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  • Lions' victory is costly if Kerryon Johnson is out

    Detroit News "In one exhilarating flurry, all seemed good again for the Lions. There was Cam Newton, standing, looking, standing, looking, finally firing a pass high and wide into the end zone, past the receiver, into the turf. Ford Field erupted as Carolina’s two-point conversion failed with..." November 19

  • Lions’ Kerryon Johnson week to week with knee sprain

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions’ top running back is going to be out for a while — but not as long a while as some feared. After medical tests today, Kerryon Johnson is considered week to week with a knee sprain, a league source tells PFT. Considering that the Lions play on..." November 19

  • Damon Harrison is everything Detroit Lions could have asked for so far

    Detroit Free Press "Damon Harrison was done with football, but football wasn’t done with him. Harrison, the All-Pro defensive tackle whom the Detroit Lions acquired in a trade with the New York Giants last month, decided to walk away from the game 11 years ago when he was cut from the team at..." November 18

  • Lions' Kerryon Johnson ruled out with knee injury vs. Panthers

    The Score "Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson won't return to Sunday's contest against the Carolina Panthers after exiting the game with a knee injury, according to's Tim Twentyman. The rookie left late in the third quarter and had 87 yards on 15 carries with one..." November 18

  • Lions rookie RB Kerryon Johnson to undergo MRI on knee

    Larry Brown Sports "Detroit Lions rookie running back Kerryon Johnson will undergo an MRI on his knee Monday, but things sound positive about his situation for now. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport says the early word is Johnson has a sprain and not an ACL tear. November 18

  • Lions president Rod Wood offers Matt Patricia a vote of confidence

    Michigan Live "The Lions front office has broken its silence to offer a vote of confidence in head coach Matt Patricia. "I do think it's important for the fans to know that we have a great head coach and a great general manager and we have a great plan in place to build a foundation..." November 18

  • Nathan Peterman works out for the Detroit Lions

    Detroit Free Press "This may just be the first step to the Detroit Lions tanking the rest of the 2018 season. Ok, we're only partially kidding, but why else would the Lions work out former Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman? ESPN's Field Yates reported Saturday afternoon the..." November 17

  • Lions Work Out Terrelle Pryor

    Pro Football Rumors "With Marvin Jones out for Sunday’s game, the Lions promoted wide receiver Andy Jones to help their depleted pass-catcher corps. But prior to that decision, Ian Rapoport of reports they worked out Terrelle Pryor (Twitter link). Cut by both the Jets and Bills this season,..." November 17

  • Lions WR Marvin Jones getting second opinion on knee injury

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones is getting a second opinion on his injured right knee, a source told ESPN. Jones injured the knee in the second..." November 16

  • Lions' Patricia explains outdoor practice to 'head coach' reporters

    Detroit News "o say Matt Patricia is annoyed is probably a colossal understatement. The Detroit Lions coach came to the podium for his typical press conference with an agenda, a lengthy set of prepared remarks to preemptively address questions about his team's practice..." November 16

  • Lions reportedly tried to trade for Rashaad Penny after Seahawks drafted him

    Michigan Live "The Lions went into the draft wanting to take a running back high. That much has been obvious since the event took place. But it turns out that Kerryon Johnson was not their top target. Detroit wanted then-San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny with its second-round pick, so much..." November 16

  • Lions practice outdoors in snow despite predictable game conditions

    ESPN "The Detroit Lions don't play a cold-weather outdoor game for a month, but on a day in Michigan with temperatures in the mid-30s and snow falling throughout the day, the team decided to practice outside. And it left at least one Lions player with questions as to..." November 15

  • Jim Bob Cooter: Protecting Matthew Stafford better starts with me

    Pro Football Talk "After giving up 13 sacks in the first seven games of the season, things have gone off the rails in pass protection for the Lions the last two weeks. They’ve allowed 16 sacks in lopsided losses to the Vikings and Bears that leave the Lions at 3-6 and looking up at the rest of the..." November 14

  • Lions head coach Matt Patricia responds to increasing Matthew Stafford criticism

    Pride Of Detroit "It’s no surprise that Matthew Stafford has seen a pretty significant uptick in criticism over the Detroit Lions’ current three-game losing streak. The Lions have only scored a total of two touchdowns in the first halves of those games combined,..." November 14

  • Lions OC doesn't give Matthew Stafford a ringing endorsement

    Sportsnaut "The Detroit Lions enter Week 11 with a 3-6 record and in last place in the ultra-competitive NFC North. It’s not the type of performance first-year head coach Matt Patricia had in mind. While struggles persist on both sides of the ball, the NFL’s fifth-highest paid..." November 13

  • Why Lions can't trade, cut QB Matthew Stafford

    Detroit Free Press "Let’s make this clear right now: The Detroit Lions are not trading Matthew Stafford. They’re not cutting Matthew Stafford. They’re not benching Matthew Stafford. In fact, they’re not doing anything with Matthew Stafford but playing him at..." November 13

  • Detroit Lions' Matt Patricia: 'We’re not hitting the panic button'

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions are not panicking. At least that’s what coach Matt Patricia said the day after his team lost its third straight game by double digits. “I believe in this team and we’re going to work real hard every single day,”..." November 13

  • Lions P Sam Martin after hospitalization: 'I’ll be playing Sunday'

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Lions punter Sam Martin said he has no lingering issues from the chest injury that sent him to the hospital briefly after Sunday's loss to the Chicago Bears, and he'll be fine to play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. Martin was injured while..." November 13

  • Marvin Jones avoids ACL injury, is day-to-day

    Larry Brown Sports "The Detroit Lions, already short on quality at the wide receiver position, got some good news on Marvin Jones on Monday. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Jones avoided a major ACL and PCL injury during Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears, but did endure a bone..." November 12

  • Lions waive Lenzy Pipkins

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions announced they waived cornerback Lenzy Pipkins on Monday. Pipkins, 25, appeared in two games with the Lions. He played 18 special teams snaps and none on defense. Pipkins also played one game with the Colts this season, making nine tackles. " November 12

  • Sam Martin to travel home with Lions after going to hospital

    Michigan Live "Detroit Lions punter Sam Martin was taken from Soldier Field in an ambulance after a 34-22 loss Sunday against Chicago. The Lions did not offer an injury update during the game and declined to comment after the game, but Martin is believed to have been taken to an area hospital...." November 12

  • The Detroit Lions are a disaster. And it's Bob Quinn's fault

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn sat in the press box, high above the corner of the end zone in Soldier Field, watching his team put on a shameful, embarrassing performance on Sunday afternoon, losing 34-22 to the Chicago Bears. Quinn was about 20 feet away from me, in the..." November 12

  • Kerryon Johnson expected to play for Lions on Sunday

    Clutch Points "Detroit Lions rookie running back Kerryon Johnson is expected to play against the Chicago Bears, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. November 11

  • Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford: I don't answer to Rich Gannon

    Detroit Free Press "The Stat King has a message for his latest critic: Your opinion is none of my concern. Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford responded to criticism lobbed his way this week by former NFL MVP and CBS Sports analyst Rich Gannon, who called him “overpaid” and..." November 09

  • Stafford deserves his share of blame for Lions' woes

    Detroit News "They’ve added high-priced offensive linemen and high-priced receivers. They’ve added big running backs and little running backs. They even once drafted a tight end with the 10th overall pick, you might recall. The Lions have tried to fix their offense through multiple..." November 07

  • Vikings Claim RB Ameer Abdullah Off Waivers From Lions

    NFL Trade Rumors "Adam Schefter reports that the Vikings have claimed RB Ameer Abdullah off of waivers from the Lions on Wednesday. Abdullah, 25, is a former second-round pick of the Lions back in 2015. He’s currently in the final year of his four-year, $4.156 million contract and..." November 07

  • Lions To Release RB Ameer Abdullah, Sign WR Bruce Ellington

    Pro Football Rumors "The Lions are signing free agent wide receiver Bruce Ellington, Ian Rapoport of (on Twitter) hears. To make room, the Lions will waive running back Ameer Abdullah. Abdullah entered the league with lots of hype as a second-round pick in 2015, but injuries prevented..." November 06

  • Lions' Matt Patricia on Jim Bob Cooter: 'He's done a really good job for us this year'

    Detroit News "A day after firing special teams coordinator Joe Marciano, Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia offered a vote of confidence for offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. "I think all of our coaches have really worked hard," Patricia said. "They're doing..." November 06

  • Kerryon Johnson and Lions run game have to adjust to being the focus

    Michigan Live "For a second straight week, an opposing defense loaded up the box and dared the Lions to do something other than run the ball. For a second straight week, it resulted in a thud for Detroit. The Lions lost 24-9 to the Vikings on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, and..." November 05

  • Detroit Lions fire special teams coordinator Joe Marciano

    Detroit News "The Detroit Lions have fired special teams coordinator Joe Marciano, announcing the move in a press release Monday evening.  “Tonight I spoke to Joe and informed him of my decision to relieve him of his responsibilities with our team," Lions coach Matt Patricia..." November 05

  • Here's why the NFL and Fortnite are made for each other

    USA Today "I love football and I love Fortnite. Put them together, and it's heaven. On Monday, the NFL and Epic Games announced a partnership that will make gear – known as skins – for all 32 teams available as part of the wildly popular game's Battle..." November 05

  • Detroit Lions have made playoffs before after starting 3-4

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions enter Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings with a 3-4 record, though they’re just one game out of the division lead. It’s the ninth time since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule in 1978 that the Lions have started 3-4. Free Press sports writer Ryan..." November 04

  • Lions Nearly Extended Golden Tate Before Trading Him

    Pro Football Rumors "Back in May, we heard that the Lions had not had any substantive contract talks with WR Golden Tate, who is in his contract year and whom the Lions dealt to the Eagles at last week’s trade deadline. However, Ian Rapoport of, citing Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, says that..." November 04

  • Ezekiel Ansah active for first time since Week One

    Detroit Free Press "He's baaack. Seven weeks after he injured his right shoulder in a season-opening loss to the New York Jets, Ziggy Ansah is finally healthy enough to play again for the Detroit Lions. Ansah, who's missed six straight games, is active for today's NFC North showdown..." November 04

  • After frustrating in Detroit, Colts TE Eric Ebron flipping the script on NFL career

    Indianapolis Star " “Detroit?” Eric Ebron asks politely while standing at his locker and looking serious — a rare expression for the perpetually smiling tight end. “I don’t want to talk about that today. Not today.” To anyone who knows the charismatic..." November 04

  • Matthew Stafford goes with a glove, once again

    Detroit Free Press "By now, Matthew Stafford is used to it. The Detroit Lions quarterback has banged up his hand so many times, he's gotten accustomed to playing with a glove — or some other contraption — on his hand. Stafford practiced with a glove on his left non-throwing..." November 03

  • Lions Work Out WR Bruce Ellington

    Pro Football Rumors "Jeremy Kerley isn’t the only wideout the Lions are eyeing.’s Ian Rapoport reports (via Twitter) that the team worked out receiver Bruce Ellington this morning. Ellington had spent most of the 2018 season on Houston’s injured reserve as he dealt with a..." November 03

  • Lions Work Out WR Jeremy Kerley

    Pro Football Rumors "The Lions left a hole in their receiving corp with the trade of Golden Tate this week, and are now looking for help. The team is expected to feature T.J. Jones and Brandon Powell more, but also brought in free agent Jeremy Kerley in for a workout, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN (Twitter..." November 02

  • NFL's officiating problems have quieted down, but some issues remain

    USA Today "No news is good news. That surely needs to be the working mantra for the men and woman in stripes as the second half of the NFL season rolls on, given the controversy, confusion and assorted blunders that cast so much shade on the first few weeks of this campaign. Outside of..." November 01

  • Matt Patricia points to “big picture” to explain Golden Tate trade

    Pro Football Talk "Lions head coach Matt Patricia held a press conference on Wednesday that was largely focused on the team’s decision to trade wide receiver Golden Tate to the Eagles for a third-round pick. Patricia was asked a series of questions about the thought process behind..." October 31

  • Trading Golden Tate a 'difficult' decision, Lions coach Matt Patricia says, but one that was necessary

    ESPN "Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia said trading receiver Golden Tate was a "difficult" decision but one the franchise believed was the "best logical decision" to make. Tate, the team's leading receiver in catches (44) and yards (517) this season, was dealt to..." October 31

  • Lions, Marvin Jones Restructure Deal

    Pro Football Rumors "The Lions restructured the contract of wide receiver Marvin Jones, according to Adam Schefter of (on Twitter). The adjustment will save the Lions $2.2MM against the salary cap.  After the Lions traded Golden Tate to the Eagles on Tuesday, Jones is in..." October 30

  • Lions Trade WR Golden Tate To Eagles

    Pro Football Rumors "Golden Tate is Philly-bound. The Lions wide receiver broke the news of his own trade via Twitter.  “It’s been real DETROIT! I’ll love ya forever. Philly Philly let’s get it!!,” Tate tweeted. The Eagles will send a third-round pick..." October 30

  • Trading Golden Tate would signal Detroit Lions have given up on season

    Detroit Free Press "If Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn trades receiver Golden Tate, there would only be one way to read the move: The Lions will have given up on this season. And that shouldn’t happen. Not when they’re 3-4, one game out of the division lead and just swung a..." October 30

  • Golden Tate Expects To Remain With Lions Despite Trade Rumors

    NFL Trade Rumors "Earlier in the day, Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reported that the Lions have been receiving calls from teams interested in trading for WR Golden Tate. According to Pelissero, it’s unlikely Detroit trades Tate at this point unless they get blown away by an offer,..." October 30

  • Lions can't run, can't hide from their flaws

    Detroit News "The Lions still can’t run, not consistently. They still can’t stop the run, not at all. They still can’t outrun their weaknesses, which were exposed and laid bare in humbling fashion. This is why the Lions can’t be trusted, not yet, because in a turning-point..." October 29

  • Snacks Harrison was almost unblockable, but the Lions still got problems

    Michigan Live "What if I told you Snacks Harrison would rack up seven tackles in his Lions debut? And that two of those tackles would be for a loss? What if I told you one would be for a sack, and another a goal-line stand on third down? What would you have..." October 29

  • Patriots reportedly interested in Demaryius Thomas and Golden Tate

    Larry Brown Sports "The New England Patriots have been humming along on offense since Julian Edelman returned from his four-game suspension, but they are reportedly still looking to add another difference-making player on that side of the ball ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline. Ian Rapoport of NFL..." October 29

  • Detroit Lions seeking mid-round pick for Golden Tate "Teams in need for a proven veteran wide receiver might not have to look too far with the league's trade deadline looming Tuesday. The Detroit Lions could have what they're looking for in the form of Golden Tate if the price is right and the telephone lines remain..." October 29