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January 3, 2021 04:00 PM
Lions' Halapoulivaati Vaitai: Forced out of finale
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaitai will not return to Sunday's game against the Vikings after having been evaluated for a head injury, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

The Lions evaluated Vaitai for a concussion before ruling him out to return Week 17. Given that Vaitai previously sustained a concussion Week 15 against Tennessee, Detroit will no doubt opt to take a cautious approach to his health.

December 26, 2020 06:44 PM
Lions' Halapoulivaati Vaitai: All clear for Week 16
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaitai (concussion) is active for Saturday's game against the Buccaneers.

Vaitai sustained a concussion during last Sunday's loss to Tennessee, exiting the contest after fielding 33 offensive snaps. It's been an injury-plagued 2020 season for the first-year Lion, with a Week 16 appearance marking just his ninth of the campaign. Prior to the concussion, Vaitai's main barrier to availability had been a lingering foot injury.

December 20, 2020 03:44 PM
Lions' Halapoulivaati Vaitai: Suffers concussion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaitai won't return to Sunday's game against the Titans due to a concussion.

Vaitai was activated from injured reserve Saturday but sustained a concussion in his first game back on the field. Matt Nelson has stepped in at right tackle in his absence.

December 19, 2020 06:32 PM
Lions' Halapoulivaati Vaitai: Returning for Week 15
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaitai (foot) was activated from injured reserve Saturday.

The 27-year-old was designated to return from injured reserve earlier this week, and he's back on the active roster after a couple days of practice. Vaitai is likely to start at right tackle with Tyrell Crosby (ankle) unavailable.

December 17, 2020 01:28 AM
Lions' Halapoulivaati Vaitai: Trending in right direction
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Lions designated Vaitai (foot) to return from injured reserve Wednesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Vaitai has resided on IR since Nov. 25 with the lingering foot issue, as the team elected to shut down the TCU product. The Lions will have 21 days to activate Vaitai, and he could return as early as Sunday against the Titans. Vaitai will likely assume a starting role at either right guard or right tackle once he's officially activated.

November 25, 2020 06:20 PM
Lions' Halapoulivaati Vaitai: Will miss at least three weeks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Lions placed Vaitai (foot) on injured reserve Wednesday.

Vaitai's foot injury dates back to the beginning of the season. He's started in every game that he's been active for this year, but he exited early in four of the past five contests because of this foot issue. The Lions have opted to shut him down for at least three weeks in hopes he can return at 100 percent. The 27-year-old guard, who signed a five-year, $50 million contract in March, is eligible to return in Week 15.

November 22, 2020 12:24 PM
Lions' Halapoulivaati Vaitai: Good to go Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaitai (foot) is active for Sunday's game against the Panthers.

Vaitai was considered questionable after practicing as a limited participant all week, but he's cleared for Sunday after sitting out Week 10. The 27-year-old should reclaim his starting role at right guard for Detroit.

November 15, 2020 12:08 PM
Lions' Halapoulivaati Vaitai: Can't go against Washington
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaitai (foot) is listed as inactive heading into Sunday afternoon's matchup against Washington.

Vaitai suffered an in-game injury during last Sunday's 34-20 loss to Minnesota, and he seemingly has not shown enough progression to team trainers to earn the nod for Week 10. Joe Dahl, who sat out Week 9 against the Vikings because of a back issue, will start in place of Vaitai at right guard against a Washington front that ranks No. 3 in the NFL with 3.4 sacks per game this season.

November 8, 2020 10:20 PM
Lions' Halapoulivaati Vaitai: Return labeled questionable
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaitai (foot) has been deemed questionable to return to Sunday's matchup against Minnesota.

Vaitai has dealt with injury issues throughout his debut season with the Lions after signing a five-year, $45-million deal to join the team in March. The 27-year-old had fielded more than 75 percent of Detroit's offensive snaps in just three of seven outings entering Sunday, and injury woes have presented themselves once again midgame. Jonah Jackson will plug in at right guard if Vaitai is unavailable to return Sunday.

November 8, 2020 11:40 AM
Lions' Halapoulivaati Vaitai: Good to go Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaitai (foot) is active for Sunday's game versus the Vikings.

Vaitai left early in last week's loss to the Colts, but he's been cleared for Sunday's divisional tilt. The fifth-year player out of TCU is slated to start at right guard once again.

November 2, 2020 05:08 PM
Lions' Halapoulivaati Vaitai: Doesn't finish Sunday's game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaitai suffered a foot injury during Sunday's loss to the Colts.

Vaitai left the game to be retaped a few times Sunday, and when the game got out of hand, he was ultimately shut down. Given his ability to play through the injury already, Vaitai stands a good chance to play next week against the Vikings, although he'll likely be on the injury report when practices restart Wednesday.

October 21, 2020 07:32 PM
Lions' Halapoulivaati Vaitai: Back at practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaitai (cramps) was absent from Wednesday's injury report.

Both Vaitai and Tyrell Crosby dealt with cramps during Sunday's win over the Jaguars in the scorching Florida heat, but both players were absent from the injury report. Now healthy, expect Vaitai to assume his usual starting role at right guard for Sunday's game against Atlanta.

October 19, 2020 02:32 PM
Lions' Halapoulivaati Vaitai: Exits contest Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaitai was forced out of Sunday's game against the Jaguars due to dehydration.

Vaitai becomes the second Lion offensive lineman to deal with dehydration in the Florida heat, as Tyrell Crosby was forced out of the game as well. With two starters sidelined, look for Jonah Jackson to take over at right guard and Matt Nelson to shift to right tackle.

September 27, 2020 03:28 PM
Lions' Halapoulivaati Vaitai: Ready to face Cardinals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaitai is active for Sunday's matchup against Arizona.

The big-ticket free-agent addition did not make a single practice or game appearance over the first two weeks of the regular season, but multiple limited sessions heading into Week 3 provided room for optimism. Vaitai plugs back in at right tackle as the Lions face a Chandler Jones-led Cardinals pass rush that enters Sunday tied for third in the NFL with 3.5 sacks per game.

September 25, 2020 09:20 PM
Lions' Halapoulivaati Vaitai: Limited all week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaitai (foot) has been deemed questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Vaitai was held out of practice and games for the first two weeks of the season, but he upgraded to limited participation this week and appears to have a chance at playing Sunday. If he's ultimately ruled out, though, expect Tyrell Crosby to start at right tackle again.

September 20, 2020 12:24 PM
Lions' Halapoulivaati Vaitai: Sidelined for Week 2
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaitai (foot) is officially inactive for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Vaitai had a glimmer of hope to play after he was deemed questionable after not practicing all week while managing the foot issue. The TCU product will miss his second straight contest, so look for Tyrell Crosby to handle starting right tackle duties for Week 2.

September 19, 2020 01:36 PM
Lions' Halapoulivaati Vaitai: Upgraded to questionable
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaitai (foot) has been upgraded to questionable ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Packers, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

Vaitai has somehow been upgraded to questionable despite not practicing all week. His status will presumably be determined by how he is feeling closer to kickoff.

September 16, 2020 09:08 PM
Lions' Halapoulivaati Vaitai: Still not practicing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaitai (foot) was a nonparticipant in Wednesday's practice, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Vaitai is in danger of missing a second straight game to start the season, and if that's the case, Tyrell Crosby is expected to start at right tackle once again.

September 11, 2020 04:00 PM
Lions' Halapoulivaati Vaitai: Unavailable against Bears
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaitai (foot) has been ruled out of Sunday's game versus the Bears, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Vaitai was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice but sat out of both Thursday and Friday's sessions. The 27-year-old earned a five-year, $50 million deal to be the Lions' starting right tackle, but with his debut on hold, Tyrell Crosby is expected to start at right tackle to begin the year.

March 16, 2020 09:36 PM
Eagles' Halapoulivaati Vaitai: Joining Lions
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaitai has agreed to a five-year, $50 million contract with the Lions, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.

Vaitai spent his first four seasons with the Eagles after getting drafted in 2016. He has not missed a game since his rookie season. The 26-year-old will now begin a new chapter in his career with the Lions.

 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-6/320
Birthdate:
06/16/1993
Age:
27
Hometown:
Haltom City, TX
School:
TCU
NFL Experience:
6
Awards: