Lions Rumors & News

  • New Lions WR Marvin Jones rolls up 205 yards, proving to be good catch

    Detroit Free Press "Marvin Jones was brought to Detroit to help the Lions fill the gigantic void when Calvin Johnson retired. And through three games, the free-agent signee from the Cincinnati Bengals has done exactly that. Jones caught six passes for a career-high 205 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in the..." September 26

  • Lions expect Ameer Abdullah to miss the rest of the season

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions have lost their starting running back for the year. Ameer Abdullah, who was placed on injured reserve this week with a torn ligament in his left foot, is not expected to return this season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports." September 25

  • Key defensive players on both sides out for Lions-Packers

    Pro Football Talk "Neither team’s defense is at full strength for Sunday’s game in Green Bay. For the Lions, defensive end Ziggy Ansah is out with an ankle sprain. The injury, which is expected to sideline Ansah for multiple games, is a big one for arguably the Lions’ best defensive player. Detroit will also be..." September 24

  • Lions cut Aaron Dobson to make room for a linebacker

    Pro Football Talk "Aaron Dobson’s stint as a Lion was a short one. The Lions, who signed Dobson on Tuesday, announced that they waived him today." September 24

  • Lions Audition Vlad Ducasse, Others

    Pro Football Rumors "Guards Vlad Ducasse and Josh LeRibeus joined cornerbacks Chimdi Chekwa and D’Joun Smith in trying out for the Lions on Friday, reports Adam Caplan of ESPN (Twitter link). The most experienced of the four is the 28-year-old Ducasse, who combined for 78 appearances and 22 starts with three teams..." September 24

  • Lions emphatically shoot down rumored interest in Ray Rice

    Sportsnaut "The Detroit Lions finished last season with the NFL’s worst rushing attack. They failed to add anyone of substance to the backfield this past offseason. And now, they have placed starting running back Ameer Abdullah on injured reserve. Even then, the seemingly desperate Lions have emphatically..." September 22

  • Why are NFL ratings plummeting this season?

    Sportsnaut "The National Football League remains the single most watched entity in North American professional sports. It’s not necessarily close. Really, the other three major sports leagues are simply battling for second place. Take the 2015 calendar year as an example of this. According to Sports..." September 21

  • Lions place RB Ameer Abdullah on injured reserve with foot injury

    Fox Sports "The Detroit Lions came into the 2016 season without a workhorse running back. They did, however, have a two-headed monster at the position in Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick. Unfortunately, it’s now just Riddick’s job to handle. The Lions announced on Wednesday that they have placed Abdullah on..." September 21

  • Coaches complained about lack of offensive holding calls in Week One

    Pro Football Talk "Most coaches complain when too many penalties are called. Following Week One of the 2016 regular season, many coaches complained about the absence of one specific type of penalty. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, complaints arose from the absence of holding calls. And for good..." September 21

  • Lions sign WR Aaron Dobson, work out Joique Bell

    Detroit News "The Detroit Lions are signing wide receiver Aaron Dobson, according to a source. A former second-round draft pick, Dobson spent his first three seasons with the New England Patriots. In 24 games he caught 53 passes for 698 yards and four touchdowns. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder was part of the..." September 20

  • Lions cut Andrew Quarless after suspension ends

    Detroit Free Press "A month after signing Andrew Quarless to much backlash, the Detroit Lions cut the veteran tight end when he was eligible to return from suspension today. Quarless, who was arrested in Florida last year on a gun charge, did not appear in a game for the Lions, who are dealing with a slew of..." September 19

  • Abdullah to visit specialist for evaluation of injured foot Tuesday

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions have one of the top 10 rushing attacks in the NFL, but they might be without their best running back for this week's showdown with the Green Bay Packers. Ameer Abdullah suffered what initial tests show is a sprained left foot in Sunday's 16-15 loss to the Tennessee..." September 19

  • Ziggy Ansah (ankle) questionable to return "Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah is questionable to return with an ankle injury he suffered in the first quarter. Detroit is facing off with the Tennessee Titans. " September 18

  • Mariota's late TD pass pushes Titans past Lions

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans' offense found their groove at just the right moment. Wide receiver Andre Johnson caught a 9-yard scoring pass from Mariota on fourth down with 1:13 remaining, lifting the Titans to a 16-15 penalty-filled win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday..." September 18

  • DeAndre Levy misses 3rd straight Detroit Lions practice

    Detroit Free Press "DeAndre Levy is dealing with his third injury in the 13 months since he signed a four-year, $33.7-million contract extension, but Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell insisted today that he's not worried about his star linebacker's recent injury history. "He’s been fine," Caldwell said before..." September 16

  • 'Harambe' back in business after temporary jersey ban

    ESPN "Fans who want to customize their favorite team's jersey with "Harambe" on the back can do so once again as of Thursday, after the word mistakenly appeared on a retailer's list of banned words. ESPN has learned that an official with a Major League Baseball team, concerned that fans were..." September 15

  • Harambe's legacy not respected by NFL Shop

    Sporting News "There are plenty of names you can't put on the back of jerseys at NFL Shop. BuzzFeed compiled a list of 50, and it includes names such as Ron Mexico (Michael Vick's alias), Carruth (as in Rae Carruth, the NFL player who conspired to murder his pregnant wife), He Hate Me (the popular XFL jersey)..." September 14

  • Roger Goodell says eliminating kickoffs remains possible if the NFL can’t make them safer

    Washington Post "The NFL has enacted rule changes to try to make the kickoff safer for players. That effort will continue with further safety-related tinkering with the play, according to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. But if such maneuvers fail, the elimination of the kickoff from the sport remains a future..." September 14

  • The NFL's Most Valuable Teams 2016 "Relocation and new stadiums drove NFL team values 19% higher over the past year, to an average of $2.34 billion. The Rams doubled in value, to $2.9 billion, after moving from St. Louis to Los Angeles. The Rams are scheduled to play three seasons at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before..." September 14

  • DeAngelo Williams among Week 1 Players of the Week "Things that get better with age: A nice bottle of red wine, the "Mission: Impossible" franchise and Week 1 AFC Offensive Player of the Week DeAngelo Williams. Make no mistake, Williams did have two excellent seasons early on in his career with the Panthers. But after he failed to eclipse the..." September 14

  • NFL to launch new $100 million concussion initiatives to improve player safety

    Washington Post "The NFL is launching a new set of concussion-related initiatives under which the league will devote $60 million to technological development, aimed in part at improving helmets for players, and an additional $40 million toward funding medical research into the effects of head injuries,..." September 14

  • Lady Gaga Reportedly in Talks to Perform at Super Bowl 51 Halftime Show

    Complex "Lady Gaga is reportedly in talks to play the Super Bowl 51 halftime show in Houston in February 2017. According to Billboard, the singer could clinch the biggest stage of the year because the NFL was impressed by her performance of The Star-Spangled Banner at the 2016 Super Bowl. The last year..." September 13

  • NFL tabs Sam Rapoport to help open job 'pipeline' for women at team level

    ESPN "The NFL has created a position to address the lack of women in coaching and scouting roles at the team level and named former women's football pro tackle player Sam Rapoport as director of football development. Rapoport's role will be to identify women who are knowledgeable about the game and..." September 13

  • Donald Trump Wants All NFL Protesters to Leave America

    Black Sports Online "Remember Donald Trump’s campaign slogan is “Make America Great Again”. That means he obviously thinks America isn’t that great at the moment, so it is quite ironic that he wants others who have problems with the country to leave, but not himself. “Well, I think it’s a lack of respect for our..." September 12

  • Lions kick Colts in 39-35 shootout

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- Matthew Stafford wanted Matt Prater to have a chance for redemption. Just a chance. After Prater missed a crucial extra point with 4:04 remaining and then watched the Indianapolis Colts take their first lead with 37 seconds to play, Stafford was on a mission. "I have seen..." September 11

  • Detroit Lions release LB Josh Bynes from injured reserve

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions released linebacker Josh Bynes from injured reserve today. Bynes was expected to play a key role as a backup and on special teams before injuring his knee in the preseason. The Lions placed him on injured reserve after their initial cut to a 53-man roster, when they were..." September 10

  • Report: Lions ink punter Sam Martin to 4-year extension worth at least $13.6 million

    Michigan Live "Sam Martin has played like one of the league's best punters the past couple years. Now he's getting paid like it. The Detroit Lions have inked Martin to a four-year extension that is worth $13.6 million plus incentives, according to ESPN. That's $3.4 million annually, which matches..." September 09

  • Lions, RB Theo Riddick Agree To Extension

    Pro Football Rumors "The Lions have agreed to a contract extension with running back Theo Riddick, according to a source who spoke with Rob Demovsky of (on Twitter). It’s a three-year deal worth $12.75MM, according to Ian Rapoport of (on Twitter). Last season, Riddick caught 80 passes (most of any..." September 09

  • Former NFL head of officiating alleges Roger Goodell assaulted him

    Sportsnaut "With the NFL season mere hours away from kicking off, it’s possible the league could find itself in the midst of yet another scandal. No. It doesn’t surround a players’ off-field issues. It’s also not involving a spat between the union and league over discipline. Instead, it’s all about NFL..." September 08

  • Every NFL Team's Best Weed Story

    Complex "You may not know this, but a lot of Americans smoke weed. And, contrary to what the National Football League wants you to believe, some of those Americans are professional football players. With the NFL season kicking off, let's take a moment to look back and appreciate some of the league's..." September 08

  • 30 carries per game might not suit Ameer Abdullah

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah would love to have 30 to 40 carries in Sunday’s season opener against the Indianapolis Colts (4:25 p.m., Fox). “If they give it to me,” he said today. But it sure doesn’t sound like they will. “I don’t envision him carrying the ball 30 times in a..." September 08

  • The NFL Has an Age Problem

    The Ringer "If you’re worried about the level of play in the NFL, you have an unlikely ally: coaches and executives. “Everything from defensive linemen not knowing where their eyes should be looking, not knowing where blocks are coming from,” said Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. “Defensive backs..." September 07

  • Lions Claim Khari Lee Off Waivers

    Pro Football Rumors "The Lions have claimed tight end Khari Lee off waivers from the Bears, a source tells Adam Schefter of (on Twitter). Lee, 24, was waived by the Bears on Sunday to make room for fellow tight end Logan Paulsen. Last year, Lee appeared in all 16 regular season games for the Bears and..." September 06

  • Lions' Caldwell: 'A lot of things' to like about Orlovsky as backup

    Detroit Free Press "Jim Caldwell couldn't pinpoint one reason why the Detroit Lions picked Dan Orlovsky to be their backup quarterback over Jake Rudock. Instead, he said there were many. "We take everything into consideration," Caldwell said before practice today. "Practice, games, meetings. That evaluation is..." September 06

  • Eric Ebron returns to Lions practice, could play Week 1 vs. Colts

    Detroit Free Press "After a month of rest, Eric Ebron is back playing football again. Ebron returned to practice today for the first time since he injured his ankle in an intrasquad scrimmage Aug. 6 at Ford Field, lending hope that the Detroit Lions will have their No. 1 tight end on the field for their season..." September 05

  • Lions get to 53-man limit

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions made it to the 53-player limit just before the NFL’s deadline this afternoon. Tight end Andrew Quarless, the team’s most controversial offseason acquisition, was placed on the reserve/suspended list. Quarless is suspended for the first two games of the season for violating the..." September 04

  • Lions cut sixth-round QB Jake Rudock

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions liked quarterback Jake Rudock enough to draft him in the sixth round, but he didn’t do enough to earn a roster spot. Rudock was waived today, meaning the Lions will keep two quarterbacks, with Dan Orlovsky backing up Matthew Stafford." September 04

  • Lions’ Kerry Hyder on $18K fine: ‘Bigger number than I’ve ever made’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Detroit Lions defensive lineman Kerry Hyder is on the bubble but by all accounts is something of a long shot to land on the team’s 53-man roster once final cuts wrap up over the weekend. Which is why he has been left extremely disappointed over staring down a $18,231 fine. “You know, I was a..." September 03

  • With Kerley gone, Andre Roberts looks like Detroit Lions' No. 5 WR

    Detroit Free Press "This is not how Andre Roberts envisioned winning a roster spot with the Detroit Lions -- and to be clear, he's not assuming he's won one, at all. But when the Detroit Lions traded Jeremy Kerley to the San Francisco 49ers last weekend, Roberts became the odds-on favorite to be the team's No. 5..." September 01

  • Lions roll over visiting Bills

    The Sports Xchange "Rookie Jake Rudock threw three touchdown passes and Dwayne Washington scored on a 58-yard run during the opening minute as the Detroit Lions cruised to a 31-0 victory over the Buffalo Bills in their preseason finale on Thursday at Ford Field. Rudock, a sixth-round draft pick from the..." September 01

  • Ameer Abdullah wants to be the Detroit Lions' short-yardage RB

    Detroit Free Press "Ameer Abdullah could have easily made a left turn for the sideline. In his first game back from January shoulder surgery, that might have been the wise thing to do. If not out of bounds, Abdullah could have tried one of his patented stutter-steps, something like the move he shook Eric Weddle..." August 31

  • Blacks Represent 70 Percent Of NFL Players, Fan Base 83 Percent White

    Real GM Football "Seventy percent of African-American men comprise NFL rosters despite representing only six percent of the United States' population. While the majority of NFL players are black, the NFL fan base is 83 percent white and 64 percent male. The NFL has no African-Americans who are a majority..." August 30

  • Calvin Johnson to join DWTS, sister says he ‘can’t dance’

    Larry Brown Sports "Calvin Johnson has already found a way to keep busy now that he has retired from the NFL — he’s going to dance. It was revealed on “Good Morning America” Tuesday that Johnson will be one of the contestants on Season 23 of “Dancing With the Stars.” The former Detroit Lions wide receiver will..." August 30

  • Jim Caldwell won't make Lions players stand for anthem

    Michigan Live "The NFL says that it encourages but does not mandate players stand for the national anthem, and it seems Jim Caldwell has a similar policy for the Detroit Lions. "The fact of the matter is what we won't do is we won't mandate an action for (a player who chooses to sit out the anthem)," the..." August 29

  • Lions trade wideout Jeremy Kerley to 49ers

    Today's Pigskin "The Lions and 49ers have made a trade, sending Lions’ wideout Jeremy Kerley to the 49ers in exchange for offensive lineman Brandon Thomas. Kerley played for the Jets last year, his fifth in New York, and he had 152 yards on 16 catches. There was a time when he was looked at as a bright young..." August 28

  • Anquan Boldin on Kaepernick: Respect his opinion, even if you disagree

    Detroit Free Press "Colin Kaepernick started a media firestorm when he stood up for social injustice by sitting down for the national anthem, but one of Kaepernick's ex-teammates with the San Francisco 49ers said the embattled quarterback shouldn't be castigated for speaking his mind. "I respect everybody’s..." August 28

  • Report: NFL thinking about eliminating the preseason

    Sportsnaut "The NFL preseason isn’t for everyone. The casual fan really isn’t interested in watching training camp bodies play in a meaningless game. Though, it’s still a cash cow. Interest is there. Stadiums sell out. The cost of television rights remain relatively high. In reality, it makes very..." August 28

  • Flacco returns with sharp showing in Ravens' win over Lions

    The Sports Xchange "Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco was sharp in his first live action since last year's knee surgery and the Ravens won their third straight preseason game by routing the Detroit Lions 30-9 on Saturday night in Baltimore. Flacco played one quarter and led the Ravens to a scoring drive on the..." August 27

  • Lions' Hyder fined more than his training camp pay

    ESPN "Detroit Lions defensive lineman Kerry Hyder might have lost all of the money he has made during training camp because of one hit in a preseason game. Hyder was fined $18,231 for roughing Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron in the third quarter of the Bengals' 30-14 win over the Lions on..." August 27

  • Lions will start wide receiver Corey Fuller on PUP list

    Detroit Free Press "Wide receiver Corey Fuller will miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season with the same foot injury that's kept him sidelined for all of training camp. The Detroit Lions informed Fuller on Thursday that he'll go on the reserve physically unable to perform list when they trim their..." August 26