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Eric Ebron caught 2-of-7 targets for 38 yards in the Lions' Week 17 loss to the Packers.

It was another brutally inefficient day for the No. 10 overall pick of May's draft, who closes the book on his first regular season the owner of a disappointing 25/248/1 line. Ebron was never expected to come out gangbusters, but his dynasty light has dimmed a bit. Good things rarely happened when he was targeted by Matthew Stafford this season.
Dec 28 - 8:31 PM

Theo Riddick caught 5-of-7 targets for 34 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' Week 17 loss to the Packers.

Riddick was held without a rushing attempt. A second-year sixth rounder, Riddick's 367 yards from scrimmage were 316 more than he managed as a rookie, but he still enters the postseason as a distant third on the depth chart behind Joique Bell and Reggie Bush. He won't be a compelling DFS play against the Cowboys in the Wild Card round.
Dec 28 - 8:28 PM

Golden Tate caught 3-of-5 targets for 45 yards in Detroit's Week 17 loss to the Packers.

The three-catch day leaves Tate one short of 100 for the regular season. Nevertheless, he heads into the postseason tournament with a career best 1,331 yards. That's 433 more than he ever posted in Seattle. Tate has established himself as one of the league's very best No. 2 receivers.
Dec 28 - 8:26 PM

Reggie Bush rushed five times for 19 yards in the Lions' Week 17 loss to the Packers, adding three catches for 22 yards.

Bush closes the book on an injury-plagued regular season with just 550 yards from scrimmage in 11 games. He'll change Joique Bell's pace against the Cowboys in the Wild Card round.
Dec 28 - 8:24 PM

Calvin Johnson caught 4-of-11 targets for 39 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions' Week 17 loss to the Packers.

Megatron closes out the regular season with six touchdowns in eight games since returning from his ankle injury. For the year, Johnson posted a 71/1,077/8 line despite missing three games. He'll be a matchup nightmare for Brandon Carr and company in the Wild Card round.
Dec 28 - 8:07 PM

Joique Bell rushed 13 times for 60 yards in the Lions' Week 17 loss to the Packers.

Bell wasn't targeted in the passing game. Bell closes the book on the regular season with 1,182 yards from scrimmage, 860 of which came on the ground. He's averaged at least 4.0 yards per carry in seven of his past eight games despite a 3.85 number on the year. He has a decent Wild Card matchup in the Cowboys' bendable run defense.
Dec 28 - 8:04 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 20-of-41 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns in the Lions' 30-20, Week 17 loss to the Packers.

With the Lions playing for a division title, Stafford wasn't close to good enough, sailing passes all afternoon long. The game was only competitive for the two series Aaron Rodgers missed with a calf injury. Stafford's 48.8 completion percentage was his second lowest of the season. He ends the regular season with 4,257 yards and a 22:12 TD:INT ratio. Today's three-score effort was just his second of the year. Stafford will have to be twice as good if the Lions are to have any shot against the Cowboys in the Wild Card round. Stafford's Lions have never beaten a team with a winning record on the road.
Dec 28 - 7:51 PM

Lions declared DT Nick Fairley, QB Kellen Moore, CB Josh Thomas, OG Rodney Austin, DE Larry Webster, WR Ryan Broyles and DT Caraun Reid inactive for Week 17 against the Packers.

Fairley remains week to week, but apparently has a shot at being ready for the Wild Card round. The Lions are otherwise healthy as they try to win the NFC North in Green Bay.
Dec 28 - 2:59 PM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi believes the Browns are considering making a run at impending free agent DT Ndamukong Suh.

The Browns could be targeting Suh to upgrade their league-worst run defense. Current DTs Ahtyba Rubin and Ishmaa'ily Kitchen have both struggled and are in contract years. Suh has been a three-technique his entire career and is a questionable fit for Mike Pettine's 3-4 scheme. Cleveland has a projected $19 million in 2015 cap space and could be willing to give Suh a deal in excess of J.J. Watt's eight-year, $109 million extension.
Dec 27 - 8:38 PM

Lions signed C Darren Keyton off their practice squad.

Keyton will take the roster spot of C Dominic Raiola, who was suspended one game for stomping on Bears DT Ego Ferguson. Rookie Travis Swanson will start at center for the Lions.
Dec 27 - 12:46 PM

Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) may be able to return if the Lions are forced to play in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

A loss on Sunday would force the Lions to play a first-round game in Dallas. Fairley has ramped up his workout routine recently and could conceivably return to practice in time to face the Cowboys. The best case scenario for Detroit would be to win against the Packers, earn a first-round bye and get Fairley back for the Divisional Round.
Dec 27 - 12:18 PM

Joique Bell (Achilles) is listed as probable for Week 17.

He practiced in full on Friday and will start against Green Bay.
Dec 26 - 3:56 PM

Updating a previous item, the Lions listed Joique Bell (Achilles') as a full participant in Thursday's practice.

This should result in a probable tag on Friday. Reports earlier Thursday claiming Bell did not practice jumped the gun. Bell is on track to start against Green Bay and should be in line for his usual workload.
Dec 25 - 5:23 PM

Joique Bell (Achilles') is uncertain for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Bell was held out of Thursday's practice. Asked if he'll be available for Sunday's NFC North title game, coach Jim Caldwell offered a cagey "we'll see." Bell's absence would be big for a Lions team without much of a between-the-tackles presence behind him on the depth chart. Reggie Bush and Theo Riddick would split work, with George Winn being mixed in.
Dec 25 - 2:54 PM

Joique Bell (Achilles) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Lions OC Joe Lombardi doesn't expect Bell's injury to keep him out this week. Bell was suspended for the first quarter of Sunday's win, but should start and handle the majority of carries against the Packers.
Dec 24 - 3:53 PM


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