|Offense||14th||76.3 (32nd)||268.2 (4th)|
|Defense||27th||116.3 (20th)||247.0 (27th)|
|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|
|62||Barclay, Don||G||6-4||305||4/18/1989||6||West Virginia|
|43||Bellore, Nick||MLB||6-1||250||5/12/1989||7||Central Michigan|
|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|
|13||Jones, T.J.||WR||6-0||190||7/19/1992||3||Notre Dame|
|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|
|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|
|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.)|
|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|
|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.)|
|Barrett, Alex||DE||6-3||260||3/6/1994||R||San Diego State|
|Billingsley, Jace||WR||5-9||189||5/17/1993||1||Eastern Oregon State|
|Kaaya, Brad||QB||6-4||215||9/3/1995||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|Valles, Hakeem||TE||6-5||260||11/23/1992||2||Monmouth (N.J.)|
Jones' release comes in the wake of the news that fellow wideout Will Fuller (collarbone) could make his season debut Sunday against the Titans. In spite of Fuller's absence, Jones, who was with the team in Weeks 1 and 3, logged just one snap across those two games.
Roberts earned 20 of 63 snaps Sunday, compared to 31 for starter Darren Fells and 29 for Eric Ebron. His reception was just his second of the season, as the Lions primarily deploy Roberts as a blocker. The fourth-round rookie isn't an option in any fantasy format.
Ameer Abdullah (neck) remained sidelined a second consecutive week, but Zenner remained quiet. Theo Riddick paced the team with 10 carries while Tion Green received five. No tailback on the Lions was particularly effective, however. Regardless, there's zero indication that Zenner will see an increased workload going forward regardless of Abdullah's availability.
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.
The Lions cut Billingsley prior to the team's Thanksgiving Day win over the Vikings in order to open up a spot on the 53-man roster. He'll remain in the organization after going unclaimed off waivers, and he could be the next man up for a promotion the next time the Lions suffer an injury at wide receiver.
Kaaya was waived in order to make room for the signing of linebacker Andrew Gachkar. Kaaya could end up on a practice roster if a team is in need of an emergency quarterback. Garrett Gilbert now will effectively become the third-string quarterback for Carolina.
Davis has been losing playing time to Tahir Whitehead in recent weeks, as defensive coordinator Teryl Austin believes the rookie is struggling in pass coverage, per Kyle Meinke of MLive.com. With that said, Davis is still seeing 50-plus snaps on a regular basis and was productive despite the decreased role Sunday by logging the second sack of his young career. Combined with the fact that he equaled the season-high nine tackles he notched in Week 1 -- while also recording his first forced fumble as a pro -- this clearly represents Davis' best performance of the season, statistically speaking. The Florida product will look to continue his development in a Week 15 matchup with the Bears.
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.
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.
As he did throughout the week, Stafford will take the field Sunday with the ring and pinkie fingers taped on his bruised right hand, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Playing through a finger issue last season, Stafford completed 59.5 percent of his passes, averaged 271.3 yards through the air per game, and posted two touchdowns versus three interceptions across four outings.
The rookie return specialist will take the field this week after missing the past three games due to a knee injury. Agnew has carved out a role on special teams and offense this season and leads the league with two return touchdowns. Look for the Lions to utilize the jack-of-all-trades weapon Saturday when they face the Bears.
Rudock saw more reps with the first-team offense than usual this week while Stafford was rendered a limited participant for all three of Detroit's practices, but barring a setback in the hours leading up to Sunday's 1 p.m. EST kickoff, Stafford looks set to direct the offense as the 6-6 Lions fight to stay in the thick of the NFC playoff race. A 2016 sixth-round pick out of Michigan, Rudock saw his most extensive NFL action to date in relief of a hurting Stafford in the Week 13 loss to the Ravens, completing three of five passes for 24 yards and an interception.
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.
Washington was limited in practice throughout the week due to his injury, but it isn't expected to slow him down much in Sunday's tilt. Expect him to see his usual role as a backup along the defensive line.
With rookie Jarrad Davis struggling in pass coverage, Whitehead has seen increased playing time in recent weeks and that's unlikely to change anytime soon, according to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com. He's now logged over 70 defensive snaps in two of the past three weeks while averaging 10.5 tackles in those outings. Whitehead won't help you much in other statistical categories, but his expanded role going forward should make him a reliable source for production in the tackle department.
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.
Robinson tied for third on the team in tackles behind team-leader MLB Tahir Whitehead (13) and All-Pro DE Ziggy Ansah (9). While he concluded his rookie season as Detroit's second-leading tackler amongst defensive linemen, Robinson also graded out as the Lions' overall best down lineman according to Pro Football Focus, via Kyle Meinke of MLive.com. With DT Tyrunn Walker set to hit free agency in the offseason, a starting role could be up for the taking in 2017, and Robinson appears ready for the opportunity.
Quin led the Lions in stops Sunday and remains the tackle leader in the Detroit secondary. His three forced fumbles are also a team high, as well as a career best for the veteran safety. While his play has admittedly slipped in his age-31 campaign, Quin remains a high-floor fantasy option due to his activity around the line of scrimmage.
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.
Carey missed the team's past two games due to his knee injury. Now that he's active again he'll look to resume his special teams role, though it remains highly unlikely he has any role on defense.
Slay is having a career year in 2017. After making a sliding interception on Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston on Sunday, he now sits tied for third in the league with five interceptions and second overall with 17 defended passes. What makes Slay's situation particularly impressive is that he's playing behind one of the worst pass rushes in football while often being tasked with following his opponent's top receiver. He'll look to continue his productive campaign in Week 15 against Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
Cleary was a full participant in practice all week, but his status remains in question for Saturday's game. The Lions may need the reserve tackle to play due to the fact that Rick Wagner (ankle) and Travis Swanson (concussion) are already ruled out for the contest, while T.J. Lang (foot) is also listed as questionable.
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 will miss his second game in three weeks after suffering a concussion last Sunday against the Buccaneers. Expect guard Graham Glasgow to slide over to center for Saturday's contest.
The Buccaneers were seemingly Golladay's softest matchup since the deep threat returned from a hamstring injury in Week 10, yet this was the only opponent from that timeframe against which he didn't record a 30-plus yard reception. On the bright side, the rookie was given a look in the run game for the first time all season, though it's not a guarantee he'll continue seeing work in that department going forward. Golladay will proceed into Week 15 as a high-ceiling, low-floor play with a matchup against a Bears secondary allowing 10.9 yards per reception, which is about league average.
Jones played a complementary role alongside Eric Ebron and Golden Tate, who combined for 18 catches on 20 targets. However, he did make one of his trademark downfield contributions, hauling in a 38-yard throw from Matthew Stafford (hand) in the first half. Jones has seen his yardage totals drop after each of the last two games, but he's now just 115 yards away from his first 1,000-yard season. He'll look to keep building toward that goal against the Bears in Week 15.
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.
Displeased with the state of the backfield, the Lions have deactivated Ameer Abdullah and Washington in favor of Theo Riddick and Tion Green. In a similar situation last Sunday, Riddick earned 64 percent of the offensive snaps, while Green handled 33 percent.
Wagner sprained his ankle in Week 14 and subsequently missed the Lions' Week 15 victory over Tampa Bay. The Wisconsin product checks in as Pro Football Focus' fifth-highest graded right tackle, so his continued absence would represent a downgrade for the Lions' entire offense, especially in the pass-blocking department, the area in which Wagner has been most effective.
There's a chance Prater could've seen an extra field-goal attempt or two, but quarterback Matthew Stafford tossed two interceptions in Tampa Bay territory during the second quarter. Regardless, Prater did all he could to bounce back from an uncharacteristically inaccurate outing last week in Baltimore. He'll now square off against the Bears in Week 15, a team Prater has converted exactly two field goals against in three meetings dating back to the start of the 2016 season.
Making his second consecutive start at strong safety, Diggs -- who's transitioning from nickel corner -- was visibly more comfortable than he was last week. It wasn't a perfect outing, as Diggs was seemingly responsible for allowing a handful of Tampa Bay first downs through the air, but the Lions have to be encouraged by his progress thus far. Next up is a matchup with a Bears team that's averaged the 10th most rushing attempts per game in 2017, which should require Diggs to be particularly active as a tackler.
Ngata was initially tabbed as questionable to return but never returned to the sideline and was eventually ruled out. Akeem Spence and Jeremiah Ledbetter rotated in at defensive tackle in Ngata's absence.
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 was placed on the IR after injuring his ankle during the preseason. The 28-year-old has been with the Packers since entering the league in 2012, but will now be free to find a roster spot elsewhere if healthy enough to generate interest.
Fells saw less playing time than Eric Ebron for the first time in a while Sunday, which is strange since the Lions were playing without right tackle Ricky Wagner (ankle, back) and figured to use their veteran blocking specialist to help out on the edge. Regardless, Fells remains far off the fantasy radar.
Green didn't receive the workload many expected after rushing for 51 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries during last week's loss to Baltimore, especially with Ameer Abdullah (neck) sidelined again. Making matter worse is that Green wasn't nearly as efficient with his touches, either. Instead, it was Theo Riddick who lead the charge, considering the scatback totaled 10 carries and accounted for both of the team's rushing touchdowns. If Abdullah continues to sit in Week 15, Sunday's game indicated that Riddick is the preferred play in the Lions backfield, though all Detroit runners will be up against a Bears defense allowing just 3.9 yards per carry.
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.
After missing the last three games, it appears as if Worrilow is finally healthy enough to take the field again. However, the veteran linebacker was ruled inactive last week after logging full practices, so fantasy owners should wait until the Lions' official injury report is released Saturday before reinserting him into lineups.
Ansah has put together his most productive three-game stretch of the season, accounting for 14 tackles (13 solo) and two sacks during that span. Limited practices Tuesday through Thursday shouldn't stop him from taking the field this weekend, but his status won't be confirmed until roughly 3 p.m. ET on Saturday with the release of inactives.
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.
Zettel now has 6.5 sacks on the season and is establishing himself as the Lions' top pass rusher. With Ezekiel Ansah (back) still seeing limited playing time Thursday, Zettel logged a season-high 60 defensive snaps. If Ansah's playing time remains curtailed against the Ravens in Week 13, expect Zettel to have a good shot at another high-caliber performance.
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 didn't catch a pass, or even receive a target, in either of the past two weeks, as rookie Kenny Golladay has gradually reclaimed the No. 3 receiver role since returning from a hamstring injury. Even though Jones ended up as the more productive option this week, considering Golladay accrued 17 yards on three catches, the gap in playing time suggests that's unlikely to be the case on a consistent basis moving forward.
Tate now has back-to-back eight-catch outings following a two-week lull during which he posted a modest seven catches for 39 yards. The 29-year-old PPR superstar's five-yard touchdown in the second quarter was his first since Week 10 and allowed him to equal last season's total with three games still remaining. He'll look to continue his quest for a second straight 1,000-yard season against the Bears in Week 15.
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.
Detroit's running game has been consistently ineffective all season and it seems the Lions are trying to shake things up to try and spark some success. Although head coach Jim Caldwell technically hasn't declared Riddick the starter, multiple sources indicated that Abdullah was healthy enough to play Sunday, yet he didn't. Instead, Riddick led the charge by taking a team-high 10 carries while logging 71 percent of the playing time, with rookie Tion Green coming in second with five carries and 19 percent of the playing time. Neither of the two was particularly efficient with his touches Sunday, but Riddick's big-play ability came in handy on several occasions, particularly on the 18-yard catch-and-run that jump-started Detroit's game-winning drive. While he's unlikely to receive a huge workload on the ground in any one game going forward, Riddick -- who checks in as Pro Football Focus' sixth-highest graded tailback from a pass-blocking standpoint -- possesses the trust of the Lions' coaching staff and carries the potential to make up for it as a receiver.
Marquez, who appeared in 30 games with the Rams over the past two seasons, will step in as the Lions' new No. 5 wide receiver after the team waived Jace Billingsley last week. If Marquez is active on future game days, most of his snaps are likely to come on special teams.
Reeves-Maybin was a full participant in practice all week and seems to be on the probable side of the questionable tag. He'll be in store primarily for special-teams work if he suits up in Week 12.
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.
After Wilson aggravated a shoulder injury for a third time this season in the Lions' Thanksgiving Day loss to the Vikings, the team decided to shut the safety down so he could undergo surgery. Rolan Milligan was signed off the practice squad in a corresponding move to fill Wilson's spot on the 53-man roster and restore depth in the secondary.
Lang has sat out practices in each of the last two weeks, but he has still managed to be active for each of the last two games, so there shouldn't be much concern regarding the offensive lineman's health.
The Lions claimed Freeney off waivers early last week, but they chose not to activate him for the Week 12 Thanksgiving tilt against the Vikings. However, after putting in full practices both Thursday and Friday, the legendary sack master seems ready to make his debut Sunday against the Ravens.
The inconsistent tight end's season-best performance came out of nowhere, and was particularly surprising considering the Buccaneers checked into Sunday's contest as one of the stingiest in the NFL against tight ends. Ebron regularly got the better of Tampa's linebackers and safeties throughout the afternoon while posting season highs in receptions, targets and yards. The five-year veteran's production is still hard to trust on a week-to-week basis, but he offers some modest fantasy upside at the volatile tight end position. Ebron will look to put together a successful encore versus the Bears in Week 15.
This is an unfortunate development for the Lions, as Hyder led the team with eight sacks in 2016 and was expected to be a strong bookend to Ziggy Ansah (undisclosed) this season. Further testing officially will determine the severity of Hyder's injury.
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.
With his neck injury behind him, Abdullah can focus on getting back in the good graces of head coach Jim Caldwell, who has included the running back among the inactives the past two games. Prior to the absence, Abdullah was averaging a career-worst 3.4 YPC, so the Lions rolled with Theo Riddick and Tion Green at running back. It remains to be seen if Abdullah will do enough this week to regain his perch at the top of the depth chart.