Player Updates

March 30, 2019 01:44 PM
T.J. Lang: Officially retires
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lang officially retired from the NFL on Friday, Nate Atkins of MLive reports.

Lang, an Eastern Michigan product, was drafted by the Packers in 2009. He spent two years as a reserve guard before earning a starting job. He ultimately earned a Pro Bowl nod in 2015, his final season in Green Bay, before subsequently signing with his hometown Lions. From there he earned a second Pro Bowl bid, but injuries finally caught up to him this past season, as the 31-year-old missed 10 games due to multiple issues. He was released by Detroit last month, and has now decided to call it a career.

March 8, 2019 02:08 PM
T.J. Lang: Let go by Lions
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lang (neck) was released by the Lions on Friday, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

Lang played in only six games last season and missed three games in 2017, so the move makes sense as Detroit gains almost $9 million in cap space. The 31-year-old battled a neck injury in 2018 but it isn't expected to have any longer-term implications for his career.

November 16, 2018 12:36 PM
Lions' T.J. Lang: Neck injury not career-threatening
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lang (neck) is not considered to be dealing with a career-threatening injury, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Given how serious neck injuries can be in some instances, Lang seems to have dodged a bullet, and it's perfectly reasonable to expect him back in uniform in 2019. However, whether that will be with the Lions is up in the air, considering Lang will be entering his age-32 season and Detroit can save roughly $9 million by releasing him after the league year.

November 15, 2018 08:17 PM
Lions' T.J. Lang: Lands on IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lang (neck) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Lang missed two consecutive games due to lingering hip and neck issues, and has been placed on injured reserve. The free agency acquisition spent the majority of the 2018 season playing through various injuries, and only played six games with the Lions this year. He still has one year remaining in his three-year contract with Detroit. Expect Kenny Wiggins to slot into the starting right guard role for the foreseeable future.

November 10, 2018 02:12 PM
Lions' T.J. Lang: Ruled out Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lang was ruled out of Sunday's game against the Bears due to a neck injury.

Lang was questionable for last week's game against the Vikings with a hip issue, but he's now dealing with a neck injury. Kenny Wiggins should slot into the starting role at right guard in his absence.

November 4, 2018 12:12 PM
Lions' T.J. Lang: Gearing up Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lang (concussion) is active for Sunday's game versus the Vikings.

Lang will slot back into his starting guard role and will look to slow down a strong Vikings' pass rush.

October 19, 2018 04:00 PM
Lions' T.J. Lang: Listed as questionable
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lang (concussion) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Lang continues to recover from a concussion suffered in Week 4, and appears to be nearing a return to the field. Given the nature of Lang's injury, the offensive lineman's availability could be a game-time decision.

October 18, 2018 04:48 PM
Lions' T.J. Lang: Practices Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lang (concussion) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Lang's participation in practice is a step in the right direction, but he has yet to officially clear the league's concussion protocol. The offensive lineman will likely gain clearance by the weekend and should reclaim a starting role at guard Sunday against the Dolphins.

October 16, 2018 12:40 PM
Lions' T.J. Lang: Concussion symptoms improving
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lang (concussion) has shown signs of improvement and could play in Week 7, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Lang suffered a concussion in Week 4 that has only sidelined him for one game thanks to the Lions' Week 6 bye. He's reportedly no longer experiencing any fogginess and he's expected to pass the required baseline tests this week. If he's able to clear the protocol, he's likely to play in Sunday's game against Miami.

October 5, 2018 04:28 PM
Lions' T.J. Lang: Won't play Week 5
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lang (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Lang hasn't practiced all week and presumably remains under the league's concussion protocol. Look for Kenny Wiggins to temporarily take his place in the starting lineup.

September 30, 2018 02:08 PM
Lions' T.J. Lang: Leaves with concussion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lang suffered a concussion during Sunday's game versus the Cowboys and won't return, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

Lang, who entered the league's concussion protocol, will be replaced at left guard by Kenny Wiggins.

September 23, 2018 07:04 PM
Lions' T.J. Lang: Listed as active Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lang (back) is active Sunday against the Patriots, Tim Twentyman reports.

Lang appears to have recovered from a back injury sustained during Detroit's season opener. The 31-year-old will suit up for Week 3's matchup and protect quarterback Matthew Stafford against New England's pass rush.

September 22, 2018 06:52 PM
Lions' T.J. Lang: Considered questionable
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lang (back) is listed as questionable ahead of Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Lang suffered a back injury during Detroit's season opener and was a limited participant in practice throughout Week 3. It remains to be seen whether the 31-year-old will suit up Sunday, but if Lang were to miss any time Kenny Wiggins would slot into the starting lineup as his replacement.

September 14, 2018 05:04 PM
Lions' T.J. Lang: Ruled out
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lang (back) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

Lang exited the season opener with a back injury and wasn't able to practice in any capacity this week. Kenny Wiggins is expected to step into the starting lineup in his absence.

September 10, 2018 10:40 PM
Lions' T.J. Lang: Leaves Monday's game with back injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lang left Monday's game against the Jets with a back injury, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Lang, a two-time Pro Bowler, was injured in the fourth quarter. Kenny Wiggins is the likely candidate to fill in for Lang at right guard as long as he is out.

August 28, 2018 09:44 PM
Lions' T.J. Lang: Returns to practice field
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lang (undisclosed) returned to practice Tuesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Lang was out for almost two weeks. It's unlikely the Lions risk anything by playing Lang in Thursday's preseason finale against the Browns, but expect him to start at right guard in Week 1.

August 21, 2018 04:08 PM
Lions' T.J. Lang: Considered day-to-day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Head coach Matt Patricia said Tuesday that Lang (undisclosed) is day-to-day, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

Lang hasn't been at practice for more than a week, and it's clear the Lions aren't sure exactly how long the lineman will be out for. Their main concern is likely to ensure that Lang is 100 percent ready for the start of the regular season, so expect the team to remain cautious with its starting right guard.

August 16, 2018 03:16 PM
Lions' T.J. Lang: Sits out practice Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lang (undisclosed) didn't practice Thursday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

Lang also sat out during the Lions' joint practices with the Giants this week. The 30-year-old will be the starting right guard once he's healthy again.

December 29, 2017 05:52 PM
Lions' T.J. Lang: Returning Week 17
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lang (foot) doesn't appear on the injury report ahead of Sunday's season finale against the Packers.

Lang wasn't able to play last week against the Bengals after aggravating a pre-existing foot injury in Week 15. However, he was a full participant in practice by week's end and has been cleared to return.

December 24, 2017 11:52 AM
Lions' T.J. Lang: Ruled out Week 16
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lang (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Lang aggravated a pre-existing foot injury during last Sunday's victory over Chicago and wasn't able to practice in any capacity this week. Reserve lineman Don Barclay will presumably fill in at guard in his absence.

 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-4/315
Birthdate:
9/20/1987
Age:
33
Hometown:
Royal Oak, MI, USA
School:
Eastern Michigan
NFL Experience:
11
Awards: