Johnson DB6-02067/23/19905Stanford
38Barnes, Adairius CB5-101884/30/1994RLouisiana Tech
80Boldin, Anquan WR6-122010/3/198014Florida State
97Bryant, Armonty OLB6-42655/20/19904East Central (OK)
46Burton, Michael FB6-02472/1/19922Rutgers
31Bush, Rafael SS5-112035/12/19876South Carolina State
 Bynes, Josh LB6-12358/24/19895Auburn
26Carey, Don SS5-112022/14/19878Norfolk State
96Charles, Stefan DT6-53206/9/19884Regina (Canada)
51Copeland, Brandon DE6-32637/2/19912Pennsylvania
66Dahl, Joe G6-43054/9/1993RWashington State
68Decker, Taylor T6-73118/23/1993ROhio State
28Diggs, Quandre CB5-92001/22/19932Texas
85Ebron, Eric TE6-42534/10/19933North Carolina
30Forsett, Justin RB5-819510/14/19859California
10Fuller, Corey WR6-22006/23/19903Virginia Tech
60Glasgow, Graham G6-63087/19/1992RMichigan
84Harbor, Clay TE6-32407/2/19877Missouri State
61Hyder, Kerry DE6-22705/2/19911Texas Tech
11Jones, Marvin WR6-21983/12/19905California
35Killebrew, Miles SS6-22225/10/1993RSouthern Utah
24Lawson, Nevin CB5-91924/23/19913Utah State
86Lee, Khari TE6-42531/16/19922Bowie State
54Levy, DeAndre OLB6-22343/26/19878Wisconsin
77Lucas, Cornelius T6-93307/18/19913Kansas State
6Martin, Sam P6-12112/27/19904Appalachian State
48Muhlbach, Don LS6-42588/17/198113Texas A&M
92Ngata, Haloti DT6-43451/21/198411Oregon
8Orlovsky, Dan QB6-52158/18/198311Connecticut
87Pettigrew, Brandon TE6-52782/23/19858Oklahoma State
5Prater, Matt K5-102018/10/198410Central Florida
27Quin, Glover FS6-02071/15/19868New Mexico
71Reiff, Riley T6-630512/1/19885Iowa
25Riddick, Theo RB5-92015/4/19914Notre Dame
12Roberts, Andre WR5-111921/9/19887The Citadel
91Robinson, A'Shawn DT6-33203/21/1995RAlabama
70Robinson, Corey T6-73175/21/19922South Carolina
23Slay, Darius CB6-01901/1/19914Mississippi State
9Stafford, Matthew QB6-32262/7/19888Georgia
64Swanson, Travis C6-53041/30/19913Arkansas
15Tate, Golden WR5-101978/2/19887Notre Dame
98Taylor, Devin DE6-727511/15/19894South Carolina
99Thornton, Khyri DT6-331511/21/19893Southern Mississippi
72Tomlinson, Laken G6-33122/9/19922Duke
93Walker, Tyrunn DT6-33103/18/19905Tulsa
75Warford, Larry G6-33176/18/19914Kentucky
36Washington, Dwayne RB6-12234/24/1994RWashington
59Whitehead, Tahir MLB6-22414/2/19905Temple
89Wick, Cole TE6-625711/30/1993RIncarnate Word (Tex.)
52Williams, Antwione OLB6-32405/26/1993RGeorgia Southern
32Wilson, Tavon SS6-02123/19/19905Illinois
34Zenner, Zach FB5-112219/13/19912South Dakota State
69Zettel, Anthony DT6-42708/9/1992RPenn State
Injured Players
21Abdullah, Ameer (IR) RB5-92036/13/19932Nebraska
47Bostic, Jon (IR) LB6-12455/5/19914Florida
42Landes, Jimmy (IR) LS6-12528/13/1992RBaylor
18Spadola, Ryan (IR) WR6-12052/15/19912Lehigh
40Wells, Ian (IR) CB5-111997/14/1993ROhio U.
83Wright, Timothy (IR) TE6-42204/7/19904Rutgers
Practice Squad
16Billingsley, Jace WR5-91895/17/1993REastern Oregon State
33Carter, Alex CB6-019810/19/19941Stanford
 Chubb, Brandon LB6-124010/21/1993RWake Forest
13Jones, T.J. WR6-01907/19/19922Notre Dame
58Longa, Steve OLB6-12419/29/1994RRutgers
 Rotheram, Matt G6-53257/5/19921Pittsburgh
14Rudock, Jake QB6-32071/21/1993RMichigan
 Smith, D'Joun CB5-111939/23/19922Florida Atlantic
 Thomas, Brandon G6-33172/18/19912Clemson
 Washington, Charles DB5-101923/16/1993RFresno State
Roster Analysis
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Position Listing
Jon Bostic
Bostic (foot) was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Bostic had surgery on his foot about three weeks ago and was expected to land on IR. The move opens up a roster spot which the Lions use to sign Khari Lee.

Foot - Injured Reserve
Khari Lee
Lee was claimed off waivers by the Lions on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Lee was waived by Chicago on Sunday after the team picked up tight end Logan Paulsen. Aside from backing up Eric Ebron, it remains unclear how Lee will fit in with current tight end bunch.

Ian Wells
Zach Zenner
Zenner rushed nine times for 29 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Redskins.

Zenner led the Lions in carries, but was out-gained by teammate Justin Forsett in both rushing and receiving yardage. With Dwayne Washington (ankle) nearing a return, Zenner's days as a significant contributor appear to be coming to a close.

Cole Wick
Wick was held without a catch Sunday against the Rams.

Although starting TE Eric Ebron (knee) was sidelined for another week, Wick barely saw the field yet again. Instead, he ceded snaps to Clay Harbor and Khari Lee, who both serve as more traditional, in-line blocking specialists. It's unclear if the Lions' coaching staff lacks confidence in the rookie or if they simply prefer to lean on their wide receivers, but, either way, Wick has fallen off the fantasy radar.

Nevin Lawson
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. 

Anquan Boldin
Boldin caught three passes for 28 yards and one touchdown Sunday against the Redskins.

With the Lions trailing by three with 16 seconds to go, QB Matthew Stafford found Boldin on an 18-yard dart to win the contest. The score represents Boldin's fourth on the season, though his yardage total remained modest. It may be a challenge for the veteran to score for a third-consecutive game next week against the Texans' second-ranked pass defense.

Jace Billingsley
Billingsley totaled 33 yards and a touchdown on three catches while also gaining 41 yards on three punt returns in Friday's 30-17 preseason victory over the Steelers.

The 23-year-old receiver hauled in a 27-yard touchdown from Jake Ruddock to close out the scoring on the night while also making important contributions on special teams. Billingsley is one of a cast of thousands trying to nab a backup wide receiver role and faces an uphill climb as an undrafted free agent. However, after finishing fourth in the country with 1,931 all-purpose yards at Eastern Oregon last season, Billingsley could work his way onto the roster with additional performances of the caliber of the one he generated Friday.

Clay Harbor
Harbor secured both of his targets for 16 yards Sunday against the Redskins.

With Eric Ebron (knee) and Brandon Pettigrew (knee - ACL) still out of commission, only a trio of Harbor, Khari Lee and Cole Wick remained to make up the Lions' tight end corps Sunday. Out of those three, Harbor was the only one to see any attention at all in the passing game, and that's now been the case for two consecutive weeks. The Missouri State product hasn't been able to carve out a significant target share amongst all Lions pass catchers, though, as Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Anquan Boldin have operated as QB Matthew Stafford's go-to options downfield. Such a trend is unlikely to change anytime soon, and with both Ebron and Pettigrew each nearing a return, Harbor's receiving totals only stand to decrease in the coming weeks.

D'Joun Smith
Smith was waived/injured by the Colts.

The 2015 third-round draft pick played just four games for the Colts as he struggled with a variety of injuries.

Ankle - Questionable for Week 8 at Houston
Riley Reiff
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.

Illness - Did Not Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 8 at Houston
Matthew Stafford
Stafford completed 18 of 29 pass attempts for 266 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's 20-17 victory over the Redskins, adding an additional 32 yards on two carries.

Stafford orchestrated his third consecutive game-winning drive Sunday, capping this one off with a 18-yard touchdown strike to veteran Anquan Boldin. Before that final possession, though, Stafford had only accounted for 205 yards passing, 18 yards rushing, and zero touchdowns. Looking at the bigger picture, the signal caller has now thrown for three-plus touchdowns or one (or less) in every game this season, evidencing Stafford's variable production regardless of his team's real-life success. He'll now have to leave the familiar confines of Ford Field to take on the Texans' second-ranked passing defense in Week 8.

Ryan Spadola
Spadola (pectoral) is currently on the Lions' Reserve/Injured list.

Since going undrafted out of Lehigh in 2013, Spadola had bounced around the league before joining the Lions' practice squad in 2015. He then signed a futures contract with the team at the end of the season, but suffered a torn pectoral muscle over the summer and was placed on injured reserve shortly thereafter. His future with the team beyond the 2016 campaign is uncertain.

Pectoral - Injured Reserve
Jake Rudock
Rudock was waived by the Lions on Saturday, Dave Birkett of the the Detroit Free Press reports.

Rudock was in competition for the backup quarterback role but he lost out to Dan Orlovsky and Detroit decided to only keep two quarterbacks. He'll be eligible for the practice squad if he clears waivers.

Khyri Thornton
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
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.

Tahir Whitehead
Whitehead recorded 12 tackles and defended a pass Sunday against Washington.

With the exception of one game, Whitehead has recorded at least nine tackles in each game this season, and he's posted at least 11 stops in three of his last four contests. He'll likely break his career-high of 86 tackles within his next two matchups, and he's clearly a player in the midst of a breakout. In addition to the excellent tackle numbers, he's now been credited with five pass defenses on the year, and he's definitely a player who's worthy of a roster spot in IDP leagues.

A'Shawn Robinson
Robinson (shoulder) will play Sunday against the Rams, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Robinson was limited throughout the week at practice but he'll play through the aliment on Sunday. Even with the injury, the defensive tackle could see increased reps with Haloti Ngata (shoulder) out for a handful of weeks.

Glover Quin
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
Ankle - Did Not Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 8 at Houston
No Updates
Joe Dahl
Illness - Did Not Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 8 at Houston
No Updates
Michael Burton
No Updates
Laken Tomlinson
Tomlinson (neck) is active for Sunday's tilt with the Rams, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Tomlinson was limited in practice this week after due to an unspecified neck injury, but will attempt to play through it Sunday. He'll go up against a tough Rams' defensive line, specifically matching up with Aaron Donald.

Stefan Charles
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
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
Carey (ribs) will play Sunday against the Rams, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Carey was limited this week in practice early this week but was a full participant on Friday, giving him the green light to play Sunday. He'll likely assume his role as reserve safety behind Glover Quin, but should see plenty of snaps on special teams.

Darius Slay
Slay's (hamstring) status for Sunday's game against the Texans is uncertain at this point, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Slay exited Sunday's win over the Redskins after injuring his hamstring and is slated for further evaluation Monday. While coach Jim Caldwell didn't provide an update on his situation, the Lions' injury report should offer some clarity later in the week. With a matchup against star wideout DeAndre Hopkins looming, Detroit will certainly hope to have Slay available come Sunday.

Hamstring - Did Not Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 8 at Houston
Matt Rotheram
Biceps - Questionable for Week 8 at Houston
No Updates
Travis Swanson
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. 

Armonty Bryant
Bryant was activated to the 53-man roster Saturday, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.

Bryant was released the Browns shortly after pleading to misdemeanor drug charges Wednesday. The Lions scooped him off waivers and will look for him to help out incase DeAndre Levy in unable to play in Week 5.

Marvin Jones
Jones absence from Wednesday's practice wasn't related to an injury.

Jones has missed one practice this season and been limited in a few others, but an injury was always the impetus. He'll thus have sessions Thursday and Friday to clear him for Sunday's game in Houston.

Dwayne Washington
Washington (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday.

After focusing on rehabilitation rather than practice the past three weeks, Washington turned in an uninhibited session to begin preparation for Sunday's game at Houston. The same cannot be said for Theo Riddick (ankle), who was a limited participant Wednesday. As the week proceeds, the duo's activity level could determine which running back earns more snaps Sunday, but Washington may be a step ahead at the moment.

Brandon Chubb
No Updates
Adairius Barnes
Barnes (ankle) was a full participant in practice on Wednesday.

Barnes has missed the past three games with an ankle injury. However, he appears in line to play on Sunday in his usual role as a reserve cornerback.

Matt Prater
Prater converted two of three field-goal attempts and both of his PATs during the Lions' 20-17 victory over the Redskins on Sunday.

Prater finally wasn't needed to secure the win this week, as QB Matthew Stafford found receiver Anquan Boldin for an 18-yard go-ahead touchdown with 16 seconds remaining. However, that possession may not have occurred had Prater not missed one of his field-goal attempts. After a three-week stretch of playing at home, Prater will now travel to Houston in Week 8.

DeAndre Levy
Levy (quadriceps) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Redskins, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

Having not played since the season opener, Levy still hasn't participated in practice either and remains without an estimate for return.

Quadriceps - Did Not Practice on Wednesday. Out for Week 8 at Houston
Graham Glasgow
No Updates
Cornelius Lucas
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
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
Shoulder - Injured Reserve
Alex Carter
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
Ngata (shoulder) will not play Sunday against the Redskins, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

Ngata was given a 2-3 week timetable for return prior to missing last week's game. Thus, there's evidently optimism he could return in Week 8.

Shoulder - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 8 at Houston
Brandon Pettigrew
Pettigrew (knee - ACL) could return to practice in two weeks, the Oakland Press reports.

Pettigrew, who suffered a season-ending torn ACL in his left knee last season, has resided on the Lions' PUP list thus far into the 2016 campaign. When he's able to return, he'll likely provide an instant upgrade to Detroit's blocking efforts in both the running game as well as pass protection due to his nature as an in-line blocking specialist. However, with Eric Ebron (knee) in the fold, Pettigrew faces long odds at achieving fantasy relevance.

Knee - ACL - Physically Unable to Perform
Corey Fuller
Fuller (foot) returned to practice Wednesday, but he remains on the PUP list, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Fuller has 21 days from here on out to be activated by the Lions in order to return to game action this season. Fellow receivers Golden Tate and Marvin Jones are the clear top two options at the position for the Lions, while Fuller could compete with Anquan Boldin and Andre Roberts for snaps upon his potential return.

Foot - Physically Unable to Perform
Brandon Thomas
The 49ers officially opened the practice window for linebacker NaVorro Bowman and  three other players on Tuesday, according to Pro Football Talk. Bowman, along with tight end Garrett Celek, offensive lineman Brandon Thomas and cornerback Keith Reaser will have three weeks to be added to the 53-man active roster or their seasons will be lost.

An earlier report had Bowman in danger of missing the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee that he suffered during last season's NFC Championship game. He's expected to be a limited participant in practice all week leading up to Week 12 against Washington.

Justin Forsett
Forsett carried eight times for 33 yards and secured both of his targets for 15 yards Sunday against the Redskins.

Forsett didn't lead the Lions in rush attempts (Zach Zenner received nine), but was the most effective tailback on a per-touch basis, especially as a receiver. It remains to be seen if Theo Riddick (ankle) will be available for next week's matchup with the Texans, but Dwayne Washington (ankle) appears likely to suit up after returning to practice this past week. In such an event, both Forsett as well Zenner would likely yield the backfield to the rookie out of Washington.

Tyrunn Walker
Walker (calf) is active for the Lions' Week 3 matchup Sunday against the Packers, MLive.com's Kyle Meinke reports.

Walker only put in one full practice during the week, but he's still expected to fill his usual starting role at one of the defensive tackle spots. He's recorded six tackles and no sacks through the Lions' first two games.

Rafael Bush
Bush is poised to be the Lions' starting strong safety entering 2016, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Bush has taken every first-team rep more than a week into training camp alongside entrenched-starter Glover Quin and appears to have won out in his competition with fellow free-agrent acquisition Tavon Wilson for Detroit's starting strong safety job. Wilson figures to be the team's No. 3 safety and should take the field in nickel packages. This pecking order doesn't figure to change before Week 1.

Steve Longa
Longa was signed by the Lions on Saturday, Tim Twentyman of of the team's official site reports.

The Rutgers product will likely serve as a special teams asset as he takes time to learn the playbook before additional responsibilities.

Miles Killebrew
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.

Larry Warford
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
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.

Knee - Injured Reserve
Ezekiel Ansah
Ansah (ankle) is active Sunday against the Redskins.

Ansah had previously been dealing with an ankle injury, but returned last week against the Rams without setback so there was little concern he wouldn't be ready for this week's game.

Don Muhlbach
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. 

Anthony Zettel
Zettel (coach's decision) is inactive for the Lions' Week 2 matchup against the Titans.

Zettle is not injured and is presumably a healthy scratch due to teammate Ezekiel Ansah's (shoulder) clearance to play.

Devin Taylor
Taylor (ankle) is active for Sunday's divisional matchup with the Bears.

Taylor was listed as questionable in Friday's injury report but will give it a go on Sunday as he hopes to avoid aggravating an ankle injury. The defensive end played through the injury last week, notching one tackle while taking the field for 45 snaps. Look for a similar snap count this week with Brandon Copeland prepared to fill in at any moment.

Sam Martin
Martin signed a four-year extension with Detroit on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Martin's new deal will reportedly make him the third-highest paid punter in the NFL and will keep him in Detroit through the 2020 season.

T.J. Jones
Jones was waived by the Lions on Saturday, Justin Rogers of the Detroit News reports.

Jones projected as the fourth receiver on the Lions depth chart, so this move is surprising. The 24-year-old had four receptions, and 54 yards in three preseason games. Andre Roberts and Jace Billingsley figure to slide up on the depth chart assuming they make the final cut.

Golden Tate
Tate caught six passes (across 12 targets) for 93 yards Sunday against the Redskins.

Tate was unable to replicate his career day from a week ago, but would have came close had he stayed in bounds to secure a touchdown pass from QB Matt Stafford in the fourth quarter. What's more, his 12 targets easily led the team, as the next closest receiver, Marvin Jones, garnered just five. That brings Tate to 22 targets in two games, more than the previous three combined. As such, it appears the Lions have a newfound commitment to feature Tate in the passing game. If he continues to see this amount of attention on a weekly basis, even more productive days are sure to follow.

Antwione Williams
Williams (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Bears and is expected to start.

Williams was limited in practice on Thursday as he continued to nurse a hamstring injury that kept him out of Week 3's loss to the Packers. With DeAndre Levy (quadriceps) out once again, the rookie Williams will get another opportunity to start, as he filled in for the veteran linebacker in Week 2. Head coach Jim Caldwell said of Williams' Week 2 performance, "Young, tough, aggressive, learning." He recorded four tackles (two solo) in Week 2 and will look to put together a similar performance in Chicago this Sunday.

Theo Riddick
Riddick (ankle) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Ankle injuries have kept the Lions' top-2 running backs (Riddick and Dwayne Washington) on the sideline for two and three games, respectively. Both returned to practice Wednesday, but Riddick was unable to handle every drill, as Washington did. Their level of participation this week will likely determine who among the pair receives more work Sunday at Houston.

Ankle - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 8 at Houston
Dan Orlovsky
Orlovsky completed eight of 14 passes for 83 yards and an interception in Thursday's preseason game against the Bengals.

Orlovsky was much better in Detroit's first preseason game, and in any case, he doesn't appear to have competition for the top backup job. If the Lions do retain sixth-round rookie Jake Rudock, it will likely just be as the No. 3 quarterback, which usually comes with inactive status on gamedays.

Taylor Decker
No Updates
Thurston Armbrister
No Updates
Charles Washington
No Updates
Tavon Wilson
Wilson (neck) is active for Sunday's contest, Kyle Meinke of MLive Media Group reports.

Wilson missed last week's game after exiting the Lions' Week 3 game with his injury. He's slated to start along with Glover Quin at safety on Sunday.

Eric Ebron
Ebron (ankle/knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Ebron's workload is no surprise given his lack of practice the past three weeks. It remains to be seen if his lower right leg will allow him to fit in a full showing Thursday or Friday, but he's certainly made a step toward taking the field for the first time since Week 4.

Knee - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 8 at Houston
Andre Roberts
Roberts caught his only target for eight yards and operated as the Lions' starting punt and kick returner in the team's 39-35 victory over the Colts' on Sunday.

It's unclear whether Roberts completely seized the punt-return job from Golden Tate considering Tate entered the contest as questionable to play, but Roberts has definitely taken over as the Lions' starting kick returner since the coaching staff wants Ameer Abdullah, last year's kickoff-return man, to solely focus on running back duties in 2016. Regardless, Roberts is an afterthought in Lions' passing game, and, unless that changes, he's therefore an afterthought in fantasy circles as well.

Kerry Hyder
Hyder logged three tackles, including two sacks, in the Lions' 39-35 victory over the Browns on Sunday.

Following a three-sack performance in the team's preseason finale, Hyder clearly carried his momentum into the regular season. He isn't an overly-powerful player, nor quick, but has demonstrated a high motor and drew praise for his relentless effort from the Lions' coaching staff in the preseason. If he can work himself further into the rotation along Detroit's defensive line, and simply be given the opportunity to tally high tackle numbers, Hyder could develop into a legitimate IDP option over the course of the 2016 campaign.

Josh Bynes
Bynes (knee) re-signed with the Lions on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Bynes rejoins the Lions after being released by the team back in September. He was initially placed on injured reserve due to a knee aliment, but his re-signing could mean he is nearing a return. Look for more information to be released this week, as the linebacker is expected to backup Thurston Armbrister.

Ameer Abdullah
When asked about Abdullah (foot) possibly playing again this season, head coach Jim Caldwell left the door open for a possible return, according to Kyle Meinke of MLive.

Caldwell did not actually say any more than "we'll see" when asked Friday if Abdullah could play again this season, but he did not rule him out altogether. Abdullah will not play until Week 11 at the earliest, but Caldwell added that he is making progress, so the Lions could ultimately add him back to the roster if things keep going as planned.

Foot - Injured Reserve

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