While Scarbrough is the Lions' clear No. 3 running back, he may not be a roster lock, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.
After impressing in a brief four-game stint as a starter, Scarbrough ended the 2019 campaign as the No. 2 option once Kerryon Johnson returned from a knee injury. Since then, Detroit yet again splurged on the running back position by spending a second-round pick on rookie D'Andre Swift. Should Johnson and Swift prove capable of handling early down and short-yardage work in practices this summer, it's possible Scarbrough's one-dimensional skill set may prove less worthy of a roster spot compared to more versatile options like Jason Huntley or Ty Johnson.
Scarbrough rushed nine times for 42 yards during Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Packers.
The Lions again had a healthy Kerryon Johnson lead the backfield in both snaps and rushing attempts while Scarbrough and rookie Ty Johnson finished second and third in both categories, respectively. While Scarbrough once again was effective with the touches he was given, he didn't reach the end zone, and that's probably something he'll need to do to be fantasy relevant as a complementary running back. It's thus hard to get too excited about his prospects in 2020 with the talented Kerryon Johnson set to continue as the lead runner. In fact, the Detroit backfield might be one to generally avoid altogether if reports out of training camp suggest the big-bodied Scarbrough is preparing for usage as the team's preferred option around the goal line.
Scarbrough ran for 34 yards on eight carries and did not receive a target during Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Broncos.
The 23-year-old back out of Alabama returned to the lineup after missing Week 15 with a rib issue and garnered 38.1 percent of Detroit's RB carries as Kerryon Johnson made his long-awaited return from a knee injury. Despite possessing practically no additional fantasy upside in the passing game, Scarbrough made viable contributions by commanding 18 carries per game and rushing to a 4.2 yards-per-attempt average Weeks 11 through 14. He projects to remain a secondary option to Johnson in Detroit's season-finale matchup against Green Bay's bottom-third rush defense.
Scarbrough (ribs) is active for Sunday's game in Denver.
Scarbrough is ready to go after sitting out Week 15 due to a rib injury, but his return coincides with Kerryon Johnson's (knee) first game action since Week 7. Johnson is expected to have "significant carries," per Ian Rapoport, so Scarbrough figures to get little more than scraps out of the Lions' backfield. Plus, Scarbrough will be vying with Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic for those sparse touches.
Scarbrough (ribs) remained limited at Friday's practice and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Denver.
It isn't clear if Scarbrough will return to the lineup after missing Week 15, and there's no assurance of a sizable workload even if he's declared active before the 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff. The Lions seemingly plan to activate Kerryon Johnson (knee) from injured reserve, which would leave Scarbrough with a limited role. Plus, the Lions still have Ty Johnson, J.D. McKissic and Wes Hills on their 53-man roster... at least for the time being.
Scarbrough (ribs) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
After receiving the same listing on both injury reports this week, Scarbrough is a step ahead of last week, when he followed an LP/DNP/DNP practice regimen before sitting out Week 15 against the Buccaneers. If he gains clearance to play Sunday in Denver, he may have to contend with Kerryon Johnson (knee), who has been designated for return from IR and hasn't suffered a setback in his recovery from surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
Scarbrough (ribs) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
Scarbrough missed back-to-back practices before being declared inactive ahead of the Week 15 loss to the Buccaneers, so his return to practice in a limited capacity to begin the current week represents tangible progress. If Scarbrough gains clearance for Sunday's game in Denver, he'll likely be the odds-on favorite to headline Detroit's backfield, though that could change if the team bring Kerryon Johnson (knee) back from injured reserve.
Scarbrough (ribs) is inactive for Sunday's Week 15 tilt against the Buccaneers.
The inactive status isn't a complete surprise after Scarbrough missed practice both Thursday and Friday. The second-year back had given the Lions stability in the backfield over the last four contests, taking double-digit carries in each one while gaining between 55 and 98 rushing yards. In his absence, J.D. McKissic and Ty Johnson are slated to handle the bulk of the ground attack against an exceedingly stingy Buccaneers run defense.
The Lions are treating Scarbrough (ribs) as a game-time decision ahead of Sunday's tilt with the Buccaneers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Scarbrough took a questionable designation into the weekend after a sore rib limited his activity in practice Wednesday before he was held out of the final two sessions of the week entirely. Likely in recognition of Scarbrough's shaky health, the Lions promoted another running back (Wes Hills) from the practice squad Saturday. An official decision on Scarbrough's status will come around 11:30 a.m. ET, when the Lions release their inactive list 90 minutes before kickoff. If Scarbrough is ultimately ruled out for Week 15, Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic would likely handle most of the snaps out of the Detroit backfield.
Scarbrough (ribs) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay after missing practice both Thursday and Friday.
Scarbrough opened the week as a limited participant but wasn't able to practice after Wednesday. He thus appears truly questionable ahead of Sunday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff, with Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic on hand for extra snaps and touches in the event of a Scarbrough absence. A hint on Scarbrough's status may arrive before Sunday if the Lions call up Wes Hills from the practice squad or sign another running back.
Scarbrough (ribs) was downgraded to non-participation in Thursday's practice, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
A limited participant to start the week, Scarbrough apparently took a step backward, perhaps dealing with a minor setback. Whatever the case, an absence from Sunday's game against Tampa Bay would leave Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic to handle backfield work for the Lions.
Scarbrough (ribs) was present but didn't do much in the portion of Thursday's practice open to the media, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Scarbrough was knocked out of this past Sunday's defeat in Minnesota late due to a rib injury, which seemingly will result in a second consecutive 'limited' listing on the Lions' Week 15 practice report. As long as the issue is something that he can manage, he should remain the team's primary early-down back Sunday against the Bucs. Next up on the depth chart, though are Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic.
Scarbrough (ribs) was limited at Wednesday's walk-through practice.
Scarbrough suffered a rib injury during the latter stages of the Lions' Week 14 loss at Minnesota. Afterward, he told Kyle Meinke of MLive.com that he was "just a little sore." During his four-game stint with the Lions, Scarbrough has hovered around 50 percent of the offensive snaps in each one, accounting for 72 carries for 301 yards (4.2 YPC), one five-yard catch and one rushing touchdown. Look for him to continue operating as the team's early-down back moving forward while Ty Johnson mixes in and J.D. McKissic serves as the primary pass-catching option.
Scarbrough sustained a rib injury in Sunday's 20-7 loss to the Vikings, but he suggested after the game that the issue wouldn't impact his availability for the Week 15 matchup with the Buccaneers, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports. "Just a little sore," Scarbrough said.
For the fourth straight game, the second-year back paced the Lions in carries (19) Week 14, finishing the day with 65 yards on the ground to go with a five-yard reception, the first of his career. Though the injury forced him to exit at one point in the second half, Scarbrough returned to action and played 34 of the Lions' 71 offensive snaps (48 percent), a workload roughly on par with what he handled in previous weeks. The Lions may manage his usage carefully in practices Wednesday through Friday, but Scarbrough looks like he'll be on track to lead the team's ground attack once the weekend arrives.
Scarbrough carried the ball 19 times for 65 yards in the team's Week 14 loss to the Vikings. He added one reception on three targets for five yards.
Scarbrough led the Lions' backfield once again, logging 19 of their 22 rushing attempts. He was largely held under wraps by the strong Vikings' run defense, with his longest gain of the day going for only seven yards. Surprisingly, Scarbrough also made a contribution -- albeit a small one -- as a receiver, logging his first reception of the season. While it looks like he'll continue to rack up carries to close the season, Detroit will face another tough run defense when they take on Tampa Bay in Week 15.
Scarbrough rushed 21 times for 83 yards during Thursday's 24-20 loss to the Bears.
While it's a shame that Scarbrough has now had a number of impressive runs over the past three games that have been called back due to a penalty, the Alabama product is still putting up respectable numbers anyway. In fact, he's the latest addition to a short list of running backs who are averaging at least 17 carries per game and 4.5 yards per carry, joining the likes of Christian McCaffrey, Nick Chubb, Derrick Henry, Josh Jacobs, Leonard Fournette and Dalvin Cook. That's pretty good company for someone who went completely overlooked by the league since being drafted in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft, and Scarbourgh hasn't even played a game with a non-backup quarterback yet. It's possible Matthew Stafford (back) could return for the Lions' Week 14 date with the Vikings, and it'll be interesting to see if Scarbrough can take his game to another level with Stafford calling the shots instead of David Blough and Jeff Driskel.
Scarbrough ran for 98 yards on 18 carries and was unable to haul in his only target of Sunday's 19-16 loss to Washington. He lost a fumble during the contest.
It was as if Scarbrough was back on the Crimson Tide on Sunday, as the big-bodied back cut through Washington's defense, particularly on a 30-yard outside run during the opening drive of the second half that set up Detroit's only touchdown of the afternoon. The lost fumble put a damper on things, but he did not lose a fumble in three years at Alabama so it should not be considered an issue. In a two-game sample size with the Lions, Scarbrough looks as though he'll be able to provide Detroit the rushing threat it needs for a balanced attack down the stretch. He'll be tested Thursday against a Bears defense surrendering just 3.6 yards per opponent carry, fourth best in the NFL.
Scarbrough carried 14 times for 55 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 35-27 loss to the Cowboys.
Less than 24 hours after signing with Detroit, Scarbrough found himself as the leading rusher against the team that originally drafted him in 2018. He averaged 3.9 yards per carry against a tough Dallas defense and got his team on the board with a five-yard touchdown run on Detroit's first drive of the game. Given the injuries and ineffectiveness surrounding the other backfield options on the roster, Scarbrough could continue to contribute next Sunday against a beatable Redskins run defense.
Scarbrough signed a contract with the Lions on Saturday.
It didn't take long for the Alabama product to make his way onto the active roster, as Scarbrough joined the Lions' practice squad in the beginning of November. While Ty Johnson was cleared from concussion protocol Saturday, it's entirely possible the team could try to jumpstart its dormant rushing attack by involving the trio of Johnson, J.D. McKissic and Scarbrough, but likely not to the point where the 2018 seventh-round pick will be a fantasy relevant option in Week 11.
Scarbrough signed with the Lions' practice squad Wednesday.
The Lions have two running backs on IR -- Kerryon Johnson (knee) and Tra Carson (hamstring) -- so Scarbrough's being brought in to learn the system and possibly will be activated in the near future. Since being selected by the Cowboys in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Scarbrough hasn't played a game.
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