Lions Rumors & News

  • Patriots acquire linebacker Kyle Van Noy from Lions

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions and Patriots can work easily together, since Lions General Manager Bob Quinn used to work with Bill Belichick. And now they’ve swapped a starter, a week ahead of the trade deadline. In a deal that was broken by more ESPN reporters than people involved, the Lions sent linebacker..." October 25

  • There Are No Elite Teams in 2016

    The Ringer "For the first time in weeks, the NFL was the only show in town on Sunday night. With the World Series matchup set and the three presidential debates mercifully a thing of the past, Sunday Night Football took center stage as the weekend wound to a close. What followed was a game that will likely be..." October 25

  • Time to reassess Matthew Stafford's value to Detroit Lions

    Detroit Free Press "It’s not perfect throws and perfect routes, Matthew Stafford tells us, explaining the recent alchemy he has dialed up with his wide receivers. It’s … “everybody make a play,” while adjusting to each other’s imperfections — together. This is true, on its face, as the Detroit Lions’ quarterback..." October 25

  • Stafford late TD pass rallies Lions over Redskins

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Matthew Stafford made his 100th career start a memorable one. The Detroit Lions quarterback connected with Anquan Boldin on an 18-yard touchdown pass with 16 seconds left, lifting the Detroit Lions to a 20-17 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday at Ford Field. Stafford..." October 23

  • Gail Cogdill, one of the all-time great Detroit Lions WRs, dies at 79

    Detroit Free Press "Gail Cogdill, a three-time Pro Bowler and one of the best receivers in Detroit Lions history, died Thursday night of complications from heart and kidney failure and dementia in Spokane, Wash. He was 79. The Lions selected Cogdill in the sixth round of the 1960 NFL draft out of Washington State..." October 22

  • Goodell blames fans for not understanding NFL’s domestic violence policy

    The Comeback "Roger Goodell gave an interview to BBC Sports, in which he essentially says the league’s handling of domestic violence suspensions is fine. He blames fan ignorance or narrow-mindedness for the perception that he’s not going far enough. Roger Goodell is essentially the man behind the curtain,..." October 22

  • Introduces “Roster Options,” Which Is Basically a Way to Profit Off People Cheating at Fantasy Football

    Total Pro Sports "One of the key components of fantasy football is agonizing over your weekly roster, trying to decide which players are due for a big game and which should remain on the bench. It’s what makes fantasy football gratifying. If we didn’t have to use knowledge and instinct to make tough choices, we..." October 22

  • Jim Caldwell not talking playoffs with Detroit Lions, today or ever

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions are back in the playoff hunt, thanks to last-minute wins over the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Rams the last two weekends, but that doesn't mean that coach Jim Caldwell is planning to talk about postseason scenarios with his team. Asked today when he'll begin discussing..." October 21

  • The NFL is cracking down hard on illegal celebrations. Players and fans ask, why?

    Washington Post "Twerking? Don’t do it, Antonio Brown. Shooting a fake bow and arrow? No way, Josh Norman and Brandin Cooks. Taking off your helmet? Nope, Odell Beckham Jr. Shooting a jump shot over the crossbar? Forget about it, Vernon Davis. NFL officials are throwing penalty flags for illegal..." October 20

  • Sagging NFL TV ratings leave owners scrambling for answers

    USA Today "It’s an election year, silly. That wasn’t the entire company line, but the impact of the dramatic presidential election cycle was certainly a prevailing sentiment as NFL owners gathered Tuesday for their quarterly meeting and assessed the league's unusual and precipitous dip in TV..." October 19

  • Sean McDonough rips NFL officiating, blames it for ratings decline

    Larry Brown Sports "The Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets did not exactly put on a great show Monday night, and the officiating didn’t help. Head official Jerome Boger and his crew threw a whopping 19 penalty flags, making the game — which was never close — extremely hard to watch. Ratings have been down across..." October 18

  • Jeff Fisher apologizes to Lions' Jim Caldwell for kneel-down scrum

    Detroit Free Press "Los Angeles Rams coach Jeff Fisher said today that he apologized to Jim Caldwell for his team's play at the end of Sunday's 31-28 loss to the Detroit Lions, and that the decision to play through the victory formation "did not come from the sideline." "It was not a call. It was not something..." October 17

  • Dwayne Washington a no-go for Lions' matchup with Rams

    ESPN "The Detroit Lions will be without their top two running backs Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams as Dwayne Washington will not play due to an ankle injury, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The Lions already had ruled out starter Theo Riddick (ankle injury) this past week. That..." October 16

  • Forsett, Zenner to share carries in Detroit

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions are down their top three running backs today against the Rams, and so they’ll go with a veteran who just arrived and a youngster with limited experience. Justin Forsett and Zach Zenner will split carries at running back today, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Forsett was just signed..." October 16

  • Stafford, Lions outlast Keenum, Rams

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Crucial throws by Matthew Stafford. A go-ahead field goal with under two minutes to play. A game-sealing interception. The Detroit Lions are living dangerously but they've discovered a winning formula. Their 31-28 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday at Ford Field was..." October 16

  • Blandino: No obvious evidence to overturn key Eagles-Lions call

    Pro Football Talk "Eagles coach Doug Pederson believes the officials made a bad decision when awarding possession of running back Ryan Mathews‘ fumble to the Lions, arguing that center Jason Kelce was touching the ball while out of bounds, which should have ended the play before the Lions recovered the ball. The..." October 15

  • Lions' Ansah: Ankle 'feeling good,' expected to play Sunday

    Detroit Free Press "Ziggy Ansah answered every last question about his sprained left ankle Friday without saying a word. As reporters approached his locker for his first interview since leaving in the first quarter of a Week 2 loss to the Tennessee Titans, Ansah kicked away an equipment bag and assorted other..." October 15

  • With Theo Riddick out, Golden Tate could play some tailback

    Detroit Free Press "Running back Theo Riddick has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams, and that means the Detroit Lions are probably going to have to get creative to fill his absence Riddick, who suffered an ankle injury last week, is a unique blend of running back and elusive receiver out..." October 15

  • Lions rule out running back Theo Riddick (ankle) "The Detroit Lions' backfield injuries continue to mount. The team announced Theo Riddick would miss Sunday's tilt against the Los Angeles Rams due to an ankle injury. Riddick missed practice all week. Rookie power back Dwayne Washington is listed as questionable to play with an ankle..." October 14

  • Despite 5 sacks, Detroit Lions' Kerry Hyder not on Pro Bowl ballot

    Detroit Free Press "From a pure statistical standpoint, no Detroit Lion is more deserving of Pro Bowl consideration than defensive end Kerry Hyder. Hyder has five sacks in as many games, second-most in the NFC, and has led the Lions' pass rush while Ziggy Ansah nursed a high ankle sprain the last three..." October 14

  • Donald Trump makes fun of NFL concussion protocol

    247 Sports "Donald Trump is apparently not a fan of the NFL's concussion protocol. The Republican nominee for president made fun of the amount of time players miss now due to head injuries. The NFL has made significant changes in its concussion protocol over the past few years. While players often miss a..." October 13

  • Haloti Ngata to miss a few weeks with shoulder injury

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions will have a big hole in the middle of their defense this week. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Lions defensive tackle Haloti Ngata is expected to miss the next two or three weeks, after leaving last week’s game with a shoulder injury. He’s still undergoing tests on the..." October 12

  • Lions Signing Veteran RB Justin Forsett

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Detroit Lions are signing RB Justin Forsett to a contract on Tuesday, according to Justin Rogers. Forsett has already confirmed the news via his Twitter account: Detroit brought in Forsett for a workout on Tuesday and could use some depth at running back, so this seems like a decent move..." October 11

  • Laken Tomlinson remains the Detroit Lions' starting LG, Caldwell says

    Detroit Free Press "Laken Tomlinson was benched for a large part of Sunday's 24-23 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, including the game-winning fourth-quarter drive, but the Detroit Lions aren't ready to replace him as their starting left guard yet. Coach Jim Caldwell indicated today that Tomlinson remains his..." October 10

  • Lions TE Eric Ebron Probably Out A “Couple Of Weeks” With Ankle & Knee Injuries

    NFL Trade Rumors "A source tells ESPN’s Adam Caplan that Lions TE Eric Ebron will probably need a “couple of weeks” before he can return from ankle and knee injuries. Ebron briefly left last week’s game but managed to return and finish the game. Detroit is very thin at tight end, which explains why they..." October 09

  • Lions sack previously unbeaten Eagles

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- The Detroit Lions' offense couldn't do anything wrong in the first half. After halftime, they did virtually nothing right. Thanks to the play-making ability of cornerback Darius Slay, the Lions survived. Matt Prater kicked a 29-yard field goal with 1:28 remaining and the..." October 09

  • Lions Bringing In Veteran RB Justin Forsett For Visit Monday

    NFL Trade Rumors "ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Lions have scheduled a visit with free agent RB Justin Forsett for Monday. On the surface, this seems like a good landing spot for Forsett, as they could not only use some depth at running back, but a veteran presence could be a plus for them. Forsett,..." October 09

  • How can an NFL player go broke?

    Sporting News "How can an NFL player go broke? Originally answered on Sept. 7, 2016. This question originally appeared on Quora , the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. You can follow Quora on Twitter , Facebook , and Google+ . Any number of..." October 08

  • Eric Ebron, DeAndre Levy, Ezekiel Ansah likely out vs Eagles after missing practice

    Michigan Live "Eric Ebron, DeAndre Levy and Ezekiel Ansah are not expected to play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles after missing a third straight practice Friday morning. Ebron is dealing with ankle and knee injuries that he suffered in Sunday's loss against Chicago, while Levy (quad/knee) hasn't..." October 07

  • With Washington still out, Detroit Lions RB Mike James could play

    Detroit Free Press "Rookie running back Dwayne Washington missed his third straight practice today with a sprained foot and ankle, and the Detroit Lions could be forced to dip into their practice squad for reinforcements for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles (1 p.m., Fox). The Lions signed Mike James..." October 07

  • Report: NFL Threatens To Fine Teams If They Use Too Much Footage On Social Media

    Deadspin "Buried in Albert Breer’s column for MMQB this morning was a nugget suggesting just how seriously the NFL is taking their declining primetime TV audiences. Ratings in the 18-t0-49 demographic have fallen between 12 and 16 percent for Thursday, Sunday, and Monday night games, and the NFL,..." October 07

  • Ratings Fumble for NFL Surprises Networks, Advertisers

    Pro Football Talk "Fewer people have been watching the NFL on TV this year. The NFL previously had said nothing about it. Now, the NFL has. And it’s along the lines of, “All is well.” “We’re missing some stars out there,” NFL media chief Brian Rolapp said, via the Wall Street Journal. Indeed they are, in part..." October 07

  • Lions Claim Armonty Bryant

    Pro Football Rumors "The Lions announced that they have claimed Armonty Bryant off waivers from the Browns. Cleveland waived the defensive end earlier this week. Armonty Bryant Bryant, 26, is slated to return from suspension this week. The Browns gave everyone in the football world a mild surprise by waiving the..." October 04

  • Lions RB Dwayne Washington dealing with sprained ankle, foot

    Detroit Free Press "Dwayne Washington suffered a sprained ankle and foot in Sunday's 17-14 loss to the Chicago Bears, but the rookie running back is hopeful he won't miss any time with his injuries. Washington left midway through Sunday's second quarter after he had a 5-yard run called back by a holding penalty..." October 03

  • Lions’ Caldwell: ‘I can’t control’ buzz about job security

    Detroit News "This probably isn’t where Jim Caldwell thought he’d be, but after four weeks, the Detroit Lions coach is having to field his first batch of job security questions after his team fell to 1-3 with a 17-14 loss to the Chicago Bears. Caldwell was asked what he would tell the growing percentage of..." October 03

  • Jim Caldwell insists Lions didn't bench Golden Tate "Golden Tate's season of struggles sunk to new depths Sunday in a loss to the previously winless Chicago Bears. The Lions' supposed 1B receiver entering the season caught one pass for one yard on four targets before adding a late-game two-point conversion. It's not unheard of for a top-flight..." October 03

  • Lions will have Eric Ebron, Marvin Jones

    Pro Football Talk "Matthew Stafford will have a full complement of receivers to throw to today in Chicago. Although tight end Eric Ebron and wide receiver Marvin Jones are both listed as questionable, both will be good to go today, according to multiple reporters." October 02

  • Howard, Hoyer help Bears end home hex vs. Lions

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard insisted that he had no trouble falling asleep the night before his first NFL start. "No, it wasn't tough," said Howard, a rookie fifth-round draft pick out of Indiana. "I didn't feel any added pressure. As a running back, you always..." October 02

  • Marvin Jones, Eric Ebron questionable for Lions

    Pro Football Talk "As the Lions try to move to 2-2 on the year, they’ll definitely not have two key players. They possibly won’t have two others. As expected, defensive end Ziggy Ansah and linebacker DeAndre Levy are out for Sunday’s game, with ankle and quad injuries, respectively." October 01

  • Senator introduces anti-online gambling bill to Congress

    Sportsnaut "Judicial and political systems at the state level continue to take up online gambling and daily fantasy sports. We’ve seen multiple instances in the past where online gaming itself has been banned at the state level. The most recent examples of this include daily fantasy sports in New York,..." September 29

  • 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