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Zack Follett | Linebacker

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (30) / 7/3/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 236
College: California
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 7 (235) / DET

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Lions waived LB Zack Follett.
Follett was briefly paralyzed last season and has not been able to fully recover. He said his neck was "on fire" as he tried to compete at camp and he wasn't able to participate in hitting drills. Follett's career is in doubt. Wed, Aug 3, 2011 10:32:00 AM

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Lions LB Zack Follett (neck) was a full participant as the team opened training camp on Friday.

Follett's neck injury was originally believed to be degenerative and career-threatening, but he's received full medical clearance. "I never thought I'd have a helmet on again," he conceded. "This is a big blessing, and I'm very thankful." Follett will compete for a backup job and on special teams.
Sat, Jul 30, 2011 02:31:00 AM

According to's Tom Kowalski, there are "some indications" that Lions LB Zack Follett (neck) is hoping to play in 2011.

Follett said in January that his career was essentially over thanks to his degenerative neck ailment, but has apparently found some optimism. If he can pass a physical, he'd have a decent chance at making the Lions as a reserve linebacker/special teamer.
Mon, Jul 11, 2011 11:11:00 AM

Lions extended an exclusive rights tender to LB Zack Follett.

Follett is just a third-year player, so the offer will stand up under the next CBA. Though a neck injury may keep him from ever playing again, Follett is planning to attend training camp as long as he clears one more series of tests. Doctors have told Follett that his condition can only get worse. There is plenty of risk involved in a return.
Thu, Mar 3, 2011 07:26:00 PM

Lions WLB Zack Follett (neck) is not expected to play football again.

Follett admitted as much in an online video posted after he took undeserved potshots at Matthew Stafford and Jay Cutler on a radio show. A seventh-round draft pick in 2009, Follett's career will end after 31 tackles and five starts.
Wed, Jan 26, 2011 12:01:00 AM

The Lions are "optimistic" that WLB Zack Follett (neck) will be able to play football in 2011.

"Any time you're talking about necks and backs, there's going to be a certain amount of gray area so to speak," coach Jim Schwartz said. "We don't have any reason not to be optimistic. It probably makes a little more sense not to put it on the radar screen for this year."
Thu, Oct 28, 2010 03:01:00 PM

Lions placed WLB Zack Follett (neck) on injured reserve, ending his season.

The Lions are getting back MLB DeAndre Levy, but at the same time losing another starting linebacker. Follett visited a neck specialist Tuesday, and the results obviously weren't positive. He finishes the season with 21 tackles in five games. Ashlee Palmer will take over at weak-side linebacker.
Wed, Oct 27, 2010 07:32:00 PM

Lions WLB Zack Follett (neck/shoulder) is scheduled to visit a spine specialist on Thursday.

Coach Jim Schwartz indicated Tuesday that it was too early to call it a long-term concern. He'll have a better idea on Follett's status by Friday. The Lions were initially hopeful that Follett could return for this week's game, but that doesn't seem likely.
Tue, Oct 26, 2010 08:11:00 PM

Lions WLB Zack Follett has been released from the hospital after being diagnosed with only a "stinger" after taking a vicious hit while covering a kickoff in the team's Week 6 loss to the Giants.

Follett could even return to the starting lineup after the Lions' Week 7 bye. Detroit should get quite a bit healthier during the off week. Coach Jim Schwartz also expressed hope that DeAndre Levy (ankle, groin) would return.
Mon, Oct 18, 2010 04:04:00 PM

An MRI and CT scan on Lions WLB Zack Follett confirmed that he has no structural damage in his spine.

Follett also tweeted late Sunday that he's "OK, Thank God." Follett has feeling and movement in his extremities. It's unclear when he'll be back to play (the Lions have a Week 7 bye), but he's avoided a significant injury.
Sun, Oct 17, 2010 09:42:00 PM

The Hackensack Medical Center released a statement on Lions WLB Zack Follett's neck injury following Sunday's loss to the Giants.

Follett was covering a kickoff when he collided helmet-to-helmet with a Giants special teamer. "There is no evidence at this point of a fracture of the cervical spine," reads the statement. "He has movement in all four extremities. Zack will remain here tonight and will continue to undergo extensive tests and evaluation." Follett likely was concussed, but he thankfully appears to have avoided a serious injury.
Sun, Oct 17, 2010 05:43:00 PM

Lions WLB Zack Follett left Sunday's game with a possible concussion and/or neck injury.

Follett, who plays special teams on top of his starting duties on defense, was removed from the field on a back board. The Lions' linebacker corps is being shredded by injuries with Landon Johnson and DeAndre Levy also hurt.
Sun, Oct 17, 2010 03:30:00 PM

Lions WLB Zack Follett (concussion) is listed as out for the team's Week 3 matchup against the Vikings.

Adrian Peterson's favorable matchup gets that much better. The Lions are extremely thin at linebacker, and need Follett to return soon.
Sun, Sep 26, 2010 09:33:00 AM

Lions WLB Zack Follett is questionable for Week 3 due to a concussion.

Week 2 wasn't a good one for Detroit linebackers, with Follett getting hurt and Julian Peterson benched. The Lions have next to no depth at the position, making an easy matchup even easier for the Vikings' Adrian Peterson.
Wed, Sep 22, 2010 03:39:00 PM

Lions WLB Zach Follett has reportedly "not caught up to the speed of first-team action."

Follett has been slow to react to some plays and has not been able to translate his energy from special teams into his play on defense. He'll open the season as the starter, but he's not going to be a target in IDP leagues.
Sun, Aug 29, 2010 10:19:00 AM

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