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Lions second-round SLB Kyle Van Noy is recovering from surgery to "repair a core muscle injury," and is without a timetable for a return.

DetroitLions.com considers the No. 40 overall pick a candidate for injured reserve/designated to return. The Detroit Free Press estimates that he'll miss 4-6 weeks. Van Noy suffered the injury before the Lions' third preseason game. Van Noy was slated to be the Lions' strong-side linebacker, but at the very least, appears poised to miss all of September. Tahir Whitehead is the next man up on the depth chart.
Aug 28 - 7:09 PM

Nate Freese has won the Lions' placekicking job for now.

Giorgio Tavecchio was released Monday. The Lions could still bring in another veteran that shakes loose, but they used a seventh-round pick on Freese -- who went 20-of-20 for Boston College last season. He's on the fantasy radar thanks to dome conditions and the Lions' explosive offense.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 25 - 12:13 PM

Lions rookie OLB Kyle Van Noy is being evaluated for a sports hernia injury.

Van Noy missed Detroit's third preseason game with an abdominal injury, but could be dealing with something more serious. He's expected to undergo further evaluation. The Lions should provide an update on his status early next week.
Aug 23 - 5:18 PM

Lions placed WR T.J. Jones (shoulder) on reserve/PUP.

He'll miss at least the first six weeks of the season. Jones didn't practice all offseason after shoulder surgery. The move allows the Lions to keep him without having to use a roster spot. Jones will be eligible to return in Week 7.
Aug 23 - 3:46 PM

First-round TE Eric Ebron had two catches for 27 yards in Friday night's preseason game.

Ebron rotated first-team reps with Brandon Pettigrew and played in two tight-end packages. His longest play was a 15-yard catch-and-run on a swing pass out of the backfield. Ebron made a critical block on Reggie Bush's 86-yard touchdown run, which should help get him on the field more. His blocking has been an issue in camp. Ebron has five catches for 65 yards through three preseason games.
Aug 23 - 12:51 AM

Ryan Broyles caught three passes for 44 yards in the Lions' third preseason game Friday night

Broyles worked exclusively with the second- and third-team offenses, playing behind Kevin Ogletree and Kris Durham. He's now led the Lions in receiving in consecutive weeks and should have the inside track on a roster spot. Broyles isn't on the re-draft radar, although he's a candidate to move up the depth chart eventually. Seven of his eight preseason receptions have gone for first downs.
Aug 23 - 12:19 AM

Golden Tate had three catches for 36 yards in the Lions' third preseason game Friday night.

Tate was featured in the short-passing game and had a team-high four targets. He's locked in as the No. 2 receiver and is going to get a lot of single coverage opposite Calvin Johnson. Playing in a pass-heavy scheme, Tate has a good chance to improve on his 64/898/5 line from 2013. He currently has an ADP in the seventh round.
Aug 23 - 12:12 AM

Calvin Johnson had two catches for 27 yards in his preseason debut Friday night.

He was targeted three times in the passing game. The Lions rested Johnson in their first two preseason games as a precaution, but he looked fully healthy. Johnson is unlikely to play in Detroit's preseason finale.
Aug 23 - 12:06 AM

Theo Riddick had two carries for one yard in Friday night's preseason game against the Jaguars, adding two catches for six yards.

The box-score stats are misleading. Riddick saw time with the first team and played on Detroit's third series, ahead of Mikel Leshoure. He lined up as a receiver in four-wide sets and was featured in dual-back packages with Joique Bell. Riddick had a red-zone carry over Bell in the second quarter. OC Joe Lombardi appears to be employing a three-back committee similar to the Saints. Reggie Bush and Bell owners can handcuff with Riddick in the late rounds.
Aug 22 - 11:10 PM

Joique Bell had seven carries for 24 yards in Friday night's preseason game.

Bell rotated with Reggie Bush and was the primary third down back. He got the majority of goal-line work, though he did lose a red-zone carry to Theo Riddick in the second quarter. Bell has potential to lead Detroit in carries this season and is good value at his current fifth-round ADP. He has 11 carries for 42 yards (3.81 YPC) through three preseason games.
Aug 22 - 10:48 PM

Reggie Bush had two carries for 95 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' third preseason game Friday night.

Bush started and got the first carry of the game, but rotated evenly with Joique Bell. His touchdown came on a double cutback he took down the right sideline from 86 yards out. Bush had just five carries for 10 yards in his first two preseason games. The Lions are likely going to feature a three-back committee with Bush, Bell, and Theo Riddick. Bush currently has an ADP in the late third round.
Aug 22 - 10:15 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 10-of-16 passes for 98 yards and an interception in the Lions' third preseason game Friday night.

The interception was Stafford's first of the preseason. He tried forcing a pass to Calvin Johnson and got baited into a pick in the first quarter, but was able to bounce back. Stafford has top-three quarterback upside if he can cut down on his career-high 21 turnovers from last year. He'll finish the preseason 21-of-30 for 204 yards (9.71 YPA) with two touchdowns and one interception.
Aug 22 - 9:58 PM

Lions RB/FB Montell Owens left Friday's preseason game with a head injury.

Owens is being evaluated for a concussion. His return is questionable.
Aug 22 - 8:09 PM

Lions DT Nick Fairley said his "eating habits have gotten in the way the past couple weeks," and he's now up to 315 pounds.

This explains why Fairley is running with the second-team defense, instead of next to Ndamukong Suh with the starters. Fairley wants to play at 305. In fairness to Fairley, the Lions have been all over the map with where they want his playing weight. Earlier in the year, he was too light, but now he's too heavy. It should only be a matter of time before he's back with the No. 1 defense.
Aug 20 - 1:08 PM

New OC Joe Lombardi said Calvin Johnson will be moved around the formation a lot this season.

Perhaps losing Scott Linehan would be a concern for Calvin's stock if he wasn't gaining a creative Sean Payton disciple in Lombardi. Megatron will play inside, outside and go in motion in an effort to keep defensive attention off him. Still only 28 years old, he's a strong bet to go over 1,400 receiving yards for the fourth straight season.
Aug 20 - 10:36 AM


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