Player News - Lions

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Lions CB Quandre Diggs is expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoral.

After a promising rookie campaign in 2015, Diggs took a step back in coverage as a sophomore. The Lions do have him under control cheaply for the next two seasons, but they will bring in competition for Diggs in 2017 training camp.
Dec 5 - 5:07 PM

Zach Zenner rushed nine times for 40 yards in the Lions' Week 13 win over the Saints.

Zenner got his run after Dwayne Washington went down with an ankle injury. If Washington can't get right for Week 14, Zenner will be in for at least 8-10 carries against the Bears.
Dec 4 - 6:00 PM

Dwayne Washington rushed seven times for 21 yards in the Lions' Week 13 win over the Saints before departing with a left ankle injury.

Washington added two receptions for 19 yards. He was operating as the Lions' clear early-down runner before departing. If Washington can't go against the Bears, Zach Zenner could lead the Lions in carries.
Dec 4 - 5:58 PM

Theo Riddick rushed four times for two yards in the Lions' Week 13 win over the Saints, adding five receptions for 15 yards and a touchdown.

The Lions barely pretended Riddick was a running back, instead featuring Dwayne Washington and Zach Zenner on early downs. Washington injured his ankle, so perhaps Riddick will be in for more carries in Week 14. Regardless of Washington's health, Riddick won't be a realistic RB2 in standard leagues against the Bears.
Dec 4 - 5:55 PM

Anquan Boldin caught 4-of-6 targets for 40 yards in the Lions' Week 13 win over the Saints.

He also drew a pass interference penalty. Boldin nearly had a 13-yard score in the second quarter, but got tripped up at the one-yard line. His stat line was somewhat disappointing on an afternoon where Marvin Jones (thigh) was inactive. T.J. Jones and Andre Roberts were both receiving targets. Boldin will be a low upside WR4 against the Bears in Week 14.
Dec 4 - 5:45 PM

Golden Tate caught 8-of-10 targets for 145 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' Week 13 win over the Saints.

The highlight was Tate's 66-yard touchdown. Tate caught the ball at the right sideline before turning it into a weaving, reversed-field masterpiece. The yards were Tate's second most of the season, though he's now cleared 75 in 3-of-4 games. Tate has dispatched Marvin Jones with extreme prejudice, and will be an upside WR2 against the Bears in Week 14.
Dec 4 - 5:41 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 30-of-42 passes for 341 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions' 28-13, Week 13 win over the Saints.

It was a commanding performance from Stafford, who spent a good chunk of the first half with only one incompletion. Stafford methodically kept the chains moving, and the Saints off the field. Stafford's offense gobbled up 37 minutes of possession. It hasn't been fantasy friendly, but Stafford has been executing the Lions' ball-control offense to perfection. He'll be on the QB1/2 borderline for next week's matchup with the Bears' bombed-out defense.
Dec 4 - 4:54 PM

Lions WR Marvin Jones (thigh) is inactive for Week 13 against the Saints.

Andre Roberts will slide into three-receiver sets, but it's Anquan Boldin and Eric Ebron who should see the biggest benefit. Also inactive for the Lions are LB DeAndre Levy, LB Tahir Whitehead, OL Joe Dahl, OT Cornelius Lucas, QB Jake Rudock and S Don Carey. Jones should be back in Week 14.
Dec 4 - 11:32 AM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Lions are going to test Marvin Jones (thigh, questionable) in pregame warmups before deciding on his status for Sunday's game against the Saints.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport previously called Jones a "long-shot to play" but the Lions are leaving the door open just a crack. Per Schefter, Jones "looked better" at Friday's practice, which has given Detroit reason for optimism. The Lions play at 1 PM ET on Sunday, so we'll know his status in a couple of hours. His absence would be a boost to Golden Tate, Eric Ebron and even Anquan Boldin.
Dec 4 - 9:09 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Marvin Jones is "a long-shot to play" Week 13 against the Saints.

According to the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett, Jones "moved cautiously while taking sporadic reps" at Friday's practice, so this report is anything but a surprise. With Jones likely to sit, Golden Tate, Anquan Boldin, and Eric Ebron should take on bigger roles in the passing game.
Dec 4 - 8:23 AM

According to the Detroit Free Press, Marvin Jones (questionable, thigh) "moved cautiously while taking sporadic reps" at Friday's practice.

The Lions' own website indicated Jones did almost nothing during the portion of practice that was open to the media on Thursday. It sounds like Jones did almost nothing in practice all week and is truly questionable or even on the doubtful side of questionable for Sunday's showdown with the Saints. The Lions promoted reserve wide receiver T.J. Jones from their practice squad on Saturday, sending up another red flag concerning Marvin.
Dec 3 - 5:37 PM

Lions promoted WR T.J. Jones from their practice squad.

Lions beat writers expressed concern about Marvin Jones' health all week, and the activation of T.J. suggests the Lions also have concerns about Marvin's availability against the Saints. This will be a situation to monitor into Sunday morning. Per the Detroit Free Press, Marvin "moved cautiously while taking sporadic reps" in the portion of Friday's practice that was open to the media. Marvin is listed as questionable with a thigh injury.
Dec 3 - 5:33 PM

Lions MLB Tahir Whitehead (knee) has been downgraded to out for Week 13.

Whitehead will miss his first game of the season after practicing on a limited basis all week. Josh Bynes is expected to replace him in the starting lineup.
Dec 3 - 5:02 PM

Lions activated DE Armonty Bryant from the reserve/suspended list.

Bryant will rejoin Detroit after missing the last three weeks. He also served a four-game PED suspension to open the season. Bryant's return will upgrade the Lions pass rush.
Dec 3 - 4:31 PM

Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee, PUP) isn’t expected to return Sunday.

Pettigrew has been practicing since Week 12. He hasn't had any setbacks but isn’t ready to return. The Lions will need to activate Pettigrew next week or shut him down for the season.
Dec 2 - 7:11 PM


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