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Detroit Lions

Stadium: Ford Field | Coach: Jim Caldwell
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense21st81.2 (29th)256.1 (15th)
Defense16th98.2 (13th)256.6 (20th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
94Ansah, Ezekiel DE6-52755/29/19894Brigham Young
50Armbrister, Thurston OLB6-323512/25/19922Miami (Fla.)
29Bademosi, Johnson CB6-02067/23/19905Stanford
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
57Bynes, Josh OLB6-12358/24/19895Auburn
26Carey, Don SS5-112022/14/19878Norfolk State
96Charles, Stefan DT6-53206/9/19884Regina (Canada)
51Copeland, Brandon OLB6-32637/2/19912Pennsylvania
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
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
13Jones, T.J. WR6-01907/19/19922Notre Dame
35Killebrew, Miles SS6-22225/10/1993RSouthern Utah
24Lawson, Nevin CB5-91924/23/19913Utah 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
82Mulligan, Matthew TE6-42671/18/19857Maine
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
14Rudock, Jake QB6-32071/21/1993RMichigan
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
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
18Spadola, Ryan (IR) WR6-12052/15/19912Lehigh
21Abdullah, Ameer (IR) RB5-92036/13/19932Nebraska
40Wells, Ian (IR) CB5-111997/14/1993ROhio U.
42Landes, Jimmy (IR) LS6-12528/13/1992RBaylor
47Bostic, Jon (IR) LB6-12455/5/19914Florida
83Wright, Timothy (IR) TE6-42204/7/19904Rutgers
89Wick, Cole (IR) TE6-625711/30/1993RIncarnate Word (Tex.)
Practice Squad
16Billingsley, Jace WR5-91895/17/1993REastern Oregon State
33Carter, Alex CB6-019810/19/19941Stanford
 Chubb, Brandon LB6-124010/21/1993RWake Forest
10Fuller, Corey WR6-22006/23/19903Virginia Tech
 James, Mike RB5-102234/13/19913Miami (Fla.)
86Lee, Khari TE6-42531/16/19922Bowie State
58Longa, Steve OLB6-12419/29/1994RRutgers
 Rotheram, Matt G6-53257/5/19921Pittsburgh
 Thomas, Brandon G6-33172/18/19912Clemson
 Washington, Charles DB5-101923/16/1993RFresno State
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Detroit6-5313.16-4300.026.22136
 
 
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Position Listing
Matthew Mulligan
News
Mulligan was re-signed by the Lions on Tuesday, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

Mulligan was surprisingly cut by the Lions right before the beginning of the regular season but was brought back after Cole Wick (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. At this point, he will likely serve as a reserve tight end, currently sitting behind the likes of Eric Ebron, Khari Lee, and Clay Harbor on the depth chart.

Jon Bostic
News
Bostic (foot) was seen working with trainers on the sidelines at Wednesday's practice, MLive.com reports.

Bostic was placed on injured reserve after going down with a fractured left foot in training camp. However, his increased activity Wednesday suggests Detroit may have made a decision regarding which one player they want to activate from IR. Such a notion would mean RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) is completely done for the season.

Injury
Foot - Injured Reserve
Khari Lee
News
Lee was waived by the Lions on Tuesday.

Lee was released by his second team this season after the Bears parted ways with the tight end before the beginning of the regular season. In eight games with the Lions, he failed to record a single statistic, playing in a limited role on offense and special teams. He'll now look to find his way on another roster in need of tight end depth.

Ian Wells
Injury
Zach Zenner
News
Zenner compiled 40 rushing yards across nine carries Sunday against the Saints.

Zenner unexpectedly led the Lions in carries Sunday due to rookie Dwayne Washington leaving the game with an ankle injury, ultimately besting Washington by two -- and starter Theo Riddick by five. However, recent history suggests this distribution likely won't persist moving forward unless Washington misses time, considering Zenner only garnered four carries in the previous four games combined.

Cole Wick
News
Wick (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, MLive.com's Kyle Minke reports.

An undrafted rookie, Wick briefly got some snaps on offense while Eric Ebron was sidelined with knee and ankle injuries. The Lions clearly like Wick enough to keep him around as a long-term project, but his path to playing time probably won't look too much rosier next season.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Nevin Lawson
News
Lawson (calf) was not listed on the Lions' injury report Wednesday.

Lawson exited the Lions' Week 9 matchup against the Vikings with a calf injury. However, he appears to have recovered over the team's Week 10 bye.

Anquan Boldin
News
Boldin caught four of six targets for 40 yards Sunday against the Saints.

Despite Marvin Jones (thigh) being unavailable to play, Boldin did not see an increased share of the Lions' passing game Sunday. Rather, TJ Jones and Andre Roberts took on expanded roles. Thus, it seems the veteran remains a touchdown-dependent fantasy option. He'll look to find pay dirt for a seventh time this season next week against the Bears.

Jace Billingsley
News
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
News
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.

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.

Matthew Stafford
News
Stafford completed 30 of 42 passes for 341 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Saints, adding 22 yards across three rushing attempts.

On a day without top receiver Marvin Jones (thigh), Stafford set a season high in pass attempts and topped a 70-percent completion percentage for the fifth time in 2016 en route to one of his most efficient performances of the year. What's more, Stafford continues to appear more elusive on the ground than he has in previous years, logging his eighth game with double-digit rushing yardage and his sixth with a tote of at least 10 yards. Next up is a divisional matchup at home against a Bears defense with only five interceptions to its name (T-28th in the league).

Ryan Spadola
News
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.

Injury
Pectoral - Injured Reserve
Jake Rudock
News
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.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 13 at New Orleans
Mike James
News
The Buccaneers waived James on Tuesday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Added as depth during a season in which Tampa Bay lost Doug Martin, Charles Sims (knee), and Jacquizz Rodgers for varying stretches, James topped out at 23 snaps among his three appearances with the team. Overall, James managed four rushes for 19 yards and four catches (on four targets) for 22 yards. If he clears waivers, the Bucs will likely stash the running back on their practice squad.

Khyri Thornton
News
Thornton (foot) is listed as inactive Thursday against the Vikings.

Missing his first game of the season, the quick turnaround for the Lions' annual Thanksgiving showdown was likely the impetus for this decision. Thornton's allottment of snaps will likely be split between A'Shawn Robinson and Stefan Charles.

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.

Tahir Whitehead
News
Whitehead (knee) is ruled out of Sunday's game against the Saints, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

Whitehead, the Lions' clear leading tackler, will miss his first game of the season, leaving Josh Bynes and Antwione Williams as the Lions' only options at middle linebacker against the league's top-rated offense in yards per game.

Injury
Knee - Inactive for Week 13 at New Orleans
A'Shawn Robinson
News
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
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
Joe Dahl
Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 13 at New Orleans
No Updates
Michael Burton
No Updates
Laken Tomlinson
News
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
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
Carey (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Saints.

Carey practiced in limited fashion throughout the week, but will ultimately be unable to play Sunday. Glover Quin will get the start at free safety per usual.

Injury
Hamstring - Inactive for Week 13 at New Orleans
Darius Slay
News
Slay (hamstring) was removed from the Lions' injury report Friday.

Slay was a full participant in practice all week.

Matt Rotheram
Injury
Biceps - Questionable for Week 14 vs. Chicago
No Updates
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. 

Armonty Bryant
News
Bryant (suspension) was activated to the Lions' active roster Saturday, The Detroit News reports.

Bryant served a three-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy back back in 2015. It's uncertain how much playing time he'll receive Sunday against the Lions.

Marvin Jones
News
Jones (thigh) is inactive for Sunday's game in New Orleans.

Belying his limited practice sessions throughout Week 13 prep, Jones will log his first absence as a Lion, which also marks his first DNP since missing the entire 2014 season. In his stead, Golden Tate and Anquan Boldin will act as the clear-cut top-2 wideouts, but residual targets should also fall in the hands of tight end Eric Ebron, running back Theo Riddick (ankle), and wide receiver Andre Roberts.

Injury
Thigh - Inactive for Week 13 at New Orleans
Dwayne Washington
News
Washington (ankle) carried seven times for 21 yards and caught two passes for 19 yards Sunday against the Saints.

Before leaving the game for good with an ankle injury, Washington accounted for a career-high 40 yards from scrimmage. It's unclear if the rookie will be forced to miss any time, but in such an event, expect Zach Zenner to take over as the Lions' primary early-down option.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for Week 14 vs. Chicago
Brandon Chubb
No Updates
Adairius Barnes
News
Barnes is inactive as a coach's decision for Sunday's matchup with the Jaguars, the team's official site reports.

Barnes was dealing with an illness earlier in the week but appeared to be recovered, practicing in full on Thursday and Friday. Look for Johnson Bademosi, Quandre Diggs, and Jonathan Banks to see increased action as the only healthy reserve cornerbacks on the roster.

Matt Prater
News
Prater converted all five field-goal attempts and his only extra-point attempt during Sunday's game against the Saints.

Prater tied his career high for field goals made in a game Sunday, easily logging his most productive day of the season along the way. Prater again showcased his leg power by notching his second 50-yarder in four weeks. He'll look to stay on fire next week against an average Bears defense allowing the 17th-most points per game in 2016.

DeAndre Levy
News
Levy (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's tilt versus the Saints.

There wasn't much optimism surrounding Levy's potential availability for Sunday despite being able to participate in practice on a limited basis throughout the week. Antwione Williams figures to see an expanded role at outside linebacker.

Injury
Knee - Inactive for Week 13 at New Orleans
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.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 13 at New Orleans
Quandre Diggs
News
Diggs injured his shoulder during Sunday's win over the Saints, Tim Twentyman of the team's official site reports.

Diggs was forced to exit the contest and get checked out by team doctors after going down with the injury, and was considered questionable to return. He may be subject to limited participation in practice throughout the upcoming week, depending on the severity of the issue.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for Week 14 vs. Chicago
Jimmy Landes
Injury
Shoulder - Injured Reserve
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 (shoulder) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Texans, Kyle Meinke of the MLive Media Group reports.

Ngata will miss his third consecutive game Sunday as he continues to deal with the shoulder issue. His next opportunity to return will be Week 9 versus the Vikings.

Brandon Pettigrew
News
Although Pettigrew (knee) returned to practice Tuesday, he remains on the PUP list, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

The activity marks Pettigrew's first since tearing the ACL in his left knee last Dec. 13. A resident of the PUP list since training camp kicked off, his window to receive clearance for game action has been opened, giving the Lions 21 days to determine whether that comes to fruition. If it does, he'll serve as a blocking complement to starting tight end Eric Ebron.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Physically Unable to Perform
Corey Fuller
News
Fuller was waived by the Lions on Tuesday, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

Fuller failed to see the field this season after breaking his foot at the beginning of training camp. The wideout was taken off the PUP list in Week 10, but remained on the inactive list Sunday against the Jaguars. The Lions will now only have four wideouts on the active roster.

Brandon Thomas
News
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.

Tyrunn Walker
News
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
News
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
News
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
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.

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 - Injured Reserve
Ezekiel Ansah
News
Ansah (ankle) has been cleared to play Sunday against the Saints.

Ansah was able to return to full participation during Friday's practice, so his availability for Sunday was a bit expected at that point.

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

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

Anthony Zettel
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
Jones caught three of four targets for 49 yards Sunday against the Saints.

Not only was Jones' receiving yardage a career high, it also ranked second on the team Sunday behind only Golden Tate. However, Jones was signed to the active roster just Saturday due to Marvin Jones' thigh injury, and thus is unlikely to serve in a similar role moving forward unless the latter is forced to miss additional time.

Golden Tate
News
Tate secured eight of 10 targets for 145 yards and a score Sunday against the Saints.

With fellow starting wideout Marvin Jones (thigh) out of commission, Tate easily paced the Lions in targets and finished with nearly 100 more yards than the next closest receiver. The majority of his production came on a 66-yard touchdown against broken coverage, though. Next up is a NFC North showdown against a beatable Bears secondary.

Antwione Williams
News
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
News
Riddick rushed four times for two yards and caught five of six targets for 15 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Saints.

Riddick took a backseat to both Dwayne Washington and Zach Zenner on the ground Sunday, but was still the most active tailback in the passing game. His 17 yards from scrimmage was his lowest output of the season, though. Next week brings a divisional matchup against a Bears unit that has surrendered just 3.8 yards per carry in 2016.

Dan Orlovsky
News
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
News
Decker (ribs) is questionable to play Sunday against the Vikings, ESPN reports.

Decker was limited in practice this week with an injury to his ribs. The severity of which isn't clear, but look for Corey Robinson step in if he's unable to go.

Thurston Armbrister
No Updates
Charles Washington
No Updates
Tavon Wilson
News
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
News
Ebron caught four of six targets for 38 yards Sunday against New Orleans.

Last week, Ebron amassed a season-low zero receiving yards. This week, his 38 yards were good for the second-lowest. However, owners can find solace in the fact that the third-year tight end was much more involved than he was last week when he saw just a single target.

Andre Roberts
News
Roberts secured his only target for 44 yards and housed one punt return for a touchdown during Sunday's 26-19 victory over the Jaguars.

Roberts wasn't heard from often Sunday, but when he made noise, he came on loud. However, his 44-yard reception was easily his longest gain of the season and his punt-return score was the first of his career, so don't expect the seventh-year veteran to make this kind of mark on the box score on a weekly basis moving forward.

Kerry Hyder
News
Hyder recorded a pair of sacks and three tackles Sunday against the Vikings.

After going four games without a sack, Hyder broke out in a big way by getting to Sam Bradford twice. This was his second multi-sack effort of 2016, and he now has seven sacks on the year. As an interior lineman, he's a fantastic IDP option in leagues that require a defensive tackle to start.

Josh Bynes
News
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
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Abdullah underwent a scheduled checkup on his left foot Tuesday, which apparently "went well," Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

Abdullah has been out of commission since suffering an unknown but serious foot injury in Week 2. What "went well" Tuesday remains to be seen, but until he's given clearance to practice, it's unclear if the Lions are keen to use their one designated-to-return spot on the running back. In the meantime, head coach Jim Caldwell will continue to rely on the tandem of Theo Riddick and Dwayne Washington out of the backfield.

Injury
Foot - Injured Reserve
 

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