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Darius Slay | Defensive Back | #23

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/1/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 190
College: Mississippi State
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 2 (36) / DET
Contract: view contract details

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Lions CB Darius Slay (hamstring) is expected to return following the bye week.
Slay has missed the last two games with a pulled hamstring. He looked close to playing against the Vikings, and he should be nearly back to full health following the bye week. Nov 8 - 10:21 AM

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Lions top CB Darius Slay (hamstring) is inactive for Week 9 at Minnesota.

It's an upgrade to Stefon Diggs' matchup, although fill-in Johnson Bademosi handled himself more than capably in last week's loss to the Texans. The rest of the Lions' inactives are RT Riley Reiff, RB Justin Forsett, TE Khari Lee, OL Joe Dahl, CB Adarius Barnes, and WLB DeAndre Levy.
Nov 6 - 11:32 AM

Lions CB Darius Slay (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 9.

Slay turned in a limited week of practice and looks likely to come down to a game-time call. The Lions have not been revealing with injury situations this year.
Nov 4 - 4:21 PM

Lions CB Darius Slay (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday.

Slay missed last week after going down in Week 7. His return is a good sign, but doesn't guarantee he'll play. The Lions have a bye in Week 10.
Nov 2 - 4:11 PM

Lions declared CB Darius Slay, DT Haloti Ngata, TE Cole Wick, DT Anthony Zettel, OT Corey Robinson, and WLB DeAndre Levy inactive for Week 8 against the Lions.

Ngata was listed as questionable, while Slay and Levy had already been ruled out. The Lions are missing key defenders at all three levels of defense.
Oct 30 - 11:41 AM

Lions CB Darius Slay (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 8.

The Lions will turn to Johnson Bademosi to start opposite Nevin Lawson. Bademosi is a career special teamer. Slay looks likely to be staring at a multi-week absence. Brock Osweiler is worth firing up in two-quarterback leagues.
Oct 28 - 4:00 PM

Darius Slay (hamstring) is not practicing Wednesday.

Slay left Week 7 early and was unable to return. By the look of his injury last Sunday, it's hard to see him being ready for a date with the Texans this week. Will Fuller and DeAndre Hopkins are both in tasty matchups.
Oct 26 - 2:52 PM

Lions LCB Darius Slay was forced from Sunday's game against the Redskins with a right hamstring injury.

Slay pulled up lame in the second quarter, and appeared to be in a good deal of pain. He was helped off the field and quickly departed for the locker room. Originally announced as questionable, he has since been ruled out. Nevin Lawson, Johnson Bademosi and Quandre Diggs will be the Lions' top three corners for the rest of the afternoon.
Oct 23 - 2:04 PM

Lions CB Darius Slay has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 5.

Slay may have single-handedly won the Lions the game against the Eagles. With under three minutes left in the fourth quarter, and the Eagles holding a lead trying to kill clock, Slay forced a fumble on Ryan Mathews that Detroit recovered to set up the game-winning field goal. On the Eagles' final play, Slay picked off Carson Wentz. Slay is currently PFF's No. 1 corner.
Oct 12 - 9:54 AM

Lions signed CB Darius Slay to a four-year, $50.2 million extension through 2020.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the deal contains $23 million fully guaranteed at signing. A sort of late bloomer who emerged as a legitimate shutdown corner last season, Slay should get more opportunities to shadow enemy No. 1 receivers this year. He finished 2015 as Pro Football Focus' No. 2-rated cornerback behind only Tyrann Mathieu, shining both in coverage and run support.
Jul 29 - 11:59 AM

Lions contract-year CB Darius Slay wants to be paid like a top-seven cornerback.

It's an odd demand, but hardly out of line considering Slay's 2015 play, where he was one of the best cornerbacks in the league. "I’m a top guy, that’s it," Slay said. "I ain’t no real cocky guy like that, but I’m just confident in my game and what I put on film." The sides have had preliminary talks, but little more. Slay would be a prime candidate for the franchise tag next spring if a deal can't be reached.
Jun 14 - 6:52 PM

MLive's Kyle Meinke reports Lions CB Darius Slay wants to sign a contract extension this offseason.

After some early struggles, the 2013 second-rounder has emerged as a legitimate shutdown corner. Slay told the Lions in February he was interested in an extension, but it is not clear if the sides have begun negotiations. Only 25 and still getting better, Detroit should lock Slay up as soon as possible. He will earn just north of $1.1 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
May 14 - 10:33 AM

ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein reports extension talks between Detroit and CB Darius Slay are expected to happen at the Combine.

Slay told the Lions earlier this month he wants to sign an extension, and Detroit would be smart to lock the ascending corner up to a long-term deal as soon as possible. Something should happen this offseason. Slay is scheduled to make $1.126 million in salary and bonuses in the final year of his rookie deal.
Source: ESPN
Feb 23 - 10:38 AM

New Lions GM Bob Quinn said he'll look at contract extensions on a "case-by-case" basis.

"We’ve got some good young players on this team, so when the time’s right and we feel it’s the best decision for the Lions, we’ll come to that decision," said Quinn. "I'm not going to make any comments about if we’re going to extend guys two or three or one year out because everybody’s different." Ziggy Ansah, Sam Martin, Theo Riddick and Darius Slay are all entering the last year of their rookie contracts. Slay recently hired power agent Drew Rosenhaus, which suggests he's ready to negotiate an extension. Among cornerbacks, only Arizona's Tyrann Mathieu earned a higher grade from Pro Football Focus in 2015.
Jan 31 - 10:06 AM

Lions LCB Darius Slay's offseason "goal" is to land a contract extension.

Slay recently hired Rosenhaus Sports to represent him in negotiations. Still only 25 years old, Slay earned PFF's No. 2 overall cornerback grade behind Tyrann Mathieu and was charged with just three touchdown passes allowed as a 16-game starter. The Lions are well aware of Slay's value, using him to shadow No. 1 receivers on the perimeter more and more as the season progressed. Badly underpaid, Slay is owed just over $1 million in 2016 via his rookie deal.
Jan 18 - 4:07 PM

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