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Erik Coleman | Defensive Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (32) / 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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7Caleb Hanie
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9Curtis Painter
10John Skelton
11Josh Portis
12Jerrod Johnson
13Adam Weber
14Pat Devlin
15Nate Enderle
16John Parker Wilson
17Pat White
18Trent Edwards
19Nick Stephens
20Tyler Wilson
21Jordan Rodgers
22Brendon Kay
23Logan Kilgore
24Ryan Katz
25Colby Cameron
26Kyle Padron
27James Vandenberg
28Mike Hermann
29Nathan Stanley
30Dalton Williams
31Matt Brown
32Caleb TerBush
33Tim Jenkins
34Dayne Crist
35Brett Smith
36James Franklin
37Chase Rettig
38Tommy Rees
39Brock Jensen
40Keith Price
41Kory Faulkner
42Alex Carder
43Collin Klein
44Rusty Smith
RB1Steven Jackson
2Michael Turner
3Pierre Thomas
4Brandon Jackson
5D.J. Ware
6Maurice Jones-Drew
7Chris Johnson
8Ryan Torain
9Beanie Wells
10Andre Brown
11Jalen Parmele
12Peyton Hillis
13BenJarvus Green-Ellis
14Jamie Harper
15Chris Rainey
16Terrance Ganaway
17Alvester Alexander
18Jewel Hampton
19Zach Brown
20Evan Royster
21Mikel Leshoure
22Alex Green
23Lance Ball
24Isaac Redman
25Michael Bush
26Ray Rice
27D.J. Harper
28Tim Cornett
29Stephen Houston
30Brandon Saine
31Armond Smith
32Derrick Strozier
33David Fluellen
34Roy Finch
35Tim Flanders
36Jordan Lynch
37Jordan Roberts
38Orwin Smith
39Kapri Bibbs
40Javarris James
41Josh Vaughan
42Darren Evans
43Delone Carter
44Anthony Allen
45Damien Berry
46Richard Murphy
47William Powell
48Cierre Wood
49Stefphon Jefferson
50Deonte Williams
51Bradley Randle
52Quentin Hines
53De'Leon Eskridge
GLB1Steven Jackson
2Michael Turner
3Maurice Jones-Drew
4Pierre Thomas
5Chris Johnson
6Ryan Torain
7Beanie Wells
8Andre Brown
3RB1Pierre Thomas
2Chris Johnson
3Steven Jackson
4Maurice Jones-Drew
5D.J. Ware
6Beanie Wells
7Andre Brown
FB1Lousaka Polite
2Vonta Leach
3Lawrence Vickers
4Le'Ron McClain
5Jacob Hester
6Tony Fiammetta
7Frank Summers
8Chris Pressley
9Brit Miller
10Will Ta'ufo'ou
11Bradie Ewing
12Collin Mooney
13Braden Wilson
14Zach Boren
15Lonnie Pryor
16Harvey Unga
17Owen Marecic
18Shaun Chapas
19Dorson Boyce
20Eric Kettani
21Quinn Johnson
22Owen Schmitt
23Brian Leonard
24Ben Bartholomew
25Ina Liaina
26Stephen Campbell
27J.C. Copeland
28Chad Young
29Kadeem Jones
30James Baker
31Maurice Hagens
32Karl Williams
33Chad Abram
34Alex Debniak
35Ryan Roberson
36Jonathan Amosa
37Rupert Bryan
38Cameron White
39Eddie Williams
40Jon Hoese
41Ben Guidugli
42Ryan D'Imperio
43Devonte Campbell
44Michael Zordich
45Jourdan Brooks
46Nate Eachus
47Brock Bolen
WR11Laurent Robinson
2Nate Burleson
3Jabar Gaffney
4Lance Moore
5Santonio Holmes
6Titus Young
7Darius Johnson
8Greg Childs
9Lamont Bryant
10Keenan Davis
11Erik Lora
12Ryan Whalen
13Jamar Newsome
14Terrence Toliver
15Richard Goodman
16Kevin Hardy
17Tim Benford
18Ben Obomanu
19Devery Henderson
20Taulib Ikharo
21Robby Toma
22Carlin Isles
23Emmanuel Arceneaux
24Naaman Roosevelt
25Matt Willis
26Lavelle Hawkins
27Brett Swain
28Chaz Schilens
29Brian Robiskie
30Tiquan Underwood
31Charly Martin
32Marcus Jackson
33Derek Moye
34Kamar Jorden
35Nicholas Johnson
36Johnathan Haggerty
37Roy Roundtree
38Chad Bumphis
39Sederrick Cunningham
40Jordan White
41Chris Summers
42Dan Buckner
43Zach Rogers
44Mark Harrison
45Cole McKenzie
46Jamal Miles
47Rashad Evans
48Tyrone Goard
49Sam McGuffie
50Jeremy Ebert
51T.J. Moe
52Jasper Collins
53Terrell Sinkfield
54Jheranie Boyd
55Eric Rogers
56Rashaad Carter
57Erik Highsmith
58Chip Reeves
59Mike Davis
60Cody Hoffman
61Quintin Payton
62Wilson Van Hooser
63C.J. Goodwin
64Jon Baldwin
65Chastin West
66LaQuan Williams
67Diondre Borel
68Bert Reed
69Brandon Carswell
70Joseph Anderson
71Julius Pruitt
72Mardy Gilyard
73Demetrius Fields
74Scott Pillar
WR21Braylon Edwards
2Greg Jennings
3Davone Bess
4Anthony Armstrong
5David Nelson
6Kerry Meier
7Greg Little
8Kris Durham
9A.J. Jenkins
10Aaron Mellette
11Robert Gill
12Drew Davis
13Raymond Radway
14Eric Page
15Chris Givens
16Darius Hanks
17Kealoha Pilares
18Donald Jones
19Brandon Banks
20Jordan Shipley
21Mohamed Massaquoi
22Earl Bennett
23Micheal Spurlock
24Steve Breaston
25Donte' Stallworth
26Michael Jenkins
27David Ball
28Devin Aromashodu
29Jarett Dillard
30Dezmon Briscoe
31David Reed
32Tim Toone
33Isaiah Williams
34Duke Calhoun
35David Douglas
36Dale Moss
37Brandon Collins
38Tray Session
39Jeff Fuller
40Lanear Sampson
41Alec Lemon
42Lamaar Thomas
43Dominique Croom
44Martel Moore
45Nicholas Edwards
46Charles Hawkins
47Alex Gillett
48Greg Hardin
49Lacoltan Bester
50Eric Thomas
51Jaz Reynolds
52Austin Franklin
53Alex Neutz
54Geraldo Boldewijn
55Kelsey Pope
56Anthony McClung
57Jordan Harris
58Micah Hatfield
59Weston Dressler
60Perez Ashford
61Rodrick Rumble
62Jason Thompson
63Omarius Hines
64Gerrard Sheppard
65Andy Cruse
66Anthony Amos
67R.J. Webb
68Andrew Helmick
69Jerry Johnson
70Brandon Kaufman
71Marvin McNutt
72Joe Adams
73Tori Gurley
74Kevin Elliott
75Jared Green
76Mike Willie
77Michael Calvin
78Taveon Rogers
79Andrew DePaola
80James Shaw
81Devin Goda
82Ronald Johnson
83Roberto Wallace
84Bobby Sewall
85Terrence Austin
86Deon Butler
87Darius Reynaud
88Early Doucet
89Patrick Crayton
WR31Nate Burleson
2Jabar Gaffney
3Santonio Holmes
4Greg Jennings
5Laurent Robinson
6Davone Bess
7Kris Durham
8A.J. Jenkins
TE1Randy McMichael
2Leonard Pope
3Tony Scheffler
4David Thomas
5Zach Miller
6Kevin Boss
7Aaron Hernandez
8Adam Nissley
9Danny Noble
10Jamie Childers
11Steve Watson
12Tommy Gallarda
13D.J. Williams
14Sean McGrath
15Andrew Szczerba
16Daniel Graham
17Billy Bajema
18Dan Gronkowski
19Tom Crabtree
20Brody Eldridge
21Nate Byham
22Dedrick Epps
23Martin Rucker
24Cameron Morrah
25Joel Dreessen
26Ben Hartsock
27Visanthe Shiancoe
28Nelson Rosario
29Jake Byrne
30Weslye Saunders
31Mike McNeill
32Hayden Smith
33Zach Potter
34Colin Cloherty
35Jeron Mastrud
36Steve Maneri
37Dominique Curry
38Matt Furstenburg
39Ben Cotton
40David Rolf
41Joe Sawyer
42Jacob Pedersen
43D.J. Tialavea
44Justin Jones
45Asa Watson
46Evan Wilson
47Morrell Presley
48Brian Wozniak
49David Wright
50Evan Landi
51Taylor Cook
52Colin Anderson
53Travis Tannahill
54Jason Schepler
55Chase Clement
56A.C. Leonard
57Cameron Graham
58Michael Higgins
59Alex Silvestro
60Andre Hardy
61Martell Webb
62Tim Biere
63Travis Beckum
64Richard Quinn
65Jake O'Connell
66Isaiah Stanback
67Jamie McCoy
68Nathan Overbay
69Evan Moore
K1Maikon Bonani
2Nate Freese
3Billy Cundiff
4Rob Bironas
5Alex Henery
6Matt Szymanski
7Danny Hrapmann
8Brandon Bogotay
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10Austin Signor
11Morgan Lineberry
12Quinn Sharp
13Brett Baer
14Sergio Castillo
15Mitch Ewald
16Kevin Goessling
17Brett Maher
18Jose Maltos
19Adam Yates
20Zach Ramirez