|Offense||12th||76.3 (31st)||261.4 (6th)|
|Defense||26th||112.5 (17th)||243.2 (26th)|
|39||Agnew, Jamal||CB||5-10||190||4/3/1995||R||San Diego|
|94||Ansah, Ezekiel||DE||6-5||275||5/29/1989||5||Brigham Young|
|43||Bellore, Nick||MLB||6-1||250||5/12/1989||7||Central Michigan|
|16||Billingsley, Jace||WR||5-9||189||5/17/1993||1||Eastern Oregon State|
|26||Carey, Don||SS||5-11||202||2/14/1987||9||Norfolk State|
|77||Cleary, Emmett||G||6-7||320||4/27/1990||3||Boston College|
|66||Dahl, Joe||G||6-4||305||4/9/1993||2||Washington State|
|68||Decker, Taylor||T||6-7||311||8/23/1993||2||Ohio State|
|85||Ebron, Eric||TE||6-4||253||4/10/1993||4||North Carolina|
|19||Golladay, Kenny||WR||6-4||213||11/3/1993||R||Northern Illinois|
|35||Killebrew, Miles||SS||6-2||222||5/10/1993||2||Southern Utah|
|76||Lang, T.J.||G||6-4||315||9/20/1987||9||Eastern Michigan|
|24||Lawson, Nevin||CB||5-9||192||4/23/1991||4||Utah State|
|12||Marquez, Bradley||WR||5-10||205||12/14/1992||3||Texas Tech|
|6||Martin, Sam||P||6-1||211||2/27/1990||5||Appalachian State|
|72||Mihalik, Brian||T||6-9||315||8/21/1992||2||Boston College|
|48||Muhlbach, Don||LS||6-4||258||8/17/1981||14||Texas A&M|
|27||Quin, Glover||FS||6-0||207||1/15/1986||9||New Mexico|
|25||Riddick, Theo||RB||5-9||201||5/4/1991||5||Notre Dame|
|70||Robinson, Corey||T||6-7||317||5/21/1992||3||South Carolina|
|23||Slay, Darius||CB||6-0||190||1/1/1991||5||Mississippi State|
|15||Tate, Golden||WR||5-10||197||8/2/1988||8||Notre Dame|
|84||Valles, Hakeem||TE||6-5||260||11/23/1992||2||Monmouth (N.J.)|
|45||Washington, Charles||DB||5-10||192||3/10/1993||1||Fresno State|
|34||Zenner, Zach||RB||5-11||221||9/13/1991||3||South Dakota State|
|69||Zettel, Anthony||DE||6-4||270||8/9/1992||2||Penn State|
|62||Barclay, Don (IR)||G||6-4||305||4/18/1989||6||West Virginia|
|53||Chubb, Brandon (IR)||LB||6-1||240||10/21/1993||1||Wake Forest|
|51||Copeland, Brandon (IR)||DE||6-3||263||7/2/1991||3||Pennsylvania|
|93||Hill, Jordan (IR)||DT||6-1||290||2/8/1991||5||Penn State|
|61||Hyder, Kerry (IR)||DE||6-2||270||5/2/1991||2||Texas Tech|
|39||James, Mike (IR)||RB||5-10||223||4/13/1991||4||Miami (Fla.)|
|13||Jones, T.J. (IR)||WR||6-0||190||7/19/1992||3||Notre Dame|
|67||Kerin, Zac (IR)||G||6-4||305||8/13/1991||3||Toledo|
|46||Lawrence, Des (IR)||DB||6-1||185||11/30/1994||R||North Carolina|
|92||Ngata, Haloti (IR)||DT||6-4||340||1/21/1984||12||Oregon|
|2||Redfern, Kasey (IR)||P||6-1||205||9/26/1991||1||Wofford|
|73||Robinson, Greg (IR)||T||6-5||332||10/21/1992||4||Auburn|
|64||Swanson, Travis (IR)||C||6-5||304||1/30/1991||4||Arkansas|
|32||Wilson, Tavon (IR)||SS||6-0||212||3/19/1990||6||Illinois|
|Armbrister, Thurston||OLB||6-3||235||12/25/1992||3||Miami (Fla.)|
|Barnes, Adairius||CB||5-11||188||4/30/1994||2||Louisiana Tech|
|Barnes, Brandon||TE||6-5||256||5/31/1994||R||Alabama State|
|Barrett, Alex||DE||6-3||260||3/6/1994||R||San Diego State|
Jones started the season with the Texans but was let go in September and signed with Detroit in December after TJ Jones (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve. While he didn't make any significant on-field contributions this season, Jones remains under contract with the Lions through 2019 and will compete for a higher standing on the depth chart this offseason. The Jacksonville product is someone to keep an eye on in dynasty leagues due to his explosive measurables, highlighted by his 41.5-inch vertical jump and 4.50 40-yard dash time.
Roberts, who Detroit took in the fourth round of last year's draft, spent the majority of his rookie season as the No. 3 tight end behind Eric Ebron and Darren Fells. Although the Toledo product ultimately didn't make much of an impact on the stat sheet, he could take on a much more significant role in 2018 with Fells set to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year.
After losing his grip on the short-yardage role in training camp to Dwayne Washington, Zenner re-entered the fold in Week 3 once Washington was lost to a thigh injury. However, even as injuries piled up in the Detroit backfield, Zenner was never given more than three carries in any one game throughout the entire year and ended the season as a healthy scratch in each of the final three outings. His future is now up in the air, as Zenner is set to be a restricted free agent and is no guarantee to be retained as a member of the Lions.
Lawson was picked on often playing opposite 2017 All-Pro cornerback Darius Slay, and he didn't do much to stop it. In fact, Lawson ultimately finished the season with Pro Football Focus' fifth-lowest grade in pass coverage among 110 qualifying cornerbacks. To make matters worse for him is the concussion he sustained in Week 16, which prevented him from suiting up for the season finale against Green Bay. Lawson now enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.
Billingsley essentially spent the season flipping back and forth between the Lions' practice squad and active roster. The fact the Lions chose to give other unheralded receivers playing time instead of him after TJ Jones (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve in December suggests Detroit doesn't view Billingsley as a long-term piece of their plans. However, the Eastern Oregon product will be a free agent at the end of the league year and could potentially carve out a more significant role elsewhere.
Davis, plucked out of Florida in the first round of the 2017 draft, was slow to acclimate to the speed of the professional game. His main struggles came in pass coverage where he had trouble defending NFL-caliber tight ends. In fact, he was being taken off the field entirely in obvious pass situations by year's end. With that said, Davis finished as Pro Football Focus' 20th-highest graded linebacker against the run and earned positive marks for his pass-rush efforts as well. Furthermore, he showed obvious potential as the vocal leader of the defense and should benefit greatly from his first NFL offseason training program. IDP owners need to have Davis on their radar come draft season, as triple-digit tackles and multiple sacks seem to be firmly within his reach.
Skipper was promoted from the practice squad in order to provide depth at tackle for last Sunday's loss to the Steelers. His release opens up a roster spot for guard Don Barclay.
Spence showed he can be a valuable asset as a situational pass rusher for the Lions, but he also frustratingly committed six penalties this term. While the Illinois product has never been of much utility in IDP formats, Spence could be headed for the largest workload of his career in 2018 if Haloti Ngata (biceps) either retires or leaves in free agency.
Stafford capped off another statistically-strong season in Detroit by putting together one of his most masterful games in recent memory, as his 140.4 passer rating was his highest mark since 2015. The Georgia product ended the campaign in style, too, sneaking behind the Packers defense to catch a two-point conversion on a trick play in the fourth quarter. Stafford will now finish the season with a fantastic stat line that includes 4,446 yards passing, a 65.5 completion percentage, 7.9 YPA mark and 29:10 TD:INT ratio -- while being sacked 47 times, the second-highest total in the league. He'll now proceed into the second year of the massive extension he signed last summer expecting to have the same underrated but potent nucleus of wideouts back at his disposal -- one that includes a pair of 1,000-yard receivers in Golden Tate and Marvin Jones, along with an ascending deep threat in 2017 third-rounder Kenny Golladay. If the Lions can finally find an answer at the running back position this offseason, Stafford could realistically improve upon his 2018 numbers if opposing defenses are forced to station more players closer to the line of scrimmage. However, it's possible the Lions move on from head coach Jim Caldwell this offseason, which could signal the start of an adjustment period for the entire team.
Agnew, a fifth-rounder out of the University of San Diego, did a little bit of everything his rookie season but made his name as a return specialist, where he was ultimately named a first-team All-Pro. He led the league in punt return yards, punt return touchdowns and punt return average (15.4). He isn't in the fantasy conversation in IDP formats or otherwise yet, but that could change if he somehow carves out a larger role on either side of the ball.
Rudock's only playing time of the season came in Week 13 against the Ravens after starting quarterback Matthew Stafford exited with a hand injury. He fared much better in the preseason when he completed 66.1 percent of his passes for 380 yards, three scores and one interception on 56 attempts. Although Rudock will now be an exclusive-rights free agent at the end of the league year, the Lions like what they have in the 2016 sixth-rounder, rendering him a near certainty to be retained by Detroit this offseason.
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.
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.
Signed by Detroit in the offseason after spending his first four years with Chicago, Washington enjoyed a strong season in 2017 and easily turned in the most productive campaign of his career. He ultimately finished as a top-40 4-3 defensive end by Pro Football Focus, mostly due to his strong work as a pass rusher. He isn't in the IDP conversation quite yet, but that could change if the Lions are unable to re-sign starting defensive end Ezekiel Ansah this offseason.
Whitehead's role increased as the year went on with rookie first-rounder Jarrad Davis proving to be a liability in pass coverage. While Whitehead wasn't necessarily a huge upgrade in that department, the veteran certainly made his presence felt in the ground game considering he finished the year as Pro Football Focus' 12th-highest graded linebacker against the run and led the Lions in tackles. He's now logged triple-digit tackle numbers in each of the past two years, but he'll now be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year and is far from certain to return to Detroit in 2018.
Tabor, selected in the second round out of Florida in 2017, was slow to acclimate to the professional game considering then-head coach Jim Caldwell frequently made him a healthy scratch during the first half of the campaign. However, the rookie slowly but surely carved out a bigger and bigger role as the season unfolded, ultimately earning a start by year's end after Nevin Lawson sustained a concussion. While it's unfortunate that an arm injury knocked him out of the season finale against Green Bay, Tabor didn't sustain any sort of fracture and isn't expected to be facing a long recovery, according to Nate Atkins of MLive.com. With Lawson set to hit free agency at the end of the league year, Tabor seems positioned to open the 2018 season as a starter opposite 2017 All-Pro cornerback Darius Slay, a role that could lead to high production if opposing teams avoid Slay's coverage.
While not an IDP asset at this juncture, Robinson is developing into a solid interior defensive lineman for the Lions. Most impressive has been his awareness for such a young player, as the 2016 second-rounder again swatted down his fair of pass attempts in 2017 and now has 13 batted passes in two seasons as a pro. His role could expand in 2018 if Haloti Ngata (biceps), an unrestricted free agent, doesn't return to Detroit.
Quin, the Lions' unquestioned leader in the secondary, logged his highest tackle count since coming to Detroit in 2013 and his four forced fumbles tied for fourth in the league. His excellence translated to the fantasy realm, as he finished as a top-10 defensive back in most IDP formats. Under contract with the Lions through 2019, Quin -- Pro Football Focus' fourth-highest graded safety in 2017 -- hasn't shown any signs of slowing down as he approaches his age-32 season.
Robinson, who was activated off injured reserve during the second week of November, was a limited participant in practice throughout the week before the Lions listed him as active for Sunday. The 25-year-old could draw the start at right tackle in place of the injured Ricky Wagner (ankle, back).
Dahl was placed on injured reserve in September and was designated to return in late November. It's unclear the role the Lions have in mind, but he was serving in a reserve role when the injury was sustained.
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.
Even though Carey has been declared out, this doesn't illustrate much about the severity of this injury, as the Lions have no need to rush him back in this meaningless matchup. More updates will likely be available after Sunday's game.
Slay has been a stud on the perimeter of the Lions defense for a couple years now, but he was absolutely brilliant in 2017 and ultimately named a first-team All-Pro cornerback. Not only was interception total tied for tops in the league, but his 26 PBUs was four more than the next closest player and his 55.6 passer-rating allowed checks in at sixth among qualified defensive backs. He accomplished all this while regularly traveling with his opponents No. 1 receiver -- a list that includes the prolific likes of Odell Beckham, Julio Jones, Michael Thomas and Antonio Brown, among others. Under contract with Detroit for three more seasons, Slay will certainly be worthy of IDP consideration in advance of the 2018 campaign.
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.
Swanson was able to participate fully in Wednesday's practice, but he subsequently suffered a setback at some point, so there's no reason to risk his health in Week 17. Graham Glasgow will likely continue manning the center spot in Swanson's stead.
Golladay made the most of his limited opportunities Sunday and finished with a new career high in receiving yardage before game's end. His biggest play came on a 54-yard bomb in the second quarter that saw him collect his third touchdown of the year, but he also made a fantastic 26-yard grab down the right sideline later on. In what has been a promising rookie season for the 2017 third-rounder, Golladay has shown to be a massive weapon down the field who has caught more passes of 40-plus yards in one season than any other Lions receiver not named Calvin Johnson (since 2000). He'll enter the offseason firmly entrenched as the No. 3 option behind Marvin Jones and Golden Tate.
Jones has been a solid downfield threat for the Lions since coming to Detroit in 2016, but he took his game to new heights in his second season with the team, progress he partially credits to working with Moss over the summer. Jones said the two specifically focused on improving Jones' route running, but specifically on "winning at the top of the route." While other factors regarding his success were certainly in play, the tutelage seemingly benefitted Jones in some capacity when considering he went on to lead the league with 16 receptions of passes thrown at least 20 yards downfield -- with zero drops on 31 such opportunities. Given the immediate payoff, Jones said he intends to resume his training with Moss this offseason to specifically improve his ability to gain yards after the catch. While this guarantees nothing in terms of Jones' fantasy production moving forward, it at least offers hope that he might improve upon his 61/1,101/9 stat line from 2017. However, future investors will also need to take into account the ascension of 2017 third-rounder Kenny Golladay, who proved to also be a dangerous vertical threat as a rookie and could potentially command more targets in 2018, which may reduce Jones' workload.
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.
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.
Washington supplanted Zach Zenner in training camp as the Lions' No. 3 running back behind Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick, but he injured his quadriceps in Week 2 and everything went downhill from there. In fact, he appeared in just three more games thereafter, then missed time with a hip injury, and finished the season as a healthy scratch in each of the Lions' final five games. Washington, who remains under contract with Detroit in 2018, enters the offseason buried on the depth chart and will likely need to show progress as a kick returner in order to keep his hold on a roster spot.
Wagner will make his return after missing the past three games with a sprained ankle.
Just like last season, the Lions are keeping Barnes around as emergency help at cornerback.
Prater was flawless Sunday while capping off another strong season in Motown. He now finishes the campaign having connected on 30 of 35 field-goal attempts and 40 of his 41 PATs. Four of his five field-goal miscues came on attempts from beyond 50 yards, while his seven makes from that range were second-most in the league. Under contract with the Lions for another three years thanks to the extension he signed mid-season, Prater will return in 2018 as a fantasy-worthy option at the kicker position once again.
Diggs started the season as a slot cornerback but was moved to strong safety after Tavon Wilson (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve in late November. He performed very well in his new role, recording 22 tackles, his first career sack, one forced fumble and all three of his interceptions in five starts. With Wilson set to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year, Diggs seems poised to enter the 2018 campaign as a starter alongside Glover Quin.
The Lions were among the best in the league at defending the run with Ngata in the lineup this season, as the unit allowed just 74.6 rushing yards per game prior to the veteran tearing his biceps in Week 5 compared to 129.7 yards per game thereafter. Thus, it seems the soon to be 34-year-old has plenty left in the tank despite his advanced age. However, Ngata will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year and isn't guaranteed to remain in the same Detroit system if he does in fact continue his playing career in 2018.
Milligan joined the Lions in late November after an injury to safety Tavon Wilson (shoulder), and did not see game action. The move creates room for the return of offensive lineman Joe Dahl (lower leg) from injured reserve.
Barclay played every snap in the Lions' Week 16 loss to the Bengals before being diagnosed with the concussion afterward. He's the third different offensive lineman to report a concussion following a game this season, with T.J. Lang and Travis Swanson preceding him. Detroit will replace Barclay on the 53-man roster with tight end Hakeem Valles.
After spending his first three seasons in Arizona, Fells bolted for Detroit in the 2017 offseason but didn't evolve into anything more than a blocking specialist with his new team. The bulk of his receiving production came in a three-game span from Week 4 to Week 6 when he caught eight of 11 targets for 90 yards and all three of his touchdowns. The former professional basketball player, who's 31 years of age despite entering just his fifth season in the NFL, will now be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year. Fells graded out as Pro Football Focus' 22nd-ranked tight end and could have a number of suitors on the open market.
With the Lions out of postseason contention, many thought the coaching staff would want to see what their undrafted rookie can do with a heavy workload. However, that narrative failed to come to fruition despite starter Theo Riddick (ribs) exiting the game early in the third quarter. Instead, Green continued to receive a modest amount of touches that he turned into an underwhelming 35 total yards. With that said, Green once again worked ahead of Ameer Abdullah and appears to be entering the offseason as the No. 2 runner on the depth chart. However, both Riddick and Abdullah remain under contract in 2018 as well, and Detroit probably will attempt to bolster its running back stable through free agency or the draft.
Killebrew, a 2016 fourth-rounder, was expected to take on an expanded role during his second season, particularly after starter Tavon Wilson (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve in late November. He started the new campaign off in style, too, as the Southern Utah product notched his first career pick-six in the season opener. However, his playing time dwindled as the year went on and Detroit ultimately chose to convert cornerback Quandre Diggs to safety to fill Wilson's void instead of Killebrew. The once-promising IDP prospect has lost quite a bit of his luster and will proceed into the 2018 offseason as Diggs' clear backup.
Worrilow was quietly effective in 2017 while playing on a one-year deal with Detroit. He ultimately graded out as Pro Football Focus' 16th-ranked 4-3 outside linebacker, earning his highest marks in run defense. The Delaware product doesn't have nearly the same IDP appeal he flashed during his first few years in the league, but he has proven to be a valuable real-life asset and should have a number of suitors on the open market this offseason.
Missing only two games all year, Ansah battled through a host of injuries to log the second-highest sack total of his five-year career -- which could lead to a big payday since he was playing in a contract year. However, his performance on a week-to-week basis was inconsistent at best, as nine of his sacks came in three games. Furthermore, his 19 quarterback hurries only ranks 34th leaguewide and just third on his own team. The 28-year-old Ansah is now set to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year, though it's possible the Lions place the franchise or transition tag on him if the two sides can't agree on a contract extension.
Hayden arguably recorded the most productive season of his career with Detroit this season. However, he still finished as Pro Football Focus' 108th-highest graded corner, earning negative marks in both pass coverage and run support. The 2013 first-rounder was playing on a one-year contract and is now set to re-test free agency.
Zettel took a step forward in his second season, ultimately grading out as Pro Football Focus' 11th ranked 4-3 defensive end against the run. The 2016 sixth-rounder also proved to be a serviceable pass rusher opposite Pro Bowler Ezekiel Ansah and, while he didn't come close to Ansah's 12 sacks, Zettel nonetheless led the Lions with 31 quarterback hurries. He isn't quite in the IDP conversation yet, but he's still under contract with Detroit for two more seasons and should only continue to develop.
Valles, in his second season out of Monmouth, spent part of 2017 on the Lions' practice squad before getting promoted to the active roster in late December. He remains under contract with Detroit in 2018 but seemingly only has a chance to stick around if Detroit parts ways with the No. 2 tight end and soon-to-be free agent, Darren Fells.
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.
Jones was enjoying the most productive campaign of his career before going down in Week 15, catching 30 of 49 targets for 399 yards and one touchdown over 14 games. He'll now be a restricted free agent at the end of the league year but, especially with head coach Jim Caldwell being let go, it's far from certain that he'll be retained by Detroit. His late-season injury only complicates matters.
Most of his production came on a 71-yard bomb in the third quarter, while his pass on a two-point conversion could very well be the only one he throws in his career. Nonetheless, Tate entered the game with 899 receiving yards and 85 catches to his name, but his performance Sunday pushed him to his third 1,000-yard effort in the past four years, not to mention his fourth consecutive season with 90-plus receptions -- which is a feat that's only been accomplished by six other players in league history. His official season-long stat line comes out to 92 receptions on 120 targets for 1,003 yards and five scores. With the 2017 campaign in the books, Tate now enters the last year of his contract with Detroit and will return in 2018 as a PPR commodity. However, future investors should take into account that third-round rookie Kenny Golladay began eating into Tate's playing time as the year went on.
Kerin practiced on a limited basis Thursday before not participating Friday. The specifics of the injury aren't known at this point, and the depth offensive lineman was replaced on the 53-man roster by linebacker Thurston Armbrister.
A perennial PPR asset, Riddick had another strong season as a pass-catching specialist for the Lions, ultimately grading out as Pro Football Focus' eighth-ranked tailback from a receiving standpoint. The Notre Dame product also fared better as a runner than his stats might indicate considering the Lions' offensive line was arguably the team's most underachieving position unit on the roster, one that also dealt with its fair share of injuries. With that said, Riddick's ascension to No. 1 on the depth chart was more a product of Detroit's lack of other quality options at the position than anything else, as Ameer Abdullah struggled his way out of the starting job and no other tailback proved capable of taking on a featured role. With Lions general manager Bob Quinn saying Detroit will "absolutely" add another runner to compete for the starting gig this offseason, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, it seems unlikely Riddick will remain atop his perch to start the 2018 campaign.
Marquez spent the majority of the year on the Rams' injured reserve list with an unspecified knee injury and didn't sign with Detroit until late November, only seeing game action on special teams during the season finale. The Texas Tech product remains under contract with the Lions in 2018 but will need to carve out some sort of role in the offseason to secure a spot on the final 53-man roster.
The Lions selected Reeves-Maybin in the fourth round of the 2017 draft out of Tennessee and the rookie fared fairly well in a limited role. His main weaknesses were exposed in run defense, but his first full NFL offseason training program could help him be more prepared for that phase of the game in 2018. With Tahir Whitehead and Paul Worrilow set to hit free agency, not to mention Brandon Copeland (pectoral), who will be a restricted free agent, Reeves-Maybin seems highly likely to be in store for an expanded role.
Mihalik was originally considered questionable to play due to some sort of illness. His availability Sunday is a fortunate development for a Lions offensive line that will be without T.J. Lang (foot) and Rick Wagner (ankle).
Decker returned to practice last week, and with the release of tackle Greg Robinson (ankle) this move was expected heading into Sunday's game against the Browns. The 2016 first-round pick will likely reclaim his starting spot at left tackle for Detroit.
Wilson was playing well before being sentenced to injured reserve in late November. However, Quandre Diggs stepped in and performed admirably in his place, perhaps making Wilson expendable in the process. It doesn't help Wilson's chances of returning to Detroit that head coach Jim Caldwell and defensive coordinator Teryl Austin were fired.
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.
Barnes joined the Lions practice squad in late December and predictably remained there for the final game of the season. The 22-year-old will enter the team's offseason program and earn a potential roster spot in training camp.
The Lions claimed Freeney off waivers Wednesday after he was waived by the Seahawks, so it isn't too surprising to see that he'll be inactive for at least one week while he adjusts to being with his new team. Freeney is expected to be used as a depth option and situational pass rusher on the Lions' defensive line once he is officially made active.
Ebron's up-and-down season ended on a low note, which was a disappointment to many after the 2010 first-rounder collected 20 receptions, 210 receiving yards and two scores in his previous three games. In fact, Ebron was in the midst of putting the finishing touches on a drastic turnaround from his horrid start to the season in which he averaged 17.0 receiving yards on a 50-percent catch rate across the season's first six contests -- with the perceived draft bust even drawing boos at home from Detroit fans on multiple occasions. However, after averaging 4.3 targets per game over that stretch, the Lions seemingly made a concerted effort to get him more involved over the second half the season. The increased workload seemingly worked wonders, as Ebron averaged 6.0 looks per tilt the rest of the way and upped his receiving average to 51.4 receiving yards on a 67-percent catch rate in the subsequent nine games. The Lions picked up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract last offseason and, while his salary is only guaranteed for injury, the team intends to keep Ebron around at his hefty $8.2 million price tag, according to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com.
Hyder was projected to start at defensive end opposite Ziggy Ansah in 2017 after breaking out for eight sacks the year prior, but his season came to an end in the Lions' first preseason contest after he sustained a non-contact injury. Though Hyder has yet to resume running four months since undergoing surgery to address the ruptured Achilles, he indicated that he would ramp up his activity in the "next couple weeks." It's unclear what kind of scheme the Lions will deploy in 2018 with the team bidding adieu to head coach Jim Caldwell, but Hyder's prior experience at defensive tackle should aid the new coaching staff's ability to find a role for him in a 4-3 or 3-4 base defense.
The Lions acquired Robinson last June in exchange for a sixth-round pick, as a means to fill the void at left tackle in the wake of Taylor Decker's shoulder injury. While Robinson didn't perform very well off the bat, he seemed to improve with each game before he injured his ankle in Week 6. He's now likely stuck on IR through the end of the season unless he agrees to an injury settlement. Playing on the last year of his rookie deal, the No. 2 overall pick from 2014 will be set to test the free-agent waters at the end of the league year.
Abdullah -- again rotating in behind Theo Riddick (ribs) and rookie Tion Green -- did little to nothing before scampering for a seven-yard touchdown in garbage time, averaging just 1.6 yards on his seven other totes. He didn't get many opportunities, though, as the Nebraska product has barely played these last three games with Detroit management opting to give Green an extended look. Neither tailback has lit the world on fire, but Abdullah produced just 3.36 yards per carry in the 11 games he started this season, while Green averaged 3.92 yards behind the same offensive line in the five games he was active. Though not a drastic difference in efficiency, Green also fared better in the eye test as he looked to be the superior two-down, between-the-tackles runner. Abdullah, who remains under contract through 2018, should be back in Detroit for another season, but his days as the top dog appear to be over.