Lions Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Lions' Nick Fairley breaks silence: 'I want to stay here in Detroit'

    Detroit Free Press "Nick Fairley said he has gained seven pounds since the start of training camp and, after nearly two weeks in a backup role, the big defensive tackle is hopeful that he’ll regain his starting job with the Detroit Lions by preseason’s end. “Really, what I plan on doing is just continue to get..." August 20

  • Lions' kicker battle remains too close to call

    Pride Of Detroit "Throughout training camp, the Detroit Lions' kicker battle between Nate Freese and Giorgio Tavecchio has been pretty even. It's also been pretty even through the first half of the preseason. Neither player has been able to take complete control of the starting kicker job, and this position battle..." August 19

  • Lions release CB Drayton Florence

    Pride Of Detroit "Less than two weeks after signing him, the Detroit Lions have released cornerback Drayton Florence. Cornerback Drayton Florence's second stint with the Detroit Lions was a short one. After returning to the team just 12 days ago, the Lions released him on Tuesday. When Florence signed with..." August 19

  • Lions coach: DT Fairley on the 'second team' "A week ago, Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell said not to read too much into the fact that Nick Fairley wasn't working with the starters during practice. Now, he's declaring that Fairley, the defensive tackle who was Detroit's first-round pick in 2011, is definitively working with the second..." August 18

  • Team could deal Nick Fairley during the season

    Detroit Free Press "The 2011 NFL draft could go down as one of the best ever. The top-seven picks all have been to at least one Pro Bowl. Pick No. 11 J.J. Watt might be the best defensive player in football. And Day 2 steals Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick have quarterbacked teams to a Super Bowl. But while..." August 18

  • 'Little-man syndrome' motivates Lions receiver Golden Tate

    Detroit News "A couple weeks ago in practice, Lions receiver Golden Tate fell on cornerback Darius Slay, and coach Jim Caldwell joked that the wide receiver can be a pain in the neck once in a while. Caldwell’s funny wordplay was an accurate way to describe Tate’s game, though, because his all-around game..." August 16

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    Adam Levitan @adamlevitan

    Matt Stafford played 17 snaps last night. During that time, Reggie Bush played 10 snaps, Joique Bell played 8. Lined up together once.

  • Lions' Jim Caldwell remains coy on Nick Fairley's status after game

    Detroit News "Defensive tackle Nick Fairley generated little push when he was on the field in the Lions’ 27-26 exhibition loss to the Oakland Raiders Friday night, but coach Jim Caldwell said it was too early to evaluate his performance after the game. C.J. Mosley replaced Fairley in the starting lineup..." August 16

  • Lions’ pass rush a good test for Raiders

    Pro Football Talk "If the second preseason game is any indication, the success of the Raiders’ offense could very well come down to whether it can counter pass rush pressure. Though the Lions didn’t sack Raiders starter Matt Schaub, Detroit was able to get after the 11th-year passer on several of his dropbacks...." August 16

  • 3rd-string QB Matt McGloin leads Raiders to win over Lions

    San Francisco Chronicle "In the preseason, try and try again, and good things will happen. The Raiders' first-team defense looked terrible early Friday night for the second straight preseason game, and the offense wasn't a lot better. But head coach Dennis Allen left in the starters for a while, and first-round pick..." August 16

  • Lions TE Joseph Fauria working on his blocking technique

    Detroit Free Press "The book on Joseph Fauria last year was simple — red-zone threat, not a field stretcher, allergic to blocking — and in retrospect a bit unfair. The Lions signed Fauria as an undrafted rookie out of UCLA and got more than anyone imagined for their $12,500 investment. Fauria made the team as..." August 13

  • Who should you draft with the No. 1 pick in fantasy football?

    USA Today "LeSean McCoy is in the best position to succeed Tim Heaney, senior fantasy writer: Why blindly pick last year’s top running back at No. 1? Jamaal Charles is a first-rounder, but 12 rushing scores and 70 receptions are hard to repeat, even with Andy Reid running things. After his monumental..." August 13

  • Nick Fairley in the doghouse, replaced by C.J. Mosley on Detroit Lions' defensive line

    Michigan Live "Nick Fairley's demotion to the second-team defense continued Tuesday when the Detroit Lions took the field for a late-night practice. Veteran C.J. Mosley took Fairley's usual spot alongside defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Fairley was coupled with Andre Fluellen on the second team. It's..." August 13

  • Lions claim Conner Vernon, waive Quintin Payton

    Pride Of Detroit "The Detroit Lions have made a swap at wide receiver by claiming Conner Vernon and waiving Quintin Payton. The Detroit Lions made a minor change to their roster on Monday by claiming wide receiver Conner Vernon off waivers. To make room for him, they waived wide receiver Quintin..." August 12

  • Lions prized draft picks thrown into the fire -- and they hold their own

    Detroit News "The Lions threw many of their draft picks into the fire during Saturday’s 13-12 exhibition victory over the Cleveland Browns. Tight end Eric Ebron and linebacker Kyle Van Noy both earned significant playing time, and even though neither contributed much on the stat sheet, they showed glimpses..." August 10

  • Lions' defense protects end zone in win over Browns

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions’ defense played well, was impressive at times and kept the Cleveland Browns out of the end zone in Saturday’s 13-12 victory in the exhibition opener at Ford Field. The Lions made some nice plays, including a near strip-fumble by Kyle Van Noy. With the Browns facing..." August 10

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    Kevin Jones @Mr_KevinJones

    WR Calvin Johnson is sitting out for the Lions.

  • Johnson, Ebron still could play on Saturday night

    Pro Football Talk "Megatron and Ebraton (I tried) may still suit up and play during the Saturday night debut of Johnny Manziel. Via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, receiver Calvin Johnson and tight end Eric Ebron returned to practice on Friday. It’s unclear whether either or both will play against the..." August 09

  • Lions re-sign Nate Ness

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions have re-signed a defensive back familiar with their defensive system. On Friday, the club brought back Nate Ness, who spent about three weeks with Detroit in the spring. In a corresponding roster move, the team released linebacker Cory Greenwood, leaving the Lions at the 90-player..." August 09

  • Mikel Leshoure excited to see the field again, whether or not he's trade bait

    Michigan Live "Mikel Leshoure has received a somewhat surprising number of first-team reps with the Detroit Lions in training camp. He's listed third on the depth chart. And it appears he'll play quite a bit Saturday night when Detroit opens the preseason with a game against the Cleveland Browns (7:30 p.m.,..." August 08

  • Lions' offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi encouraged by squad's progress

    Detroit Free Press "Ah, rookies. Tight end Eric Ebron, the Lions’ first-round draft pick, assured everyone this week that after one week of training camp, he had busted through the so-called rookie wall. Hearing that, offense coordinator Joe Lombardi smiled. “He needs to watch interview tapes from ‘Bull..." August 08

  • Former Lions receiver Nate Burleson says he's going to 'go off' on ex-team Saturday

    Detroit News "Nate Burleson is still in the NFL, so he can’t complain about life. And he hopes to show the Lions what they’re missing when his Cleveland Browns open the exhibition schedule at Ford Field on Saturday night. “Once I put on a different jersey, those Lions players, they’re just the..." August 08

  • When will NFL consider marijuana reform?

    USA Today "The NFL has not yet ruled on what’s next for Cleveland’s Josh Gordon, but the Cleveland Plain-Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot is reporting the Browns are bracing for the star wide receiver to be out eight games. Gordon appealed his positive drug test earlier this week. His appeal is based on the..." August 08

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    NFL: AroundTheLeague @NFL_ATL

    Lions sign CB Drayton Florence. He was in Detroit in 2012, played for Carolina in 2013.