Player News - Lions

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Ameer Abdullah (neck) is practicing in full for Week 15.

The Lions were cagey on Abdullah's health after he was scratched for Sunday's win over the Bucs, but it sounds like he could have played. The Lions are over Abdullah's poor 2017 performance. His best-case scenario for Week 15 is being part of a committee with Theo Riddick, Tion Green and perhaps Zach Zenner. The Lions are playing the Bears on Saturday.
Dec 12 - 4:26 PM

Lions C Travis Swanson is in the concussion protocol.

Swanson played every snap against the Bucs, so his symptoms apparently showed up after the game. With the Lions playing on Saturday, it is unlikely he is able to get cleared in time, especially considering he missed the final five games of last year due to a concussion. Graham Glasgow will fill in if Swanson cannot play.
Dec 12 - 10:54 AM

Speaking Sunday, Lions coach Jim Caldwell declined to call Ameer Abdullah his starting running back.

Evidently cleared from his neck injury, Abdullah was inactive for Sunday's win over the Bucs. Caldwell was fuzzy on Abdullah's status going forward. It's a deserved benching, though Abdullah is certainly one of the Lions' 46 best players. He should return to a rotation with Theo Riddick, Tion Green and perhaps Zach Zenner. Abdullah's re-draft value is shot.
Dec 11 - 3:29 PM

Kenny Golladay caught 3-of-4 targets for 17 yards in the Lions' Week 14 win over the Bucs.

Today snapped a string of four-straight 40-yard performances for the Lions' No. 3 wideout. The rookie has indeed looked promising, but fantasy value is hard to come by with Golden Tate and Marvin Jones both cookin'.
Dec 10 - 5:50 PM

Tion Green rushed five times for 15 yards in the Lions' Week 14 win over the Bucs.

Green had a big opportunity with Ameer Abdullah sidelined, but couldn't take advantage. A Rob Kelley-type runner, Green ended up ceding some snaps and touches to Zach Zenner. Even if Abdullah remains sidelined for Week 15, Green will lack FLEX appeal against the Bears.
Dec 10 - 5:38 PM

Eric Ebron caught 10-of-11 targets for 94 yards in the Lions' Week 14 win over the Bucs.

Out of nowhere, Ebron posted new career highs in both catches and yards. Ebron was already sitting on 7/73 at halftime. He even lost a soft fumble and Matthew Stafford kept looking his way. There's no real explanation for it after Ebron entered the afternoon with just 32 catches all year. Ebron will remain a mid-range TE2 for the fantasy semifinals against the Bears.
Dec 10 - 5:25 PM

Theo Riddick rushed 10 times for 29 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions' Week 14 win over the Bucs, adding six catches for 64 additional yards.

The rushing scores were just the fourth and fifth of Riddick's five-year career. The first was a two-yard bunny on an inside handoff. The second was a rugged 18-yarder where Riddick shed some tackles from the Bucs' awful defense. Despite the two-score day, Riddick isn't about to take the lead on early downs. He will remain best utilized in PPR leagues for the fantasy semifinals in Week 15.
Dec 10 - 5:06 PM

Marvin Jones caught 3-of-4 targets for 64 yards in the Lions' Week 14 win over the Bucs.

Today was just the second time in his past eight games that Jones failed to reach 85 yards. Matthew Stafford was really spreading the ball around, for some reason locking onto Eric Ebron. Jones should bounce back as a high-upside WR2 in Week 15 against the Falcons.
Dec 10 - 4:43 PM

Golden Tate caught 8-of-9 targets for 85 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' Week 14 win over the Bucs.

The eight-catch effort was Tate's second straight. He's come back to life after a two-week lull around Thanksgiving. He will be a high-floor WR2 for the fantasy semifinals against the Bears.
Dec 10 - 4:41 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 36-of-44 passes for 381 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the Lions' 24-21, Week 14 win over the Bucs.

The Lions were the last men standing in a game that featured eight turnovers. The Lions should have blown the Bucs out behind Stafford's second-highest yardage total of the season, but committed just enough giveaways to keep things interesting. Stafford has now completed 60-of-73 passes over his past two games (82.1 percent). Naturally, in true Stafford fashion, he has just two touchdowns to show for it. Stafford has another rippable Week 15 matchup in the Bears.
Dec 10 - 4:25 PM

Ameer Abdullah (neck) is inactive for Week 14 against the Bucs.

Abdullah got in a week of limited practices with his neck issue. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported earlier Sunday his absence is "more for play than injury reasons." We certainly agree with the Lions on that front. Abdullah has not been an effective player this season. UDFA Tion Green will take the lead on early downs, with Theo Riddick perhaps mixing in a little more than usual. Also inactive for the Lions are RT Rick Wagner, RB Dwayne Washington, CB Jamal Agnew, OG Emmett Cleary, LB Nick Bellore and WR Bradley Marquez.
Dec 10 - 11:31 AM

Matthew Stafford (hand) is active for Week 14 against the Bucs.

Coach Jim Caldwell tried to pretend Stafford's status wasn't for certain, but it has been clear since early in the week that he would give it a go. Although the hand is a mild concern — it could affect his accuracy — the Bucs are a golden matchup. Stafford is a legit QB1 for the first week of the fantasy playoffs.
Dec 10 - 11:31 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Jim Caldwell's new contract only runs through 2018.

Caldwell reportedly signed a "multi-year" extension in the offseason, but it turns out it was really a one-year deal with team options after that. The contract did prevent Caldwell from being a lame-duck coach this season, but it does not give him much security. If the Lions miss the playoffs, he could be out of a job.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 10 - 9:14 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Ameer Abdullah (questionable, neck) is not expected to play Week 14 against the Buccaneers.

Per Rapoport, his absence is "more for play than injury reasons." In other words, Abdullah is going to be a healthy scratch. It's surprising to see the Lions go away from their No. 1 back this late in the year, though Abdullah certainly hasn't impressed this season. He ranks near the bottom of the league in yards per carry and has been a non-factor in fantasy aside from the occasional goal-line touchdown. Tion Green, who led the team with 51 rushing yards in his debut last week, figures to be the Lions' ball-carrier Sunday in Tampa. Pass-catcher Theo Riddick will see reps as well.
Dec 10 - 8:06 AM

Matthew Stafford (hand) remains on track to start Sunday at Tampa Bay.

The Lions tried to play coy about bruising on Stafford's throwing hand, but beat writers revealed he practiced as normal and looked good throwing the ball on Friday. He'll be an upside QB1 play against a weak Buccaneers pass defense.
Dec 10 - 12:18 AM


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