Player News - Lions

Date: Team: Pos:

Lions WLB DeAndre Levy (quad) has been downgraded to out.

Levy hasn't practiced since the opener and was never expected to play. The Lions haven't given any details about Levy's injury, but we're marking him as week to week.
Sep 24 - 2:56 PM

ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein believes Zach Zenner will have "some sort of role" with Ameer Abdullah (foot, injured reserve) out.

Zenner was inactive the first two weeks, but Rothstein thinks he could have a goal-line role and help close out wins in the fourth quarter. Dwayne Washington, who beat out Zenner in the preseason, is also well suited for those roles and should get the first crack. Washington did have some ball-security issues in the preseason, however, and Zenner's role could grow if those issues pop up again.
Source: ESPN
Sep 24 - 12:42 PM

Lions RE Ziggy Ansah (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 3.

It's an upgrade to Aaron Rodgers' matchup. Ansah is Detroit's only legitimate edge-rush threat. The Lions will also be without WLB DeAndre Levy (quad).
Sep 23 - 4:06 PM

Eric Ebron (back, questionable) returned to a full practice on Friday.

Despite the Q tag, Ebron will be out there against the Packers this week.
Sep 23 - 4:04 PM

Lions RE Ziggy Ansah will get a second opinion on his injured ankle.

That's never a good sign. Ansah suffered a high-ankle sprain in Sunday's loss to Tennessee and is likely facing a multi-week absence. Kerry Hyder will start in his place.
Sep 22 - 4:36 PM

Eric Ebron (back) returned to practice on Thursday.

He was officially "limited." Ebron missed Wednesday's session but it was probably just a maintenance day. He'll be a firm TE1 against Green Bay in Week 3.
Sep 22 - 2:41 PM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said RB Theo Riddick will be "the lead guy" with Ameer Abdullah (foot, injured reserve) sidelined.

Riddick should start and play a big role, but he is not built to be an early-down workhorse. Riddick had never seen more than seven attempts in a game before last week, and he owns a career 3.23 yards per carry average. Dwayne Washington will have a big role on early downs and near the goal-line. It would not be surprising if Washington outscores Riddick in standard formats.
Source: ESPN
Sep 22 - 11:30 AM

Eric Ebron (back) didn't practice Wednesday.

The missed practice isn't a good sign, but Ebron played 71-of-74 snaps last week. It's possible the Lions are getting him some rest. Ebron is a TE1 for Sunday's matchup with the Packers.
Sep 21 - 4:49 PM

Updating a previous item, Ameer Abdullah's foot injury did require surgery.

Little details are known about just what kind of injury Abdullah suffered with his foot, and coach Jim Caldwell isn't going to let anything out into the media. All we know is Abdullah has been placed on injured reserve, and the Lions hope to get him back at some point after the eight weeks he's required to miss. Theo Riddick is the new No. 1, and rookie Dwayne Washington's role will grow.
Source: MLive.com
Sep 21 - 2:37 PM

Lions placed RB Ameer Abdullah on injured reserve with a foot injury.

The nature of Abdullah's foot injury is still unknown, but he spent Tuesday in North Carolina visiting with renowned foot/ankle specialist, Dr. Robert Anderson. With the league's new IR rules, Abdullah can be activated after eight weeks if the Lions make him their designated for return player. But he's out at least the next two months. Theo Riddick will take over as the Lions' new No. 1 running back, but he's never proven to be much of a between-the-tackles type. Impressive rookie Dwayne Washington is worth adding in all formats. He's big at 6'1/223, fast (4.44 forty), and already has a role as Detroit's goal-line back. Zach Zenner should also now be active as the No. 3 back.
Sep 21 - 9:04 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Lions RE Ziggy Ansah suffered a high-ankle sprain Week 2 against the Titans.

Per RapSheet, Ansah will miss an "undetermined amount of time." If it's a true high-ankle sprain, Ansah will likely be out 2-4 weeks. But we've seen the term "high-ankle sprain" thrown around pretty loosely in recent years. Kerry Hyder saw extended run with Ansah out Sunday and already has three sacks.
Sep 19 - 7:54 PM

Coach Jim Caldwell confirmed rookie RB Dwayne Washington's role will expand following Ameer Abdullah's foot injury.

At 6-foot-1, 223, Washington brings a much different element to Detroit's rushing attack than Ameer Abdullah or Theo Riddick. Washington has six carries for 32 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' first two games. "He was productive obviously on the carries that he had and I think he’s coming along," Caldwell said. "I think without question he’s certainly capable of giving us some unique production in his way because he’s a little different type of back." Expect Riddick to start against the Packers in Week 3, with Washington handling 8-12 carries off the bench and vulturing any goal-line opportunities.
Sep 19 - 3:56 PM

Ameer Abdullah (foot) will head to North Carolina Tuesday to meet with Dr. Robert Anderson.

Anderson is probably the most well-known foot specialist in the field of sports medicine. If Abdullah's left foot injury is severe enough to require his assistance, it's probably not a good sign. Theo Riddick and Dwayne Washington will lead the backfield in his likely absence.
Sep 19 - 3:10 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Ameer Abdullah suffered a foot sprain Week 2 against the Titans.

X-Rays after the game came back negative, but he will undergo more tests Monday. Avoiding a fracture is good news, but Abdullah could still miss several games with the sprain. Theo Riddick and rookie Dwayne Washington will carry the load if Abdullah is forced to miss time.
Sep 19 - 12:36 PM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell refused to discuss WLB DeAndre Levy's quad injury.

He would not even answer if Levy is in danger of missing the season. Normally that would be a big concern, but Caldwell is adamant about not discussing injuries. Levy should be considered week to week until we know otherwise.
Sep 19 - 12:25 PM


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