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  • Bill Belichick: Lions outplayed and out-coached us

    Pro Football Talk "Patriots coach Bill Belichick lost to a protege on Sunday night in the Lions and coach Matt Patricia. Afterward, Belichick said the student out-coached the teacher. “I think they clearly outplayed us and out-coached us today,” Belichick said. The Patriots have..." September 24

  • NFL Rumors: Rob Gronkowski Lions Trade Would Have Been Only For Picks

    NESN "The Detroit Lions made relatively easy work of the New England Patriots on Sunday night, but imagine how bad things could have been if the Patriots’ second-best player was on the other sideline, too. It could have happened, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday,..." September 24

  • Kerryon Johnson becomes Lions' first 100-yard rusher since 2013

    ESPN "From almost the moment Kerryon Johnson was drafted this spring, he heard about the streak, how long it had been since the Detroit Lionshad a 100-yard rusher in a game. Everyone in Detroit knew about the drought. And now, they know who broke it. Johnson rushed..." September 24

  • Rob Gronkowski threatened to retire if traded to Detroit Lions: Report

    Detroit Free Press "On Sunday night, the Detroit Lions host Rob Gronkowski and the New England Patriots (8:20 p.m., NBC). According to a published report, Gronkowski almost was traded to the Lions, but the superstar tight end seemed completely uninterested in that idea. ESPN's Adam Schefter..." September 23

  • Patriots nearly traded Rob Gronkowski to Lions in April

    ESPN "New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will face the Detroit Lions on Sunday night, but he easily could have been playing for them instead. The Patriots and Lions were deep into trade discussions last offseason that peaked during the week of the draft,..." September 23

  • Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay returns to practice, Taylor Decker absent

    Pride Of Detroit "It may be a little too early to count out Darius Slay from Sunday’s contest with the New England Patriots. The Detroit Lions’ All-Pro cornerback returned to practice on Friday after missing the two previous sessions with a concussion. Slay appeared to go through all of the drills..." September 22

  • Elijah Lee not fined, LeGarrette Blount fined $10,026 for unnecessary roughness

    Niners Nation "One of the lesser storylines coming out of the San Francisco 49ers win over the Detroit Lions was Lions running back LeGarrette Blount’s antics in the fourth quarter. On second down, quarterback Matthew Stafford scrambled out of the pocket and took off down the sideline. 49ers linebacker..." September 22

  • The Cleveland Browns are better than the Detroit Lions. And it's scary

    Detroit Free Press "I am about to propose a thought. It’s a scary thought. So prepare yourself. The Cleveland Browns are better than the Detroit Lions. Yes, the team that went 0-16 last year is better than the Lions. The team that went 1-31 the past two years and still kept its head coach..." September 22

  • Lions cornerback Darius Slay returns to practice, Taylor Decker absent

    Pride Of Detroit "It may be a little too early to count out Darius Slay from Sunday’s contest with the New England Patriots. The Detroit Lions’ All-Pro cornerback returned to practice on Friday after missing the two previous sessions with a concussion. Slay appeared to go through..." September 21

  • When players went on strike for better benefits, Eric Dickerson undermined them

    Pro Football Talk "Eric Dickerson is now speaking out for the idea that Hall of Fame players should be paid $300,000 a year in retirement. But when Dickerson was an active player, supporting the retired players was not his concern. In 1987, the NFL players went on strike, and among the key pieces of..." September 20

  • Lions re-sign cornerback DeShawn Shead

    Detroit News "In what could be considered an ominous sign for Darius Slay's availability this week, the Detroit Lions have re-signed cornerback DeShawn Shead.  Shead, a free-agent addition this offseason, rejoins the Lions after he was one of the team's more surprising..." September 19

  • Eric Dickerson: NFL should pay each Hall of Famer $300,000 a year

    Pro Football Talk "When Eric Dickerson released a statement calling for an annual salary for Hall of Famers, he didn’t say what that salary should be. But now he has given a dollar amount of $300,000 annually. “If it was up to me, I think every Hall of Famer would get about..." September 19

  • Matt Patricia to Detroit Lions fans: I understand their frustration

    Detroit Free Press "Matt Patricia knows Detroit  Lions fans are frustrated, maybe even angry, possibly downright dyspeptic, or flat-out furious about his team’s 0-2 start to the NFL season. And the rookie head coach’s message to those fans is … well, he’s working..." September 19

  • Group of NFL Hall of Famers demands an annual salary and health benefits

    Pro Football Talk "A group of Pro Football Hall of Famers are arguing that every member of the Hall of Fame should be paid an annual salary and given health insurance. In a letter sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, and Pro..." September 18

  • Lions' Quandre Diggs on late defensive holding call vs. 49ers: 'Awful'

    Detroit Free Press "The frustration was plastered on Quandre Diggs’ face. About the Detroit Lions’ sloppy 30-27 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, but also about the defensive holding penalty that cost his team a chance to win its first game of the..." September 17

  • Lions lose Darius Slay with concussion

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions are already struggling on defense, and now they’ve lost their best defensive player. Lions cornerback Darius Slay has been ruled out of today’s game with the 49ers after suffering a concussion. " September 16

  • LeGarrette Blount ejected for coming off bench to hit 49ers player

    Michigan Live "The Lions have lost another starter, this time of their own volition. Just minutes after losing cornerback Darius Slay to a brain injury, running back LeGarrette Blount was ejected for coming off the bench to shove Elijah Lee in Sunday's game against San Francisco. He..." September 16

  • Lions' Ziggy Ansah 'optimistic' to play vs. 49ers, T.J. Lang out

    Detroit Free Press "Ziggy Ansah has suffered plenty of injuries in his career, but that doesn't make his latest ailment — a shoulder injury that has him listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers — any easier to deal with. "I just like to be out..." September 15

  • Lions' confident WR Kenny Golladay lets his play do talking

    Detroit News "Wide receiver is one of those positions where ego has a way of shining through. The best are often brash media magnets, equally prepared to deliver a quote as they are to snag a pass over the middle of the field. Not Kenny Golladay. The Detroit Lions wideout is reserved off..." September 14

  • Lions Worked Out DL Darius Kilgo

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to Aaron Wilson, the Detroit Lions brought in free agent DL Darius Kilgo for a workout on Friday. The Lions are clearly in the market for defensive line help, as they recently tried out DTChris Baker, DT Jay Bromley and DE Kendall..." September 14

  • Lions Work Out DT Chris Baker

    Pro Football Rumors "The Lions worked out defensive tackles Chris Baker, Jay Bromley, and Kendall Reyes on Wednesday, according to Adam Caplan of SiriusXM (Twitter link). Cincinnati inked Baker to a one-year, $2.45MM deal in March in the hopes that he’d become its starting nose..." September 13

  • Detroit Lions' Glover Quin losing playing time; start streak to end?

    Detroit Free Press "For the last five years, Glover Quin has been one of the Detroit Lions most indispensable defensive players. He played every defensive snap in 2016 and rarely came off the field other seasons as he built one of the NFL's most impressive ironman streaks, one that now..." September 13

  • Detroit Lions will change up offensive playcalls, like always

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions say they will change their offensive playcalls, but insist it has little to do with the Jets claiming they knew what was coming in Monday's opener.  They always change up the calls, and this week is no different heading into Sunday's game against..." September 13

  • Alabama had an NFL-high 44 players on Week One rosters

    Pro Football Talk "Alabama has been the top program in college football in recent years, so it’s unsurprising that the Crimson Tide have put more players into the NFL than any other college team. Alabama had 44 players on Week One rosters, the most of any college. After Alabama were a..." September 13

  • Lions Waive RB Zach Zenner From Injured Reserve

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Detroit Lions announced Wednesday that they’ve waived RB Zach Zenner from injured reserve. Zenner, 26, signed on with the Lions as an undrafted free agent out of South Dakota State back in 2015. He played out the final year of his three-year, $1.58 million..." September 12

  • Ziggy Ansah avoided serious shoulder injury

    Pro Football Talk "Before they got run out of Ford Field by the Jets in the third quarter of Monday night’s game, the Lions saw defensive end Ziggy Ansah head to the locker room with a shoulder injury. Ansah would not return to the contest, but it appears it won’t be too long before..." September 12

  • Lions players downplay talk of tension with Matt Patricia

    Larry Brown Sports "It’s been one week and the Detroit Lions are already in turmoil. On Wednesday, two of the team’s most prominent players downplayed reports that some of the team’s veterans were growing disgruntled with coach Matt Patricia’s more aggressive style of..." September 12

  • Lions' Patricia brushes off concerns about play-calling predictability

    Detroit News "It was salt in the wound. After embarrassing the Detroit Lions at home on national television Monday night, several New York Jets players made sure to tell anyone who would listen that they knew what plays and schemes the Lions were running before the ball was..." September 12

  • Lions' Matthew Stafford 'good to go' vs. San Francisco 49ers

    Detroit Free Press "Matthew Stafford's ironman streak is in no danger of ending, even though he took a pounding in Monday's 48-17 loss to the New York Jets. Stafford briefly left Monday's game in the third quarter after he was sandwiched by two Jets defenders on a pass attempt,..." September 12

  • Matthew Stafford did not feel like he was tipping plays

    Larry Brown Sports "Matthew Stafford had a brutal game in an embarrassing 48-17 loss to the New York Jets at home on Monday night. Stafford, who has only thrown 10 interceptions in each of the last two seasons, was picked off four times in the Detroit Lions’ defeat. Afterwards, players in the..." September 12

  • Ameer Abdullah a healthy scratch for Lions vs. Jets "The Detroit Lions' inactives for Monday night's game includes the team's leading rusher from 2017. Running back Ameer Abdullah won't play against the New York Jets, the Lions announced. With Abdullah not..." September 11

  • Lions claim OL Jamil Demby, waive Bradley Marquez

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions made a change to their roster a day after opening the year with a 48-17 loss to the Jets. They have claimed offensive lineman Jamil Demby off of waivers from the Rams. Wide receiver Bradley Marquez was waived in a corresponding move. Demby was a sixth-round pick by..." September 11

  • Report: Lions players frustrated with culture Matt Patricia is trying to create

    Larry Brown Sports "Several members of the Bill Belichick coaching tree have failed with head coaching gigs of their own because they try to be too much like the future Hall of Famer, and Matt Patricia may be following in the same path. Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported on Sunday that some of..." September 11

  • There's no other way to put it. So far, Matt Patricia has been a disaster.

    Michigan Live "The Lions won more often under Jim Caldwell than any other coach in the Super Bowl era. And then they fired him. With a move like that, the message was clear. Being kinda good is no longer good enough.  "I just thought we were middle of the road," GM Bob Quinn..." September 11

  • Detroit Lions' Matt Patricia values versatility over past performance

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions cut defensive end Anthony Zettel last week. On the surface, this was mildly surprising.  Go a little deeper and it tells us everything about where the new regime hopes to go.  Zettel led the team in snaps last year on the..." September 10

  • Lions Tried Out CBs David Amerson & Demetri Goodson

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to Howard Balzer, the Lions brought in free agent CBs David Amerson and Demetri Goodson for tryouts last week. Balzer adds that the Lions tried out receivers Johnny Holton, Roger Lewis, Francis Owusu and DeAngelo..." September 10

  • One helmet rule penalty was called through 14 games "The offseason angst over the revised helmet-to-helmet hitting policy slowed to a sputter as real games began. Through 14 regular season games -- with two Monday night tilts to be played -- referees penalized one player for a use of helmet foul, per league..." September 10

  • Lions QB Matthew Stafford becomes the iron man no one saw coming

    Michigan Live "Matthew Stafford was slumped over at his locker. He didn't do anything. Not even take off his own cleats. Because he couldn't. The year was 2015, and Minnesota had just teed off on him. He took eight official shots in the game. And all these years later, he still remembers the..." September 10

  • Lions RB Kerryon Johnson to be team's best since Barry Sanders

    Detroit Free Press "No one knows anything. Not for sure. We do research. We talk to people. We draw on past experiences. At the end of the day, it means nothing. Ultimately, we’re all just guessing. So, as I begin my 13th year covering the Detroit Lions, I’m..." September 10

  • Inside Matthew Stafford's evolution: From Lions gunslinger to grownup

    Detroit Free Press "The old tape is fun to go back and watch sometimes. Not that Matthew Stafford does it often, but occasionally he’ll pull up a game from one of his first few NFL seasons to study a coach or defensive coordinator, or revisit a play he cataloged somewhere in the back of his..." September 09

  • Detroit Lions' Romeo Okwara was cut from middle-school football team

    Detroit Free Press "There aren't many NFL players who got cut from their middle-school football team. In fact, Romeo Okwara ventures to guess he's the only one. But 11 years after he failed to make the Community House Middle School team in Charlotte, Okwara is still kicking around the sport, and..." September 08

  • Breaking down Quandre Diggs' 3-year contract extension

    Detroit Free Press "Quandre Diggs said he doesn't have any big purchases planned with his new contract. "Y’all got to understand, I’m from the country," Diggs said earlier this week. "I’m from a little town right outside of Houston, so we ain’t got nothing to..." September 07

  • Report: Lions work out QB Paxton Lynch

    Sportsnaut "After being released by the Denver Broncos, former first-round pick Paxton Lynch continues to look around for another opportunity in the NFL. On Friday, Lynch visited the Detroit Lions and participated in a tryout with the team. It was the quarterback’s second workout with..." September 07

  • Back-to-back Super Bowl winner LeGarrette Blount says Patriots 'didn't respect me at all'

    CBS Sports "LeGarrette Blount hasn't played for the New England Patriots in two years, but he hasn't forgotten how he felt when he left. The 31-year-old Detroit Lions running back, who starred for the Philadelphia Eaglesduring a Super Bowl LII..." September 07

  • Opener looming, Lions' 2018 success still to be D-termined

    Detroit News "As a journalist, you have a responsibility to seek out what you don’t know, but good luck deciphering what the preseason tells us about the Lions’ new defensive scheme. If we go strictly by the numbers, you’d have reason to believe the Lions’ defense might be..." September 07

  • Trump continues crusade against Nike amid ‘Just Do It’ campaign

    New York Post "President Trump on Friday morning took a swipe at Nike, which aired its highly anticipated ad featuring Colin Kaepernick during the NFL season opener the night before. “What was Nike thinking?” the president wondered on Twitter shortly before 7..." September 07

  • Lions Waive Zettel, Claim Okwara

    Pro Football Rumors "Anthony Zettel started 16 games for the Lions last season but is headed to the waiver wire. The Lions jettisoned the third-year defensive lineman to make a successful waiver claim for Romeo Okwara, whom the Giants recently cut, per Field Yates of ESPN (on Twitter). Zettel was listed..." September 05

  • NFL projected to make more than $2 billion a year from legalized gambling

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL has long been resistant to the idea of legalized sports wagering — at least when making statements in public. But privately, team owners and league executives must be licking their chops. ESPN’s Darren Rovell on Wednesday shared some of the results of a poll..." September 05

  • How Detroit Lions can create pressure when Ziggy Ansah is double teamed

    Detroit Free Press "Ziggy Ansah knows double teams are coming. But that doesn’t mean the Detroit Lions’ best defensive lineman is comfortable with it. “No, he’s not,” defensive line coach Bo Davis said Monday. “It’s frustrating to him as a player. I know he gets..." September 04

  • Lions sign Donnel Pumphrey to practice squad

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions have added another running back to their roster. NFL Media reports that the team has reached an agreement with former Eagles running back Donnel Pumphrey to join their practice squad. Pumphrey worked out for the team after being released by the Eagles over the..." September 04