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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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21Abdullah, Ameer RB5-82036/13/19932Nebraska
94Ansah, Ezekiel DE6-52785/29/19894Brigham Young
 Bademosi, Johnson DB6-02007/23/19905Stanford
46Burton, Michael FB6-02472/1/19922Rutgers
 Bush, Rafael DB5-112055/12/19876South Carolina State
29Butler, Crezdon CB6-11915/26/19877Clemson
57Bynes, Josh OLB6-12358/24/19895Auburn
26Carey, Don SS5-112032/14/19878Norfolk State
33Carter, Alex CB6-019610/19/19941Stanford
60Cave, Braxston C6-33057/29/19891Notre Dame
 Charles, Stefan DT6-53236/9/19884Regina (Canada)
 Christy, Kyle P6-2202//RFlorida
95Copeland, Brandon LB6-32487/2/19912Pennsylvania
99Cudjo, Jermelle (FA) DT6-22989/28/19865Central Oklahoma
 Dahl, Joe G6-32994/9/1993RWashington State
 Decker, Taylor T6-73208/23/1994ROhio State
28Diggs, Quandre CB5-91971/22/19932Texas
85Ebron, Eric TE6-42554/10/19933North Carolina
 Franklin, Jerry LB6-12451/10/19882Arkansas
10Fuller, Corey WR6-22006/23/19903Virginia Tech
 Gilberry, Wallace DE6-227012/5/19849Alabama
 Glasgow, Graham C6-6306//RMichigan
 Greene, Khaseem LB6-12412/4/19893Rutgers
 Holmes, Lamar T6-63337/8/19895Southern Mississippi
61Hyder, Kerry DE6-22905/2/19911Texas Tech
32Ihedigbo, James (FA) SS6-121412/3/19839Massachusetts
65Ikard, Gabe C6-43049/26/19903Oklahoma
43Johnson, Isaiah DB6-12025/16/19922Georgia Tech
91Jones, Jason (FA) DE6-52755/23/19869Eastern Michigan
 Jones, Marvin WR6-21983/12/19905California
13Jones, T.J. WR6-01907/19/19922Notre Dame
 Kerley, Jeremy WR5-918811/8/19886Texas Christian
68Keyton, Darren C6-33056/15/19902Central Michigan
 Killebrew, Miles SS6-2217//RSouthern Utah
 Landes, Jimmy LS6-12408/13/1992RBaylor
24Lawson, Nevin CB5-91914/23/19913Utah State
54Levy, DeAndre OLB6-22353/26/19878Wisconsin
77Lucas, Cornelius T6-93287/18/19913Kansas State
6Martin, Sam P6-12112/27/19904Appalachian State
16Moore, Lance (FA) WR5-91878/31/198311Toledo
48Muhlbach, Don LS6-42588/17/198113Texas A&M
 Mulligan, Matthew TE6-42671/18/19857Maine
92Ngata, Haloti DT6-43451/21/198411Oregon
74Ola, Michael T6-43124/19/19883Hampton
8Orlovsky, Dan QB6-52158/18/198311Connecticut
80Pascoe, Bear (FA) TE6-52652/23/19867Fresno State
87Pettigrew, Brandon TE6-52782/23/19858Oklahoma State
86Pierce, Casey TE6-32448/21/19911Kent 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
 Ridley, Stevan RB5-112201/27/19896Louisiana State
 Robinson, A'Shawn DT6-43123/21/1995RAlabama
70Robinson, Corey T6-73165/21/19922South Carolina
0Rudock, Jake QB6-32071/21/1993RMichigan
 Schwartz, Geoff T6-63407/11/19868Oregon
23Slay, Darius CB6-01901/1/19914Mississippi State
 Spadola, Ryan WR6-12052/15/19911Lehigh
9Stafford, Matthew QB6-32262/7/19888Georgia
64Swanson, Travis C6-53071/30/19913Arkansas
52Tapp, Darryl (FA) DE6-12709/13/198411Virginia Tech
15Tate, Golden WR5-101988/2/19887Notre Dame
98Taylor, Devin DE6-727511/15/19894South Carolina
 Thompson, Tyrus T6-533011/17/19911Oklahoma
82Thompson, Jordan TE6-42577/12/19892Ohio U.
67Thornton, Khyri DT6-331511/21/19893Southern Mississippi
72Tomlinson, Laken G6-33232/9/19922Duke
55Tulloch, Stephen MLB5-112451/1/198511North Carolina State
53Van Noy, Kyle OLB6-32486/19/19903Brigham Young
93Walker, Tyrunn DT6-33053/18/19905Tulsa
 Walls, Darrin DB6-01906/20/19886Notre Dame
75Warford, Larry G6-33327/18/19914Kentucky
 Washington, Corey WR6-421412/29/19912Newberry
 Washington, Dwayne RB6-2226//RWashington
59Whitehead, Tahir OLB6-22424/2/19905Temple
 Willis, Austin WR5-91754/13/1992REmporia State
30Wilson, Josh (FA) DB5-91873/11/198510Maryland
 Wilson, Tavon DB6-02153/19/19905Illinois
 Winn, George RB5-1121511/10/19903Cincinnati
99Wootton, Corey (FA) DE6-62706/22/19877Northwestern
90Wright, Gabe DT6-33054/3/19922Auburn
83Wright, Timothy TE6-42204/7/19904Rutgers
34Zenner, Zach FB5-112229/13/19912South Dakota State
 Zettel, Anthony DT6-42788/9/1992RPenn State
Roster Analysis
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Position Listing
Michael Ola
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
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
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
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.

Corey Wootton
The Lions placed wide receiver Greg Salas and defensive tackle Corey Wootton on injured reserve Saturday, reports the team's official website. Salas was dealing with a knee injury while Wootton had a torn pectoral.
Zach Zenner
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.

Chest - Probable for start of season
Kyle Van Noy
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.
Jason Jones
Jones (knee) is active for Sunday's matchup against the Bears.

Jones, one of the Lions' starting defensive ends, was cleared to play in Week 6 after returning to full practice Friday. The 29-year-old has recorded 12 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and a forced fumble so far this season.

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. 

Khaseem Greene
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.

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.

Stevan Ridley
The Lions have officially announced their signing of Ridley.

Adding Ridley on a one-year deal gives the Lions a veteran presence in their backfield, helping fill the void created by the team's release of Joique Bell. Now further past the right ACL/MCL injury that he sustained in Week 6 of the 2014 season, Ridley provides the team with a between-the-tackles option to complement Ameer Abdullah and pass-catching back Theo Riddick. In order to secure a key role in the team's backfield in 2016, Ridley will have to hold off the likes of Zach Zenner and George Winn, but if he's healthy, the 2011 third-rounder give the team's backfield a capable and experienced power back.

Matthew Stafford
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
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.

Casey Pierce
No Updates
Jake Rudock
No Updates
Corey Washington
The Giants released wide receiver Corey Washington on Saturday, a source told The Record. Washington caught five passes for 52 yards and one touchdown in 14 games last season.
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.

Wallace Gilberry
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
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.

Darren Keyton
The Lions placed center Darren Keyton on injured reserve Tuesday due to a knee injury. The team also released tight end David Ausberry from injured reserve.
A'Shawn Robinson
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
Quin underwent surgery this offseason to clean out bone chips in his ankle but expects to be ready for the start of the Lions' offseason program, the Detroit Free Press reports. "I did my surgery, my ankle didn't swell very much," he said. "I was back a lot earlier just from my standpoint than I was last time. Obviously, we'll see what the trainers say and allow me to do when I get back, but it feels a lot better this year than it felt in 2014 when I had it done the first time."

Speaking of "last time," Quin had ligaments repaired in the same ankle after the 2013 season and proceeded to miss the majority of spring workouts during that offseason. Because the procedure was less intrusive this time around, he's confident that the Lions' training staff will clear the cornerback to take part in the initial voluntary workouts next week. Once the fall rolls around, he'll be looking to repeat his 2014 campaign in which he led the NFL with seven interceptions and earned the sole Pro Bowl bid of his career.

Ankle - Probable for start of season
Corey Robinson
No Updates
Crezdon Butler
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Matt Prater
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.

DeAndre Levy
Levy (hip) participated in the the Lions' first set of offseason workouts, which began on Monday, the Detroit Free Press reports.

It's unclear if Levy, who played just 16 snaps last year, will be cleared to take part in football drills next month, on the plus side, the linebacker -- who racked up an IDP-friendy 151 tackles in 2014 -- maintains that his recovery from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip has been "going great."

Hip - Probable for start of season
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
No Updates
Gabe Wright
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
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
The Lions elected to place cornerback Alex Carter on their short-term injured reserve list, according to the team's official website.

Carter suffered an ankle injury shortly after training camp began. He will sit out the first eight weeks before he can be activated.

Ankle - Probable for start of season
Haloti Ngata
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
Pettigrew (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

After Pettigrew sustained a torn ACL Sunday at St. Louis, the move is merely a bookkeeping measure by the Lions intended to open up a spot on the 53-man roster. The organization will use it to sign a tight end, Bear Pascoe, who is known for his blocking.

Knee - Questionable for start of season
Lance Moore
Moore completed the 2015 season with 29 catches off of 43 targets for 337 yards and four touchdowns.

Moore ended 2015 ranked fifth on the team in most receiving categories, including catches, targets and yards. His seven receptions of at least 20 yards tied him with Golden Tate and Theo Riddick for second on the team. Moore had a nice little run from Weeks 5 through 10, during which he caught four touchdowns in five games. In his five games following, he managed just four catches total as the second-year receiver TJ Jones began making his presence felt. Moore was brought in this offseason due to his familiarity with former offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's scheme. With Lombardi now out of town, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Moore join him as the Lions look toward the future at receiver.

Corey Fuller
Fuller has signed his exclusive rights free agent contract with the Lions, Kyle Meinke of MLive Media Group reports.

Fuller signed a three-year deal with the Lions when he was drafted in the sixth round in the 2013 draft, but he was cut and then signed to the practice squad for his rookie season. In the next two seasons, he played 37.5 percent of the offensive snaps, and followed that up with 15.7 percent of those snaps in 2015. Along with his decline in play time, he saw his games played go from 16 to 12, his receptions go from 14 to four, and his yards go from 212 to 76, which isn't promising development for the young wideout. That being said, now that Calvin Johnson has left Detroit, they'll need some extra help with their receiving corps, meaning that Fuller could see some increased action this coming season.

Bear Pascoe
The Bears signed tight end Bear Pascoe to a one-year contract, the team announced Thursday.

In 2014, Pascoe caught two receptions for three yards and one touchdown while playing for the Falcons.

Josh Wilson
Wilson (knee) has been placed on season-ending injured reserve, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

With Rashean Mathis (concussion) already on injured reserve and Nevin Lawson (concussion) in danger of missing Week 11, the Lions badly need to add depth at a position that wasn't exactly a strength to begin with. Wilson had been serving as the team's nickelback.

Tyrunn Walker
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
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.

Braxston Cave
The Redskins signed offensive lineman Tevita Stevens to the practice squad and released offensive lineman Braxston Cave from the squad.
Miles Killebrew
The Lions selected Killebrew in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 111th overall.

Killebrew earned a reputation as a big-tiime hitter during his time at Southern Utah. He can come up and help out in run support and his size (6-2, 217) will allow him to hold up at the next level. There are questions about his instincts and coverage skills, and if he can't adjust, he could have to transition to an outside linebacker/hybrid safety type of role. The fact that the Lions took Killebrew in the fourth round suggests that the likes of Don Carey or Isaiah Johnson could be on the hot seat as far as strong safeties on the roster.

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 has re-signed with the Lions.

Wright joined the Lions via trade from the Buccaneers last season, when he finished with nine catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns in nine games for Detroit. Although Eric Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew are ahead of him at tight end, Wright's red zone prowess gives the Lions good depth at the position.

Ezekiel Ansah
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jones hauled in a 29-yard touchdown with his lone target in Sunday's win over the 49ers.

Jones recoreded a single target after averaging over four per game in previous three weeks. He managed to do a lot with that one target, splitting the 49ers' defense on a deep post for his first career touchdown. Jones stuck on to the Lions' roster to start the season due to his potential as a returner. As the season closes, he appears to be carving a role for himself as Detroit's No. 3 receiver. Expect for him to continue to see chances in next week's finale against Chicago.

Golden Tate
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.

Stephen Tulloch
Tulloch is surprisingly still on the Lions' roster, MLive.com reports.

Tulloch carries a $7.3 million cap hit for the final year of his contract, with $500,000 coming in the form of a roster bonus that kicks in either Sunday or Monday. He said last month that his time in Detroit is coming to an end, suggesting that he expects to be released. The Lions may just be waiting until the last second to make the transaction official, but it's also possible that Tulloch could accept a pay cut to stay in Detroit. Either way, his longstanding IDP utility will be in danger, as the Lions recently re-signed Tahir Whitehead on a two-year, $8 million deal and told him he'd compete for the starting middle linebacker job. Tulloch has an impressive track record, but he's 31 years old and coming off a down season in which he only played 69 percent of Detroit's defensive snaps. Be it in Detroit or elsewhere, he's probably best suited for a two-down role or backup job at this stage in his career. Whitehead, however, could emerge as a top IDP option if he earns an every-down role at middle linebacker.

James Ihedigbo
Ihedigbo (quadriceps) is listed as active Sunday versus the Vikings, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Following last Sunday's DNP, Ihedigbo will reclaim his place as the Lions' starting strong safety, from which he accrued 36 tackles (28 solo), three forced fumbles, and one sack over the first five games.

Jeremy Kerley
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.

Theo Riddick
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.

Dan Orlovsky
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.

Lamar Holmes
Falcons tackle Lamar Holmes arrived at training camp Thursday morning on crutches and with his right foot in a protective boot. 

Holmes is recovering from a broken foot and clearly doesn't appear ready to start practicing with the team when camp opens on Friday. 

Holmes will open camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. The team placed him on PUP Thursday afternoon.

Taylor Decker
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Tavon Wilson
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.

Kyle Christy
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Austin Willis
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Eric Ebron
Ebron hopes to help the void in the Detroit passing offense created by the departure of wideout Calvin Johnson, MLive.com reports. "I'm going to try to be (QB) Matthew (Stafford)'s safety net, his best friend on the football field," Ebron said. "You always have to find that one guy, and I'm not going to say right now it's going to me, but that's what I'm going to work for, work toward during OTAs and minicamp."

Also in the mix to be key passing targets for the Lions in 2016, in an offense minus Johnson -- who recorded 88 catches for 1,214 yards and nine TDs last season -- are the likes of returning wideout Golden Tate (90 catches in 2015) and newcomer Marvin Jones. Still, with the 6-foot-5 Johnson no longer an option in the red zone, it's not hard to imagine Ebron seeing an uptick in targets there, and in general, following a 2015 season in which his 69 targets over 14 games resulted in a 47/537/5 line.

Geoff Schwartz
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.

Tyrus Thompson
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Kerry Hyder
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
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.

Darryl Tapp
Tapp (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Bears.

After participating in practice in a limited fashion Wednesday and Thursday, Tapp logged full duty during Friday's session to clear up any concern about his availability for Week 6. He's slated to come off the bench as part of the Lions' defensive line rotation.

Isaiah Johnson
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Jermelle Cudjo
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
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.
Ameer Abdullah
Head coach Jim Caldwell relayed at the NFL owners meetings that Abdullah will have plenty of opportunity during the 2016 season, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports. "If there's anybody who is going to improve, he's going to improve," said Caldwell.

After flashing explosiveness with a 24-yard touchdown run in his NFL debut, Abdullah dropped the ball early and often and even combined for 79 total snaps in a five-game stretch from Week 5-10. As the campaign progressed, though, he settled into a regular role, averaging 5.4 YPC, scoring one touchdown, and corralling 11 of 14 passes over the final seven contests. With Joique Bell out of the picture, Abdullah will only have to contend with pass-catching threat Theo Riddick and fellow sophomore Zach Zenner for RB touches in the fall.

Gabe Ikard
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.
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