Lions Rumors & News

  • Lions DE Ziggy Ansah Offers New Trombone To Mugged Homeless Fan "Even though he has been homeless since 2009, Toney High is such a fixture at Detroit sporting events that he was featured in an story about the city during the Tigers' run to the 2012 World Series. High provides musical entertainment with his trusty trombone, and his presence outside..." September 16

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Lions kicking around idea of new kicker, worked out Rob Bironas, Alex Henery, and Garrett Hartley, per source.

  • Lions don't expect CB Nevin Lawson back this year

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Lions nickel cornerback Nevin Lawson is expected to miss the rest of the season after having surgery on dislocated toes after Sunday's 24-7 loss at the Carolina Panthers. Lawson is recovering from surgery at CMC-Mercy Hospital in Charlotte. Lions coach Jim Caldwell said at his news..." September 16

  • Could Condoleezza Rice Replace Roger Goodell As Commissioner Of The NFL? "While there are still many questions to be answered as the NFL investigates its handling of Ray Rice's assault case, there are already a handful of prominent voices calling for commissioner Roger Goodell to step down and an intriguing candidate to take his place. U.S. Senator Kirsten..." September 16

  • Cam Newton, tough D key in Panthers 24-7 victory over Lions

    Charlotte Observer "The Carolina Panthers played without their best pass-rusher, had the franchise’s all-time rushing leader on the bench with a leg injury and saw their franchise quarterback and his cracked ribs get sacked five times. Yet, the Panthers will wake up Monday morning alone in first place in the NFC..." September 15

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    Carlos Monarrez @cmonarrez

    Caldwell doesn't anticipate Lawson will be back this year after surgery.

  • Nevin Lawson's timetable unknown "The Detroit Lions have lost a starting cornerback for the second straight week - and Nevin Lawson might be out for a long time. Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Lawson dislocated his left foot during the third quarter helping on punt return coverage and was immediately carted off the field...." September 14

  • Lions sign S Nate Ness from practice squad

    Pro Football Talk "Facing the prospect of being down two safeties for Sunday’s game at Carolina, the Lions promoted one from the practice squad Saturday, signing veteran Nate Ness to the 53-player roster, according to the NFL’s transactions. Ness (6-1, 190) was signed to the Lions’ practice squad on August 31,..." September 14

  • Nimble Stafford has Panthers’ attention

    Winston-Salem Journal "Quarterback Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions swears he didn’t know his footwork was such a big deal until after Monday night’s win against the New York Giants. He wiggled his way out of the pocket and found Calvin Johnson for touchdowns twice in the first quarter, and in the third quarter..." September 14

  • Detroit Lions try to shake off injury bug heading into rare game in Carolina

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions cruised past the New York Giants on opening night, and did it before a national TV audience. They have a lot of reasons to feel good about themselves. But there is no joy in Mudville. The Lions (1-0) lost starting cornerback Bill Bentley on Tuesday, then right tackle..." September 14

  • Lions' Ndamukong Suh likes road games, giving foes 'a bad day'

    Detroit Free Press "Hey, Carolina Panthers fans. Don’t bother trying to get under Ndamukong Suh’s skin Sunday. “Do I hear it from the fans?” Suh said Wednesday. “I’m sure I’m supposed to hear it from the fans, but I don’t pay attention to it.” So if any opposing fans are trying to taunt the Detroit Lions’..." September 11

  • Dimitri Patterson has been found, at a Detroit workout

    Pro Football Talk "Ever since going AWOL on the Jets, Dimitri Patterson has been AWOT. But there’s at least a sign his “without team” status might change, as he had a workout with the cornerback-needy Lions today, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. The Lions lost cornerback Bill Bentley to a..." September 10

  • DeAndre Levy wins defensive player of the week for first time

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions defense got the better of the Giants offense on Monday night and one of their players has been rewarded as the NFC defensive player of the week. Linebacker DeAndre Levy was the choice and it’s the first time he’s been so honored by the league. Levy had 10 tackles against the Giants on..." September 10

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    Dave Birkett @davebirkett

    Looks like #Lions OL injuries are more serious than first believed. Corey Hilliard expected to miss the rest of the year with foot injury

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    Dave Birkett @davebirkett

    Bill Bentley has a torn ACL, will miss the rest of the year for the #Lions.

  • NFL Leads Push For Franchise in Europe "This NFL season has kicked off with more fanfare than ever before, and excitement for the sport isn't limited to the United States. For the first time in the league's history there will be three regular-season games played abroad, all of them at Wembley Stadium in London. The games will come on..." September 09

  • Jim Caldwell is a man with a plan to make Lions win

    Detroit Free Press "Jim Caldwell begins his first season as the Lions’ coach Monday against the New York Giants. He was hired as the Lions’ 26th head coach in mid-January, days before his 59th birthday — and has made no bones about why he’s in Detroit. “To win,” he told the Free Press in a sit-down interview at..." September 07

  • Detroit Lions: Captains will be picked each game instead of permanent

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions won’t elect captains this year. Instead, coach Jim Caldwell said they’ll have different captains for every game. “We have so many good leaders on this team that we’ll end up picking game captains, and that’s how we’ll work it for the entire year,” Caldwell said. Caldwell..." September 06

  • Detroit Lions will tailor running backs' workload on a game-by-game basis

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions don't have a feature running back. They arguably have two. Fading away are the days when one running back shoulders the majority of the workload, week in and week out. Tandem backfields allow teams to maximize the talents of players with different skill sets while reducing the..." September 06

  • Nick Fairley turns corner in practice, starting to look game-ready for Detroit Lions

    Michigan Live "Coaches hoped demoting Nick Fairley would motivate the defensive lineman to get his weight in order, and to practice harder. Instead, he sulked. Fairley's intensity in practice not only didn't get better, it actually got worse. And then it finally hit him. He better get himself together, or..." September 06

  • Lions' Rodney Austin cut because of numbers game

    Michigan Live "NFL coaches always call a player when he's been let go on cut day. They rarely call a player when he's made the team. That means players spend that day hoping their phones don't ring. And three years in a row, Rodney Austin's phone has rung. The offensive lineman was cut each year since..." September 04

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    Tim Twentyman @ttwentyman

    Veteran CB Champ Bailey is working out for the #Lions today.

  • Calvin Johnson: 2014 is Lions 'best chance' to win a championship "The Detroit Lions have only made the playoffs once since Calvin Johnson's rookie year in 2007. That playoff berth came in 2011 when the Lions went 10-6 and lost in the Wild Card round. Besides that, Detroit hasn't really come close to the postseason. The Lions recent struggles haven't done..." September 03

  • What J.J. Watt’s contract extension means for the Lions and Ndamukong Suh

    Pride Of Detroit "This past offseason I pondered the idea of the Detroit Lions being able to keep Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Ndamukong Suh long term. That was during a time when both the Lions and Suh had a window to get a deal done before training camp. It was before team president Tom Lewand slammed the..." September 02

  • Jim Caldwell not sure why Michael Sam is out of an NFL job

    Detroit Free Press "It’s been more than 24 hours since Michael Sam cleared waivers and the openly gay defensive end still hasn’t found a job in the NFL, but Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell said today he doesn’t think that’s because of Sam’s sexuality. “I doubt that seriously,” Caldwell said at his press..." September 02

  • Nick Fairley gets starting job back "Nick Fairley is back in the starting lineup for the Detroit Lions. The defensive tackle, who was demoted to the second string in the middle of training camp and remained there through the rest of the preseason, was listed on the team's unofficial depth chart as starting alongside Ndamukong Suh..." September 01

  • Lions are already impact players in the NFL this season

    Detroit News "As always, the Lions used their exhibition games to prepare for the regular season and determine which players would be on the roster. But while they went about their business, the Lions played a role in a few key NFL storylines during their four games this summer. From the debut of..." September 01

  • NY Giants rebuilt defense ready to tackle challenge of Calvin Johnson and Lions talented offense

    New York Daily News "For all the justifiable concern about the miserable summer for the Giants’ offense, it’s been easy to forget what the franchise did during the offseason: Spent a ton of money with a majority of it going to the defense. That defense, led by what could be one of the best secondaries the Giants..." September 01

  • Lions cut Stafford’s buddy Kris Durham

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions have released a favorite receiver of Matthew Stafford. Kris Durham, a former college teammate and roommate of Stafford’s, was cut today. Durham played well at times for the Lions, but when Detroit signed Golden Tate this offseason there was one less roster spot available for a wide..." August 30

  • Reports: Leshoure out in Detroit

    Pro Football Talk "With Joe Lombardi bringing the Saints’ offense to Detroit, a three-headed tailback monster could be a real possibility — which in theory gave former second-round draft pick Mikel Leshoure a spot in the rotation with Reggie Bush and Joique Bell. While the Lions may still use three tailbacks on a..." August 30

  • Lions release Garrett Reynolds

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions are releasing an offensive guard who’s started 23 games over the last three seasons. PFT’s Mike Florio reports the Lions are cutting Garrett Reynolds, who started 10 games at right guard for Atlanta in 2013." August 30

  • NFL does not fine Ndamukong Suh for roughing the passer

    Pro Football Talk "One of the NFL’s most-fined players caught a break this week. Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who has been fined repeatedly and suspended once for on-field misconduct, was not fined for his roughing the passer penalty last week against the Jaguars." August 29

  • Lions 23, Bills 0: Kellen Moore shines as starters rest; Detroit finishes preseason 3-1

    Michigan Live "Matthew Stafford didn't miss Thursday night against the Buffalo Bills. He didn't hit either. Stafford, in fact, didn't play. The Detroit Lions sat 11 starters for their preseason finale Thursday night in Buffalo, including their starting quarterback, Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush, Golden Tate..." August 29

  • Lions still don't have starting right tackle with less than 2 weeks until opener

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions return 10 starters on offense, and nine more on defense. They are a veteran team, and most starting positions are established. But 12 days before the season opener, Detroit still doesn't have a starting right tackle. LaAdrian Waddle started seven of the final eight games..." August 27

  • Report: Lions seeking help at secondary through trade

    Detroit News "The Lions looked through the dozens of players cut around the NFL, but with no clear upgrades available at defensive back, they’ve turned to the possibility of a trade, according to a report. CBS Sports reported Tuesday night the Lions are “making calls” with hopes of bolstering what is..." August 27

  • NFLPA hopeful Sean Gilbert proposes $1M minimum salary, 18 games, other changes

    Yahoo! Sports "Sean Gilbert and DeMaurice Smith need to go at it, town-hall style battle-royale style in a debate. After all, these are the two men who could go head-to-head for the NFLPA executive director spot soon, even if the sitting executive director Smith has no plans of leaving his post. Gilbert, the..." August 26

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    Mike O'Hara @MikeOHaraNFL

    Lions' cuts include K Giorgio Tavecchio. Nate Freese now Lions' 3rd rookie opening game K in 35 seasons. Ed Murray 1980, Jason Hanson 1992.

  • Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell takes different approach than Jim Schwartz to Ndamukong Suh's aggression

    Michigan Live "First-year Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell is taking a strikingly different approach to penalties than his predecessor. Jim Schwartz disdained penalties before the whistle, but rarely admonished his players for infractions that occurred during or even after the play. His theory was doing so..." August 24

  • Lions release six, place T.J. Jones on reserve/PUP

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions have started paring their roster to the 75-player limit. The club has placed rookie wide receiver T.J. Jones on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, Tim Twentyman of reported Saturday. A sixth-round pick from Notre Dame, Jones had offseason shoulder..." August 23

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    Ralph Vacchiano @RVacchianoNYDN

    Tom Coughlin said WR Corey Washington has played in "superb fashion" and that "certainly gets your attention."

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    Joe Buscaglia @JoeBuscaglia

    Sammy Watkins, Alan Branch, Kyle Williams, Chris Williams, Tony Moeaki, Jonathan Meeks, Mario Butler and Bobby Felder are all inactive today

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    Tim Twentyman @ttwentyman

    The #Lions have released: G Alex Bullard, G A.J. Dalton, DT Greg Hickman, RB Steven Miller, DE Kris Redding and WR Conner Vernon

  • Detroit Lions 13, Jacksonville 12: Matthew Stafford starts cold but heats up in Lions' win

    Detroit Free Press "Calvin Johnson and Ziggy Ansah made their exhibition-season debuts Friday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars. But the game was defined more by the Jekyll-and-Hyde performance of quarterback Matthew Stafford, who started off stone cold before he got white hot in the Lions’ 13-12 victory..." August 23

  • Ndamukong Suh roughs Chad Henne "Ndamukong Suh was again flagged for a hit against a quarterback. And again, it happened in the preseason. Suh was nailed with a roughing the passer personal foul call on Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne during the second quarter of the Detroit Lions' 13-12 win Friday night. On..." August 23

  • Can Mikel Leshoure find a role in Detroit Lions' backfield?

    Detroit Free Press "Since he led the Detroit Lions with 215 carries, 798 yards and nine rushing touchdowns in 2012, running back Mike Leshoure has had two carries for nine yards in the regular season. Leshoure tumbled down the depth chart and landed in the doghouse of former offensive coordinator Scott Linehan...." August 22

  • Calvin Johnson curious about role in Lions' new offense "Megatron is headed to battle under his third coaching staff and fourth offensive coordinator in eight seasons. Calvin Johnson will see his first game action Friday, and even the reciever is pondering what he will look like in Joe Lombardi's new offense "I'm as curious as anybody else,"..." August 21

  • Lions DT Nick Fairley says he plans to start in season opener

    Detroit News "Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley stood at his locker smiling Wednesday, answering questions about his recent demotion with a surprisingly cavalier attitude. He admitted to gaining weight since training camp, up to 315 pounds despite thinking his ideal weight is 305. He didn’t think the idea..." August 21

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    Tim Twentyman @ttwentyman

    Fairley said his eating habits have gotten in the way the last couple weeks. He says he's at 315 and wants to be 305.

  • Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford poised to take the next step

    Detroit News "Nothing has changed physically about Matthew Stafford in 2014. “I’m not any faster, I don’t think,” the Lions quarterback said, tongue in cheek, Tuesday. “I don’t think I’m any more jacked.” Instead, most of the changes for Stafford will be mental and fundamental this season as he tries to..." August 20

  • The NFL's Most Valuable Teams "Just because the auction of the Buffalo Bills is having a tough time drawing bids above $1 billion two years after the Cleveland Browns sold for $987 million, and just weeks after the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Clippers were sold for $2 billion, doesn’t mean the National..." August 20