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Riley Reiff | Tackle

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/1/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 313
College: Iowa
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Lions LT Riley Reiff (hyperextended knee) is expected to return for Week 14.
Undrafted rookie Cornelius Lucas filled in admirably on Matthew Stafford's blindside on Thanksgiving, but Reiff's return would be a big positive against the Bucs. Reiff had never previously never missed a game before sitting out against the Bears. Dec 1 - 2:06 PM

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Lions LT Riley Reiff (knee) is inactive for Thursday's Week 13 game against the Bears.

The knee injury Reiff sustained at New England is not considered serious and he has a shot to return in Week 14. So it looks like a one-week trial for undrafted rookie Cornelius Lucas, who started 26 games at left tackle for Kansas State, on Matthew Stafford's blind side. As previously reported, Reggie Bush (ankle) is inactive again, leaving Joique Bell to carry the mail. The rest of the Lions' inactives: QB Kellen Moore, OG Larry Warford, DE Larry Webster, WR Ryan Broyles and DE Nick Fairley.
Nov 27 - 11:02 AM

The knee injury Lions LT Riley Reiff sustained Sunday is not considered serious.

It's a major relief for the Lions, as Matthew Stafford's blind-side protector has been the team's best offensive lineman this season. Reiff remains shaky for Thanksgiving, but it doesn't sound like he'll be out too long. The backup left tackle is UDFA rookie Cornelius Lucas.
Nov 25 - 9:01 AM

Lions LT Riley Reiff suffered a knee injury on the first play of Sunday's Week 12 loss at New England and did not return.

There's no update on the severity of Reiff's injury, but it's a major concern for an offense that has already lost RG Larry Warford (knee). UDFA Cornelius Lucas is Reiff's backup on Matthew Stafford's blind side.
Nov 23 - 10:18 PM

Lions first-year LT Riley Reiff has reportedly been "impressive throughout" training camp.

Bear in mind Reiff is squaring off with raw rookie Ziggy Ansah, journeyman Willie Young, and 2012 fourth-rounder Ronnell Lewis in practice, but it's good news nonetheless. In Sunday's team drills, Reiff was reportedly "dominant," which is precisely what he should be against those players. The Lions' offensive line remains a concern, but early signs are positive on their new left tackle.
Source: MLive.com
Sun, Aug 4, 2013 04:15:00 PM

Lions LT Riley Reiff has gained ten pounds and is up to 315.

Reiff is listed at 6-foot-6, 313 by the team's official website, but he says he played last season at 305. The 2012 first-round pick will be one of three new starters on the Lions' offensive line, and OC Scott Linehan says he's "done a great job" filling retired longtime LT Jeff Backus' shoes.
Sun, Jun 23, 2013 10:51:00 AM

Matthew Stafford doesn't expect "any kind of a drop-off" with the Lions' offensive line this season.

The Lions are replacing three starters — including both tackles — but Stafford isn't worried. "I don't expect a big change," Stafford said. "I think we're extremely talented up front." Stafford took 29 sacks last season, which was just 17th in the league. Although it's not a guarantee, it's fair to expect that number to go up in 2013.
Source: MLive.com
Mon, May 27, 2013 08:37:00 AM

Riley Reiff will be the Lions' left tackle this season.

The Lions had strongly considered Reiff at right guard, but the draft brought some clarity to the unit. They missed out on all three of the top tackle prospects (Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel, Lane Johnson), so they'll roll with Reiff on Matthew Stafford's blind side. Due to short arms, it's a concern. The Lions' offensive line now looks like this: LT Reiff, LG Rob Sims, C Dominic Raiola, RG Larry Warford and RT Jason Fox.
Tue, Apr 30, 2013 12:14:00 PM

According to the Detroit Free Press, the Lions ideally would like to play Riley Reiff at right guard.

Reiff was drafted in the first round last season as a tackle. But with short arms and mediocre athletic ability, he may be best suited to play inside. If the Lions use the No. 5 overall pick in next week's draft on a tackle, they could roll with a rookie and Jason Fox as the bookends on their offensive line.
Thu, Apr 18, 2013 10:35:00 AM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew is leaving the door open for 2012 first-round pick Riley Reiff to be the team's Opening Day left tackle.

The Lions have a glaring hole after Jeff Backus' retirement and failed to secure any of free agency's premier left tackles. Central Michigan's Eric Fisher could be on Detroit's radar with the fifth overall draft pick. Reiff was considered more of a right tackle or guard prospect coming out of Iowa last year, due to short arms. He'd have to win with technique on Matthew Stafford's blindside.
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 03:37:00 PM

According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the Lions are "strongly" considering moving OT Riley Reiff to guard.

The Lions' website previously reported a position switch was possible, but this suggests Reiff won't be a serious candidate for Detroit's expected vacancy at right tackle. It's surprising the Lions might throw in the towel on Reiff as a tackle less than a year after taking him at No. 23, but his short arms and average athleticism made it a possibility from the start. GM Martin Mayhew is probably wishing he could have a redo on last year's first round.
Tue, Mar 5, 2013 02:56:00 PM

The Lions' website confirms that Riley Reiff is expected to start at either tackle or guard next season.

With Gosder Cherilus an unrestricted free agent and Jeff Backus unsure if he'll be back in 2013, Reiff will almost certainly be a full-time starter after appearing in eight games as a rookie. The Lions are also considering an expanded role for fourth-year tackle Jason Fox, who didn't play a single 2012 snap.
Sat, Jan 19, 2013 08:46:00 PM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew confirmed that the team sees Riley Reiff as a tackle in the NFL.

"He can play four spots," Mayhew said. "He could evolve over time, but I see him at tackle right now." The first-round rookie out of Iowa started eight games in 2012 but was really a part-timer behind LT Jeff Backus and RT Gosder Cherilus. Backus is 35 and uncertain if he will return for 2013 while Cherilus is a free agent. Reiff will almost certainly be a full-time starter in 2013.
Sun, Jan 6, 2013 12:00:00 PM

Lions first-round pick Riley Reiff played 22-of-78 offensive snaps in Sunday's Week 6 win over Philadelphia.

It was Reiff's biggest snap count of his rookie season to this point. Reiff has been used as a sixth lineman on obvious running downs, and helped spring Mikel Leshoure (14 yards) and Joique Bell (13) for their longest gains of the game against the Eagles. Per beat writer Dave Birkett, the Lions still believe Reiff "can be a fixture" at left tackle once Jeff Backus calls it a career.
Mon, Oct 15, 2012 03:14:00 PM

First-round OT Riley Reiff will open the season as a swing tackle.

Reiff never got a real chance to unseat long-time LT Jeff Backus or RT Gosder Cherilus. The Lions will continue to groom him to eventually step in as Matthew Stafford's blindside protector. Backus will be 35 in September and his contract is up after the 2013 season.
Wed, Sep 5, 2012 11:00:00 AM

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