Lions Rumors & News

  • British government backs possibility of an NFL franchise in London

    SB Nation "The British government strongly supports the idea of an NFL team based in London, and recently had discussions with high-level league officials about the possibility of putting a team in the United Kingdom. British treasury chief George Osborne pledged full government backing for a franchise in..." October 23

  • Lions send William Powell home from London

    Detroit Free Press "William Powell's trip to England was short and not so sweet. Powell, a practice-squad running back, was waived by the Detroit Lions this morning, one day after he traveled to London with the team for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons at Wembley Stadium (9:30 a.m., Fox). It's not..." October 22

  • Lions send William Powell home from London

    Detroit Free Press "William Powell's trip to England was short and not so sweet. Powell, a practice-squad running back, was waived by the Detroit Lions this morning, one day after he traveled to London with the team for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons at Wembley Stadium (9:30 a.m., Fox). It's not..." October 22

  • No Wednesday practice for Calvin Johnson

    Pro Football Talk "Lions receiver Calvin Johnson has made the business trip to London. But Lions fans will derive no pleasure from the news that Johnson still isn’t practicing. According to Tim Twentyman of the team’s official website, Johnson has missed yet another practice with a sprained ankle that was..." October 22

  • Lions interested in rugby star Jarryd Hayne?

    Detroit Free Press "Jim Caldwell didn't exactly shoot it down when asked Monday if the Detroit Lions are one of the teams reportedly interested in Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne. "I can't tell you much about that," Caldwell said at his weekly news conference. "I mean, I know who he is, obviously, but I don't..." October 21

  • Golden Tate denies being punched by Percy Harvin

    SB Nation "Golden Tate did his best to deflect questions about his rumored altercation with former teammate Percy Harvin in the wake of the Detroit Lions' win on Sunday. Eventually he was forced to address it. "I didn't get punched in the face. That's all a lie," he told Jeff Riger of CBS..." October 20

  • Calvin Johnson will travel to London, playing status uncertain

    SB Nation "Calvin Johnson will be crossing the pond with his team this week. Whether he'll be doing anything more than sightseeing has yet to be determined. Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell said the star wide receiver will "absolutely" travel to London with the team to take on the Atlanta Falcons,..." October 20

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Networks have made their choices as to what games to protect so they can't be flexed to Sunday nights:

  • Calvin Johnson inactive vs. Saints

    Pro Football Talk "Calvin Johnson will get another week to rest his ankle injury. Johnson, the Lions’ perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver, is inactive for Sunday’s game vs. New Orleans, Tim Twentyman of reported this morning." October 19

  • Lions' Teryl Austin turning talent into top-ranked defense

    Detroit Free Press "When Teryl Austin was asked about the play of his No. 1-ranked defense earlier this month, the Detroit Lions' first-year defensive coordinator attributed it to one thing. "Good players," he said. But six weeks into the season, with the Lions still playing at an elite level defensively and..." October 19

  • Lions sign TE Jordan Thompson from practice squad

    Pro Football Talk "With two of their top three tight ends hurting, the Lions dipped into their practice squad for help. The club promoted first-year tight end Jordan Thompson to the roster on Saturday, the team’s website reported. In a corresponding roster move, the Lions placed backup middle linebacker Travis..." October 18

  • Calvin Johnson availability in doubt "Calvin Johnson didn't practice for a sixth straight day Friday, and while Jim Caldwell wouldn't say Johnson would need a miracle to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, the Detroit Lions coach didn't make it sound like his star receiver was going to play. "I've been surprised before..." October 18

  • Saints, Lions will look to overcome hampered superstars Jimmy Graham, Calvin Johnson on Sunday

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Take away tight end Jimmy Graham and you remove the New Orleans Saints' most prolific and reliable offensive weapon and Drew Brees' safety blanket. Take away wide receiver Calvin Johnson and you remove the Detroit Lions' most explosive player since Barry Sanders and Matthew Stafford's saving..." October 18

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    Dave Birkett @davebirkett

    Caldwell on if Calvin will play: Miracles can happen

  • Report: Jordan Lynch works out for the Lions

    CSN Chicago "When the Bears cut ex-Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch back in August it seemed that he would be an ideal candidate to stash on the practice squad. As a former quarterback making the transition to running back, it came as no surprise that Lynch failed to land on Chicago's 53-man..." October 16

  • Calvin Johnson says ankle still a problem, could miss Saints game

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson said Wednesday that he's still bothered by an injured ankle and that he might miss Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. "It's a bigger picture," Johnson said, according to the Detroit Free Press. "You want to be smart about it because if you..." October 15

  • Jim Caldwell: “We all feel good” about Matt Prater

    Detroit Free Press "Matt Prater was a Pro Bowler last year, but even he can't solve all the Detroit Lions' problems at kicker. Prater missed field-goal attempts from 44 and 50 yards Sunday, but coach Jim Caldwell said he's not concerned about his third kicker of the season after Sunday's 17-3 win over the..." October 13

  • Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson could sit out through bye

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell did not close the door today on resting receiver Calvin Johnson the next two games and through the team's bye, in order to give his high ankle sprain four weeks of rest. "The fact of the matter is I leave it up to the doctors," Caldwell said. "Those are the..." October 13

  • Reggie Bush to return for reunion with Saints

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions didn’t need receiver Calvin Johnson or running back Reggie Bush to beat the Vikings in Minnesota. The Lions may not need either of them to beat the Saints in Detroit. But they’ll definitely have one of them. Bush said Sunday he’ll definitely return for the Week Seven reunion with..." October 13

  • Detroit Lions offensive line goes back to basics to get run game back on track

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions had been one of the worst rushing teams in the NFL through the first five weeks of the season, and although the final line from the team's 17-3 win over the Minnesota Vikings isn't reflective of significant improvement, there were some noticeable strides made with the team's..." October 13

  • Lions serve as sack masters in road victory over Vikes

    Detroit News "Relentless was the word of the day in the basement of TCF Bank Stadium after the Lions beat the Vikings 17-3. The Lions' defense had eight sacks, the most since Nov. 23, 1996. The NFL's No. 1 ranked defense sacked Minnesota quarterback Teddy Bridgewater four times in the first half and then four..." October 13

  • Reggie Bush says he'll play vs. Saints "Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush did not play against Minnesota on Sunday, but he already has plans on returning to the lineup against his old team, New Orleans, next Sunday. "Next week, for sure," Bush said as he left the locker room at TCF Bank Stadium. Bush missed his first game of..." October 12

  • Lions’ kicking woes continue as Matt Prater misses two

    Pro Football Talk "The third time was not a charm in the Lions’ quest to find a kicker. Matt Prater, the Pro Bowl kicker signed by the Lions this week, has missed two field goals already today at Minnesota. Prater is the Lions’ third kicker of the season; they previously cut Nate Freese and Alex Henery. When..." October 12

  • Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush officially out Sunday

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions officially won’t have wide receiver Calvin Johnson and tailback Reggie Bush in the lineup Sunday at Minnesota. Johnson and Bush are among the club’ inactives, Tim Twentyman of reported this morning. Both have ankle injuries." October 12

  • Even when backfield gets back to full strength, Detroit Lions plan to find carries for George Winn

    Michigan Live "Running back Joique Bell hinted at it earlier in the week and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi confirmed it on Thursday -- rookie tailback George Winn isn't going to fade away once the Detroit Lions backfield gets healthy. Winn, elevated off the practice squad last week, made his professional..." October 12

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    #Lions do not plan on having RB Reggie Bush today, per source. Who steps in? Keep an eye on promising RB Theo Riddick. Shifty. They like him

  • Bose sends out free headphones to NFL teams

    Los That Sports Blog "Now that audio powerhouse Bose is the official headphone supplier for the NFL — something that got San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick fined $10k for wearing Beats headphones this past weekend — Bose needs to push their brand via NFL players. Apparently the company has moved quickly to do so, as..." October 10

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    Dave Birkett @davebirkett

    Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush miss Lions practice again, doesn't look like either will play Sunday

  • Calvin Johnson worried rivals may target injured ankle

    Detroit News "Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson hasn't ruled out playing Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, but he expressed concern defenses could target his right ankle if he does return before he's healed. Johnson confirmed Wednesday he is dealing with a high-ankle sprain, and even though he's not..." October 09

  • Detroit Lions' Nick Fairley, checking in at 299 pounds, seems to have put weight issues behind him

    Michigan Live "Nick Fairley faced all kinds of questions when he snacked his way past 320 pounds during training camp and lost his spot in the starting lineup. Five weeks into the season, he's being asked something different altogether. Something he's probably never been asked in his adult life. Is he in..." October 09

  • Lions' Matt Prater: I haven't had a drink in 6 weeks

    Detroit Free Press "As Matt Prater made his way through the throng of media surrounding his locker today, the newest Detroit Lion wondered aloud why so many reporters were waiting to talk to a kicker. Prater, a Pro Bowl selection last year, was brought in to save the Lions' struggling kicking game this week, after..." October 09

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    Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo

    Word from the league meetings today was the Lions caught the laser pointer guy from Sunday's game vs Bills and he'll be banned from games.

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    Dave Birkett @davebirkett

    Calvin Johnson he hopes to play Sunday, dealing with high ankle sprain. Insists he's not frustrated by recent decoy role.

  • The end could be coming for Calvin Johnson in Detroit

    Pro Football Talk "Ndamukong Suh may not be the only top-two pick who could soon be bidding Detroit farewell. With Suh, the second overall pick in 2010, poised to hit the open market in March, the Lions likewise could decide to tell Calvin Johnson, the second overall pick in 2007, to hit the road at about the..." October 08

  • Lions paid steep price trying to save money on a kicker

    Michigan Live "In fantasy football, everyone knows you don't draft a kicker until the final round. Given the unpredictability of field-goal attempts from week to week, and generally no penalty for missed kicks, there's no reason to deviate from the strategy. But in real life, a kicker is more important. In a..." October 08

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Former Broncos K Matt Prater is signing a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions, per source.

  • Ndamukong Suh's future in Detroit is blurry

    SB Nation "When Ndamukong Suh said last week that "football is football and business is business," there was no accounting for blurred lines. Yet there are plenty. He has crisscrossed them. And so have the Detroit Lions. Suh burst in with the Lions in 2010 from Nebraska as the draft's No. 2 overall pick...." October 07

  • Golden Tate rips Bills carrying Jim Schwartz off field "Some Lions fans don't care that Jim Schwartz was carried off the field following the Buffalo Bills' road win Sunday. Others found it a classless move by the self-absorbed coach. For those in the latter group, you have company. Wide receiver Golden Tate ripped the former Lions head coach..." October 07

  • Bush, Bell remain hopeful they can play vs. Vikings

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Lions running backs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell are dealing with injuries and both offered little update on their health status Monday. But both remained hopeful they could play this week at Minnesota and were upbeat when they spoke with reporters. Bush suffered an ankle injury and did..." October 07

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    Michael Rothstein @mikerothstein

    Caldwell said he'll think about it "strongly" holding Calvin Johnson out this week. #Lions

  • Buffalo scrapes out 17-14 win in Detroit

    Buffalo Rumblings "The Buffalo Bills are heading back to Western New York at 3-2, having scraped out an unlikely 17-14 road win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon. Dan Carpenter kicked a 58-yard field goal (yes, 58 yards) with four seconds remaining to seal the win for Buffalo - and that kick came after..." October 06

  • Lions' Calvin Johnson re-injures right ankle

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he's not sure how serious Calvin Johnson's latest ankle injury is, but the Pro Bowl receiver is scheduled to undergo more testing Monday. Johnson re-injured his right ankle on his only catch of Sunday's 17-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills, a quick 7-yard slant..." October 06

  • Lions Release Alex Henery

    Pro Football Rumors "That didn’t take long. Lions coach Jim Caldwell told reporters, including Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press (on Twitter), that the team has cut kicker Alex Henery. The Lions have not signed his replacement yet, but that should be coming rather soon. Henery missed all three of his field..." October 06

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Matt Prater heads to work out for Detroit #Lions, the first team to give him a shot as an UDFA in 2006. Lost out to Jason Hanson

  • 16d
    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Jay Feely is on his way to Detroit to work out for the Lions tomorrow, source says.

  • 17d
    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    #Lions WR Calvin Johnson told teammates he’s playing today on the gimpy ankle that robbed him of 2 days of practice. But will he be himself?

  • Jim Schwartz doesn’t care how Lions fans welcome him

    Buffalo News "Jim Schwartz wasn’t going to give even the tiniest peek into what he had going on inside that heart of his Friday. Go ahead, ask the Bills’ defensive coordinator about the emotions he’s feeling as he prepares to return to Detroit’s Ford Field for the first time since the Lions fired him as..." October 05

  • Detroit Lions RB George Winn should see carries with Joique Bell, Theo Riddick ruled out vs. Buffalo

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions will be down two of their top three running backs when the team hosts the Buffalo Bills this Sunday. Joique Bell (concussion) and Theo Riddick (hamstring) have been officially ruled out for Sunday's contest, paving the way for rookie George Winn to see extended playing time in..." October 04

  • Stafford on pace for career-high sacks, but says his line is fine

    Pro Football Talk "Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is getting sacked a lot more than he’s used to. But he’s OK with that. Stafford has been sacked 11 times this season, putting him on pace for a career-high 44 this year. And it’s even worse than the numbers look, because Stafford isn’t dropping back to pass as..." October 03

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    Tim Twentyman @ttwentyman

    Calvin Johnson took part in the open part of practice today. So did Golden Tate. Not practicing = Bell, Fauria, Riddick and Lewis