Player News - Lions

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Ameer Abdullah played 8-of-63 (13 percent) snaps Week 15 against the Bears.

Theo Riddick led the backfield with 33 snaps despite leaving early with a wrist injury, and Tion Green (23 snaps) took over from there. The Lions will not say it, but it is clear Abdullah has been benched, and it looks like Green will be the back to own if Riddick's injury ends up being serious. Abdullah can be sent to the wire in redraft leagues.
Dec 18 - 9:47 AM

Tion Green rushed 10 times for 35 yards in Saturday’s Week 15 win over the Bears.

Even with Ameer Abdullah active, Green was the second man up in the running back rotation behind Theo Riddick, but was not targeted in the passing game. Riddick did sustain a wrist injury that may affect his Week 16 status, but even with Riddick out, Green would still just be an RB2/FLEX option next week against the Bengals.
Dec 16 - 7:49 PM

Ameer Abdullah rushed one time for eight yards and caught 3-of-4 targets for 13 yards in Saturday’s Week 15 win over the Bears.

After missing the previous two games with a neck injury, Abdullah played behind both Theo Riddick and Tion Green. Riddick suffered a wrist injury that may impact his availability in Week 16, but Abdullah would be in a timeshare with Green at best if Riddick were to miss time. He hasn’t hit 60-yards from scrimmage in a game since Week 4. Abdullah will only be a desperation option next week against the Bengals regardless of Riddick's status.
Dec 16 - 7:47 PM

Theo Riddick rushed eight times for 49 yards while catching all three of his targets for 12 yards in Saturday’s Week 15 win over the Bears.

Despite Ameer Abdullah returning from injury, Riddick started the game and played 30-of-40 snaps in the first half for the Lions. On his final snap of the first half, Riddick lost a fumble on a play that was set up to run out the clock, which Chicago recovered and turned into points right before the half. That just about ended Riddick’s night as he only returned for a third-down play in the third quarter in which he suffered a wrist injury. Riddick had offseason wrist surgery, so his situation will need to be monitored throughout the week, but if available, he is only an FLEX option next week against the Bengals.
Dec 16 - 7:43 PM

Golden Tate caught 3-of-4 targets for 33 yards in Saturday’s Week 15 win over the Bears.

All of Tate’s receptions came in the third quarter and was par for the course for him against a Vic Fangio-led defense. Tate has now had 65-yards or fewer in all 12 games of his career against a Fangio defense with just two career touchdowns. In six of those games as a member of the Lions, Tate has averaged 34.8 yards per game with a high of 58 yards. Tate will be a fringe WR2 option next week against the Bengals.
Dec 16 - 7:42 PM

Marvin Jones caught 3-of-5 targets for 85 yards in Saturday’s Week 15 win over the Bears.

All of Jones’ receptions came in the first half as Detroit threw just 12 times after the break. Even on small opportunity, Jones reached 85-yards receiving for the sixth time over his past eight games. The bulk of Jones’ yardage came on the highlight of the game when Jones snatched a deep bomb out of Eddie Jackson’s hands for a 58-yard gain that set up the first touchdown of the game for the Lions. Jones will enter Week 16 as a strong WR2 option against the Bengals.
Dec 16 - 7:40 PM

Matt Stafford completed 25-of-33 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday’s Week 15 win over the Bears.

Stafford wasn’t asked to do much on Saturday as the Bears hardly put up a fight on the offensive end. 21 of Stafford’s pass attempts came in the first half. Stafford’s first touchdown was a 3-yard score to T.J. Jones set up by a 58-yard completion to Marvin Jones where Jones bullied the ball away from a defender. Stafford then connected with Eric Ebron for an 8-yard touchdown to put the game away in the third quarter. Stafford has turned in four consecutive QB2 lines for fantasy, but will get a favorable draw against the Bengals in Week 16 that will have him as a QB1 option.
Dec 16 - 7:38 PM

Eric Ebron caught 5-of-7 targets for 33 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s Week 15 win over the Bears.

After setting career highs in receptions and yards a week ago, Ebron led the Lions in opportunity for the second straight week. He converted a third down on the opening drive of the game with a 19-yard reception that set up the first points of the game for the Lions, then reeled in an 8-yard touchdown that put Detroit 20-3 in the third quarter. Ebron has quietly put himself back on the streaming map once again at the tight end position for next week’s game against the Bengals.
Dec 16 - 7:36 PM

Ameer Abdullah (neck) is active for Saturday’s Week 15 game versus the Bears.

Abdullah has missed the previous two games with a neck injury. Abdullah is only an RB3 option for fantasy owners in the hopes that he scores a touchdown as he has failed to reach 60 yards from scrimmage in a game since Week 4. His return relegates Theo Riddick to RB3 status as well after Riddick had 14 and 16 touches over the past two weeks with Abdullah inactive, his two highest totals of the season. RT Rick Wagner, C Travis Swanson, RB Dwayne Washington, RB Zach Zenner, WR Bradley Marquez, G Emmett Cleary and DT Rodney Coe are inactive for Detroit Saturday.
Dec 16 - 3:04 PM

Ameer Abdullah (neck) wasn't listed on the final injury report for Week 15 against the Bears.

Neither was Matthew Stafford (hand). Abdullah will return for Saturday's 4:30 ET start, but it's anyone's guess how the Lions plan on using him. We're guessing he'll work behind Theo Riddick, who led Detroit with 93 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns in last week's win over Tampa Bay.
Dec 14 - 3:07 PM

Lions C Travis Swanson (concussion) will not play Week 15 against the Bears.

Swanson was absent during the Lions' final practice of the week on Thursday, meaning he will not be able to clear the concussion protocol in time to play on Saturday. Graham Glasgow will slide over from left guard to replace him.
Source: MLive.com
Dec 14 - 12:41 PM

Matthew Stafford (hand) is practicing in full for Week 15 against the Bears.

Stafford injured his hand in Week 13 but played through the injury last week and threw for almost 400 yards. He registered 299 yards and two touchdowns when he faced Chicago in Week 11.
Dec 13 - 4:15 PM

Coach Jim Caldwell said he expects Ameer Abdullah (neck) to return Week 15 against the Bears.

"I do, as long as things keep trending in the right direction," Caldwell said. The Lions and Bears kick off the early Saturday game at 4:30 ET. Abdullah's return will make none of the Lions' running backs attractive fantasy plays.
Dec 13 - 10:56 AM

Ameer Abdullah (neck) is practicing in full for Week 15.

The Lions were cagey on Abdullah's health after he was scratched for Sunday's win over the Bucs, but it sounds like he could have played. The Lions are over Abdullah's poor 2017 performance. His best-case scenario for Week 15 is being part of a committee with Theo Riddick, Tion Green and perhaps Zach Zenner. The Lions are playing the Bears on Saturday.
Dec 12 - 4:26 PM

Lions C Travis Swanson is in the concussion protocol.

Swanson played every snap against the Bucs, so his symptoms apparently showed up after the game. With the Lions playing on Saturday, it is unlikely he is able to get cleared in time, especially considering he missed the final five games of last year due to a concussion. Graham Glasgow will fill in if Swanson cannot play.
Dec 12 - 10:54 AM


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