Detroit Lions

Stadium: Ford Field | Coach: Jim Caldwell
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense17th110.0 (14th)202.0 (19th)
Defense7th53.5 (4th)235.5 (21st)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
10Abbrederis, Jared WR6-119512/17/19904Wisconsin
21Abdullah, Ameer RB5-92036/13/19933Nebraska
39Agnew, Jamal CB5-101904/3/1995RSan Diego
94Ansah, Ezekiel DE6-52755/29/19895Brigham Young
43Bellore, Nick LB6-12505/12/19897Central Michigan
26Carey, Don SS5-112022/14/19879Norfolk State
63Cleary, Emmett T6-73204/27/19903Boston College
66Dahl, Joe G6-43054/9/19932Washington State
40Davis, Jarrad LB6-123811/16/1994RFlorida
68Decker, Taylor T6-73118/23/19932Ohio State
28Diggs, Quandre CB5-92001/22/19933Texas
85Ebron, Eric TE6-42534/10/19934North Carolina
87Fells, Darren TE6-72704/22/19864California-Irvine
60Glasgow, Graham G6-63108/19/19922Michigan
19Golladay, Kenny WR6-421311/1/1993RNorthern Illinois
38Green, Tion RB6-022012/14/1993RCincinnati
31Hayden, D.J. DB5-111906/27/19905Houston
 Johnson, George DE6-426512/11/19876Rutgers
11Jones, Marvin WR6-21983/12/19906California
13Jones, T.J. WR6-01907/19/19923Notre Dame
67Kerin, Zac C6-43058/13/19913Toledo
35Killebrew, Miles SS6-22225/10/19932Southern Utah
76Lang, T.J. G6-43159/20/19879Eastern Michigan
24Lawson, Nevin CB5-91924/23/19914Utah State
98Ledbetter, Jeremiah DE6-32956/2/1994RArkansas
18Locke, Jeff P6-01959/27/19895UCLA
54Longa, Steve OLB6-02409/29/19941Rutgers
6Martin, Sam P6-12112/27/19905Appalachian State
72Mihalik, Brian T6-93158/21/19922Boston College
48Muhlbach, Don LS6-42588/17/198114Texas A&M
92Ngata, Haloti DT6-43401/21/198412Oregon
5Prater, Matt K5-102018/10/198411UCF
27Quin, Glover FS6-02071/15/19869New Mexico
44Reeves-Maybin, Jalen LB6-02301/31/1995RTennessee
25Riddick, Theo RB5-92015/4/19915Notre Dame
80Roberts, Michael TE6-52655/7/1994RToledo
91Robinson, A'Shawn DT6-43223/21/19952Alabama
73Robinson, Greg T6-533210/21/19924Auburn
14Rudock, Jake QB6-32121/21/19932Michigan
23Slay, Darius CB6-01901/1/19915Mississippi State
97Spence, Akeem DT6-130711/29/19915Illinois
9Stafford, Matthew QB6-32202/7/19889Georgia
64Swanson, Travis C6-53041/30/19914Arkansas
30Tabor, Teez CB6-020112/31/1995RFlorida
15Tate, Golden WR5-101978/2/19888Notre Dame
78Valoaga, Jeremiah DE6-627511/15/1994RUNLV
71Wagner, Ricky T6-631510/21/19895Wisconsin
90Washington, Cornelius DE6-42809/10/19895Georgia
36Washington, Dwayne RB6-12234/24/19942Washington
45Washington, Charles DB5-101923/10/19931Fresno State
59Whitehead, Tahir MLB6-22414/2/19906Temple
32Wilson, Tavon SS6-02123/19/19906Illinois
58Worrilow, Paul MLB6-02305/1/19905Delaware
34Zenner, Zach RB5-112219/13/19913South Dakota State
69Zettel, Anthony DE6-42708/9/19922Penn State
Injured Players
53Chubb, Brandon (IR) LB6-124010/21/19931Wake Forest
51Copeland, Brandon (IR) DE6-32637/2/19913Pennsylvania
93Hill, Jordan (IR) DT6-12902/8/19915Penn State
61Hyder, Kerry (IR) DE6-22705/2/19912Texas Tech
39James, Mike (IR) RB5-102234/13/19914Miami (Fla.)
46Lawrence, Des (IR) DB6-118511/30/1994RNorth Carolina
2Redfern, Kasey (IR) P6-12059/26/19911Wofford
70Robinson, Corey (IR) T6-73175/21/19923South Carolina
Practice Squad
50Armbrister, Thurston OLB6-323512/25/19923Miami (Fla.)
38Barnes, Adairius CB5-111884/30/19942Louisiana Tech
16Billingsley, Jace WR5-91895/17/19931Eastern Oregon State
75Koloamatangi, Leo C6-53105/9/1994RHawaii
41Milligan, Rolan DB5-102008/16/19941Toledo
65Norton, Storm T6-83065/16/1994RToledo
 Okine, Earl DE6-62901/4/19901Florida
 Ringo, Christian DE6-12983/10/19922UL Lafayette
 Thomas, Noel WR6-12009/18/1994RConnecticut
 Valles, Hakeem TE6-526011/23/19922Monmouth (N.J.)
Suspended Players
97Bryant, Armonty DE6-42655/20/19905East Central (OK)
99Thornton, Khyri DT6-331511/21/19894Southern Mississippi
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Detroit6-6316.16-3287.225.82136
 
 
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Position Listing
Michael Roberts
News
Roberts was targeted twice but didn't record a catch during Friday's preseason game against the Patriots.

Roberts was outperformed by veteran Tim Wright in this one, as the latter hauled in three of three targets for 34 yards Friday. However, Roberts' status as a fourth-round rookie nearly guarantees him a roster spot, so this underwhelming performance isn't a concern in the big picture.

Zach Zenner
News
Zenner is expected to be active for the first time this season Sunday against the Falcons, likely serving as the Lions' No. 3 running back, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

Dwayne Washington (quadriceps) missed a second straight practice Thursday and seems unlikely to suit up Sunday, leaving Zenner in line to serve as the top understudy to Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick. With 334 yards and four touchdowns on the ground last season, Zenner outperformed Washington from an offensive standpoint, but the latter's responsibilities as the Lions' kick returner has allowed him to rank ahead of Zenner on the depth chart in 2017. Zenner won't be in store for kick-return duties if he dresses Sunday, but more importantly from a fantasy perspective, he would inherit Washington's role as a power back, likely seeing most of his carries in short-yardage situations in the red zone.

Nevin Lawson
News
Lawson's starting right cornerback job seems secure, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Lawson quietly put together a solid 2016 campaign that seemingly went underappreciated due to his lack of big plays. However, the four-year vet served as the Lions' top cover corner when Darius Slay wasn't able to play and finished the year among the league leaders in fewest yards allowed per coverage snap (0.82). It's possible 2017 second-rounder Teez Tabor could push for a starting gig before long, but, for now, the job appears to be Lawson's to lose.

Jace Billingsley
News
Billingsley was signed to the Lions' practice squad, Tim Twentyman of the team's official site reports.

Fan favorite Billingsley didn't survive last weekend's roster cuts, as Jared Abbrederis won the battle for the No. 5 receiver gig. Should injuries hit the Lions' wideouts this season -- specifically slot men Golden Tate and Abbrederis -- look for Billingsley to get the call-up.

Noel Thomas
News
Thomas was waived by the Lions on Saturday, WXYZ Detroit reports.

Thomas originally signed with the Lions as an undrafted rookie out of UConn back in May. However, he would've needed to be significantly impressive on special teams in order to survive final cuts. He's a candidate for the practice squad, though.

Jared Abbrederis
News
Abbrederis (coach's decision) is inactive for Monday night's game against the Giants.

Abbrederis is the No. 5 receiver on the depth chart and is unlikely to be active on game days unless he's needed as a return man on special teams.

Jarrad Davis
News
Davis (concussion) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Falcons.

The writing was on the wall for Davis to log his first career DNP after the rookie failed to practice in any capacity this week. Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports that Tahir Whitehead is expected to take over at MLB in Davis' steed, which makes Whitehead quite an interesting IDP option this week. After all, he started all 16 games at MLB last year for the Lions and accrued double-digit tackles in nine of 17 games.

Injury
Concussion - Did Not Practice on Friday. Out for Week 3 vs. Atlanta
Akeem Spence
News
Spence signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract with the Lions on Thursday, ESPN reports.

Not a star in his own right, Spence is still a solid addition to an up-and-coming Lions defensive line; at the very least, he'll be a quality rotational piece in DC Teryl Austin's 4-3 system. His signing likely means Tyrunn Walker and/or Stefan Charles won't be coming back to Detroit.

Matthew Stafford
News
Stafford completed 15 of 21 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night's 24-10 win over the Giants. He also rushed three times for 23 yards and lost a fumble.

Stafford followed his four-touchdown outing in Week 1 by throwing a pair of scores in the first half. However, besides Week 1 of the 2010 season -- when a shoulder injury forced him out before halftime -- Stafford's 122 yards marked the fewest of his career. With a lost fumble to boot, it wasn't a great night for Stafford, but his two touchdowns and second victory of the season should keep him satisfied. Looking ahead, the Lions' Week 3 matchup against the Falcons could end up being a shootout, which would surely favor a bounce back from Stafford statistically.

Jamal Agnew
News
Agnew returned three punts for 101 yards and a touchdown during Monday's 24-10 victory over the Giants.

Agnew, who the Lions took in the fifth round due to his proficiency as a return man, is paying immediate dividends for Detroit. With his team clinging to a seven-point lead in the final quarter of play, Agnew put the game away by taking a punt 88 yards to the house -- which came in particularly handy on a night the Lions had some trouble moving the ball. The rookie out of San Diego also saw time at kick returner, but only gained 15 yards on his lone attempt. If there's a negative aspect to his night, it's that Agnew only logged one snap on defense, so he clearly has work to do before becoming an option in IDP leagues.

Jake Rudock
News
Rudock is drawing trade interest from other teams, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

This news comes on the heels of Rudock's impressive performance against the Patriots during last Friday's exhibition, in which the second-year QB completed 10 of 13 passes for 113 yards and one touchdown to earn a 128.0 QBR, which bested all three of the quarterbacks that entered the game before he did -- Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford and Jimmy Garappolo. Granted, Rudock was playing against second-string defenders, but there's no doubting that he has the look of an up-and-coming talent. However, the Lions would probably need a really sweet offer to give Rudock up, as they'd be in trouble if something happened to Stafford and current third-stringer Brad Kaaya was forced to take over.

Leo Koloamatangi
No Updates
Jordan Hill
News
Hill signed with the Lions on Monday.

Hill, a third-round pick in 2013, split time last season between the Seahawks, Jaguars, and Redskins, making four appearances in total. Although his career numbers are mostly underwhelming, the defensive tackle posted 5.5 sacks in 2014 and will look to regain similar form in Detroit.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Mike James
News
James (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

James had missed the past week of practice due to a concussion. He's likely stuck on IR through the end of the season, barring an injury settlement.

Injury
Concussion - Injured Reserve
Khyri Thornton
News
Thornton has been suspended for the first six games of the regular season for violating the league's substance abuse policy, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Thornton will be eligible to return to the active roster Oct. 16, which happens to be the beginning of the Lions' bye week. The reserve defensive lineman took 307 snaps on defense last season, racking up 19 tackles and one sack through 13 contests. With Thornton sidelined, the Lions may opt to bring in another defensive tackle to bolster the depth chart behind starters Haloti Ngata and A'Shawn Robinson. Thornton is allowed to take part in offseason practices and preseason games.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until Week 8 vs. Pittsburgh
Cornelius Washington
News
Washington was absent from Wednesday's injury report.

Washington appears locked into a starting role entering Week 1 with Kerry Hyder (Achilles) done for the year. If his health cooperates (Washington's missed 33 of 64 career games), the Georgia product seems poised for an increase in statistical production after setting a career-high 20 tackles and two sacks with the Bears last season.

Tahir Whitehead
News
Whitehead is expected to replace Jarrad Davis (concussion) as the starting middle linebacker Sunday against Atlanta, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

Already a starter at outside linebacker, Whitehead has piled up 13 tackles and an interception through two weeks while logging 73 percent of the defensive snaps. With an every-down role seemingly in the cards for Week 3, he sneakily profiles as one of the better IDP options in the league, at least temporarily. Whitehead had 132 tackles in 15 games while handling a three-down role last season, but he didn't have any sacks, interceptions, forced fumbles or fumble recoveries.

Christian Ringo
News
Ringo was waived by the Bengals on Tuesday.

Ringo failed to see the field in the Bengals' season opener on Sunday and will now head to the waiver wire after Tuesday's release. He could field interest elsewhere for teams in need of depth on the defensive line, but if he doesn't, the Bengals' practice squad is a potential landing spot. A former sixth-round pick of the Packers in 2015, Ringo has a total of two tackles and a forced fumble in eight NFL games.

Teez Tabor
News
Tabor is inactive for Monday night's game against the Giants.

Tabor, the Lions' second-round draft pick, is a healthy scratch for the second time in as many weeks. While it seems he's been slow to acclimate to the professional level, the Lions' respectable depth at corner is likely also playing a part in the team's decision to delay Tabor's professional debut.

A'Shawn Robinson
News
Robinson could see increased playing time in 2017, Paula Pasche of The Oakland Press reports. "I think he's really doing some good things. He is again, another big, strong, powerful man who has got good bend. So, he does a lot of things inside in the run game,'' defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said. "He's going to be really good. Like always, we think we've got to just continue to try to accelerate him in the pass game and work on his pass rush so that he can be a three-down player for us and give us some inside pass rush."

As a rookie, Robinson played on 39.7 percent of the defensive snaps, second only to veteran Haloti Ngata. The 2016 second-rounder responded with 30 tackles and two sacks with seven passes defended, which was good for third among all defensive linemen in the league. An increased level of playing time usually leads to improved counting stats, especially if Robinson is on the field more on third downs, which would presumably present him more quality opportunities to up his sack total.

Glover Quin
News
Quin (ankle) practiced in near-full capacity during the first day of minicamp, the Lions' official site reports.

Quin had been taking it easy since undergoing offseason ankle surgery, but participated in near-full capacity during Tuesday's session. For reference, Quin never participated in any team drills during OTAs. However, now in minicamp, he lined up as the starting free safety during team drills, admittedly only for a portion of the snaps, though. It appears Quin has been setback-free in his recovery, and will continue to amp up his workload in practice as the offseason wears on.

Corey Robinson
News
The Lions placed Robinson (foot) on injured reserve Tuesday, the Lions' official site reports.

Robinson was held out of the Lions' opener against the Cardinals and now will head to IR without a concrete timetable for a return. With Robinson heading to IR, the Lions will bring in free agent tackle Emmett Cleary for additional depth on the offensive line. Robinson took part in 14 games for the Lions last season, including three starts.

Injury
Foot - Injured Reserve
Joe Dahl
News
Dahl (lower leg) is questionable to play Sunday against the Falcons.

Dahl was limited in practice throughout the week due to a vague injury to his lower leg.

Injury
Lower Leg - Limited Practice on Friday. Questionable for Week 3 vs. Atlanta
Brandon Copeland
News
Copeland (pectoral) was waived/injured by the Lions on Wednesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Copeland served as a key special teams player for the Lions in each of the last two seasons, but he'll now revert to injured reserve and be out for the year once he clears waivers.

Injury
Pectoral - Injured Reserve
Don Carey
News
Carey (undisclosed) is healthy and has been taken off the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list.

Carey played in 14 games last season but was limited to a special teams role as Glover Quin received the starts at free safety. He will likely return to the same role in Week 1.

Darius Slay
News
Slay (hamstring) is active for Sunday night's regular season finale against Green Bay.

Slay missed last Sunday's game with a hamstring issue but managed to participate in every team practice since. His availability bodes well for the Lions' prospects of limiting Packers QB Aaron Rodgers.

Emmett Cleary
News
Cleary signed a contract with the Lions on Tuesday, the Lions' official site reports.

Cleary spent the 2016 campaign with the Cowboys, playing in 13 games with one start. After failing to make a regular season roster out of the gate, Clearly will now join the Lions after they lost fellow tackle Corey Robinson (foot) to IR. The 27-year-old should jump in as additional depth.

Jeremiah Ledbetter
News
The Lions selected Ledbetter in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 205th overall.

Ledbetter (6-foot-3, 280 pounds) is a bowling ball of a defensive end who figures to see inside snaps in nickel formations. He has long arms and good strength to potentially transition inside on a full-time basis, too.

Travis Swanson
News
Swanson (ankle) is questionable to play Sunday against the Falcons.

Swanson didn't practice in any capacity this week, so he seems more doubtful to play than questionable.

Injury
Ankle - Did Not Practice on Friday. Questionable for Week 3 vs. Atlanta
Kenny Golladay
News
Golladay caught one of three targets for eight yards during Monday's 24-10 victory over the Giants.

Those who were expecting an encore of Golladay's scintillating Week 1 performance were surely disappointed by Monday's stat line, but the fact of the matter is that QB Matthew Stafford only attempted 21 passes -- which is a career low if you don't count the 2010 game in which Stafford blew out his shoulder. Owners can almost certainly bank on Detroit going much more pass heavy this weekend against the high-octane Falcons offense.

Armonty Bryant
News
Bryant (suspension) was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday, the Lions' official site reports.

Bryant, who has already been suspended for the first four games of the 2017 regular season, is slated to begin training camp on the PUP list. The 2013 seventh-rounder notched just five tackles through five games with the Lions last season, so his absence won't have much of an impact on the team's defense.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until Week 5 vs. Carolina
Jeremiah Valoaga
No Updates
Marvin Jones
News
Jones' lone reception on five targets produced a 27-yard touchdown in Monday night's 24-10 win over the Giants.

Jones opened the scoring with a stellar catch on a deep route early on. While that gave Jones his second touchdown in as many games this season, it also marked his lone grab of the evening. Thus far, Jones' stock has been buoyed by his trips to pay dirt, so he'll aim for a more well-rounded performance in Week 3 versus the Falcons.

Nick Bellore
News
Bellore signed a contract with the Lions on Monday, Noah Trister of the Washington Post reports.

Bellore was released over the weekend in order to allow the team to add extra depth at offensive tackle. However, they since released the offensive lineman they'd signed in order to bring Bellore back into the fold. Despite his return, the 28-year-old isn't likely to see many snaps even if he's active for this weekend's matchup with the Giants.

Kasey Redfern
News
The Lions placed Redfern (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, the Lions' official site reports.

The rookie out of Wofford saw action in just one game for the Lions, getting off one punt for 50 yards. However, he suffered both a torn ACL and MCL, in addition to a partial tear of his patellar tendon, so he'll now have to start the long road to recovery. He'll head to IR, which prompted the Lions to pick up free agent Jeff Locke on Tuesday. Locke should take over starting duties moving forward.

Injury
Knee - ACL + MCL - Injured Reserve
Dwayne Washington
News
Washington (quadriceps) is expected to miss multiple weeks, the Detroit Free Press reports.

A specific length of absence hasn't been given by the Lions. In his unspecified departure, TJ Jones and Jamal Agnew are next in line to return kicks while Zach Zenner and Tion Green might be able to see a few snaps at running back behind Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick.

Injury
Quadriceps - Did Not Practice on Friday. Out for Week 3 vs. Atlanta
Brandon Chubb
Injury
Ricky Wagner
News
Wagner logged 37 offensive snaps during Friday's preseason loss to the Patriots.

Wagner appears to be entering the regular season at full health.

Adairius Barnes
News
Barnes was signed to the Lions' practice squad, Tim Twentyman of the team's official site reports.

Just like last season, the Lions are keeping Barnes around as emergency help at cornerback.

Matt Prater
News
Prater converted his only field goal attempt and lone PAT during Monday's 24-10 victory over the Giants.

Prater had an angel on his side Monday, as his lone field goal bounced off the horizontal pipe and luckily found its way through the uprights. While that only made for Prater's second field-goal try in as many games, both of his attempts have been successful and, notably, from 56 yards out or longer. Next week's matchup with the Falcons should be a higher-scoring affair and, assuming that proves true, could lead to more chances for Prater to show off his reputably strong leg.

Graham Glasgow
No Updates
Des Lawrence
Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Quandre Diggs
News
Diggs is working as the first-string nickel corner in training camp, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Diggs admitted himself that he's in a "heated" training camp battle for time at corner given the Lions' recent additions of rookies Teez Tabor and Jamal Agnew as well as former Raiders CB D.J. Hayden, so he'll need to stay healthy and keep performing in order to maintain his standing atop the depth chart. Last season, Diggs' play slipped after a promising 2015 campaign, but he seems to have had a good offseason and even made the "play of the day" during Wednesday's practice, tipping and then intercepting a Matthew Stafford pass in the end zone that was intended for Golden Tate.

Haloti Ngata
News
Ngata heads into his 12th NFL season with no health issues, Mike O'Hara of the Lions' official site reports.

The veteran defensive tackle wanted to make sure he was completely healthy heading into the new season, even undergoing a neurological exam to determine whether he'd sustained any brain damage over his career. The results showed none, according to the defensive tackle. "The brain is good to go," Ngata said. "I wanted to make sure my head was good. He (the neurologist) said everything was pretty good -- really good, actually. ... Just to make sure, with all things that are going on with the brain and stuff throughout the league, I don't want to have problems when I'm older." The defensive tackle missed some time last year due to calf and quad issues, but he still managed to record 22 tackles and 1.5 sacks through 13 games.

Rolan Milligan
News
Milligan was waived by the Lions on Saturday, WXYZ Detroit reports.

Milligan tried his hand to make it as a depth safety with the Lions, but it's obvious the team is going in a different direction. Should he clear waivers, Milligan could be signed to the practice squad.

Steve Longa
News
Longa was signed by the Lions on Saturday, Tim Twentyman of of the team's official site reports.

The Rutgers product will likely serve as a special teams asset as he takes time to learn the playbook before additional responsibilities.

Darren Fells
News
Fells caught his only target for three yards in Monday's 24-10 victory over the Giants.

Fells logged 32 offensive snaps Monday but only received one target as he was the clear blocking complement to Eric Ebron, who secured five of five targets for 42 yards and a touchdown. Barring an injury to Ebron, don't expect things to change.

Tion Green
News
Green (coach's decision) is inactive for Monday night's game against the Giants.

Green is nothing more than the No. 5 tailback on the depth chart and will likely need multiple injuries to players ahead of him in order to be a regular member of the game-day roster.

Miles Killebrew
News
Killebrew recorded four tackles and a pass deflection in Monday's 24-10 victory over the Giants.

Killebrew was penciled in as the No. 3 safety entering the season, but it seems the Lions are tasking him with even more responsibility now after his coming-out party in the season opener in which Killebrew recorded his first career pick-six. In fact, Killebrew's 42 defensive snaps Monday was significantly greater than that of starter Tavon Wilson, who garnered 23. If he can maintain his productive ways as the season unfolds, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Killebrew outright displace Wilson as the first-string strong safety.

Paul Worrilow
News
The Lions will work out Worrilow at both strongside and weakside linebacker in OTAs, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Worrilow was quite the success story during his rookie season with the Falcons in 2013 when he racked up 127 tackles and two sacks as the team's starting middle linebacker after going undrafted out of Delaware. Despite churning out 142 and 95 tackles in each of the two subsequent seasons, he lost his starting spot to second-round rookie Deion Jones in 2016 and ultimately finished the year with only 21 stops. However, Worrilow has a chance to revive his career in Detroit, where there's currently a huge need for talent at outside linebacker, especially after the release of DeAndre Levy. He could fit in at both of the strongside and weakside outside linebacker positions and the Lions' plans to try him out at both spots should help the team determine where he best fits into the defense. Considering how Levy recorded triple-digit tackles in three of four seasons between 2011 and 2014 while operating in an every-down OLB role for the Lions, the potential is there for Worrilow to enjoy a resurgent 2017 campaign if he's able to secure a starting job.

Ezekiel Ansah
News
Ansah (knee) is questionable to play Sunday against the Falcons.

Ansah was a limited participant in practice all week, but it's possible the Lions were simply trying to limit his workload in preparation for Sunday's contest. Coming off a three-sack performance on Monday night, Ansah could be in for another productive outing against a Falcons offensive line that will be without starting tackle Ryan Schraeder.

Injury
Knee - Limited Practice on Friday. Questionable for Week 3 vs. Atlanta
D.J. Hayden
News
Hayden (hamstring) has been an active participant during camp, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

Hayden, who was slowed down with a hamstring injury during the offseason, received first team reps during the Lions' preseason opener with Darius Slay sidelined. He projects to provide cornerback depth heading into the regular season.

Don Muhlbach
No Updates
Anthony Zettel
News
Zettel (coach's decision) is inactive for the Lions' Week 2 matchup against the Titans.

Zettle is not injured and is presumably a healthy scratch due to teammate Ezekiel Ansah's (shoulder) clearance to play.

Hakeem Valles
No Updates
Storm Norton
No Updates
Sam Martin
News
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.

Injury
Ankle - Out for Week 3 vs. Atlanta
T.J. Jones
News
Jones only logged 19 offensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Cardinals, Mike Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

Jones caught two of four targets for 32 yards, while Kenny Golladay caught four of seven targets for 69 yards and two touchdowns on 44 offensive snaps. It appears the rookie locked down the No. 3 receiver role faster than expected, leaving Jones with an injury-dependent path to fantasy relevance.

Golden Tate
News
Tate caught four of four targets for 25 yards during Monday's 24-10 victory over the Giants.

Missing from Tate's stat line is the fact quarterback Matthew Stafford attempted just 21 passes en route to the second-lowest passing total of the gunslinger's career -- which obviously didn't bode well for the success of a volume-dependent receiver like Tate. Considering he saw 8.4 targets per game last season, not to mention 10 looks in the season opener, look for Tate to play a much bigger offensive role in weeks to come.

Zac Kerin
No Updates
Theo Riddick
News
Riddick rushed nine times for 20 yards and secured all three of his targets for 17 yards during Monday's 24-10 victory over the Giants.

Monday's game flow didn't offer the Lions offense many opportunities to air it out, which is clearly supported by the fact QB Matthew Stafford attempted a career-low 21 passes, so Detroit simply had no need to deploy an up-tempo, no-huddle offense in which Riddick typically thrives. Next week's matchup with 2016 MVP Matt Ryan and the high-powered Falcons offense should lend Riddick a more favorable game script to showcase his stellar receiving chops.

Jalen Reeves-Maybin
News
The Lions selected Reeves-Maybin in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 124th overall.

Detroit continued to address its issues at linebacker Saturday by going after Reeves-Maybin. He came into the year as a potential Day 2 selection after a strong junior season that saw him rack up 105 total tackles and 14.0 tackles for loss. However, Reeves-Maybin had a season-ending shoulder injury early in his senior year and reportedly had a shaky pro day. If Reeves-Maybin is able to recapture his 2015 form, he'll end up being a nice value pick for the Lions in the fourth round.

Brian Mihalik
No Updates
Taylor Decker
News
Decker (shoulder) was moved to the regular season PUP list Saturday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Decker is eligible for the regular season PUP list because he started the preseason on the same list and never returned to practice. He won't count as a member of the official 53-man roster until he's potentially activated off the list, which can't occur until six weeks into the regular season.

Injury
Shoulder - Physically Unable to Perform
Thurston Armbrister
News
Armbrister was signed to the Lions' practice squad, Tim Twentyman of the team's official site reports.

The Lions are likely keeping Armbrister on hold in case injuries hit their linebacking corps.

Charles Washington
No Updates
Tavon Wilson
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Wilson (shoulder) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Wilson didn't practice whatsoever this week, so this news comes as no surprise. His absence should open the door for the up-and-coming safety Miles Killebrew to log his first career start.

Injury
Shoulder - Did Not Practice on Friday. Out for Week 3 vs. Atlanta
T.J. Lang
News
Lang (hip) returned to practice Wednesday, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

Wednesday was the first time the Lions had the offensive lineman back at practice this week, so it appears as though he is over the hip ailment after taking some extended time off.

Earl Okine
News
Okine was waived by the Lions on Friday, ESPN's Michael Rothstein reports.

If Okine clears waivers, he'll then be eligible to sign elsewhere.

Eric Ebron
News
Ebron caught all five of his targets for 42 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 24-10 win over the Giants.

Ebron paced the Lions in all major receiving categories, hauling in everything thrown his way. Admittedly, quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for the second-fewest yards of his career, but Ebron's seven-yard score at least helped him lead the charge.

George Johnson
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Johnson signed a contract with the Lions on Wednesday.

Johnson spent the 2016 season on injured reserve with the Buccaneers and was released prior to Week 1 earlier this month. The 29-year-old will hope to replicate his 2014 season in Detroit when he had 29 tackles (23 solo) and six sacks, but he more likely will serve as a rotational piece on the defensive line.

Kerry Hyder
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Hyder (Achilles) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

This was virtually inevitable, as Hyder had already been ruled out for the season with a torn Achilles. It'll be interesting to see if Detroit management adds a veteran pass rusher during roster cuts later this month in order provide more depth at the position, as the Lions otherwise will be left with a rather uninspiring group of defensive ends to help replace Hyder.

Injury
Achilles - Injured Reserve
Greg Robinson
News
Robinson (undisclosed) has been removed from the NFI list, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

Just a day after Robinson was placed on the list, the Lions went ahead and activated him, so it likely wasn't an overly serious injury. He'll jump back in as a key cog in the offensive line rotation and is still considered the favorite to take over as the team's starting left tackle with Taylor Decker (shoulder) set to miss the first month of the season. Robinson is immediately eligible to return to practice.

Jeff Locke
News
Locke was signed by the Lions on Tuesday, the Lions' official site reports.

With fellow punter Kasey Redfern (knee) heading to injured reserve, Locke will join the Lions and should immediately function as the team's top punter. The 27-year-old spent the first four years of his career with the Vikings, before starting the 2017 campaign with the Colts, though he was ultimately let go prior to the opener. For his career, Locke has averaged 43.2 yards per punt.

Ameer Abdullah
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Abdullah rushed 17 times for 86 yards in Monday night's 24-10 win over the Giants.

Abdullah spearheaded a running game that stunningly outgained Matthew Stafford and the Lions' passing attack. While Theo Riddick totaled 12 touches, including nine carries, Abdullah accounted for nearly 50 more yards on the night despite not catching a pass. On paper, Abdullah appears to have another tough matchup in Week 3 versus the Falcons, but he'll look to build on Monday's success with another solid performance.

 

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