Lions Rumors & News

  • Junior Seau leads a strong eight-man class into the Hall of Fame

    Pro Football Talk "The Pro Football Hall of Fame cleared the decks of a number of finalists who had been debated for years, as they ushered in an eight-man class to Canton Saturday night. First-year eligible linebacker Junior Seau was elected to the Hall of Fame, along with running back Jerome Bettis, defensive..." January 31

  • Ndamukong Suh challenged Packer to fight after Aaron Rodgers play

    Michigan Live "Ndamukong Suh has denied that he intentionally stepped on Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the Detroit Lions' regular-season finale. But the play, inadvertent or otherwise, apparently heightened tensions between Suh and Packers offensive lineman T.J. Lang. That culminated with Suh..." January 30

  • NFL will review Calvin Johnson rule, narrow goal posts

    SB Nation "The league is still considering reducing the width of the goal post and will review the "Calvin Johnson Rule" this offseason. The NFL competition committee will examine reducing the width of the goal post uprights this offseason, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Each year the..." January 30

  • NFLPA to give own salary-cap projection for 2015

    USA Today "For the first time, the NFL Players Association plans to issue its own projections for the 2015 salary cap to counter what it perceives as deflated league projections that can impact teams' budgeting and, in turn, hold down spending. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith made the..." January 30

  • Players expect Suh to be $100 million man

    Detroit News "Ndamukong Suh soon will become one of the most sought-after free agents, and some of his peers at the Super Bowl believe he deserves to be the first defensive tackle to strike a $100 million contract. Steve Mariucci, the former Lions coach now an analyst for the NFL Network, said Suh will be..." January 28

  • Tate: 'A little envy' of Seahawks' Super Bowl trip

    Detroit Free Press "There was a hint of jealousy in Golden Tate's voice. The Detroit Lions wide receiver played in his first career Pro Bowl on Sunday, and played well. He caught two passes for 98 yards, had the longest reception of the game, a 60-yarder that set up quarterback Matthew Stafford's first touchdown,..." January 27

  • Ryan Broyles likely down to final chance with Lions

    Detroit Free Press "To listen to Martin Mayhew, Ryan Broyles' run with the Detroit Lions isn't over — it only looks that way. Broyles languished as the Lions' fifth receiver this year, rarely playing and hardly ever being active for games. Though he was healthy for the first time in his career, Broyles appeared..." January 25

  • Lions' Mathis wants to play another season (or more)

    Detroit Free Press "Rashean Mathis was asked the same question roughly a half-dozen times after he cleaned out his locker at the Detroit Lions' Allen Park training facility earlier this month: Do you want to play one more NFL season? "Everyone keeps throwing up one more," Mathis said. "I think I've shown I have a..." January 24

  • Pro Bowl 'far from' Matthew Stafford's ultimate objective

    Detroit News "Lions coach Jim Caldwell said it will be "quite an honor" for Matthew Stafford to play in his first Pro Bowl Sunday. Stafford will be the first Lions quarterback to play in the annual all-star game since Greg Landry after the 1971 season. And even though being named to the Pro Bowl is an..." January 22

  • NFL moves all three London games to 9:30 a.m. Eastern

    Pro Football Talk "Early morning football from London is here to stay. The NFL announced today that all three London games in 2015 will kick off at 9:30 a.m. Eastern. The three early games are Jets-Dolphins on October 4, Bills-Jaguars on October 25 and Lions-Chiefs on November 1." January 22

  • Bucs' McCoy: 'Mutant' Suh is the best DT in NFL

    Detroit Free Press "Gerald McCoy signed the richest contract for a defensive tackle in NFL history in October, but he said that the man who's about to top his deal is the best player at his position right now. During an appearance on ESPN's "Mike & Mike" radio show this morning, McCoy was asked who is the best..." January 22

  • Lions will have a lot of options at tailback in NFL draft

    Michigan Live "The last time the Detroit Lions running game was this bad was 2008. And we all remember what happened that year. Although that haggard offensive line certainly played a role, the Lions are expected to explore personnel upgrades for the backfield as well. That's particularly true if they decide..." January 21

  • Lions RB Joique Bell had minor knee, Achilles surgeries

    Detroit Free Press "Joique Bell underwent minor surgery to clean up his knee and Achilles tendon last week, but the Detroit Lions' leading rusher is expected to return in time for organized off-season workouts. Bell posted a picture on Instagram Thursday of him in a hospital bed and gown indicating he underwent..." January 21

  • Lions won't bring back center Dominic Raiola

    Detroit Free Press "The longest-tenured Lion has played his last game in Detroit. The Detroit Lions have informed long-time center Dominic Raiola that they don't plan on bringing him back for a 15th season next year, according to a source with knowledge of the situation who is not authorized to speak about it..." January 19

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    #Bears asked for permission to interview #Lions QB coach Jim Bob Cooter, a fast-riser, for OC job, source said. Alas, Detroit blocked it.

  • Golden Tate denies affair with Russell Wilson's ex-wife, being punched by Percy Harvin

    SB Nation "Golden Tate is tired of hearing his name pop up in social media rumors, to the point that he felt compelled to address them in an open letter to NFL fans. In the letter, which was published Friday on The Cauldron, the Detroit Lions wide receiver shot down reports of an affair with Russell Wilson's..." January 17

  • Report: Ndamukong Suh pulls out of Pro Bowl, too

    Detroit Free Press "Not a big surprise, but Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has pulled out of the Pro Bowl and will be replaced by Cincinnati Bengals star Geno Atkins, the Bengals' website reported. Suh, a pending free agent, was not expected to play in the game, for risk of an injury. He could become..." January 16

  • Lions have no regrets on declining Nick Fairley's option

    Detroit Free Press "When he started the season with a productive first two months and slimmer waistline, Nick Fairley looked like he might make the Detroit Lions regret their decision not to pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. When he finished it by missing nine straight games with a knee injury,..." January 15

  • Matthew Stafford still irked by play "It has been a week since the Detroit Lions lost to the Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs, and how his team lost still irks quarterback Matthew Stafford. Stafford, a guest analyst on ESPN's "Postseason NFL Countdown" on Sunday, was asked about the pass-interference flag that was picked up during..." January 11

  • Bart Scott suggests there was “something on the line” in Dallas

    Pro Football Talk "As the divisional round of the playoffs arrives, the final game of the wild-card round still resonates. Plenty of folks believe something untoward happened in Dallas. Influenced by the perception/reality that the league office makes it up as they go to reach a preordained result regarding..." January 10

  • Bears ask to interview Lions assistant Teryl Austin

    Chicago Tribune "In his first days as the new Bears general manager, Ryan Pace already has come to recognize the magnitude of his first order of business. The Bears are still in need of a new coach to replace Marc Trestman. And Pace is suddenly at the controls of that search. “I can assure you I understand the..." January 10

  • Lions CB Rashean Mathis not thinking retirement, believes he has multiple seasons left

    Michigan Live "As the Detroit Lions players cleaned out their lockers on Monday, local reporters scurried around the room trying to get a few minutes with as many of them as possible. For many players, that meant answering the same, obvious questions over and over for each new reporter that approached. For..." January 07

  • Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. added to Pro Bowl, Lions' Calvin Johnson will not play

    The Score "New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was added to the Pro Bowl on Thursday. He will replace Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who is unable to play due to injury." January 07

  • Obama: If I were Lions fan I'd be 'aggravated'

    Detroit News "President Barack Obama said if he were a Lions fan, he would be "pretty aggravated" over a reversed pass interference call Sunday in the fourth quarter of the Detroit Lions-Dallas Cowboys playoff game. With the Lions holding a 20-17 lead midway through the fourth quarter, an official announced..." January 07

  • Ndamukong Suh’s impending free agency surrounded by questions

    Yahoo! Sports "Charles Woodson in 2006. Deion Sanders in 1994 (and 1995). Reggie White in 1993. This is the territory that awaits the Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh – who is poised to become one of the most talented defensive free-agent signings in league history. And in the midst of his prime, no..." January 06

  • Free agent Fairley likes Detroit, wants to stay

    Detroit Free Press "Nick Fairley wants to stay in Detroit. "I want it to be," the defensive tackle said Monday. "I love Detroit, to be honest. I feel the city, the people in it. I love the atmosphere of basically the hard work that they bring. I'm just all work and that's definitely the vibe I get from the city..." January 06

  • Head of NFL officiating says Cowboys should have been flagged for defensive holding

    SB Nation "Ever since referees inexplicably picked up a critical pass interference flag that helped the Dallas Cowboys rally against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, we've heard from a steady stream of people criticizing the no-call: former refs, coaches, players, etc. On Monday, we finally heard from NFL vice..." January 06

  • Cowboys Pull Off Huge Comeback Win over Lions, 24-20

    Blogging The Boys "It certainly wasn't the script the Dallas Cowboys had written for their playoff game against the Detroit Lions, but it was a happy ending after all. The Cowboys rallied to win their wild card playoff game over the Lions 24-20 in dramatic fashion as Tony Romo threw the winning touchdown with just..." January 05

  • Referee explains controversial pass interference call in Cowboys-Lions

    Dallas Morning News "This may come as a surprise, but the Cowboys had no problem with the flag the officials picked up after an interference call on rookie Anthony Hitchens in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game. Detroit did. The disputed play came with 8:25 remaining. On third-and-1, clinging to a three-point..." January 05

  • Lions' Travis Swanson injures knee "Detroit Lions right guard Travis Swanson is out for the rest of Sunday's wild-card playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys with a knee injury. The Lions had been starting Swanson at right guard because Larry Warford injured his right knee in the regular-season finale against Green Bay last..." January 04

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    Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

    Lions DT Nick Fairley is officially inactive.

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Today's coordinators in demand: Bills have requested permission to interview Bengals OC Hue Jackson and Lions DC Teryl Austin, per source.

  • Lions could use Golden Tate on punt returns

    Pro Football Talk "In Seattle last year, Golden Tate was both a starting wide receiver and the punt returner. When the Lions signed him this offseason, they decided to put all his attention on offense. But with the playoffs coming, Tate would like a shot at returning punts again. Although Tate was careful to say..." January 03

  • Carr: Poor game plan last season "Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr blamed a poor game plan for Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson's dominance during the last meeting between the teams. Johnson caught 14 passes for 329 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' 31-30 win over the Cowboys last season, coming seven receiving..." January 03

  • 49ers request interview with Lions D-coordinator Austin

    CSN Bay Area "Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin told reporters Thursday the 49ers have request permission to interview him for their head-coaching opening. Austin, 49, was one of the top three minority candidates the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation planned to submit to NFL teams with..." January 02

  • 2014 AP All-Pro Team

    Pro Football Talk "Via USA Today and, here is the first-team All-Pro squad as announced by The Associated Press on Friday. Fifty NFL writers compose the AP’s voting panel: OFFENSE Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay. Running back: DeMarco Murray, Dallas; Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh. Fullback: John..." January 02

  • Ndamukong Suh says ‘next question’ 10 times when asked about Rodgers incident

    Sportress of Blogitude "Ndamukong Suh may have triumphed in his appeal related to the one-game suspension related to an incident involving Aaron Rodgers during last Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, but the Detroit Lions defensive lineman was in no mood to discuss either the incident or the successful outcome..." January 02

  • Stafford, Romo playing for reputations Sunday

    Fox Sports Detroit "Matthew Stafford and Tony Romo, two much-maligned quarterbacks throughout most of their careers, will be playing for their reputations Sunday afternoon when the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys meet in the opening round of the NFL playoffs. If the Lions -- who are 6 1/2-point underdogs -- win,..." January 02

  • Lions Nick Fairley closer to returning on Sunday

    Oakland Press "Tis the season for miracles. One could be unfolding for the Detroit Lions leading up to Sunday’s wild-card game at Dallas. Nick Fairley, who has been out since injuring his knee in the first half of the Oct. 26 game at London, practiced for the first time on Thursday. He was limited but the..." January 02

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    Dave Birkett @davebirkett

    Lombardi sure made it sound like Warford will not play Sunday. "You'll miss him," Lombardi said

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    Dave Birkett @davebirkett

    Nick Fairley said he's down to 290 pounds, did not do any team work today

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    Tim Twentyman @ttwentyman

    Fairley won't play Sunday, but that could set up the timeline for him getting back on the field if the Lions advance past Dallas.

  • Golden Tate: Who is Barry Church? "When Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate heard that Dallas Cowboys safety Barry Church had started talking about getting revenge on him for a hit on Sean Lee in 2012, Tate had to do some research. Tate said Thursday he had no idea who Church was and has no prior history with him. "Man, I..." January 01

  • Seattle DT: Suh ruling shows QB favoritism "Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Michael Bennett weighed in on the Ndamukong Suh situation, saying defensive linemen are treated differently than other players in the NFL. Suh, a defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions, had his one-game suspension for stepping on the leg of Green Bay Packers..." January 01

  • Church vows payback within rules "The overturned suspension of Ndamukong Suh has dominated this week's NFL news cycle, but another cheap shot by a current Detroit Lions player has been a subject of discussion among Dallas Cowboys defenders. Cowboys safety Barry Church vowed to seek legal payback on Lions receiver Golden Tate,..." December 31

  • Matthew Stafford's Wife BLASTS NFL Stop Babying Aaron Rodgers! "Matthew Stafford's wife is calling B.S. on the NFL -- claiming her husband was cleated JUST AS BAD as Aaron Rodgers last weekend ... and the league didn't do SQUAT about it. Of course, Stafford's Detroit Lions teammate Ndamukong Suh was just suspended by the league this week after stomping on..." December 31

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    During appeal, Ndamukong Suh said his feet were numb from cold and he couldn't tell difference between Aaron Rodgers' feet and the ground.

  • Source: Suh said he had cold feet "Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, during an appeal of his one-game suspension for twice stepping on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, said his feet were numb from the cold, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Wednesday. A source said Suh told appeals officer..." December 31

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Ndamukong Suh won his appeal; now allowed to play vs. Dallas

  • Ndamukong Suh has suspension rescinded, fined $70K "The Detroit Lions will have Ndamukong Suh on the field for Sunday's Wild Card matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. Suh won on Tuesday his appeal of the one-game suspension handed down Monday for stepping on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Sunday's loss to the Packers. Suh instead receives a..." December 30