Lions Rumors & News

  • Lions put rookie CB Alex Carter on injured reserve

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Lions interim general manager Sheldon White gave him the bad news as he walked off the practice field today. Rookie cornerback Alex Carter's season is over as the Lions have decided not to activate their third-round pick from the physically unable to perform list now that his three-week..." November 30

  • Calvin Johnson said he'd offer congratulations if record broken

    ESPN "Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson said he would offer congratulations to either Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown or Atlanta's Julio Jones if either one breaks his single-season receiving record in 2015. Entering Sunday, both were on pace to finish within 150 yards of Johnson's mark of 1,964..." November 29

  • Lions' GM search eyes Patriots, Ravens, Seahawks, Packers execs

    CBS Sports "The Lions did not rely on conventional wisdom in hiring a new team president, running what appeared to be a very limited search and settling on a candidate with virtually no NFL experience. Expect their search for a general manager to proceed in a very different manner. League sources said the..." November 29

  • As the drops mount, Lions TE Eric Ebron's role shrinks

    Michigan Live "Jim Caldwell wouldn't say the Detroit Lions have cut Eric Ebron's role the past couple weeks. He says it was just a matter of packages. Which is virtually the same thing he said about safety Isa Abdul-Quddus, who apparently isn't a starter even though he's started three straight games over..." November 28

  • Lions' Calvin Johnson devours Eagles' defense with 3 TDs

    Detroit Free Press "After Calvin Johnson caught three touchdown passes in a vintage performance during the Detroit Lions' 45-14 mauling of the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, he sat at his locker with his back to reporters as he tried to find a sliver of privacy before being interviewed. One reporter asked..." November 27

  • Lions dominate as Eagles quit on Chip Kelly

    Pro Football Talk "After the Eagles’ debacle last week against the Buccaneers, there was talk that their Thanksgiving game against the Lions would be a referendum on Chip Kelly. The verdict is in: The Eagles have quit on their coach. In an epic 45-14 beatdown in Detroit, Kelly’s team was embarrassed before a..." November 26

  • Semifinalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2016 class "The Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2016 was trimmed down to 25 on Tuesday during NFL Network's Gold Jacket Semifinalists special. The original field of 108 nominees and these selections will be cut to 15 in early January. The group of semifinalists includes 22 players and three coaches,..." November 25

  • What are the worst calls by referees this season? Here are our top five

    Yahoo! Sports "Super Bowl 50, billed as a celebration of a half-century of what has become the pinnacle sporting event in the Western Hemisphere, was marred — before the game ever started — on an obscure automatic coin toss loss by the Carolina Panthers for sending too many captains (teams are allowed six) out..." November 25

  • Lions' Jim Caldwell on job security: 'I don't think about it as much as you do'

    Michigan Live "With nothing meaningful left to play for, Jim Caldwell's fate is one of the most important issues facing the Detroit Lions these days. And he seems to be tired of hearing about it. "You must be fixated on that or something, aren't you?" said Caldwell, when asked once again about his job..." November 24

  • Lions' Jim Caldwell on job security: 'I don't think about it as much as you do'

    Michigan Live "With nothing meaningful left to play for, Jim Caldwell's fate is one of the most important issues facing the Detroit Lions these days. And he seems to be tired of hearing about it. "You must be fixated on that or something, aren't you?" said Caldwell, when asked once again about his job..." November 23

  • NFL Targets Massive Payday in Thursday Night TV Deal

    The Hollywood Reporter "One of the last big sports rights opportunities for several years is about to become available to TV networks. The NFL's Thursday Night Football — which for the past two seasons has aired on CBS via one-year deals — is generating intense interest as the league is likely to extend the length of the..." November 23

  • Swarming Lions silence Raiders for 2nd straight win

    Detroit News "It took until the second half of the season, but the Lions have rediscovered their swarming defense from 2014. In an 18-13 win Sunday, the Lions allowed just 214 yards to a Raiders offense that came to Ford Field averaging 374.2 per game. Quarterback Matthew Stafford scored the game-winning..." November 22

  • Rod Wood: Lions not as far away as you might think

    Detroit Free Press "New Detroit Lions president Rod Wood said he'll leave all football decisions to the team's next general manager, but Wood gave plenty of insight into his and ownership's thinking when he said whoever takes control of the roster is not looking at a total rebuild. "We're not as far away as I..." November 21

  • Lions president Rod Wood doesn't expect to be involved in personnel decisions

    Michigan Live "While many Detroit Lions fans want to know who Ron Wood is, the more important question is what will he do. The organization's new president provided some cursory insight on his role during a morning interview with the team's new broadcast partner WJR-AM. "I would probably not be directly..." November 20

  • Lions abruptly dump search-firm approach

    Pro Football Talk "The out-of-the-Honolulu-blue news on Thursday that the Lions had hired businessman Rod Wood to serve as the franchise’s next team president carries with it a more important revelation: The effort to find a new General Manager will not, as previously planned, involve a search firm. Instead, the..." November 20

  • This Unbelievable Quote From The Detroit Lions’ New President Will Have You Scratching Your Head

    Uproxx "Let’s preface this story with some facts about the Detroit Lions: -They have one playoff win since 1957 -They are the only NFC team that hasn’t appeared in the Super Bowl -They are 2-7 in 2015 And oh yeah, the Ford family just gave the organization an enema, firing the President and GM..." November 20

  • Lions name longtime Ford family advisor Rod Wood team president

    Pro Football Talk "Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford has hired a new team president, and it’s someone without a football background but with longstanding ties to the Ford family. Rod Wood, who has worked for the Fords for years, is the new president of the Lions. “I am most pleased to announce Rod Wood as our..." November 19

  • Report: 2016 NFL Draft to allow trades for compensatory picks

    Sportsnaut "The NFL is reportedly considering an exciting new twist to the 2016 NFL Draft. Prior to the upcoming draft in Chicago, compensatory draft picks were off the table for any potential trades. However, the league is expected to allow them to be part of the trade equation this spring, which ESPN’s..." November 19

  • Lions' Wilson out for season with knee injury

    Detroit News "The Lions are placing cornerback Josh Wilson on injured reserve after he suffered a knee injury in Sunday's win over the Packers. The 30-year-old Wilson was the team's top slot cornerback, so now rookie Quandre Diggs likely will see an increased role in the nickel package. To fill Wilson's..." November 18

  • NFL likely to charge $500M-$600M relocation fee for move to LA

    CBS Sports "It's not going to be cheap to move to Los Angeles. If the Rams, Raiders or Chargers make the move to Los Angeles in 2016, it's going to cost them some serious money. According to the Sports Business Journal, the NFL is going to charge a relocation fee of at least $500 million to any team that's..." November 16

  • The streak is over! Lions finally win in Green Bay

    Detroit News "The streak is over. For the first time since 1991, the Lions won at Lambeau Field, beating the Packers 18-16 in a game that came down to the final play. Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby missed a 52-yard field goal as time expired. After an incredibly disappointing first half of the 2015 season,..." November 15

  • Ameer Abdullah ties NFL record with 104-yard kickoff return vs. Packers

    ESPN "Ameer Abdullah tied an NFL record Sunday afternoon -- and it is one that could be tough to top. Abdullah returned the second-half kickoff 104 yards for the Detroit Lions and was stopped one yard from scoring, tying the 104-yard kick return by Percy Harvin in 2011 as the longest non-scoring play..." November 15

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    #AZCardinals WR John Brown (hamstring), #Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) expected to play. Same with #Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall

  • Lions place CB Rashean Mathis on IR with concussion

    ESPN "The Detroit Lions have placed cornerback Rashean Mathis on injured reserve with a concussion, ending the veteran's season. Mathis suffered the concussion in Week 7 against Minnesota but it went undiagnosed for more than a week. He first started to feel symptoms of the brain injury Thursday..." November 15

  • Sheldon White Knows Lions Must Win To Keep Job As GM

    Real GM Football "Sheldon White knows the Detroit Lions have to start winning immediately if he's going to keep his job as interim general manager. “We have to win,” White said. “Will I be a candidate (for the GM job full-time)? I can give you the best way to be a candidate is to win games. Obviously, if we..." November 15

  • Ameer Abdullah wants to show he’s a playmaker

    Pro Football Talk "The debut of Lions rookie running back Ameer Abdullah was impressive: In Week One against the Chargers, Abdullah ran for a touchdown on his first carry and finished the game with 50 rushing yards and 44 receiving yards. Since then, Abdullah has been unimpressive. He’s yet to rush for another..." November 14

  • Interim GM White knows job No. 1: 'We have to win'

    Detroit Free Press "Sheldon White made his first roster move as interim general manager Monday, claiming journeyman defensive lineman C.J. Wilson off waivers from the Oakland Raiders. And when Wilson showed up Tuesday morning for his physical, White was there to greet him in a no-nonsense sort of way. “He..." November 13

  • Joe Lombardi: I never questioned Matthew Stafford's commitment, intelligence

    Michigan Live "Joe Lombardi is no longer obligated to protect or defend Matthew Stafford, but the former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator strongly refuted criticisms of the quarterback attributed to him by the NFL Network last week. In comments made during two separate interview segments, reporter Ian..." November 13

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    Michael Rothstein @mikerothstein

    Lions WR Calvin Johnson said he plans to play Sunday after hurting his ankle in Week 8...

  • Lions claim DT C.J. Wilson off waivers

    Detroit News "The Lions claimed defensive tackle C.J. Wilson off waivers Monday, marking the first player addition for interim General Manager Sheldon White. The team had a free roster spot after placing defensive tackle Andre Fluellen on injured reserve with a hip injury Monday, and Wilson will compete for..." November 10

  • NFL officials in Mexico City, seeing if it’s ready for 2016 game

    Pro Football Talk "As the NFL continues to expand its inventory in England, they’re also looking at games outside our borders but on our continent. According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, a group of league officials will be in Mexico City through Wednesday, trying to determine if Azteca Stadium is prepared..." November 10

  • Matthew Stafford in limbo as Lions mull firing Jim Caldwell, other moves

    CBS Sports "The Lions continued their organizational shake-up this week, firing the team president and general manager as a precursor to what sources have called even more sweeping changes to come in 2016. Coach Jim Caldwell remained in place during the bye week, but team sources said he too could be removed..." November 08

  • NFL offers plenty of resources to aid Lions in GM, president searches

    Michigan Live "Following the termination of general manager Martin Mayhew and president Tom Lewand, Detroit Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford announced the organization would immediately embark on a national search to determine the best leadership to manage the team going forward. Ford didn't provide..." November 06

  • Matthew Stafford's wife defends his intelligence

    Chicago Sun-Times "Kelly Stafford, wife of the Lions starting quarterback Matthew Stafford, shot back at those who question her husband’s intelligence. Matt Stafford, 27, has thrown 11 interceptions across eight games this season, and his future with the franchise who took him No. 1 overall is “very much in..." November 06

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    The future beyond 2015 for #Lions QB Matthew Stafford is very much in doubt, as I understand it.

  • With Lions cleaning house, Matthew Stafford’s future is in doubt

    Pro Football Talk "It was less than a week ago that then-Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew said it was “comical” to suggest quarterback Matthew Stafford wasn’t a part of the future with the Lions. Of course, Mayhew was just fired, so that means everything is up in the air in Detroit. According to Ian..." November 05

  • Lions fire GM Martin Mayhew, president Tom Lewand

    ESPN "The Detroit Lions, after a 1-7 start, have fired general manager Martin Mayhew and president Tom Lewand, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Thursday. The Lions have struggled to find their identity on offense, as the Lions still have the worst rushing attack in the league by almost..." November 05

  • Lions owner Martha Ford: Our fans deserve a winning team

    Pro Football Talk "Lions owner Martha Ford said today that the fans of Detroit deserve a better football product than they’ve seen this season, and that’s why President Tom Lewand and General Manager Martin Mayhew were fired today. “We are very disappointed with the results of the season so far and believe a..." November 05

  • Lions place LB DeAndre Levy on season-ending injured reserve

    Michigan Live "DeAndre Levy's season is over. The Detroit Lions have opted to put the star linebacker on injured reserve a little more than two weeks after he underwent surgery to address a lingering hip injury. Levy initially suffered the injury during a late August practice, between the team's second and..." November 05

  • Smartphone Breathalyzer Company Ranks the Drunkest NFL Fanbases (Congrats, Buffalo!)

    Complex "Ever wonder which NFL fanbases get the drunkest while watching their respective teams play? Thanks to the folks at BacTRACK -- a company that sells smartphone breathalyzers -- we may have the answer. Using data collected by BacTRACK during the first seven Sundays of the NFL season, and dividing..." November 04

  • Calvin Johnson wants to win with Detroit Lions, not interested in being traded

    Michigan Live "With Tuesday's 4 p.m. NFL trade deadline rapidly approaching, Calvin Johnson doesn't know if the Detroit Lions are seriously considering dealing him away. But the star wide receiver says he hasn't asked for it and he would prefer it didn't happen. Johnson said he's done his best to avoid the..." November 03

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Not a trade, but… LB James-Michael Johnson, formerly of the #Jaguars, is signing with #Lions, I’m told.

  • Lions' Johnson, possible trade bait, not at practice

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, a high-profile asset the team could move before today's 4 p.m. NFL trade deadline, was not at practice this morning. Johnson, who left Sunday's 45-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury, was not on the field during the..." November 03

  • Chiefs have a jolly good time in 45-10 win over Lions in London

    Kansas City Star "Right before the national anthem Sunday, a fellow Chief saddled up to safety Ron Parker. Together, they stared at the sellout crowd of 83,624 that turned out to watch the two-win Chiefs take on the one-win Lions. “Somebody came to me and they said, ‘Man, it’s a lot of people out here,’ ” Parker..." November 02

  • Jim Caldwell On Whether He’ll Keep His Job Through Bye-Week

    Black Sports Online "Jim Caldwell went from an embattled coach who fired his offensive coordinator hoping to provide a spark — to a head coach who may not survive through Monday, let alone next week. The Lions sit at 1-7, after getting bombed 45-10 by the Chiefs. Caldwell believes he’ll remain the coach at least..." November 02

  • Rashean Mathis out for Lions Sunday

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions are down a starting cornerback in London on Sunday. Cornerback Rashean Mathis has been scratched for the team’s game against the Chiefs at Wembley Stadium. Mathis popped up on the injury report on Thursday because of an illness and was a limited participant in practice on both..." November 01

  • Should Lions trade Calvin Johnson?

    Pro Football Talk "The Detroit Lions are 1-7, and they feel worse than that. So will they embark on a fire sale following their 45-10 loss to the Chiefs? On Friday, G.M. Martin Mayhew said the team will be buyers not sellers in free agency, but no one really believes that. More importantly, many are believing..." November 01

  • Calvin Johnson leaves with ankle injury "The Lions' ugly trip to London somehow got uglier late in the game when Calvin Johnson re-injured his ankle in an embarrassing 45-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Johnson left the game in the fourth quarter after aggravating an ankle injury and was declared doubtful to return. He led the team..." November 01

  • Lions' 90-year-old owner gave Roger Goodell a 'piece of her mind'

    Detroit Free Press "Martha Firestone Ford has stayed mostly out of the public eye since she took over as Detroit Lions owner almost 20 months ago, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Saturday the 90-year-old has done a "terrific job" running the team. "She's terrific," Goodell told the Free Press after taking..." November 01

  • Jim Caldwell’s job security is anyone’s guess

    Pro Football Talk "Lions coach Jim Caldwell can’t feel very secure in his job heading into Sunday’s game in London, but whether he’s actually on the hot seat is something only Lions owner Martha Ford knows. Ford, who took over the Lions last year after the death of her husband, the longtime Lions owner William..." October 31