Lions Rumors & News

  • Coach Jim Caldwell sticking around long term in Detroit, source says

    ESPN "Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell has signed a multiyear contract extension with the team, a league source said. The new deal, signed sometime within this past year, silences any questions that existed for those who thought he was in the last year of his contract." September 23

  • Goodell calls Trump comments divisive, disrespectful

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has responded to Friday night’s comments from President Trump. And the NFL isn’t mincing words. “The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “There is no better example than the amazing..." September 23

  • Report: Predatory Lenders Are Preying On NFL Concussion Settlement Plaintiffs

    Deadspin "As the NFL’s estimated $1 billion concussion settlement winds its way through the process of getting the money into the hands of the former players it’s supposed to compensate, lawyers for some of those retired players told a federal judge this week about how predatory lenders and advisers have..." September 22

  • If NFL ratings stay low, broadcasters could see a $200 million earnings hit

    Awful Announcing "The NFL’s ratings have been a hot topic of discussion, but it isn’t always apparent just how much a dip may damage broadcasters’ bottom lines. That’s the focus of a Hollywood Reporter piece by Paul Bond and Georg Szalai published Wednesday, though, which features several Wall Street analysts..." September 22

  • Matt Ryan not worried about Worrilow stealing signals

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and the team’s former starting middle linebacker, Paul Worrilow, used to match wits at practice. Worrilow signed with the Detroit Lions and will face the Falcons on Sunday. “Paul is a guy who did a great job for us here with the Falcons,” Ryan said. “I’m happy..." September 21

  • Jarrad Davis still out with concussion, Lions not complaining about Odell Beckham’s block

    Pro Football Talk "Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis remains out of practice with a concussion suffered Monday night against the Giants, raising the possibility that he’ll have to miss Sunday’s big game against the Falcons. But while the Lions would like to have their first-round pick on the field, they’re not..." September 21

  • NFL doesn’t think a 2018 game in China is feasible

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has continued to do business in China, but it doesn’t appear there’s going to be a game there soon. Via Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com, any hope of the league playing a regular season game in China appears to be on hold for now, according to the head of the league’s international..." September 21

  • Roger Goodell's NFL extension is reportedly 'getting papered right now'

    CBS Sports "After a bit of turmoil, Roger Goodell's extension finally seems to be on the way. With his current contract expiring in 2019, Goodell's extension is reportedly 'getting papered right now,' according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Owner Jerry Jones was reportedly spearheading a small-scale owners' mutiny..." September 21

  • NFL Players Landon Collins and Eric Ebron Trade Shots on Twitter Over On-Field Beef

    Complex "It’s been more than 48 hours now since tight end Eric Ebron and the Lions asserted their dominance over safety Landon Collins and the Giants on the field on Monday Night Football. But apparently, Ebron and Collins are still both pretty pissed off about a pair of plays that took place at MetLife..." September 21

  • 2017 Detroit Lions are legit, even if you're scared to believe

    Detroit Free Press "Is it too early to say the Detroit Lions are legitimate contenders, or did Monday’s win over the Giants show something is real about this team? If it feels like we keep moving the goalposts on the Lions, it’s because we do. Beating the Arizona Cardinals was nice, but Carson Palmer is old and..." September 21

  • Jay-Z reportedly turned down Super Bowl halftime show

    Larry Brown Sports "Jay-Z has been mentioned as a possibility for the halftime show at Super Bowl LII in Minnesota, but multiple reports indicate it is not going to happen. A source told The Sun that Jay-Z has no interest in performing at the Super Bowl despite rumors that he could take the stage with Justin..." September 20

  • Three questions: Detroit Lions win over New York Giants not impressive

    Detroit Free Press "Three questions with Free Press sports writer Carlos Monarrez after the Lions’ 24-10 win over the New York Giants on Monday night. Admit it. The Lions lead the NFC North. This was an impressive win, right? Nope. Let me be crystal clear. The Lions deserve full credit for playing a complete game..." September 19

  • NFL investigating domestic violence accusation against line judge

    ESPN "The NFL is investigating an accusation of domestic violence against line judge Carl Johnson, who was once the league's vice president of officiating. "The matter is under review under of the league's personal conduct policy," a league spokesman said Tuesday. All league employees are subject..." September 19

  • NFL monitoring CFL’s decision to end contact practices

    Sportsnaut "It was announced last week that the Canadian Football League (CFL) was ending contact practices during the season. To many, this came as an absolute shock. How are teams expected to prepare for the physical nature of football without actually practicing what a game itself entails? In an attempt..." September 19

  • Through two weeks, NFL teams are struggling to find the end zone

    Pro Football Talk "NFL TV ratings are down, and NFL touchdowns are down, and those two things are probably related. Fans like to watch teams score touchdowns, and there just haven’t been enough of them so far this season. NFL teams are averaging 2.1 touchdowns per game so far this season, compared to 2.6..." September 19

  • Detroit Lions can shed 'pretenders' label on Monday Night Football

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions scored six points the last time they visited the New York Giants. Two measly field goals. If nothing else, the game against the Giants last December showed the Lions weren’t ready for prime time. Tonight, they get another chance. Against a playoff-caliber team. Beat..." September 18

  • Cowboys dominate Forbes' 2017 list of most valuable NFL franchises, Bills rank last

    CBS Sports "If Jerry Jones ever decides to sell the Dallas Cowboys, someone is going to have to write him a monstrous check because the team is now worth nearly $5 billion. For the 11th consecutive year, the Cowboys are No. 1 on Forbes' annual list of the NFL's most valuable franchises with an estimated value..." September 18

  • Where is the strong Detroit Lions response to fan’s racism?

    USA Today "It would be easy to argue that the Detroit Lions’ front office reacted too slowly after they found out a fan of theirs used the n-word earlier this week on social media. It would be easy to criticize them for not saying more. As in: We won’t tolerate racism. The fan is banned for life...." September 15

  • Lions fan who posted racist Snapchat stripped of tickets, banned from Ford Field

    CBS Sports "A Lions fan who posted a racist message on his Snapchat prior to Sunday's home opener against the Cardinals is no longer a season ticket holder and will no longer be welcome at Ford Field, reports the Detroit News' Justin Rogers. The unidentified fan posted a photo of two African-American fans..." September 14

  • NFL veteran thinks national anthem protests are ‘basically dead’

    Larry Brown Sports "With the number of national anthem protests we saw during the NFL preseason, it was widely expected that Week 1 would feature several such demonstrations across the league. Surprisingly, there were very few. That may not have been a coincidence. Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report spoke with..." September 13

  • Jim Caldwell: Dwayne Washington still Detroit Lions' kick returner

    Detroit Free Press "Darren Fells ran toward the end zone with his right arm raised, a clear sign — a stop sign — for Dwayne Washington to take a knee. But Washington picked up the ball 6 yards deep in the end zone on a first-quarter kick return, ignored his lead blocker and sprinted across the goal line and into a..." September 12

  • Lions' Kenny Golladay more focused on mistakes than TDs in rookie debut

    Detroit Free Press "After catching two touchdowns in his NFL debut, Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay walked across Ford Field, looking for someone special. Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, now in his 14th season. “I told him, pretty much, how I look up to him,” Golladay said, after the Lions’..." September 11

  • Offenses looked bad across the NFL on Sunday

    Pro Football Talk "If you thought the offenses looked bad across the NFL on Sunday, you were correct. Yesterday’s 12 NFL games averaged just 37 points and 593 yards of total offense. That’s a far cry from what fans came to expect in 2016, when the average NFL game had 46 points and 701 yard of..." September 11

  • Detroit Lions release LB Nick Bellore, promote Storm Norton

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions released linebacker Nick Bellore before Sunday's season opener against the Arizona Cardinals and signed offensive tackle Storm Norton off their practice squad. Bellore made the Lions at last week's roster down as a sixth linebacker and special-teams player. By releasing him..." September 10

  • Lions punter injured, Matt Prater does double duty

    Pro Football Talk "Whenever a kicker or a punter is injured, the punter or the kicker become the first option to step in. That’s exactly what’s happening in Detroit on Sunday. Lions punter Casey Redfern suffered an injury after a botched snap required him to run the ball. (He gained 10 yards.)" September 10

  • Lions second-round pick Teez Tabor a healthy scratch

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions’ second-round draft pick hasn’t caught on as quickly as the team hoped. After reports that cornerback Teez Tabor struggled through training camp, he’s a healthy inactive today against the Cardinals. Typically a second-round draft pick is a player a team hopes can contribute as a..." September 10

  • Healthy Ziggy Ansah is key for Lions’ ‘D’ to thrive

    Detroit News "For more than a month, Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah had been on ice. Officially, he’s been dealing with a knee injury, suffered during the early portions of the offseason program, but the team’s extremely cautious handling of the 6-foot-5 defensive end has been prudent. There isn’t a player..." September 08

  • Lions to split third receiver reps between TJ Jones, Kenny Golladay

    Michigan Live "Kenny Golladay was good enough to make things interesting at receiver, and he's expected to play a role in the Detroit Lions' season opener Sunday against Arizona. But all signs indicate TJ Jones will open 2017 as the third receiver behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones. "Jones been around..." September 07

  • Detroit Lions' playoff fate could hinge on RB Ameer Abdullah

    Detroit Free Press "Today, in the spirit of school being back in session, it’s time for a pop quiz. Try to name the one player who has the potential to swing the entire season for the Detroit Lions? The first thought is probably Matthew Stafford, right? Obviously, this team would go nowhere without Stafford...." September 07

  • Glover Quin says Larry Fitzgerald requests not to be hit in legs

    ESPN "Lining up against Larry Fitzgerald leads to a lot of things. Players know they might get advice. They might get a hand helping them up after a play. And, apparently, they also might get some instruction. Detroit Lions safety Glover Quin said Wednesday that the Arizona Cardinals receiver..." September 06

  • NFL officially hires 21 full-time officials

    Sportsnaut "It was announced earlier in the summer that the NFL would in fact employ nearly two-dozen full-time officials for the 2017 season. It’s the first time that the league has gone to the extent of hiring full-time zebras. The league has now officially made the move, hiring 21 full-time officials..." September 06

  • Taylor Decker on PUP list as Lions get to 53

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions knew that left tackle Taylor Decker‘s shoulder injury would keep him out into the regular season and it will be at least six weeks before the team can consider bringing him back. Decker moved from the preseason physically unable to perform list to the regular season version on..." September 03

  • Lions claim two offensive linemen off waivers

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions spent the offseason trying to upgrade or fix their offensive line, and those efforts continued through the waiver process. The Lions claimed guard Zac Kerin off waivers from the Vikings, and tackle Brian Mihalik from the Steelers." September 03

  • Lions cut former third-round pick Alex Carter

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions cut safety Alex Carter on Friday, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Carter was the Lions’ third-round pick in 2015. His release follows the team’s trade of Laken Tomlinson, a first-round pick in 2015, to the 49ers on Thursday. The Lions have only three players..." September 02

  • Lions go with two quarterbacks, cut Brad Kaaya

    Pro Football Talk "Jake Rudock will be the only backup quarterback behind Matthew Stafford in Detroit. The Lions have released rookie sixth-round draft pick Brad Kaaya, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. That means it’s just Stafford and 2016 sixth-round pick Rudock on the depth chart." September 02

  • Lions trade special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Patriots

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions and Patriots have traded again, with a special teamer heading to New England. Via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Lions have traded cornerback Johnson Bademosi to the Patriots. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports it’s in exchange for a 2019 sixth-rounder." September 02

  • Tion Green dazzles, but do Detroit Lions have room for 5 RBs on roster?

    Detroit Free Press "His teammates walked by one-by-one on their way out of the locker room, giving the star of the night some good-natured grief “Oh yeah, Tion. I see you superstar," one said. “Y’all don’t want to miss Tion," said another. Tion Green amassed 150 yards from scrimmage Thursday and scored on a..." September 01

  • Lions punter Sam Martin to open season on non-football injury list

    Pro Football Talk "One of the best punters in the NFL will be sidelined to start the season. Detroit’s Sam Martin will open the season on the non-football injury list, according to multiple reports. Martin was placed on the list at the start of camp with a foot/ankle injury, but at the time he was expected..." September 01

  • Caldwell says Lions have an ‘exceptional group’

    Detroit News "At their 21st annual kickoff luncheon, attended by owner Martha Firestone Ford, the Lions, now 60 years from their last NFL championships, were described by their head coach as a good team that can be great and by the quarterback as a squad perhaps poised for an elevated performance. Jim..." August 31

  • Laken Tomlinson Reportedly Traded to 49ers; Lions Receive 2019 5th-Round Pick

    Bleacher Report "NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Thursday that the Detroit Lions traded offensive guard Laken Tomlinson to the San Francisco 49ers. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Niners will send a 2019 fifth-round draft pick to the Lions in exchange for the former first-round pick." August 31

  • Stafford deal could mean franchise tag for Ziggy Ansah

    Pro Football Talk "With Matthew Stafford getting his mega-extension from the Lions this week, it leaves a few other potential free agents for them to deal with. And it also presents the possibility to keep one in particular from ever reaching the market. As noted by Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the..." August 30

  • Matthew Stafford: 'Cousins option' wasn't on table

    NFL.com "During a Tuesday news conference, both the Lions and Matthew Stafford painted a picture of friendly contract negotiations before agreeing on a five-year, $135 million extension late Monday night. So amenable were talks that it doesn't sound like Stafford or his agents gave too much thought to..." August 29

  • Lions Waive OT Cyrus Kouandjio

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Detroit Lions announced Tuesday that they’ve placed OT Cyrus Kouandjio on waivers. Detroit placed Kouandjio on the non-football injury list shortly after signing him to a contract, but he spent just a few days on the list before being activated in time for the preseason. Kouandjio, 23,..." August 29

  • Lions Sign QB Matthew Stafford To Five-Year, $135M Extension

    NFL Trade Rumors "Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the Lions and Matthew Stafford agreed to five-year contract expected to make him highest paid player in NFL history. Ian Rapoport reports that Stafford’s new contract is a five-year, $135 million extension. Stafford’s new contract tops Derek Carr‘s..." August 28

  • Lions place Jordan Hill on injured reserve

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions signed defensive tackle Jordan Hill as a free agent in March, but they won’t be getting anything from him during the regular season. The team announced on Sunday that they have placed Hill on injured reserve. Per the team, Hill, who played against the Patriots on Friday night,..." August 27

  • Detroit Lions rookies Jarrad Davis, Jalen Reeves-Maybin learning together

    Detroit Free Press "As college rivals, they watched each other from opposite sidelines with a hint of admiration. "You kind of just had that mutual respect, like game recognize game," Jalen Reeves-Maybin said. As April draft picks, they cheered their unexpected union and mused about what the future might..." August 27

  • Lions’ Jake Rudock Drawing Trade Interest

    Pro Football Rumors "Lions backup quarterback Jake Rudock is generating trade interest around the NFL, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link), who adds rival clubs attempted to “poach” Rudock last season. Rudock, a sixth-round pick out of Michigan in the 2016 draft, didn’t attempt a pass during his..." August 27

  • Lions starting offense starts poorly, ends well

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions starters on offense remained into their game against the Patriots into the third quarter and the extended playing time allowed them to end their night with a pair of scoring drives. Running back Dwayne Washington took a pass from Matthew Stafford for an 18-yard touchdown to end the..." August 26

  • Tahir Whitehead leaves early with knee injury

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions lost a starting linebacker to injury on Friday night. Linebacker Tahir Whitehead left the game after hurting his knee in the first half against the Patriots. The Lions announced that Whitehead will not return to the game. Whitehead started 15 games last season and recorded 132..." August 26

  • Theo Riddick debuts Friday, joins Ameer Abdullah in Lions backfield

    Detroit Free Press "For the first time in nearly a year, the Detroit Lions had their top two running backs together on the field. Theo Riddick made his exhibition season debut Friday, and though he played just a handful of snaps, he and Ameer Abdullah gave a glimpse of what the Lions hope will be a dangerous..." August 26