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NFC North Standings

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4-2-0 13-4-0
4-2-0 8-9-0
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2021 Defensive

Total Tackles
Interceptions Returned For Touchdown
Forced Fumbles
Regular Season 14 0 0 0 0.0

Top Ifeatu Melifonwu News

  • Lions' Ifeatu Melifonwu: Dealing with undisclosed injury

    Melifonwu missed the end of the Lions' offseason workouts due to an undisclosed injury, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    While the nature of Melifonwu's situation isn't clear, the Lions don't appear to be concerned that he's dealing with a severe injury. What's more clear is that the 23-year-old will be playing a lot of safety this fall after being drafted as a cornerback in the third round last year, only to practice at safety throughout this offseason. Given the number of promising young cornerbacks on the roster compared to the depth Detroit has at safety, this position change could be his best path to consistent playing time, especially if Jeff Okudah (Achilles) can get healthy.

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  • Lions' Ifeatu Melifonwu: Getting reps at safety

    Melifonwu has been working out at both cornerback and safety this offseason, Benjamin Raven of reports.

    As a third-round rookie in 2021, Melifonwu received the Week 2 start at outside cornerback in place of Jeff Okudah (Achilles), but he then missed the next nine weeks with a quadriceps injury. He returned down the stretch to log significant time at slot cornerback, and in Week 16, he was matched up with Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts. Now he's getting time at safety, likely making the 23-year-old one of the most versatile pieces in Detroit's secondary. With that said, the path to getting a large role opposite Tracy Walker involves beating out DeShon Elliott and third-round draft pick Kerby Joseph.

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  • Lions' Ifeatu Melifonwu: Activated for Week 15

    Melifonwu (undisclosed) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday.

    Melifonwu missed the team's Week 14 loss to the Broncos, though he should be ready to retake the field Sunday against the Cardinals. He's managed to play in only three games this season due to a thigh injury, and has been limited primarily to a special teams role when active.

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  • Lions' Ifeatu Melifonwu: Put on reserve/COVID-19 list

    Melifonwu was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday.

    Melifonwu has had a rough start to his NFL career, missing the majority of the season due to a thigh injury picked up in Week 2 against Green Bay. He returned in Week 13 against the Vikings but now enters COVID protocols. With Mark Gilbert also being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, the Lions secondary depth will be stretched thin Sunday against the Broncos.

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  • Lions' Ifeatu Melifonwu: Activated from IR

    Melifonwu (thigh) was activated from injured reserve Monday,

    Melifonwu has been out of action since Week 2. The Lions' 2021 third-round selection had played a total of 42 snaps on defense with two tackles and a pass defensed before the injury. With AJ Parker (ankle) placed on IR last week, Melifonwu's return will help bolster the depth in the Lions' secondary.

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  • Lions' Ifeatu Melifonwu: Returns to practice Wednesday

    Melifonwu (thigh) was designated to return from injured reserve Wednesday.

    Melifonwu returned to practice Wednesday, which starts the 21-day window for him to be added to the active roster. If he isn't added, he will revert back to injured reserve for the remainder of the season. The rookie cornerback hasn't played since Week 2, but it appears his return to action may be on the horizon.

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  • Lions' Ifeatu Melifonwu: Lands on IR

    The Lions placed Melifonwu (thigh) on injured reserve Wednesday.

    Melifonwu will miss at least three weeks with the move to IR, but he could possibly be out longer as Coach Dan Campbell said Tuesday the rookie third-round pick will be sidelined for a "significant amount of time." With Jeff Okudah (Achilles) already out for the year, Detroit's secondary has grown thin. The Lions signed Daryl Worley off their practice squad, but AJ Parker and Bobby Price are the most likely candidates to see increased snaps during Melifonwu's absence.

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  • Lions' Ifeatu Melifonwu: Questionable to return

    Melifonwu is questionable to return to Monday's matchup with the Packers due to a thigh injury, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

    Melifonwu sustained the injury early in the third quarter. He had recorded two tackles and one pass defended prior to exiting the game. If he is unable to return, look for Bobby Price to fill in for him.

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  • Lions' Ifeatu Melifonwu: Will miss notable time

    Melifonwu (thigh) is expected to be sidelined multiple weeks, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

    Coach Dan Campbell said Melifonwu will miss a "significant amount of time" due to the thigh injury he suffered during Monday's loss to the Packers. By the sound of things, the rookie third-round pick seems like a real candidate for IR. With Jeff Okudah (Achilles) already out for the year, losing Melifonwu for any amount of time will be a devastating blow for Detroit's secondary.

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  • Lions' Ifeatu Melifonwu: In line for starting role

    Melifonwu is likely in line for a starting role after Jeff Okudah suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in Sunday's loss to the 49ers, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

    Melifonwu stepped in during Sunday's season opener after Okudah went down, and the rookie recovered a Deebo Samuel fumble late in the fourth quarter to give the Lions the ball back with just under a minute remaining. The 22-year-old appeared in 10 games during his final year at Syracuse and racked up 54 tackles (43 solo), a sack and an interception.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 210 lbs
Birthplace: Boston, MA
Age: 23
School: Syracuse
Experience: 2