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Erik Coleman | Defensive Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (33) / 5/6/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 207
College: Washington State
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Lions S Erik Coleman (leg, ankle) says he was ready to return by Week 13 last season.
Coleman landed on I.R. in Week 6. "Erik has had an outstanding offseason, an outstanding minicamp, OTAs, everything else," coach Jim Schwartz said. Coleman will compete with Amari Spievey for Detroit's starting strong safety job. Sat, Jul 7, 2012 10:23:00 AM
Source: MLive.com

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According to Lions coach Jim Schwartz, S Erik Coleman had an "excellent spring."

Coleman is competing with Amari Spievey for the strong safety job after a leg injury limited him to four games in 2011. Coleman understands Spievey is the favorite. "Of course I would like to be the starter, but I also love playing special teams," Coleman said. "(I) want to win. So I'll do whatever it takes."
Sat, Jun 23, 2012 09:50:00 AM

Lions S Erik Coleman is pushing Amari Spievey for a starting job opposite of Louis Delmas.

Coleman missed most of the 2011 season due to a knee injury. Now 30 and eight pounds lighter, injuries to both Spievey and Delmas have allowed Coleman "a lot" of reps with the first-team defense. This competition figures to run well into August.
Sun, Jun 17, 2012 11:38:00 AM

Updating a previous item, Lions S Erik Coleman did not undergo offseason knee surgery.

It was an honest mistake by the Detroit News. Coleman did fracture his ankle in October, but that injury never required surgery. His health shouldn't be an issue going forward.
Thu, Apr 19, 2012 10:25:00 PM

Lions S Erik Coleman is "coming off knee surgery," according to the Detroit News.

This is the first we've heard of a knee procedure for Coleman. There's no word on the severity much less a timetable for recovery. We suspect it wasn't a serious surgery or the Lions wouldn't have re-signed Coleman a month ago.
Wed, Apr 18, 2012 09:23:00 AM

Lions agreed to terms with S Erik Coleman on a one-year contract.

Turning 30 in May, Coleman has just one start in the past two seasons. He'll provide insurance for Amari Spievey at strong safety. The signing may decrease the odds of the Lions signing free agent O.J. Atogwe after his upcoming visit.
Thu, Mar 15, 2012 09:04:00 PM

Free agent S Erik Coleman hopes to be back with the Lions in 2012.

Coleman was limited to four games this season after breaking his leg in Week 4. Coleman has made just one start since the end of the 2009 season, and won't be high on the Lions' or anyone else's to-do list this winter.
Sun, Jan 8, 2012 08:57:00 AM

Lions placed S Erik Coleman (ankle) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Coleman hurt his ankle while covering a kickoff against the Cowboys in Week 4. The special teamer's season ends with two tackles.
Thu, Oct 13, 2011 10:40:00 AM

Lions S Erik Coleman sprained his ankle in the third quarter of Sunday's win over the Cowboys and did not return.

Coleman went down while covering a kickoff. Although X-rays came back negative, the Lions seem to be fearing a high-ankle sprain. It's a concern with S Amari Spievey also suffering a hamstring injury in Sunday's victory.
Mon, Oct 3, 2011 12:13:00 PM

The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett expects Erik Coleman to be the Lions' starting strong safety in 2011.

All three major Detroit newspapers are now on the record as believing Coleman, who was signed just before the lockout, will start over Amari Spievey. Coleman lost his job to William Moore in Atlanta last year, however, and there's a decent chance he will eventually lose it to Spievey in Detroit.
Mon, May 30, 2011 08:28:00 AM

MLive.com's Tom Kowalski seconds a recent Detroit News report that Erik Coleman will most likely be the Lions' starting strong safety this season.

He's set to compete with Amari Spievey for the job, but has an advantage over the 2010 third-round pick, who is being hampered by the lockout-marred offseason as he attempts to convert from cornerback to safety. Spievey's the long-term answer at the position for Detroit, but Coleman should get the majority of the snaps in 2011.
Source: MLive.com
Sat, May 21, 2011 12:25:00 PM

The Detroit News expects Erik Coleman to take over as the Lions' starting strong safety this season.

It won't be that cut-and-dried. Coleman will have to beat out holdover Amari Spievey. The 29-year-old does hold a veteran edge with Spievey still learning the nuances of the position after converting from cornerback.
Wed, May 18, 2011 10:08:00 AM

Coach Jim Schwartz confirmed that Eric Coleman was brought in to compete for Amari Spievey's starting strong safety job.

Coleman was a seven-year starter before losing his job to William Moore last season. He's a veteran insurance policy in case Spievey doesn't develop as quickly as the Lions hope.
Source: MLive.com
Thu, Feb 24, 2011 03:06:00 PM

Lions signed S Erik Coleman to a one-year contract.

Detroit played musical chairs at safety last season, but Coleman won't solve the team's back-end coverage woes or need for big plays. He hasn't picked off a pass since the 2008 season. Coleman will probably give SS Amari Spievey some competition in camp, and help on special teams after losing out.
Fri, Feb 18, 2011 01:59:00 PM

Falcons released S Erik Coleman.

They balked at his $3 million salary. Coleman turns 29 in May. He's long been a productive tackler, but hasn't intercepted a pass since the 2008 season and is a coverage liability. He'd make sense as a third safety elsewhere.
Wed, Feb 9, 2011 02:57:00 PM

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7Kevin Kolb
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9Curtis Painter
10John Skelton
11Keith Wenning
12Brett Smith
13James Franklin
14Jordan Rodgers
15Brendon Kay
16Logan Kilgore
17Ryan Katz
18Colby Cameron
19Kyle Padron
20James Vandenberg
21Mike Hermann
22Nathan Stanley
23Dalton Williams
24Matt Brown
25Caleb TerBush
26Tim Jenkins
27Dayne Crist
28Pat White
29John Parker Wilson
30Trent Edwards
31Jerrod Johnson
32Adam Weber
33Nate Enderle
34Nick Stephens
35Tyler Wilson
36Tommy Rees
37Brock Jensen
38Brandon Bridge
39Connor Halliday
40Cole Stoudt
41Collin Klein
42Rusty Smith
43Kory Faulkner
44Alex Carder
45Keith Price
RB1Steven Jackson
2Michael Turner
3Pierre Thomas
4Brandon Jackson
5D.J. Ware
6Chris Johnson
7Ryan Torain
8Beanie Wells
9Andre Brown
10Jamie Harper
11Chris Rainey
12Jalen Parmele
13Peyton Hillis
14BenJarvus Green-Ellis
15Lance Ball
16Ray Rice
17Michael Bush
18Terrance Ganaway
19Alvester Alexander
20Jewel Hampton
21Zach Brown
22Mikel Leshoure
23Brandon Saine
24Evan Royster
25Isaac Redman
26Ronnie Wingo
27D.J. Harper
28Tim Cornett
29Demitrius Bronson
30Stephen Houston
31Alex Green
32Derrick Strozier
33Malcolm Agnew
34David Fluellen
35Roy Finch
36Tim Flanders
37Jordan Lynch
38Jordan Roberts
39Orwin Smith
40Henry Josey
41Kapri Bibbs
42Deonte Williams
43Bradley Randle
44Quentin Hines
45De'Leon Eskridge
46Javarris James
47Josh Vaughan
48Darren Evans
49Anthony Allen
50Damien Berry
51Richard Murphy
52William Powell
53Armond Smith
54Delone Carter
55Cierre Wood
56Stefphon Jefferson
GLB1Steven Jackson
2Michael Turner
3Pierre Thomas
4Chris Johnson
5Ryan Torain
6Beanie Wells
7Andre Brown
3RB1Pierre Thomas
2Chris Johnson
3Steven Jackson
4D.J. Ware
5Beanie Wells
6Andre Brown
FB1Lousaka Polite
2Vonta Leach
3Lawrence Vickers
4Le'Ron McClain
5Jacob Hester
6Jed Collins
7Tony Fiammetta
8Frank Summers
9Chris Pressley
10Brit Miller
11Will Ta'ufo'ou
12Bradie Ewing
13Maurice Hagens
14Stephen Campbell
15Chad Young
16Kadeem Jones
17Harvey Unga
18Owen Marecic
19Shaun Chapas
20Dorson Boyce
21Eric Kettani
22Braden Wilson
23Zach Boren
24Lonnie Pryor
25Ben Bartholomew
26Ina Liaina
27Quinn Johnson
28Owen Schmitt
29Brian Leonard
30James Baker
31Eddie Williams
32Alex Debniak
33Ryan Roberson
34Jonathan Amosa
35Rupert Bryan
36Cameron White
37Devonte Campbell
38Michael Zordich
39Jon Hoese
40Ben Guidugli
41Ryan D'Imperio
42Chad Abram
43Karl Williams
44Nate Eachus
45Jourdan Brooks
46Brock Bolen
WR11Nate Burleson
2Jabar Gaffney
3Santonio Holmes
4Laurent Robinson
5Titus Young
6Darius Johnson
7Keenan Davis
8Lamont Bryant
9Ryan Whalen
10Jamar Newsome
11Terrence Toliver
12Tommy Streeter
13Greg Childs
14Kevin Hardy
15Tim Benford
16Devery Henderson
17Richard Goodman
18Ben Obomanu
19Taulib Ikharo
20Will Murphy
21Chad Bumphis
22Robby Toma
23Carlin Isles
24Braylon Bell
25Johnathan Haggerty
26Naaman Roosevelt
27Emmanuel Arceneaux
28Matt Willis
29Lavelle Hawkins
30Brett Swain
31Chaz Schilens
32Kevin Ogletree
33Brian Robiskie
34Tiquan Underwood
35Charly Martin
36Marcus Jackson
37Derek Moye
38Kamar Jorden
39Nicholas Johnson
40Jordan White
41Chris Summers
42Sederrick Cunningham
43Zach Rogers
44Roy Roundtree
45Dan Buckner
46Tyrone Goard
47Sam McGuffie
48Erik Highsmith
49Chip Reeves
50Mark Harrison
51Cole McKenzie
52Jamal Miles
53Rashad Evans
54T.J. Moe
55Jasper Collins
56Jeremy Ebert
57LaQuan Williams
58Diondre Borel
59Bert Reed
60Brandon Carswell
61Joseph Anderson
62Julius Pruitt
63Mardy Gilyard
64Jon Baldwin
65Chastin West
66Mike Davis
67Cody Hoffman
68Kadron Boone
69Nathan Slaughter
70Quintin Payton
71Wilson Van Hooser
72C.J. Goodwin
73Terrell Sinkfield
74Jheranie Boyd
75Eric Rogers
76Rashaad Carter
77Demetrius Fields
78Scott Pillar
WR21Braylon Edwards
2James Jones
3Davone Bess
4Anthony Armstrong
5Kerry Meier
6David Nelson
7Greg Little
8Kris Durham
9A.J. Jenkins
10Aaron Mellette
11Robert Gill
12Kealoha Pilares
13Donald Jones
14Brandon Banks
15Micheal Spurlock
16Jordan Shipley
17Drew Davis
18Raymond Radway
19Eric Page
20Chris Givens
21Darius Hanks
22Mohamed Massaquoi
23Earl Bennett
24Steve Breaston
25Josh Cribbs
26Donte' Stallworth
27Michael Jenkins
28Devin Aromashodu
29David Ball
30Jarett Dillard
31Dezmon Briscoe
32David Douglas
33Dale Moss
34Brandon Collins
35Tray Session
36Jeff Fuller
37Trindon Holliday
38David Reed
39Tim Toone
40Isaiah Williams
41Duke Calhoun
42Lanear Sampson
43Alec Lemon
44Josh Lenz
45Lamaar Thomas
46Martel Moore
47Dominique Croom
48Travis Harvey
49Charles Hawkins
50Alex Gillett
51Kain Colter
52Nicholas Edwards
53Greg Hardin
54Eric Ward
55Jerry Rice Jr.
56Eric Thomas
57L'Damian Washington
58Lacoltan Bester
59Kerry Taylor
60Jordan Harris
61Anthony McClung
62Jaz Reynolds
63Tyrell Williams
64Austin Franklin
65Alex Neutz
66Geraldo Boldewijn
67Kelsey Pope
68Micah Hatfield
69Perez Ashford
70Weston Dressler
71Jeremy Gallon
72Andy Cruse
73Anthony Amos
74R.J. Webb
75Andrew Helmick
76Jason Thompson
77Omarius Hines
78Gerrard Sheppard
79Rodrick Rumble
80Marvin McNutt
81Phil Bates
82Jerry Johnson
83Kevin Dorsey
84Brandon Kaufman
85Ronald Johnson
86Roberto Wallace
87Bobby Sewall
88Terrence Austin
89Joe Adams
90Tori Gurley
91Kevin Elliott
92Jared Green
93Mike Willie
94Michael Calvin
95Taveon Rogers
96Andrew DePaola
97James Shaw
98Devin Goda
99Deon Butler
100Darius Reynaud
101Early Doucet
102Patrick Crayton
WR31Nate Burleson
2Jabar Gaffney
3Santonio Holmes
4Laurent Robinson
5James Jones
6Davone Bess
7Kris Durham
8A.J. Jenkins
TE1Leonard Pope
2Tony Scheffler
3David Thomas
4Zach Miller
5Kevin Boss
6Randy McMichael
7Aaron Hernandez
8Adam Nissley
9Danny Noble
10Phillip Supernaw
11Sean McGrath
12Andrew Szczerba
13Billy Bajema
14Kevin Brock
15D.J. Williams
16Tommy Gallarda
17Daniel Graham
18Steve Watson
19Jacob Pedersen
20D.J. Tialavea
21Emmanuel Ogbuehi
22Justin Jones
23Asa Watson
24Evan Wilson
25Jake Byrne
26Joel Dreessen
27Dan Gronkowski
28Martin Rucker
29Cameron Morrah
30Ben Hartsock
31Visanthe Shiancoe
32Weslye Saunders
33Jeron Mastrud
34Steve Maneri
35Dominique Curry
36Zach Potter
37Colin Cloherty
38Tom Crabtree
39Brody Eldridge
40Nate Byham
41Dedrick Epps
42Nelson Rosario
43Mason Brodine
44Mike McNeill
45Hayden Smith
46Joe Sawyer
47Matt Furstenburg
48Ben Cotton
49David Rolf
50Evan Landi
51Taylor Cook
52Colin Anderson
53Travis Tannahill
54Andre Hardy
55Tim Biere
56Brandon Barden
57Jamie McCoy
58Nathan Overbay
59Martell Webb
60Cameron Graham
61Michael Higgins
62Alex Silvestro
63Travis Beckum
64Richard Quinn
65Jake O'Connell
66Evan Moore
67Isaiah Stanback
68Morrell Presley
69Brian Wozniak
70Jason Schepler
71Chase Clement
72A.C. Leonard
73David Wright
74Nick Kasa
K1Maikon Bonani
2Nate Freese
3Shayne Graham
4Billy Cundiff
5Rob Bironas
6Garrett Hartley
7Alex Henery
8Matt Szymanski
9Derek Dimke
10Danny Hrapmann
11Brandon Bogotay
12Havard Rugland
13Austin Signor
14Morgan Lineberry
15Quinn Sharp
16Brett Baer
17Sergio Castillo
18Mitch Ewald
19Kevin Goessling
20Brett Maher
21Jose Maltos
22Adam Yates
23Zach Ramirez