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March 25, 2020 09:56 AM
Broncos' Sam Martin: Cashes in with Denver
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martin signed a three-year, $7.05 million contract with the Broncos on Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

The 30-year-old had spent his entire seven-year career with the Lions to this point, averaging 46.0 yards per punt with a long of 72 yards. Martin also handled kickoff duties, and he could compete with Brandon McManus for that job. Martin will at the least take over at punter through 2020.

November 27, 2019 04:40 PM
Lions' Sam Martin: Good to go
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martin (abdomen) was listed as a full participant in Wednesday's practice and is expected to suit up Thursday against Chicago.

Martin had been hampered by an abdominal issue the past few weeks, but in light of his full participation in Wednesday's practice, the 29-year-old appears ready to handle punting and holding duties for Thursday's Thanksgiving matchup against the Bears.

November 17, 2019 11:36 AM
Lions' Sam Martin: All clear Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martin (abdomen) is officially active for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.

Martin has dealt with the abdominal issue over the past few weeks, but it hasn't force him to miss any game time. As evidenced by this news, the veteran will resume punting and holding duties for Week 11.

November 15, 2019 09:44 PM
Lions' Sam Martin: Questionable for Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martin (abdomen) is considered questionable for Sunday's game versus the Cowboys.

Martin has battled the abdominal issue over the past couple weeks but has yet to miss a game this season. The 29-year-old should remain on track to play unless the team signs a secondary punter ahead of Saturday's 4 P.M. ET roster deadline.

January 4, 2019 12:36 PM
Lions' Sam Martin: Unimpressive in 2018
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martin averaged 44.7 yards per punt with 32 attempts downed behind the 20-yard line in 16 games during the 2018 season.

Martin has averaged just 44.3 yards per punt the past two years after averaging over 46.9 through his first four seasons in the league. While it's possible the ankle injury that cost him six games in 2017 has played a role in his diminished effectiveness, Detroit still may want an upgrade over someone who ranked 23rd in the league in punting average (and 22nd in net punting average) in 2018. In fact, the team has already brought in undrafted second-year punter Ryan Santoso to compete with Martin this offseason.

November 13, 2018 10:21 PM
Lions' Sam Martin: Fine after injury scare
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martin (undisclosed) said Monday that he is fine and will be available to play in Week 11 against the Panthers, Michael Rothstein of ESPN reports.

Martin, who was blocked from the side on a punt return during Sunday's game, was reportedly spitting up blood on the sidelines and later taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure. Fortunately, the punter isn't dealing with any sort of severe injury. The more pressing concern for Martin is his play on the field, considering the Lions are second-to-last in the league with a 37.8-yard net punting average.

November 11, 2018 07:28 PM
Lions' Sam Martin: Will return to Detroit with team
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martin (undisclosed) was taken to a hospital after the Lions' 34-22 loss to the Bears on Sunday but will return to Detroit with the team, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

The details of Martin's injury remain undisclosed, but it's a good sign that the starting punter will be able to fly out of Chicago with the rest of his team. Martin should be considered questionable for Detroit's matchup with the Panthers in Week 11.

November 11, 2018 07:00 PM
Lions' Sam Martin: Exits Week 10 loss in ambulance
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martin was ushered into an ambulance after Sunday's 34-22 loss to the Bears, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.

Martin did not appear to suffer a significant injury during Sunday's divisional contest but has reportedly exited Soldier Field in an ambulance. Expect an update on the starting punter's health when the details of his injury are disclosed.

December 10, 2017 12:12 PM
Lions' Sam Martin: Active Week 14
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martin (foot) is active for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.

Martin's inclusion on the final injury report was a bit of a surprise after he was a full participant in practice both Thursday and Friday. Expect him to see his typical duties as punter for the team.

October 28, 2017 09:04 PM
Lions' Sam Martin: Promoted to active roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martin (ankle) was activated to the 53-man roster Saturday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Martin was activated from the Non-Football Injury list and should take over punting duties Sunday. To make room, the Lions parted ways with Jacquies Smith.

October 24, 2017 02:44 PM
Lions' Sam Martin: Ready to go for Week 8
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martin (ankle) was activated from the Non-Football/Injury list Tuesday and will serve as the Lions' punter in Sunday's game against the Steelers, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

The Lions released Jeff Locke, who had served as the team's punter for the last five games, to clear a spot on the 53-man roster for Martin. The 27-year-old Martin was one of the top specialists in the league last season, ranking second among all punters with 44.2 net yards per punt.

October 17, 2017 11:36 AM
Lions' Sam Martin: Returns to practice Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martin (ankle) participated in Tuesday's practice, Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Martin has been on the non-football/injury list since the start of the regular season, but it looks like he'll be making his return to the field soon. The Lions are on bye this week, so with another week off, Martin could be back on the field for their matchup next Sunday with the Steelers.

September 1, 2017 03:32 PM
Lions' Sam Martin: Expected to start season on NFI
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martin (ankle) is expected to start the regular season on the non-football/injury list, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Martin was placed on the NFI at the start of camp and it looks like he will remain there for a portion of the regular season. Kasey Redfern will open the season as the Lions punter in Martin's stead.

August 24, 2017 11:44 AM
Lions' Sam Martin: Availability for Week 1 uncertain
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Lions are uncertain of Martin's (ankle) status for Week 1, The Detroit Free Press reports.

Martin has been on the non-football/injury list since the start of camp. Kasey Redfern has filled in during his absence. Martin signed a four-year contract extension with the team over the summer and isn't in any danger of losing his job, but his health is a concern as the regular season approaches. Coach Jim Caldwell indicated, "he's been doing well," so his status for Week 1 remains unclear.

July 25, 2017 04:48 PM
Lions' Sam Martin: Suffers ankle injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martin was put on the Active/Non-Football Injury list after he suffered an ankle injury in early July, Tim Twentyman of reports.

Martin is set to miss preseason time due to this injury, and it's unclear what his timeline for recovery is. This injury was suffered away from Lions' facilities, hence the special injury designation.

September 10, 2016 01:49 AM
Lions' Sam Martin: Inks extension with Detroit
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 lock him in with the Lions through the 2020 season.

June 1, 2015 04:49 PM
Jim Caldwell still angry about PI call, supports replay review
by Larry Hartstein |

Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell, still upset about the pass-interference flag officials picked up in the fourth quarter of Sunday's playoff loss at Dallas, suggested video replay be used on critical calls like that one, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

"I think, without question, it was probably not officiated correctly in my estimation,” Caldwell said Monday. "Nevertheless, I do think in this day and age, with modern times where we have technology that can take out the human factor in certain key situations in big games, that we should use that technology to do so."

Detroit led 20-17 and had third-and-1 at the Cowboys' 46-yard line when linebacker Anthony Hitchens was called for pass interference against tight end Brandon Pettigrew. Officials reversed themselves and picked up the flag, prompting a Lions punt. Sam Martin shanked it, the Cowboys drove for a touchdown and held on to win 24-20.

"I'm angry about it, and trying to keep my composure here, but I'm probably angry for our team, and the fans," Caldwell said. "That's the thing that stirs your blood."

Dean Blandino, the NFL's vice president for officiating, said Hitchens should have been penalized for defensive holding. That would have given the Lions a first down, putting them near field-goal range.

June 2, 2015 03:58 PM
Three Lions probable Week 16
by Chris Cwik |

The Lions have listed S John Wendling, S Louis Delmas and P Sam Martin as probable Week 16. 

Wendling has an ankle injury and was limited in practice Friday. Delmas has been dealing with a knee injury all year, but has played through it. Martin has been limited with a groin issue.

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