Player News - Lions

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Marvin Jones (knee) is day to day with a bone bruise.

An MRI revealed that Jones' ACL and MCL are undamaged. With the Lions facing a quick Week 12 turnaround for their annual Thanksgiving game, it would not be surprising to see Jones held out against the Panthers in Week 11. His status will be updated no later than Wednesday.
Nov 12 - 2:16 PM

LeGarrette Blount delivered just four yards on six carries Sunday in the Lions’ Week 10 loss to Chicago.

As usual, he had no involvement in the passing game. Blount got the first crack at goal-line work with Detroit driving in the second quarter but was stuffed on both of his attempts. Kerryon Johnson spelled Blount on third down and scored from a yard out. The 31-year-old has bottomed out during the Lions' three-game losing streak, averaging a pathetic 1.07 yards per carry with no touchdowns during that span. With Johnson emerging as the Lions' bell cow, Blount no longer carries any fantasy significance.
Nov 11 - 5:30 PM

Theo Riddick compiled six catches for 60 yards on seven targets Sunday in Detroit’s Week 10 loss to Chicago.

Predictably, Riddick did almost all of his damage with Detroit trailing in the second half. Five of his six grabs came after halftime. The Lions aren't even pretending to use him as a running back anymore as evidenced by the zero carries he's logged over his last two games. Riddick's receiving usage gives him a reasonable PPR floor but his lack of touchdowns—he's yet to find the end zone in 2018—makes him a risky fantasy bet. He'll be back at it against the Panthers in Week 11.
Nov 11 - 5:29 PM

Kenny Golladay corralled six catches for 78 yards and a touchdown on 13 targets Sunday in the Lions’ Week 10 loss to the Bears.

Golladay came alive late, drawing 10 second-half targets from Matthew Stafford. He benefited from game-script—most of his receiving output came with Detroit in catch-up mode—as well as an injury to lead receiver Marvin Jones (knee), who bowed out late in the third quarter. Golladay dusted Kyle Fuller for his lone touchdown, scoring from five yards out with 8:30 to go in the fourth quarter. He was targeted on a two-point conversion attempt later in the quarter but was ruled down just shy of the goal line. The 13 targets were a career-high for the 25-year-old. With Jones hurt, Golladay could be in for another huge workload next week when the Lions host Carolina in the Motor City.
Nov 11 - 4:47 PM

Kerryon Johnson produced 51 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries while also snaring six catches for 38 yards and another touchdown on six targets Sunday in Detroit’s Week 10 loss to the Bears.

Sunday was a day of peaks and valleys for Johnson, who scored by leaping over the pile for a one-yard, goal-line touchdown with 1:05 remaining in the first half. Prince Amukamara stripped Johnson in the third quarter, resulting in Detroit's second turnover of the afternoon. That was a costly mistake for Kerryon, though the rookie redeemed himself by scoring a late touchdown on a 13-yard screen pass from Matthew Stafford. The 21-year-old was checked for a left ankle injury in the fourth quarter but only missed a handful of snaps. Johnson ceded some passing-down work to Theo Riddick but out-touched fading veteran LeGarrette Blount by an overwhelming 20-6 margin. Johnson and the struggling Lions will try to erase a three-game losing skid next week against a Panthers squad that was thoroughly whooped by Pittsburgh on Thursday night.
Nov 11 - 4:46 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 25-of-42 passes for 274 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions while adding nine yards on two carries Sunday in the Lions’ Week 10 loss to Chicago.

He was sacked six times for a loss of 45 yards. Stafford salvaged the day somewhat, at least for fantasy purposes, by slinging a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, one to Kenny Golladay and another to rookie Kerryon Johnson. Just as he was last week against the Vikings, Stafford spent most of the day running for his life as Chicago's stout pass rush overwhelmed Detroit's nonexistent offensive line. Stafford's first interception wasn't his fault—Marvin Jones fell down on the play, allowing Bryce Callahan to swoop in for an easy pick. He had no one to blame but himself for the second interception, which was essentially an arm punt to Prince Amukamara. Playing on the road against one of the league's toughest defenses, Stafford just didn't have it on Sunday. With Golden Tate gone and Marvin Jones (knee) banged up, the former No. 1 pick will have his work cut out for him when the Panthers come to town in Week 11.
Nov 11 - 4:46 PM

Marvin Jones left Sunday's Week 10 game against the Bears with a knee injury and is questionable to return.

Jones departed after taking a hit from Bryce Callahan late in the third quarter (Callahan was flagged for illegal contact on the play). It looked like trainers were checking out his right knee. Jones totaled three catches for 55 yards on seven targets before his injury. With Jones out and the Lions trailing, look for Kenny Golladay to pour it on in garbage time.
Nov 11 - 4:00 PM

Michael Roberts left Sunday's Week 10 game against the Bears with a shoulder injury and is questionable to return.

The injury occurred early in the fourth quarter. With Detroit down big and only a few minutes to go, it's fair to assume his day is over. Roberts contributed one grab for nine yards on three targets before exiting.
Nov 11 - 3:49 PM

Kerryon Johnson (ankle) is active for Week 10 against the Bears.

Johnson had been questionable with an ankle injury. He'll lead the backfield with power back LeGarrette Blount mixing in as a change-of-pace option. Theo Riddick will also get reps as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. OT Andrew Donnal, WR Bruce Ellington, LB Eli Harold, OG T.J. Lang, LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, CB Darius Slay and TE Luke Willson round out Detroit's inactives for Week 10.
Nov 11 - 11:36 AM

Kerryon Johnson (questionable, ankle) is expected to play Week 10 against the Bears.

Kerryon was only able to get in limited practice reps this week, but he was never in danger of missing Sunday's game at Soldier Field. The rookie has averaged a meager 2.95 yards per carry with no touchdowns over his last two games, though he's out-touched teammate LeGarrette Blount 29-10 during that span. Playing on the road against an elite Bears defense, Johnson will be a lower-end RB2 this week.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Though we can expect Johnson to see his normal workload this week despite his ankle injury, he'll have his work cut out for him against Khalil Mack and the stout Bears defensive line. Look for Legarrette Blount to see some work as the change-of-pace back, with Theo Riddick also contributing as a pass-catcher. Johnson is nothing more than a GPP flier this week for DFS purposes due to the difficult matchup and unfavorable game script with the Lions likely playing from behind.
Nov 11 - 8:13 AM

Darius Slay (knee) won't play in Week 10 against the Bears.

It's bad timing for Slay, as the Bears are expected to get back Allen Robinson on Sunday. Whereas Chicago is nearing full health across the board, the Lions will be without Slay and potentially DE Ziggy Ansah, the latter who's questionable. Detroit's healthy cornerbacks on the active roster include Nevin Lawson, Teez Tabor, DeShawn Shead and Lenzy Pipkins.
Nov 9 - 3:29 PM

LeGarrette Blount (knee) wasn't listed on the Lions' final injury report for Week 10 against the Bears.

Blount started as a limited practice participant but closed out the week with a full session on Friday. After splitting work with Kerryon Johnson early in the year, Blount has taken a backseat over his last two games, logging only eight carries during that span. He's not fantasy relevant at this juncture.
Nov 9 - 3:25 PM

Kerryon Johnson (ankle) is questionable for Week 10 against the Bears.

Johnson's been limited in practice all week, though we expect he'll play. If the rookie's absent, LeGarrette Blount would receive a few more carries. It's also possible the Lions mix in Zach Zenner in a lesser role to keep all fresh. Riddick would benefit the most as he remains the only back additionally involved in the team's passing game.
Nov 9 - 3:18 PM

Lions RG T.J. Lang (neck) did not practice Friday.

Lang left last week's debacle against the Vikings with a neck injury and has not practiced since. Kenny Wiggins should once again start in his place.
Nov 9 - 12:34 PM

Darius Slay (knee) did not practice Friday.

This is his third miss in a row, suggesting he will not play against the Bears on Sunday. That would be an upgrade for Allen Robinson.
Nov 9 - 12:26 PM


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