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NFC North Standings

Team Div Overall
4-2-0 13-4-0
4-2-0 8-9-0
2-4-0 6-11-0
2-4-0 3-13-1

2021 Defensive

Total Tackles
Interceptions Returned For Touchdown
Forced Fumbles
Regular Season 50 1 0 1 0.0

Top AJ Parker News

  • Lions' AJ Parker: Highly successful rookie year

    Parker registered 50 tackles, seven pass breakups, one interception and one forced fumble over 13 games in 2021.

    After the previous regime whiffed on expensive nickel cornerback Justin Coleman, Detroit's new-look front office did well to upgrade the position and save money in the process last offseason. The key was acquiring Parker, who not only earned a significant role as an undrafted free agent over Nickell Robey-Coleman and Corn Elder, but also made a number of big plays. Along with fellow undrafted gem Jerry Jacobs, the Kansas State product is one of two young, cheap building blocks in the secondary that could help Detroit get out of the NFC North cellar in the coming years.

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  • Lions' AJ Parker: Activated Saturday

    Parker (ankle) was activated from injured reserve Saturday.

    Parker was designated to return from IR on Thursday but apparently won't need anywhere close to the allotted three weeks to return. He'll be back in his depth role in the Lions' secondary Sunday against the Cardinals.

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  • Lions' AJ Parker: Returns to practice

    The Lions have designated Parker (ankle) for return from IR.

    Parker has missed the last three games while on IR, but he will now begin a 21-day window to resume practicing with the team. The Lions can add Parker to the active roster at any point in that span, making Sunday's game against the Cardinals his earliest possible chance to retake the field.

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  • Lions' AJ Parker: Placed on injured reserve

    Parker (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.

    Parker had already been ruled out for Thursday after not being able to practice all week. The rookie corner has been a key contributor in the Lions' secondary and will be sorely missed while he recuperates from the injury. The Lions will now likely rely on Bobby Price and Mark Gilbert to cover the hole left by Parker.

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  • Lions' AJ Parker: Out for Thursday

    Parker (ankle) will not play Thursday against the Bears.

    Parker suffered the injury in the Lions' Week 11 loss to the Browns and hasn't been able to participate in practice all week. The 23-year-old Kansas State product has been a consistent contributor in the Lions' secondary this season, seeing his role grow week-to-week. Bobby Price and Mark Gilbert will now likely be pushed into greater opportunity in Week 12.

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  • Lions' AJ Parker: Suffers ankle injury Sunday

    Parker (ankle) is questionable to return Sunday against the Browns.

    Parker notched two tackles before leaving the Lions' Week 11 matchup in the second half. If he is unable to return, Mark Gilbert and Jerry Jacobs will likely see increased snaps the rest of the way.

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  • Lions' AJ Parker: Practices fully Wednesday

    Parker (neck) was a full participant in practice Wednesday.

    After he missed the Week 8 contest against Philadelphia, expect Parker to be back on the field Sunday barring any setbacks. The nickelback's return to practice is great news for a Lions secondary that has struggled with injury this season. Opposing quarterbacks have only completed 61 percent of passes against the young corner so far this year.

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  • Lions' AJ Parker: Ruled out for Week 8

    Parker (shoulder) is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Eagles.

    Parker appears to have avoided a serious injury, as he was able to return to practice this week, but he still isn't game ready and will be sidelined Sunday. The rookie cornerback's absence will likely allow Bobby Price and Mark Gilbert to see increased snaps against Philly on Sunday.

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  • Lions' AJ Parker: Questionable for Week 8

    Parker (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles.

    All things considered, Parker's questionable tag should prompt a sigh of relief from the Detroit faithful, as the team feared a serious injury when he got hurt in Week 7 against the Rams. He was unable to practice Thursday but logged limited practices Wednesday and Friday. The rookie cornerback picked up his first career pass defensed prior to getting injured last week and has racked up 27 tackles through seven games.

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  • Lions' AJ Parker: Serious injury feared

    The Lions fear Parker (shoulder) suffered a serious injury in Sunday's loss to the Rams, Kyle Meinke of reports.

    Coach Dan Campbell said Parker could be "down for a while" due to the injury. Further clarity on the severity of Parker's shoulder injury could still surface, but it sounds like he's probably going to miss Detroit's Week 8 matchup with the Eagles and could be out beyond that point as well.

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  • Lions' AJ Parker: Injures shoulder Sunday

    Parker (shoulder) is questionable to return to Sunday's contest against the Rams.

    Parker registered four tackles (two solo) before leaving Sunday's matchup against the Rams in the fourth quarter. If he is unable to return, Bobby Price will likely overtake the nickel cornerback duties for the remainder of the contest.

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  • Lions' AJ Parker: Active for Week 1

    Parker (hip) is active for Week 1 against the 49ers.

    Parker had been listed as questionable with a shoulder injury, but he's healthy enough to crack the active roster for the season opener. The undrafted Kansas State product could see a sizable number of snaps due to his defensive versatility.

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  • Lions' AJ Parker: Slated for starting role

    Parker has emerged as Detroit's top option at nickelback, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

    Parker impressed enough in the preseason to make the Lions feel comfortable about letting go of both Nickell Robey-Coleman and Corn Elder. The undrafted Kansas State product could handle a large portion of the available defensive snaps from the jump.

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  • Lions' AJ Parker: Earning role on defense

    Parker has worked himself into a significant role within the Lions' defense, Tim Twentyman of the team's official site reports.

    The undrafted rookie had reportedly earned first-team reps at nickel corner over the past couple of weeks before earning the start during Saturday's preseason game against the Steelers. Considering Detroit played every other member of its starting secondary, Parker indeed seems to be in the Lions' plans on defense this year.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 178 lbs
Birthplace: Bartlesville, OK
Age: 24
School: Kansas State
Experience: 2