Player News - Lions

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Lions RG Larry Warford (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 4.

Warford aggravated his high-ankle sprain in last week's loss. He practiced fully on Thursday and Friday, but was downgraded to limited Saturday. Lions beat writers aren't expecting Warford to play. Manny Ramirez will move to the right side if Warford sits, with rookie Laken Tomlinson starting at left guard.
Oct 3 - 5:56 PM

Lions WLB DeAndre Levy (hip) is listed as doubtful for Week 4.

Levy returned to practice this week after sitting out the first three games. He won't play Monday night, but is on track for a Week 5 return. Josh Bynes will continue to start in Levy's place.
Oct 3 - 4:59 PM

Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 4.

Pettigrew hasn't practiced since Week 1 and remains week to week. The Lions' run blocking has taken a hit with Pettigrew sidelined. Pettigrew's absence locks Eric Ebron into an every-down role.
Oct 3 - 4:39 PM

Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 4.

Bell missed practice all week with an ankle issue. He was never expected to play, but it confirms Ameer Abdullah will see the majority of the carries against Seattle. Bell could be limited to a backup role when he returns.
Oct 3 - 4:27 PM

The Detroit Lions may be facing the Seattle Seahawks without star running back Marshawn Lynch on Monday while he deals with a hamstring injury.

Detroit is not particularly stout against the run, giving up 112 rushing yards per game through three weeks. Missing a matchup against Lynch would be a bonus for the Lions D/ST, although Seattle backup Thomas Rawls filled in admirably in Lynch's absence last week. No matter who handles the running duties for the Seahawks, the Detroit D/ST will not be a startable fantasy option this week on the road as a double-digit underdog.
Oct 3 - 2:58 PM

Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle) did not practice on Saturday.

He is all but ruled out for Monday night. With Bell out, Ameer Abdullah should see more work and Zach Zenner could get his first carries since Week 1. Despite the increase in touches, Abdullah is not a recommended fantasy option on the road in Seattle.
Oct 3 - 11:43 AM

Lions rookie RB Zach Zenner could have a bigger offensive role with Joique Bell (ankle) likely to miss Monday night.

Zenner saw two carries Week 1 against the Chargers, but he has not even had an offensive snap since. Bell has eight yards on 14 carries over the last two weeks with Zenner riding the bench. Even if Bell were not hurt, it is time to see what the rookie can do as a change-of-pace option behind Ameer Abdullah. Zenner had 249 total yards this preseason.
Oct 3 - 9:28 AM

Lions WLB DeAndre Levy (hip) practiced again on Friday.

Levy sat out Detroit's first three games with a strained hip. So far, Josh Bynes has done an admirable job filling it at weakside linebacker. He actually owns PFF's sixth highest 4-3 outside linebacker grade out of 32 qualifiers.
Oct 2 - 3:05 PM

Joique Bell (ankle) remained sidelined at Friday's practice.

Time is on Bell's side this week as the Lions don't play until Monday night. Fantasy owners should have already moved on from Bell. The veteran plodder has averaged an anemic 1.1 yards per carry this year while being out-touched 28 to 25 by rookie Ameer Abdullah.
Oct 2 - 2:58 PM

With Joique Bell (ankle) missing Thursday's practice, the Lions' website wonders "could we see more Ameer Abdullah this week?"

The nightmarishly ineffective (20 carries for 22 yards) Bell's status is in doubt for Monday Night Football, and Abdullah is the next man up on the Lions' early-down depth chart. Abdullah hasn't exactly been lighting it up, either, behind the Lions' shaky offensive line, but provides a big-play threat the Lions have been lacking through their first three games. Zach Zenner would also stand to get some work, but Abdullah would be back in the RB2 conversation if Bell sits Monday.
Oct 1 - 4:32 PM

Joique Bell was held out of Thursday's practice.

He's dealing with an ankle issue. Bell has been a disaster through Detroit's first three games, rushing 20 times for 22 yards. It's quite possible he's at far less than 100 percent. The Lions could be preparing to sit him on Monday Night Football against the Seahawks.
Oct 1 - 3:23 PM

Lions WLB DeAndre Levy (hip) returned to practice on Thursday.

Levy missed Detroit's first three games with a strained hip. It's unclear if he'll be ready for Monday's game against Seattle, though his presence at Thursday's practice is certainly a step in the right direction. Josh Bynes has been starting at weakside linebacker for the Lions.
Oct 1 - 2:52 PM

Golden Tate said opponents have been calling out the Lions' plays before they run them.

"I’ve had a couple occasions in literally each game, where they called out our play for one, then afterwards been like, ‘Hey, we knew what you guys were doing,'" said Tate. "That's something we got to go back and watch our tendencies to figure out." This doesn't reflect well on coach Jim Caldwell or OC Joe Lombardi. On top of the lazy play-calling, Matthew Stafford is hurt and Detroit has averaged a league-worst 45 rushing yards per game. The Lions are in an 0-3 rut and unlikely to climb out of it this week in Seattle.
Sep 29 - 2:22 PM

Calvin Johnson has been targeted by throws which traveled more than 15 yards in the air just three times this season.

Johnson has never had fewer than 44 "deep" targets over an entire season in his career. The Lions' offensive line concerns have prevented the team from taking deep shots to their best playmaker, and as a result Johnson is averaging just under 10 yards per reception this season. He has never averaged less than 14.5 in his career. Megatron is still being fed targets, but the Lions have to get him more involved downfield for their offense to be successful.
Source: ESPN
Sep 29 - 8:58 AM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell says he hasn't considered taking over play-calling duties from OC Joe Lombardi.

The Lions' offense has been stuck in neutral so far this season, with Matthew Stafford combining shambolic passing with a go-nowhere running game. Caldwell believes it's an "execution" issue, but at the very least, the personnel need to be changed at running back. There's no reason Joique Bell should continue to get inside carries over Ameer Abdullah.
Sep 28 - 2:37 PM

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