Player News - Lions

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Anquan Boldin caught 4-of-6 targets for 22 yards and a touchdown Week 3 against the Packers.

Boldin was quiet most of the day, but he did get loose in the flat for a two-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Boldin now has two touchdowns in as many weeks, but he has yet to surpass 50 yards. He is a low-upside PPR option at best.
Sep 25 - 5:12 PM

Golden Tate caught 4-of-6 targets for 40 yards Week 3 against the Packers.

He "added" -8 yards on one carry. Tate has 13 catches through three games, but he has yet to top 45 yards or find the end zone. At this point, he is not even an exciting play in PPR formats. Marvin Jones is the clear No. 1 in Detroit.
Sep 25 - 5:08 PM

Dwayne Washington rushed 10 times for 38 yards and caught his only target for -3 yards Week 3 against the Packers.

The final line does not look great, but Washington sparked a struggling running game once he was finally given a chance in the first half and looked like a dynamic weapon on the ground. He is clearly a much better option on early downs than Theo Riddick, and he should start to see more work moving forward. He will be a FLEX option in a great matchup next week against the Bears.
Sep 25 - 5:01 PM

Theo Riddick rushed 10 times for nine yards and hauled in 7-of-9 targets for 39 yards Week 3 against the Packers.

Riddick tried his best to torpedo the offense early, losing ground on five of his first seven touches and finishing the first half with six carries for -11 yards. He found more success -- not a high bar -- on the ground in the second half, but it is painfully clear he cannot be the lead back while Ameer Abdullah is sidelined. Dwayne Washington needs to have a bigger role moving forward, and he needs to be owned in all fantasy formats.
Sep 25 - 4:57 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 28-of-41 passes for 385 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in the Lions' Week 3 loss to the Packers.

Stafford played well in this game, but the Lions' defense was simply played off the field in the first half. Stafford's interception was actually a fumble by Eric Ebron, but the tight end provided a great target for Stafford across the middle all game. The real star was Marvin Jones, however, who found open space down the right side almost at will. Stafford connected with him late in the first half for a 73-yard touchdown, and he found him for a 35-yard touchdown to make it a one-score game late in the fourth quarter. The offense never saw the ball again. Stafford now has seven touchdowns through three games and gets the Bears' banged-up defense next week. He will be a solid QB1 in that matchup.
Sep 25 - 4:41 PM

Eric Ebron caught 5-of-8 targets for 69 yards Week 3 against the Packers.

Shockingly, the five catches matched Ebron's career-high, and he likely would have had more if not hobbled by an apparent ankle injury in the second half. Ebron played through the injury, but he had to come off the field after a catch in the third quarter and did not appear to be 100 percent. Ebron looked great before the issue, but his biggest play of the game was one he would like to forget. With the Lions driving, Ebron had the ball ripped out of his hands on what should have been a catch. Despite that mistake, Ebron will be a must-play option if healthy next week against the Bears.
Sep 25 - 4:10 PM

Marvin Jones caught 6-of-8 targets for 205 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions' Week 3 loss to the Packers.

Jones easily found space down the right sideline all game. He got open against tough coverage for a 38-yard gain in the second quarter, found the soft spot in the Packers’ zone coverage for several chunk gains, stiff-armed a stumbling corner to the ground for a 73-yard touchdown late in the first half, and got the Lions within one score late in the fourth with a 35-yard touchdown. The Lions could not complete the comeback, but it was not for lack of effort from Jones. He blew past his previous career-high in yardage, and an even bigger day bounced off his hands on a diving attempt in the end zone. Jones has proven himself to be the clear No. 1 in Detroit. He will be a borderline WR1 next week against the Bears.
Sep 25 - 3:57 PM

Tavon Wilson suffered a neck injury Week 3 against the Packers.

He was ruled out after halftime. Aaron Rodgers has shredded the Lions early. This injury will not help.
Sep 25 - 1:51 PM

Lions declared DE Ziggy Ansah, WLB DeAndre Levy, CB Adairius Barnes, LB Antwione Williams, OL Joe Dahl, OL Cornelius Lucas, and TE Orson Charles inactive for Week 3 against the Packers.

Kyle Van Noy (calf) will play, but the Lions are dangerously thin along the front seven. With the Packers also without five important defenders, this game has shootout potential.
Sep 25 - 11:34 AM

On ESPN NFL Insiders, Adam Schefter said the Lions "think" Ameer Abdullah (injured reserve) is done for the year with a torn ligament in his foot.

This directly conflicts with a Sunday morning report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who said Abdullah was expected back "shortly after" the team's Week 10 bye. It is possible the Lions do not know either way at this point. Theo Riddick and Dwayne Washington will handle the bulk of the backfield work for the foreseeable future.
Sep 25 - 10:31 AM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Ameer Abdullah (ankle, foot) is expected to return shortly after the Lions' bye in Week 10.

Abdullah was placed on injured reserve this week with a badly sprained foot/ankle. He can be activated in eight weeks if the Lions make him their designated player to return. Barring any setbacks, that seems to be the most likely scenario. Theo Riddick is going to be the featured back in his absence with seventh-round Dwayne Washington also taking on more work.
Sep 25 - 9:57 AM

Lions RE Ziggy Ansah (ankle) is expected to miss Week 4 against the Bears.

He's already been ruled out for Sunday's game in Green Bay. Ansah left last week's game against the Titans with a high-ankle sprain and will now get a second opinion on his MRI. There's no timetable for his return.
Sep 25 - 8:18 AM

Lions WLB DeAndre Levy (quad) has been downgraded to out.

Levy hasn't practiced since the opener and was never expected to play. The Lions haven't given any details about Levy's injury, but we're marking him as week to week.
Sep 24 - 2:56 PM

ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein believes Zach Zenner will have "some sort of role" with Ameer Abdullah (foot, injured reserve) out.

Zenner was inactive the first two weeks, but Rothstein thinks he could have a goal-line role and help close out wins in the fourth quarter. Dwayne Washington, who beat out Zenner in the preseason, is also well suited for those roles and should get the first crack. Washington did have some ball-security issues in the preseason, however, and Zenner's role could grow if those issues pop up again.
Source: ESPN
Sep 24 - 12:42 PM

Lions RE Ziggy Ansah (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 3.

It's an upgrade to Aaron Rodgers' matchup. Ansah is Detroit's only legitimate edge-rush threat. The Lions will also be without WLB DeAndre Levy (quad).
Sep 23 - 4:06 PM


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