Lions Rumors & News

  • Why Matthew Stafford is MVP

    CBS Sports "If I had to give an MVP award with the season essentially three-quarters complete, I would go with Matthew Stafford. He is flat out making plays all over the field, from four different arm slots, to a whole bunch of receivers on a team that doesn't have a running back. Stafford put on another..." December 05

  • Stafford, Prater drive Lions past Saints

    The Sports Xchange "NEW ORLEANS -- For once during their season of crazy, fourth-quarter comebacks, the Detroit Lions had absolutely nothing to fear. Matthew Stafford threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns, including a clinching 66-yarder to Golden Tate in the fourth quarter, and Matt Prater kicked a..." December 04

  • Nick Fairley appears to take cheap shot at Matthew Stafford

    Detroit Free Press "There's no love lost between former teammates, apparently. While stepping over Matthew Stafford after a sack, former Detroit Lions and current New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Nick Fairley took a cheap shot to the face of the Lions' quarterback. The moment was captured by the Fox TV cameras...." December 04

  • Lions cut Justin Forsett

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions made a series of roster moves ahead of Sunday’s game at New Orleans. Defensive end Armonty Bryant was activated from the reserve-suspended list after serving a three-game suspension, and wide receiver T.J. Jones was promoted from the practice squad. Veteran running back Justin..." December 03

  • Trump takes credit for NFL ratings slide, again

    Pro Football Talk "Thirty years after Donald Trump took on the NFL and lost, he has taken on the NFL and won. According to him. Via SportsBusiness Daily, the President-Elect declared during his first public rally since the election that the NFL’s ratings dropped because of the election. “[T]heir ratings were..." December 02

  • Lions' Teryl Austin, Jim Bob Cooter deflect talk of head coaching jobs

    Detroit News "Teryl Austin has been a hot coaching candidate the past two offseasons, and if the Detroit Lions' defense continues to improve down the stretch, the 51-year-old defensive coordinator figures to be in consideration for vacancies again this year. And despite a recent rough patch on the other side..." December 01

  • NFL expected to hire 17 full-time officials, league exec says

    Sporting News "Help appears to be on the way for NFL officiating. Amid a season of questionable calls, NFL executive Troy Vincent told The Associated Press on Thursday that the league is expected to hire as many as 17 full-time officials. The new batch of hires will increase game-day officiating crews from..." December 01

  • Adam Schefter signs five-year extension with ESPN

    CBS Sports "ESPN Insider Adam Schefter missed on breaking possibly the biggest news of the night Wednesday. Then again, when you are the news, there might be a different protocol. Filed to by media critic Richard Deitsch Wednesday evening, the four-letter network out of Bristol, CT has extended the..." December 01

  • Report: NFL will ditch early-morning London games

    Pro Football Talk "When it comes to making the NFL’s product more attractive by making it more scarce, the NFL claims it won’t consider ditching or limiting Thursday Night Football. However, it reportedly will be ditching another fairly recent broadcasting practice. Via Joe Flint of the Wall Street Journal, the..." November 29

  • Lions sign former Cardinals QB Logan Thomas as tight end

    Detroit News "The Detroit Lions have signed Logan Thomas to the practice squad. A former quarterback, the Lions intend to convert the 6-foot-6, 250-pounder to tight end. Thomas, a three-year starter at Virginia Tech, was a fourth-round pick for the Arizona Cardinals in 2014. After being released by the..." November 28

  • Matt Prater is 25-for-25 on clutch kicks: “I don’t doubt myself”

    Pro Football Talk "Lions kicker Matt Prater hit a fourth-quarter field goal to tie the game against the Vikings yesterday, and another fourth-quarter field goal minutes later to win the game. That made him a perfect 25-for-25 in his career when attempting game-tying or go-ahead field goals in the fourth quarter or..." November 25

  • Stefon Diggs, DeAndre Levy inactive for Thanksgiving opener

    Pro Football Talk "Word on Wednesday was that Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs would miss the team’s Thanksgiving game against the Lions due to a knee injury and the Vikings have confirmed it on Thursday morning. The team released its list of inactive players for the game and Diggs is on it. The Vikings..." November 24

  • Lions beat Vikings on Prater's last-second field goal

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Matthew Stafford takes exception to the notion that the Detroit Lions are lucky to be in first place. What is certain is that the Lions have a knack for late-game magic. The NFL's version of Comeback Kids this season notched another fourth-quarter rally, as Matt Prater's 40-yard..." November 24

  • Twitter reacts to Aretha Franklin's beautiful (but very long) national anthem

    USA Today "As far as national anthem singers go, you can’t do much better than Aretha Franklin. So it makes a lot of sense for the NFL to turn to her to kick off their Thanksgiving slate. And she came through with a stirring rendition of the anthem, but, man, did she take her time with it. " November 24

  • John Madden on Thursday football: “It just doesn’t work”

    East Bay Times "One of Thanksgiving’s greatest traditions was listening to John Madden talk football and, even though he retired from the broadcast booth in 2009, Madden can still bring it. Madden, 80, is “feeling great” after battling multiple health issues, starting with heart surgery exactly a year..." November 24

  • Competition Committee to explore sideline cameras "Two controversial sideline calls in two weeks have provoked questions as to how the league should review close plays along the boundaries. On Monday night, DeAndre Hopkins was ruled out of bounds on an early catch-and-run touchdown when it looked like his right foot had touched the white..." November 23

  • 9 NFL coaches who could be fired this season

    Fox Sports "Four straight losses have Mike McCarthy moving closer to the top of our hot seat rankings The unofficial second half of the NFL season begins this week as Thanksgiving is upon us. With it comes a clearer postseason picture and a whole bunch of teams that have no shot at the playoffs. Not..." November 23

  • Lions sign QB Jake Rudock to active roster from practice squad

    Detroit Lions "The Detroit Lions announced today that they have signed QB Jake Rudock to the active roster from the practice squad. Rudock was drafted by the Lions in the sixth round (191st overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft out of the University of Michigan. He played one season for the Wolverines (2015) after..." November 23

  • Shannon Sharpe: NFL officiating so bad some fans think games are fixed

    Sporting News "NFL officiating has become so bad some fans think games are fixed. That was the serious charge leveled by Shannon Sharpe on FS1's "Undisputed" Tuesday after poor officiating marred the Raiders' 27-20 win Monday night against the Texans in Mexico City. The Pro Football Hall of Famer and..." November 23

  • Matt Millen, architect of the 0-16 2008 Lions, feels for the winless Browns

    Fox Sports "At 0-11 heading into Sunday’s home game against the New York Giants, the Cleveland Browns are on pace to become the fifth winless team in NFL history and just the second to accomplish the feat in a 16-game season. The only other team to go 0-16, the 2008 Detroit Lions, were headed by Matt..." November 22

  • Joe Theismann: Kirk Cousins better than Joe Flacco, Jay Cutler, Matthew Stafford

    Sportsnaut "Former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann is a huge fan of current Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins, who has been on fire of late. “I think he’s been playing fantastic football,” Theismann said, via TMZ Sports. “The thing about Kirk, and about the position, really, is how..." November 22

  • No rushing game is a big danger for the Detroit Lions

    Detroit Free Press "Theo Riddick put his finger on the problem with the Lions’ struggling run game and the danger it presents. “Overall, you don’t want to be one-dimensional, especially in this league,” he said. “When you’re one- dimensional, you usually get beat. And we’ll get it going.” You usually get beat...." November 22

  • Report: James Laurinaitis working out for Lions

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints waived linebacker James Laurinaitis off of injured reserve last week and he went unclaimed on the waiver wire, leaving him free to sign with any team in the league. The Lions may be thinking about bringing the veteran on board as they try to win the NFC North. Adam Schefter of ESPN..." November 21

  • Lions RB Ameer Abdullah Visiting Foot Specialist To See If He Can Begin Practicing

    NFL Trade Rumors "Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot, injured reserve) will visit with Dr. Robert Anderson on Tuesday to see if he can begin practicing this week. According to Rapoport, it’s realistic to think Abdullah could be active in three weeks. While it seemed like LB..." November 20

  • Lions trip up mistake-prone Jaguars

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- The best thing the Detroit Lions had going for them on Sunday was their opponent's knack to self-destruct. Fresh off a bye, the Lions rushed for 14 yards, fumbled twice and didn't throw a touchdown pass. Still, they kept a share of first place in the NFC North by virtue of punt..." November 20

  • NFL discussing moving start times of London games

    ESPN "In a continued effort to try to improve ratings, one idea the NFL is discussing is moving the 9:30 a.m. ET games played in London to a 1 p.m. ET start time, according to league sources. The idea would be to close a viewing window the NFL had created that extended the day and possibly detracted..." November 20

  • Lions’ Matthew Stafford on target for lower pick rate

    Detroit News "Matthew Stafford is getting wiser as he gets older. It’s not about sage advice for his Lions teammates or doing anything out of the ordinary. It’s just about making better decisions. The wild, up-for-grabs heaves to Calvin Johnson are a thing of the past. Instead, Stafford has morphed into a..." November 19

  • Johnthan Banks: Only thing holding him back in Tampa was coaching

    Michigan Live "What happened to Johnthan Banks? He was the nations's top defensive back at Mississippi State in 2012. He was a second-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013. He started right away, too, and picked off seven passes his first two years in the league. But he lost his spot this year...." November 18

  • Lions' Matthew Stafford denies lofty contract demands

    Detroit News "Reports surfaced this week that Matthew Stafford is seeking a contract extension valued at $25 million per season. That information came as a surprise to the Detroit Lions quarterback. "It was news to me, to tell you the truth," Stafford said. "Hadn’t obviously had any thoughts of that in my..." November 17

  • NFL changing schedule process for greater flexibility with international games

    Sporting News "Within the next two weeks, the NFL should know how many international games will be played in 2017 and the participating teams. But when it comes to announcing when and where those games will be played, the public and teams will have to wait. NFL executive vice president/International Mark..." November 17

  • Lions sign Don Carey to 1-year extension

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions are taking steps to keep one of the NFL's best punting units intact. Two months after signing Sam Martin to a four-year contract extension, the Lions inked gunner Don Carey to a one-year extension this week. The deal, which includes a $375,000 signing bonus and $975,000..." November 16

  • DeAndre Levy practices for first time in a long time

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions head into Week 11 in first place in the NFC North and they’ve been able to get to this point with only the smallest of contributions from linebacker DeAndre Levy. Levy played in the team’s season-opening victory over the Colts, but has been out of action since then due to quad and..." November 16

  • NFL players headed to Capitol Hill to talk police relations and race issues, may meet with Paul Ryan

    ESPN "Five NFL players on Wednesday will travel to Capitol Hill to discuss police brutality and race issues with members of Congress, including a possible meeting with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. The meetings were conceived by Detroit Lions wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who is known for his..." November 15

  • Lions' Caldwell: I'd lose my job if I said things presidential candidates did

    ESPN "Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell didn’t want to delve too much into his feelings about last week’s presidential election, but he made one thing pretty clear. He believes leadership is important. And he feels if he said some of the things some of the presidential candidates did, he would likely..." November 14

  • Lions QB Matthew Stafford, wife Kelly expecting twins

    Detroit News "Last month, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford announced the couple were expecting their first child. On Friday, the news got doubly exciting with the Stafford family sharing they will be welcoming twins this spring. "Surprise... we are having two for the price of one,"..." November 13

  • Lions' Matthew Stafford wants to be the NFL's next $25 million quarterback

    CBS Sports "Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford earned midseason MVP chatter in leading his team beyond what many expected, and with his contract set to expire in 2017, he will explore an extension with Detroit after the season. Stafford's agents will seek a deal that would top Aaron Rodgers at $25 million per..." November 13

  • NFL may consider fewer commercials to improve ratings

    Awful Announcing "There’s a lot of infuriating things happening in the world and in the world of sports right now. But for me, what has to be near the top of the list, at least in the top five, is this… Commercial. Touchback. Commercial. You know those interminable points in an NFL game after a team goes on a..." November 10

  • Donald Trump victory reportedly creating racial divide among NFL locker rooms

    Larry Brown Sports "One of the most common lessons a parent teaches a child is to not discuss politics with friends you want to keep. The same can apparently be said of NFL players and their teammates. Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report has spoken with more than two dozen current NFL players since Donald Trump won..." November 10

  • With ratings falling, the NFL may speed up game pace

    Today's Pigskin "Are NFL games just too slow? That’s one question being asked by executives as the rating continue to falter. NFL Media executive VP and NFL Network president and CEO Brian Rolapp was recently asked if the pace of games needed to increase to draw people back in, and he said: “Could [games] be..." November 10

  • NFL not rushing to rewrite marijuana policy amid new laws

    ESPN "The expansion of marijuana legalization across the United States during this week's elections will not spur any immediate changes in the NFL's joint drug policy with the NFL Players Association, spokesmen for both the league and the NFLPA said Wednesday. The NFLPA, however, will continue its..." November 10

  • Lions as NFC North favorites? It's not far-fetched

    Detroit Free Press "The Lions are in a pretty good spot at 5-4 with a bye week. How much do you buy that they’re in the driver’s seat in the NFC North? If we’ve learned anything over the past 24 hours -- it’s that forecasting results before they happen is a flawed science. So take anything that you’re about to..." November 10

  • How the NFL paved the way for Donald Trump's presidency

    Fox Sports "There was an election in America on Tuesday night and business mogul/reality star/Home Alone 2 starrer Donald Trump pulled off one of the great upsets in history to defeat Hillary Clinton and become the President-elect of the United States. And, if you're one of the 49% of people who didn't vote..." November 09

  • Pereira thinks NFL turning to full-time officials would be a mistake

    Pro Football Talk "Since Saints coach Sean Payton said last week on PFT Live that the NFL needs full-time officials, there has seemed to be a groundswell of support for the idea, even including the league’s head of officiating, Dean Blandino, saying the idea has merit. But a former head of officiating doesn’t..." November 09

  • Corey Fuller activated from PUP as a fifth receiver

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions have a chance to get healthy over this week's bye. And it has started in a bit of a surprising place. Detroit activated receiver Corey Fuller to the 53-man roster Tuesday, and released tight end Khari Lee in the corresponding move. Fuller had been on the physically unable..." November 08

  • HOF: Gold jackets, rings are to be worn only by Hall of Famers

    Pro Football Talk "The Pro Football Hall of Fame is standing by its policy not to give gold jackets and rings to the families of players inducted posthumously. Amid criticism from one of the daughters of Ken Stabler, the former quarterback who was inducted posthumously this year, many have called on the Hall to..." November 08

  • Hamstring injury keeps Slay out vs. Vikings

    Pro Football Talk "Lions cornerback Darius Slay is inactive for Sunday’s game vs. the Vikings due to a hamstring injury. Slay, the Lions’ No. 1 cornerback, was a limited participant during the practice week. He warmed up on the field Sunday morning before a final call on his status was made. " November 06

  • Tate's TD sends Lions past Vikings in OT

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Facing a three-point deficit and 75 yards with no timeouts isn't enough to faze Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions. They've been in the precarious situation plenty of times. A new clock and the ball to start overtime sure aren't going to cause Detroit to panic...." November 06

  • Lions safety fined for hit that left C.J. Fiedorowicz dizzy

    Pro Football Talk "During Sunday’s game in Houston, Lions safety Tavon Wilson drilled Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz in the head with a hard shot. It was surprising that Fiedorowicz, after initially going to the locker room, returned to the game. It’s not surprising that Wilson was fined $24,309 for the..." November 05

  • Lions try out a couple of linebackers

    Pro Football Talk "With linebacker DeAndre Levy due to miss his eighth straight game for the Lions, the team spent Friday taking a look at a couple of available free agents at the position. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Lions tried out Sam Barrington and Sio Moore. Barrington, a 2013..." November 04

  • Eric Ebron Has Military Cleat Tribute to Honor WWII Vet Grandfather

    TMZ "Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron found a pretty cool way to honor his grandfather -- custom cleats saluting his incredible military service. Ebron's grandfather was U.S. Marine Corps SSGT Oling R. Jackson -- who served in 3 major wars ... WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Jackson passed away in 2003. " November 04