Player News - Lions

Date: Team: Pos:

Lions WR Greg Salas left Thursday night's preseason finale with a knee injury and won't return.

Battling for a roster spot, Salas has been a productive player in exhibition games for Detroit. The knee injury will almost certainly keep him off the 53-man roster.
Sep 3 - 8:02 PM

The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett said TEs Joseph Fauria and Tim Wright are competing for "probably only one spot."

Wright would seem to have the edge as the Lions traded for him just three days ago, but all Wright cost was a kicker who was unlikely to make the final roster anyway. Wright has floundered in both New England and Tampa Bay following a breakout rookie campaign, and Fauria offers the Lions a red-zone threat they are missing at the back end of their receiver corps. This competition could go down the wire, and both tight ends may end up on the final roster.
Sep 3 - 8:49 AM

MLive's Kyle Meinke said, "Joique Bell remains the Lions' No. 1 tailback — for now, at least."

The for now is important. Bell struggled at the beginning of last season after an unhealthy offseason, and a similar start could see Bell fall behind Ameer Abdullah in the pecking order. For now, though, he still projects as the Week 1 starter in Detroit. Fantasy favorite Zach Zenner is well down the depth chart.
Source: MLive.com
Sep 1 - 8:19 AM

Lions placed CB Chris Owens on injured reserve, ending his season.

Owens saw 500 snaps as the Chiefs' slot corner last season, but was never in the mix for nickel duties in Detroit. The 28-year-old veteran should eventually be cut loose with an injury settlement.
Aug 31 - 2:47 PM

Lions activated DT Haloti Ngata (hamstring) from the active/PUP list.

Coach Jim Caldwell hedged on Ngata's Week 1 status last week, but he's now on track for the opener. Headed into his age-31 season, Ngata has been mostly durable, never missing more than two games with injury.
Aug 31 - 2:45 PM

Lions activated RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') from the active/PUP list.

It's not a moment too soon for the 29-year-old veteran, who isn't facing heat from just change-of-pace back Ameer Abdullah, but early-down prospect Zach Zenner. Provided he's in game shape, Bell will be the Lions' primary chain mover in Week 1, but he can't afford a slow start like the one he had in 2014. Abdullah is talented enough to begin stealing work from the word go.
Aug 31 - 2:37 PM

DetroitLions.com's Tim Twentyman said the acquisition of TE Tim Wright had "nothing to do" with Eric Ebron.

Several Lions' beat writers have expressed the same sentiment following the trade with most speculating Wright's acquisition has more to do with the organization's feelings towards Joseph Fauria. Detroit could decide to keep four tight ends, but with Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew locks, Wright and Fauria could be competing for one roster spot.
Aug 31 - 11:06 AM

Lions acquired TE Tim Wright from the Buccaneers in exchange for K Kyle Brindza.

Wright's odyssey continues. After a breakout rookie campaign in Tampa Bay, Wright was acquired by the Patriots in a similarly timed trade last offseason. He struggled to make a consistent impact in New England and was waived in June. The Bucs claimed Wright off waivers but have now traded him for the second time in as many years. In Detroit, Wright will compete with Joseph Fauria for snaps behind Eric Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew.
Aug 31 - 9:15 AM

ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein expects RB Zach Zenner to play on special teams and get a "few carries here and there" if he makes the roster.

Zenner has piled on 162 rushing yards in three preseason appearances. He's likely done enough to secure a roster spot ahead of George Winn, though his workload won't be significant enough to warrant fantasy consideration.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 30 - 9:59 AM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said RB Joique Bell is "moving along really well" in his recovery from offseason knee and Achilles surgeries.

Bell said he's made "good progress" though the Lions are still "playing it by ear." He hasn't suited up for any of the Lions' preseason games and has yet to resume practicing. Bell doesn't expect to be limited upon his return. Promising rookie Ameer Abdullah will have a role regardless of Bell's health.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 30 - 9:47 AM

Lions DE Phillip Hunt "has been one of the team’s best pass rushers" this preseason according to the Detroit Free Press.

Hunt may be on the bubble when roster cuts roll around, but he has been a solid addition to the Detroit defensive line that is attempting to fill the void left by Ndamukong Suh. The Detroit D/ST group was a solid producer in fantasy leagues in 2014, but is being drafted 16th among fantasy defenses this summer. If the Lions can replace some of Suh’s impact with new DT Haloti Ngata, then the Detroit D/ST could provide value as a late-round selection.
Aug 29 - 10:36 AM

Dan Orlovsky is "well ahead" of Kellen Moore for the Lions' backup quarterback job.

Moore opened camp with the second-team offense, but he has been outplayed by Orlovsky. Through three preseason games, Orlovsky has completed 23-of-38 passes with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Aug 29 - 9:52 AM

Lions LB Tahir Whitehead played as the second-team middle linebacker in the third preseason game.

Whitehead had lined up as the first-team strongside 'backer throughout training camp, but Travis Lewis started and recorded eight tackles in that position against the Jaguars. A 2012 seventh-round pick, Lewis has just seven career tackles, so it would be surprising if Whitehead lost his job to him. Whitehead's role could be in danger if 2014 second-rounder Kyle Van Noy could ever get healthy.
Aug 29 - 9:00 AM

MLive's Kyle Meinke said Lions RB Zach Zenner's roster spot "should be assured."

Zenner shined once again in the Lions' third preseason game, putting up 85 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. He even saw work with the first-team offense. Zenner is battling George Winn for a roster spot, though Detroit could decide to keep both as insurance on Joique Bell's (knee, Achilles) health. Zenner has two total touchdowns and 222 total yards in three preseason games.
Source: MLive.com
Aug 29 - 8:49 AM

Theo Riddick had one carry for three yards in Detroit's third preseason game.

Ameer Abdullah started, but Riddick mixed in with the first team. He added one catch for six yards on his lone target. With Joique Bell expected to be ready for Week 1, Riddick doesn't project to have a role in the Lions offense. Riddick has 12 carries for 42 yards through three preseason games.
Aug 28 - 10:57 PM


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