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Chris Houston | Defensive Back

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/18/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 178
College: Arkansas
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Lions GM Martin Mayhew said he remains confident in LCB Chris Houston.
Mayhew has no other choice after handing Houston a five-year, $25 million deal last March. Houston followed it up with his worst season. He battled leg, hamstring, foot and toe injuries throughout the season and was benched at one point. Houston recorded just nine pass breakups and two interceptions, while grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 96 corner out of 110 qualifiers. Cornerback is right next to wide receiver at the top of Mayhew's needs list. Feb 28 - 10:33 AM

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Lions LCB Chris Houston (toe) returned to practice Wednesday.

Houston, the Lions' top corner, missed the Monday night loss to the Ravens. He'll likely end up limited Wednesday, but appears to have a good shot at returning against the Giants. It's not great news for Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 12:04:00 PM

Lions CB Chris Houston (toe) is listed as doubtful for Week 15.

Houston didn't practice at all this week. With Darius Slay (knee, doubtful) also sidelined, the Lions are down to just four healthy cornerbacks. Jonte Green will start opposite Rashean Mathis if Houston is held out, with Bill Bentley playing in nickel packages.
Sat, Dec 14, 2013 03:12:00 PM

Lions CB Chris Houston (foot) is considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles.

Houston sat out the Thanksgiving win over the Packers after hurting his foot against the Bucs in Week 12. He's going to test out the injury at practice this week before a determination is made. If Darius Slay has to start again, it's a boost for Nick Foles and the Eagles' red-hot passing game.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 09:09:00 AM

Lions CB Chris Houston (foot) is listed as doubtful for Thursday's Week 13 game against the Packers.

Houston is Detroit's top corner. He's not going to play. Rookie Darius Slay, who has struggled and been benched numerous times this season, will fill in opposite Rashean Mathis. It's a positive development for Matt Flynn, who will be a middling QB2, and the entire Green Bay receiving corps.
Wed, Nov 27, 2013 05:15:00 PM

Lions CB Chris Houston (foot) is not practicing Tuesday.

Houston underwent an MRI on Monday, and was in a boot on Tuesday. He's in serious danger of missing the Thanksgiving game after injuring his foot against the Bucs in Week 12. It thins out a Lions secondary that is already struggling to put up any kind of resistance against opposing passing games. Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Jarrett Boykin are all viable fantasy options to varying degrees even with Matt Flynn expected to start.
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 12:11:00 PM

Lions LCB Chris Houston left Sunday's Week 12 game in the third quarter with a foot injury and did not return.

Houston got roasted on an 85-yard touchdown bomb to Tiquan Underwood, which is apparently when the injury happened. The Lions have turned to rookie Darius Slay as Rashean Mathis' cornerback bookend.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 03:40:00 PM

Lions LCB Chris Houston was back in the starting lineup Week 8, and coach Jim Schwartz said he played "an outstanding game."

Houston was benched at halftime of Week 7 for ineffectiveness. He did well against Terrance Williams Sunday, as the rookie's 60-yard touchdown catch came against Darius Slay and Glover Quin. "At some point you have to show faith in your players," Schwartz said. "Chris bounced back with a big-time performance."
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 10:21:00 AM

The Lions benched LCB Chris Houston in Sunday's Week 7 loss to Cincinnati.

Houston got torched by A.J. Green, and the Lions' coaching staff became concerned with his confidence level. On Monday, coach Jim Schwartz wouldn't commit to reinserting Houston into the starting lineup. The Lions take on next a Dallas team boasting one of the NFL's top young receiver corps.
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 01:19:00 PM

The Detroit Free Press considers Lions LCB Chris Houston's (hamstring) Week 5 status "up in the air."

The Lions are "optimistic" Houston will play at Green Bay, although if he does he'll almost certainly be less than 100 percent. Houston returned to a "limited" practice Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday's workouts. Jordy Nelson is likely to square off with Houston for most of Sunday's snaps.
Fri, Oct 4, 2013 05:01:00 PM

Lions LCB Chris Houston suffered a "leg" injury in Sunday's win.

"He’s got a leg injury," a vague Jim Schwartz said Monday. "I think I’ll just keep it that way and we’ll just see where he can get to this week and we’ll try to get him back as quick as we can. But if he can’t, then we’ll have the next guy up." Schwartz's evasiveness is a definite sign Houston is in danger of missing Week 5. His absence would thrust struggling rookie Darius Slay back into the lineup opposite Rashean Mathis.
Mon, Sep 30, 2013 04:01:00 PM

Lions agreed to terms on a five-year, $25 million deal with CB Chris Houston.

The first cornerback domino finally falls. Houston was clearly the Lions' top cover man last season, often used to shadow opposing No. 1 receivers. He's miscast in that role, but would be an excellent No. 2 corner if the Lions choose to add a legit shutdown guy via the free agency or the draft. Now that Houston has signed, the markets for Aqib Talib, Sean Smith, Brent Grimes and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie could develop quickly.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 10:21:00 AM

The Lions are reportedly "working on" a three-year deal with free agent CB Chris Houston.

If the Lions are going to plug their leaky secondary, retaining their own top cover man is a good place to start. But with the corner market slow to develop, Houston may want to stay patient. Free agents such as Aqib Talib, Sean Smith and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will set the going rate.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 09:39:00 AM

Free agent CB Chris Houston is on the Dolphins' "radar," according to the Miami Herald, and the Dolphins have also "made inquiries" about free agent CBs Antoine Cason and Captain Munnerlyn.

The Dolphins also "called about" Greg Toler before he signed with the Colts. Miami still has $20 million in salary cap space following Tuesday's mad rush of signings, and secondary help is next up for GM Jeff Ireland to prioritize.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 02:34:00 AM

The Lions have an offer on the table for free agent CB Chris Houston, but he is expected to test the market.

Reports have been conflicting on the Lions' interest in Houston, but he appears to be a priority for the team to re-sign. Although burnable, Houston is easily the team's top cover man. We wouldn't expect his market to be overly robust in a deep free-agent cornerback pool.
Sun, Mar 10, 2013 01:00:00 PM

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