Lions Rumors & News

  • Lions GM Quinn walks back zero-tolerance signing policy

    Detroit News "It was a rookie mistake. Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn made a black-and-white decree his first day on the job, proclaiming a zero-tolerance policy for players with a history of domestic violence or a gun crime. Twice in his first year with the organization, Quinn curiously violated..." January 12

  • The NFL's Drug of Choice

    Bleacher Report "They didn't ask questions. If something hurt, NFL players simply stepped in line behind dozens of others waiting for the same drug. One by one, for years, players have taken a shot of Toradol to the rear or swallowed the drug in pill form to play football on Sunday. The game-day ritual was..." January 11

  • Pacific Pro Football League for non-NFL-eligible players to debut

    ESPN "A new pro football league announced Wednesday it plans to begin hiring players in winter 2017 and staging games in summer 2018. The Pacific Pro Football League is for players who have graduated from high school but aren't in college and haven't been out for three years in order to make..." January 11

  • Super Bowl ad spending for first 51 years totals almost $5 billion

    Awful Announcing "The Super Bowl is an event where the ads are almost as important as the game. Over the years, attention to the commercials has grown to the point where you can preview them on YouTube and other sites before the Big Game. Because the Super Bowl draws the year’s biggest television audience, it’s no..." January 11

  • Detroit Lions' top priority should be fixing running game

    Detroit Free Press "Theo Riddick stood in the corner of the room Monday, trying to pack his things, as the Detroit Lions cleaned out their lockers. A giant cast covered his left hand. A few feet away, Ameer Abdullah sat on a stool. Their lockers are kitty-corner to one another — these two players who were..." January 10

  • Detroit Lions' Ameer Abdullah: 'I know I will be' a premier NFL back

    Detroit Free Press "Ameer Abdullah played well enough in the first six quarters of the season that he looked like he might solve the Detroit Lions' longstanding problems at running back. Then he went down with a season-ending foot injury. Speaking today for the first time since he underwent surgery to repair a..." January 09

  • Matthew Stafford: Contract extension out of my hands

    ESPN "Quarterback Matthew Stafford says discussions about a contract extension with the Detroit Lions have not started yet and that whether a deal gets done in the offseason is not up to him. "It's up to the people upstairs and the Fords and whether they want to or not," Stafford said Monday during..." January 09

  • Anquan Boldin hints at possibly playing 15th NFL season in 2017

    ESPN "Anquan Boldin wasn’t definitive about it, but the veteran wide receiver hinted Saturday night that he is considering playing another season in the NFL. Boldin said at midseason he would wait until the end of the season before deciding whether to return for season No. 15. He was asked directly..." January 09

  • Rawls, Seahawks run past Lions

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- The Seattle Seahawks, grounded by a stagnant running game during most of the regular season, hit the ground running in their playoff opener on Saturday night. Thomas Rawls ran for 161 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown as the Seattle Seahawks continued their home playoff success..." January 08

  • Russell Wilson now has more playoff wins than the Lions and seven other franchises

    Fox Sports "The Seattle Seahawks toppled the Detroit Lions on Saturday night to move onto the Divisional round where they’ll face the second-seeded Atlanta Falcons. The 26-6 margin of victory was the result of Seattle’s dominant running game, Russell Wilson making plays deep down the field, as well as the..." January 08

  • Jim Caldwell defends decision to punt late in loss

    Detroit Free Press "They dropped passes, picked up silly penalties and self-destructed in the most predictable of ways, and when it all ended with another playoff loss – their ninth straight dating back to the 1993 season – even their coach struggled to explain why it happened on this grand stage. “Some things are..." January 08

  • Lions downgrade starting center Travis Swanson to out

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions will be without their starting center when they take on the Seahawks tonight. Travis Swanson, who has missed the last four games with a concussion, will miss his fifth in a row tonight in Seattle. The Lions had previously listed Swanson as questionable but then changed his designation..." January 07

  • Riley Reiff, Travis Swanson listed as questionable for Lions

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions were missing a pair of offensive linemen in Week 17 against the Packers, but they hope to have them back in the lineup for Saturday night’s Wild Card game against the Seahawks. Right tackle Riley Reiff and center Travis Swanson are both listed as questionable for the game. Reiff, who..." January 06

  • Lions' Golden Tate admits it means more to beat Seattle Seahawks

    Detroit Free Press "Lions receiver Golden Tate said Thursday that beating his former team, the Seattle Seahawks, in Saturday’s NFC wild-card playoff game would mean a little extra to him. “Yeah,” he said. “We just want to win. We want to win. It’s deeper than me. I want to win because I think this organization..." January 06

  • Lions made the playoffs without beating a playoff team

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions are in the playoffs, but they haven’t yet shown they can compete with a playoff team. Detroit is 0-5 this season against other teams that made the playoffs, and none of those five losses was particularly close: Detroit lost two of those games by double digits (42-21 to the Cowboys and..." January 06

  • Chris Berman stepping down from ESPN NFL studio role

    Larry Brown Sports "Sundays are going to look and feel a lot different at ESPN next fall, as longtime broadcaster Chris Berman is stepping down from his current in the network’s NFL studio. ESPN announced on Thursday that Berman will no longer be hosting ESPN’s NFL studio programming following the playoffs. He..." January 05

  • NFL TV viewership dropped an average of 8 percent this season

    ESPN "Broadcasters of NFL games saw television viewership drop by an average of 8 percent for the 2016 regular season, as a typical game was watched by 1.4 million fewer people than last season (16.5 million versus 17.9 million), according to league data obtained by ESPN. Prime-time broadcasts were..." January 05

  • It's no joke: A barista and a farmer walk into a Vegas sportsbook, and come out with $1.2 million

    Covers.com "So, a barista and a farmer walk into the Las Vegas Superbook… It sounds like the setup for a great joke, right? Well, it’s no joke, although the barista and the farmer are now laughing all the way to the bank. That’s because the two finished No. 1-2 in the prestigious SuperContest, the..." January 05

  • Lions RB Zach Zenner 'appreciative' of Michael Bennett comments

    Detroit Free Press "Michael Bennett made headlines this week when he pointed out Zach Zenner's skin color while praising his running style, but Zenner said Wednesday he did not take any offense to Bennett's comments about him being the best white running back in the NFL. "That does not bother me, no," Zenner..." January 05

  • Lions silence speculation, announce Jim Caldwell will return in 2017

    CBS Sports "When an NFL coach guides his team to the playoffs, there's a pretty good chance the NFL team will retain said coach. But nothing is a guarantee in this league, which is why the Detroit Lions confirmed on Wednesday that Jim Caldwell and his staff would return for the 2017 season. The Lions..." January 04

  • Agent's Take: 10 NFL stars who could be in different uniforms in 2017

    CBS Sports "A player getting released because his performance doesn't justify his salary is a way of life in the NFL, where contracts aren't fully guaranteed. When a player is released or traded, the remaining proration of the salary components that are treated like signing bonus immediately accelerate into..." January 04

  • Jim Caldwell to return as Lions coach in 2017, per report

    Detroit Free Press "After leading the Detroit Lions to the playoffs two times in the last three years, Jim Caldwell will return for a fourth season as head coach. ESPN reported this morning, citing a team official, that Caldwell's job is not in jeopardy once the season ends. Neither Lions general manager Bob..." January 04

  • Finalists for 2017 Hall of Fame class include LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, Brian Dawkins

    ESPN "First-year eligibles LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor and Brian Dawkins are among 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also making the finals are Morten Andersen, Tony Boselli, Isaac Bruce, Don Coryell, Terrell Davis, Alan Faneca, Joe Jacoby, Ty Law, John Lynch, Kevin..." January 04

  • Detroit Lions' Jim Caldwell uses golf to describe his job situation

    Detroit Free Press "Jim Caldwell didn't want to make his case for returning for a fourth season as Detroit Lions head coach today, not with his focus on the Lions' playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks (8:15 p.m. Saturday, NBC). But hounded again by questions about his future, Caldwell let his golf game do the..." January 03

  • Carroll: Seattle's offer to Tate didn't get to WR

    ESPN "The Seattle Seahawks wanted to keep wide receiver Golden Tate during 2014 free agency, but coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday he doesn't believe that the franchise's offer to the receiver was communicated correctly. "We did try to bring him back," Carroll said in a conference call with Detroit..." January 03

  • Rodgers leads Packers to NFC North title

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Aaron Rodgers never doubted his team. Following an unlikely run to a division championship, no one should ever doubt what Rodgers has to say again. Rodgers declared that the Packers could "run the table" when they were 4-6 and they did just that, finishing the regular season on a..." January 02

  • Finger injury began a big decline for Matthew Stafford

    Pro Football Talk "Three-fourths of the way through the NFL season, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was often named as a candidate for the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award. With the Lions backing into the playoffs on the heels of their third consecutive loss, Stafford no longer looks like an MVP. Early in the..." January 02

  • Stafford becomes fastest player to reach 30,000 passing yards

    Michigan Live "In the biggest regular-season game of his career, Matthew Stafford continued his assault on the NFL record book. Stafford opened the Detroit Lions' division championship game against the Green Bay Packers by becoming the fastest quarterback in league history to 30,000 passing yards. He got..." January 02

  • Lions could pursue Patriots coordinators

    CBS Sports "Lions rookie general manager Bob Quinn contemplated making a coaching change a year ago, and, should his team lose Sunday night and fall out of the playoffs after leading the NFC North much of the season, several of his peers believe he will at least consider a change. Quinn has built a..." January 01

  • A’Shawn Robinson not fined for roughing call vs. Elliott

    Pro Football Talk "Lions defensive lineman A’Shawn Robinson was not fined for his unnecessary roughness penalty in last week’s loss to the Cowboys, PFT has confirmed. Robinson was flagged for what was essentially a body slam of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. After the game Elliott called Robinson “a dirty..." December 31

  • Lions RB Theo Riddick ruled out against Packers with injured wrist

    ESPN "The Detroit Lions will be without their top running back for the fourth straight week. Theo Riddick has been ruled out of Sunday night's NFC North title game against the Green Bay Packers as he continues to deal with a wrist injury. The Lions have given no specifics about Riddick's injury..." December 31

  • Five most likely landing spots for Adrian Peterson

    Sportsnaut "Once the standard to which every running back in the league was compared, Minnesota Vikings ball carrier Adrian Peterson is now on the downside of his career, facing the end of his tenure with the team that drafted him in 2007 out of Oklahoma. A once-ballyhooed recruit from Texas, one who some..." December 30

  • Hall of Fame game moved to Thursday night to start preseason

    ESPN "The Hall of Fame game will be played on Aug. 3 -- a Thursday night -- next summer, two days before the inductions into the pro football shrine. On Wednesday, the hall announced the change in schedule. Previously, the game was played on a Sunday, one night after the inductions. Participants..." December 28

  • Cowboys keep Lions from clinching playoff spot

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys entered their final regular-season home game with the NFC East title and home-field advantage in the playoffs in their back pocket. Even so, Dallas showed no signs of slowing down as it raced past the Detroit Lions in the third quarter on the way to a..." December 27

  • Who is Zach Zenner and how is he tearing up the Cowboys defense?

    CBS Sports "Who is Zach Zenner? You may be wondering this after watching him run for two touchdowns in the first 22 minutes of the Detroit Lions' Monday night matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. We can help you out with that. Zach Zenner: is an undrafted free agent the Lions signed out of South..." December 27

  • Ezekiel Elliott calls Lions’ A’Shawn Robinson a dirty player

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Monday’s 42-21 win for the Dallas Cowboys over the Detroit Lions was a not-so-warm welcome home for rookie defensive lineman A’Shawn Robinson, a Fort Worth Arlington Heights graduate. He recorded two tackles, one tackle for loss, and did not get a hit on Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott as Dallas..." December 27

  • Jay Gruden: ‘Hard to root for Dallas’ to beat Detroit

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The Cowboys could do the Redskins a big favor Monday night by beating the Lions, but for Washington coach Jay Gruden, it still feels funny rooting on Dallas. In his Monday press conference, Gruden was asked if he would reach out to the Cowboys to leave their starters in for an extended stretch...." December 26

  • NFL flexes Packers-Lions Week 17 matchup to 'Sunday Night Football'

    CBS Sports "The NFC North title game will be played on Sunday night in Week 17. The NFL has chosen the Packers-Lions game as next week's "Sunday Night Football" matchup. The NFL always likes to have a game that will have definitive playoff implications as the final Sunday night game of the season, and..." December 25

  • Harrison fined for hit on Stafford

    Pro Football Talk "Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison was fined for a hit on Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford last week, PFT has confirmed. Harrison was fined $18,231, which is the standard fine for roughing the passer. Harrison was not flagged during the game for the hit but was fined after league..." December 24

  • Lions promote a corner with Darius Slay hurting

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions will be in Dallas on Sunday night and it’s not looking like cornerback Darius Slay will be in the lineup for the game. Slay hurt his hamstring against the Giants last Sunday and he’s been on the side during practice this week. On Saturday, the Lions made a move to give them more help..." December 24

  • Lions cut defensive end Corey Lemonier

    Pro Football Talk "Well, at least this time Corey Lemonier is getting cut by a good team. The Lions announced they had waived the former third-round pick Friday, ending a run that had just entered its second week. They claimed him off waivers last Thursday, giving him a soft place to land after being released..." December 23

  • Lions' Stafford will wear slightly different glove vs. Cowboys

    Detroit News "You won’t be able to tell the difference looking at it, but Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will be wearing a slightly different glove this week when the team takes on the Dallas Cowboys. The new glove will still cover just his injured middle finger, but the material will be..." December 23

  • New Spring League isn’t an NFL production

    Pro Football Talk "Yes, there’s a new spring football league coming. No, it’s not an NFL production. A series of tweets from SiriusXM NFL Radio declares that “[t]he NFL will have a spring league starting in the spring of 2017, structured around four squads of veteran free agent players.” Per a source with..." December 22

  • Report: NFL to debut spring league in 2017

    Sportsnaut "In unprecedented news Thursday, the NFL announced plans to start a “spring league,” using four teams comprised of veteran NFL free agents. Seemingly a take on the FXFL that ran for two seasons in 2014 and 2015, as well as the veteran free agent combine that was a magnificent bust last year, the..." December 22

  • NFL vows to apply Rooney Rule informally to some coordinator openings

    Washington Post "The NFL has vowed to apply a new best practice to the hiring process for some coordinator jobs based upon its minority interviewing standard known as the Rooney Rule, according to the diversity group that works with the league on its hiring practices. The change, which will not constitute a..." December 22

  • Matthew Stafford on Pro Bowl snub: “I don’t care”

    Pro Football Talk "Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford isn’t particularly concerned about not being chosen to the Pro Bowl. Asked today why he thinks he wasn’t selected despite playing well this year, Stafford shrugged it off. “I don’t know,” Stafford said. “And I don’t care.” Not being chosen isn’t..." December 22

  • Lions lead NFC North, but have no Pro Bowlers

    Pro Football Talk "Ordinarily, if you’re a first-place team, you’re going to have someone in the Pro Bowl. Not the Lions. Despite sitting atop the NFC North, the Lions were shut out when this year’s NFC Pro Bowl roster was announced. That doesn’t necessarily mean the Pro Bowl votes were wrong: You can have a..." December 21

  • Jim Bob Cooter’s name could keep him from becoming a head coach

    Sportsnaut "In a league where ridiculous reigns, this is even beyond the most ridiculous thing we’ve seen around the NFL world in some time. Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter has done a tremendous job since taking over this unit midway through last season. How good has Cooter been? He’s..." December 21

  • Here's why members of the 0-16 Lions are rooting for the Browns to win

    CBS Sports "The Cleveland Browns are having a rough go of things in 2016, failing to win a game 15 weeks into the season. They are 0-14 after being shellacked by the Buffalo Bills in Week 15 and don't have any easy games left on the schedule. Going 0-16 isn't a possibility anymore, it's a likelihood. And..." December 21

  • Calvin Johnson on return to the NFL: ‘I’m not coming back, man’

    Sportsnaut "Former Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson shocked the football world by announcing his retirement earlier this year. He was in the height of a Hall of Fame-worthy career. He was just 30 years old and coming off his sixth consecutive 1,000-yard season. To some, the surprise was that Johnson..." December 21

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