Player News - Lions

Date: Team: Pos:

Lions signed DE Jacquies Smith, formerly of the Bucs.

Smith went unclaimed on waviers after getting cut from Tampa. He hasn't played since 2015 due to knee surgery, but adds some pass-rushing depth. The Lions released DE George Johnson and DL Datone Jones in corresponding moves.
Oct 18 - 4:56 PM

Lions claimed QB Brad Kaaya off waivers from the Panthers.

Kaaya spent the summer with Detroit but was let go at final cuts and later claimed by Carolina. He gives the Lions some insurance for Matthew Stafford, who has been hampered by ankle and hamstring injuries in recent weeks.
Oct 18 - 4:44 PM

Kenny Golladay (hamstring) did not practice Tuesday.

It is a disappointment after he looked close to playing last week, although it is likely the Lions are just giving him as much rest as possible. He should return after the bye week. With Golden Tate (shoulder) questionable, Golladay also could have a sizable role against the Steelers.
Oct 17 - 10:38 AM

Matthew Stafford (ankle) did not practice Tuesday.

It is not a surprise with the Lions off this week, but it is a reminder he is less than 100 percent right now. Perhaps that changes with the bye week, but Stafford will be no better than a back-end QB1 against a tough Steelers defense after the break.
Oct 17 - 10:37 AM

Lions P Sam Martin (ankle, NFI) will return to practice this week.

Unless he suffers a setback, he should be expected to return to the active roster following the bye. Jeff Locke has been handling the punting duties for Detroit.
Oct 17 - 9:51 AM

Panthers waived QB Brad Kaaya.

He was replaced on the roster by QB Garrett Gilbert, who was promoted off the practice squad Monday night. A sixth-round pick of the Lions this year, Kaaya will likely land on a practice squad.
Oct 17 - 8:59 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Golden Tate (shoulder) is expected to miss "a few weeks."

Tate is still waiting on his MRI results, but he's believed to be dealing with a sprained AC joint. It's bad news, though the Lions are on bye this week, giving Tate a free week to heal. The Lions host the Steelers for Sunday Night Football in Week 8. If Tate indeed misses time, the Lions will really need Kenny Golladay (hamstring) to finally return.
Oct 16 - 1:15 PM

Darren Fells hauled in 2-of-4 targets for 26 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' Week 6 loss to the Saints.

Fells came close to this third touchdown in the last two games when he was tackled at the one on fourth down just before halftime, but he was able to close the deal with a 22-yard touchdown up the seam in the third quarter. Fells does not look like he will be more than a touchdown-or-bust fantasy option, but his presence means Eric Ebron cannot be used in fantasy lineups moving forward.
Oct 15 - 6:05 PM

Eric Ebron hauled in 1-of-3 targets for 9 yards in the Lions' Week 6 loss to the Saints.

Playing limited snaps, Ebron was never really involved in a game Matthew Stafford threw 52 passes. His one catch came on a pass which was batted way into the air in the second quarter. Heading into the bye, he can be dropped in all redraft formats.
Oct 15 - 6:01 PM

Theo Riddick hauled in 5-of-7 targets for 45 yards in the Lions' Week 6 loss to the Saints.

He also rushed twice for eight yards. This was a game Riddick should have dominated considering the Lions were down big almost from the first kick, so this was a bit of a disappointing performance, especially considering one of his targets bounce off his hands for an interception. The stat line was still better than most we have seen from him this season, but this very well could be his ceiling at this point. Riddick will be just a PPR option after the bye.
Oct 15 - 6:00 PM

Ameer Abdullah rushed 14 times for 54 yards in the Lions' Week 6 loss to the Saints.

Abdullah was mostly shut down early in the game, but he got loose for a 34-yard gain in the second quarter to help set up a field goal. That was about it as the Lions’ offensive line was dominated all game. Abdullah heads into the bye week with one total touchdown and just one game with more than 90 total yards. With limited upside, it is difficult to call Abdullah anything more than a FLEX play moving forward.
Oct 15 - 5:55 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 25-of-52 passes for 312 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions in the Lions' Week 6 loss to the Saints.

Stafford’s day started out about as bad as it could. With the Lions pinned back by a great punt, Stafford held the ball too long in the end zone and was strip-sacked for a Saints touchdown. After a touchdown pass in which Golden Tate did all the work, Stafford was stripped again in the second quarter to set up another New Orleans touchdown. The turnovers were not all his fault, however, as the Lions struggled to protect him all day, and he had at least 12 passes tipped at the line, one of which was caught in the end zone by Cameron Jordan for the final score of the game. He saved his fantasy day with three touchdowns, but he and the Lions' offensive line need to get healthy over the bye. Stafford will be a fringe QB1 against the Steelers after the break.
Oct 15 - 5:11 PM

Marvin Jones hauled in 6-of-14 targets for 96 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' Week 6 loss to the Saints.

With Golden Tate suffering a shoulder injury in the third quarter and the Lions down big, Jones dominated work in garbage time, although he was only able to catch three of his nine targets in the second half. One of those was a 38-yard grab up the seam in the third quarter, however, and he finished that drive with a spectacular one-handed catch in the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown. It is not clear how serious Tate's injury is, and the Lions are on bye next week. Still, Jones' fantasy value appears to be pointing up.
Oct 15 - 5:05 PM

Lions LT Greg Robinson exited Week 6 against the Saints with an ankle injury.

He was briefly benched in the first half, but the Lions had to bring Robinson back in because of injuries. He left himself in the fourth quarter. Absurdly banged up on the offensive line, the Lions will welcome the coming bye week.
Oct 15 - 3:53 PM

Golden Tate exited Week 6 against the Saints with a shoulder injury.

Tate took big hits on back-to-back plays in the third quarter. He stayed down after the second and was walked to the locker room by trainers. Tate had seven catches for 96 yards and a great catch-and-run touchdown before exiting.
Oct 15 - 3:31 PM


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