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 Latest Lions Player Notes
Apr 18 2018 - Matthew Stafford
  QB Matthew Stafford knows a thing or two about being the top overall pick of an NFL draft. With the 2018 NFL Draft on the horizon, Stafford offered a bit of advice to the next man to hold that title -- whether it's USC quarterback Sam Darnold, UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, Wyoming's Josh Allen or reigning Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma. "I think that's all you can do is just be yourself," the 30-year-old Stafford said, via the Detroit Free Press. "Just go in there, work hard, show those guys in that locker room what you're about. And whatever it is you're about, it'll come out and they'll either accept you or they won't and then you go play."

Apr 17 2018 - Ezekiel Ansah
  DE Ezekiel Ansah became the NFL's highest-paid player at his position when he signed his franchise tender Tuesday, the Detroit Lions announced Tuesday. The 28-year-old Ansah will be guaranteed a salary of $17.14 million for the 2018 season. Ansah recorded a team-high 12 sacks, 44 total tackles (39 solo), one forced fumble and one fumble recovery last season despite missing two games with a back injury.

Apr 16 2018 - Ezekiel Ansah
  DE Ziggy Ansah plans to sign his $17.14 million franchise tender, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Monday. The Lions will then have until July 16 to work out a long-term deal with Ansah, who was not at the team's offseason workouts last week as he was dealing with family matters in Ghana.

Apr 10 2018 - Emmett Cleary
  OT Emmett Cleary on the reserve-retired list, the team announced Tuesday. Cleary appeared in seven games, making one start, in 2017 in his lone season with the Lions. In late December, Cleary pledged to donate his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation to aid with research into chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Apr 4 2018 - Matt Cassel
  QB Matt Cassel has agreed to a contract with the Detroit Lions, multiple media sources reported on Wednesday. The 35-year-old Cassel will back up starter Matthew Stafford for the Lions. Cassel was released by the Tennessee Titans on March 9 after backing up Marcus Mariota the last two seasons. Cassel was drafted by the New England Patriots in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft and also has played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys. In his 13 NFL seasons, Cassell has passed for 17,499 yards and 104 touchdowns, with 81 interceptions in 106 games, 81 of them starts.

Mar 29 2018 - Wesley Johnson
  C Wesley Johnson signed with Detroit on Thursday. Johnson, 27, started 15 games for the New York Jets last season and has started 24 of the 43 games he has played in his four-year NFL career. Travis Swanson has been the Lions' starting center the past three seasons, but he finished the past two seasons on injured reserve because of concussion problems.

Mar 28 2018 - Levine Toilolo
  TE Levine Toilolo signed a one-year deal, with the Detroit Lions, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reported on Wednesday. The 6-foot-8, 260-pound Toilolo spent the last five seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, who released him to save $3.5 million against their salary cap in 2018. Toilolo, 26, has started 57 of the 79 NFL games in which he has played, and he started 12 games for the Falcons last season. He had 12 receptions for 122 yards and one touchdown in 2017, and his best season was 2014, when he had 31 catches for 238 yards and two scores.

Mar 26 2018 - Jonathan Freeny
  LB Jonathan Freeny, an unrestricted free agent, has signed with the Detroit Lions, the team announced Monday. Freeny, 28, played for three teams last season -- the New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens and New Orleans Saints, where he made two tackles in two games to finish his season. He spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the Patriots, starting a total of 11 games. In Detroit, he will be reunited with former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, the new head coach of the Lions.

Mar 17 2018 - LeGarrette Blount
  RB LeGarrette Blount signed with the Detroit Lions, the team announced Friday night. Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team, although the NFL Network reported that Blount agreed to a one-year contract worth $4.5 million. Blount joined his third team in as many years, after winning a Super Bowl ring in each of the past two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots. The 31-year-old Blount will be reunited with new Lions coach Matt Patricia, who served as the defensive coordinator during the sledgehammer back's tenure in New England. Last season, Blount rushed for 766 yards and two touchdowns on 173 carries. He led the NFL with 18 rushing touchdowns while churning out a career-best 1,161 yards with the Patriots in 2016. In eight seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Patriots and Eagles, Blount ran for 5,888 yards and 51 touchdowns in 116 games. He also rushed for 600 yards and 11 TDs in 11 postseason games.

Mar 16 2018 - Zach Zenner
  RB Zach Zenner re-signed with the Detroit Lions, the team announced Friday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed for Zenner, who signed with the club as an undrafted free agent out of South Dakota State in 2015. Zenner was limited to just 14 carries for 26 yards last season after enjoying a fruitful campaign in 2016, when he rushed 88 times for 334 yards and four touchdowns.

Mar 15 2018 - Kenny Wiggins
  G Kenny Wiggins was signed by Detroit, the team announced. Wiggins started all 16 games at right guard for the Los Angeles Chargers last season. He started just one game for the Chargers in 2016.

Mar 14 2018 - Darren Fells
  TE Darren Fells is expected to sign a three-year, $12 million deal with the Cleveland Browns.

Mar 10 2018 - Kerry Hyder
  The Detroit Lions re-signed DE Kerry Hyder, the team announced on Saturday. Hyder saw his 2017 season come to an end before it began, as he sustained a torn Achilles tendon in a preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts. He was slated to become an exclusive rights free agent. The 26-year-old Hyder collected 36 tackles, a team-best eight sacks, one fumble recovery and a pass breakup in 16 games in 2016.

Mar 10 2018 - Don Muhlbach
  The Detroit Lions re-signed LS Don Muhlbach, the team announced on Saturday. Muhlbach returns to Detroit on a one-year deal while entering his 15th NFL season, all with the Lions. By playing in all 16 games in 2017, Muhlbach moved his career games total to 212 to rank third on the Lions' all-time list. The 36-year-old Muhlbach trails center Dominic Raiola (219) for second place. Former kicker Jason Hanson (327) is comfortably atop that list.

Feb 27 2018 - Ezekiel Ansah
  DE Ezekiel Ansah had the franchise tag placed on him by Detroit. As a result, the Lions will pay Ansah $17.5 million in 2018 when he signs his tender, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The two sides have until July 16 to negotiate a longer-term deal before the one-year contract becomes Ansah's only option for the 2018 season. Ansah recorded 12.0 sacks in the 2017 season despite missing two games with a back injury.

Feb 19 2018 - LeGarrette Blount
  RB LeGarrette Blount, saying Philadelphia is "a place that I love," told the NFL Network on Monday he hopes to re-sign with the Eagles after playing last season on a one-year contract for the Super Bowl champions. "Obviously, I like it a lot there. They like me a lot there," Blount said on NFL Total Access. "It's a mutual respect thing. ... I love those guys."

Feb 5 2018 - LeGarrette Blount
  RB LeGarrette Blount had a 21-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. It gave the Eagles a 15-3 lead and enabled Blount to tie Marcus Allen for the sixth-most rushing touchdowns in NFL postseason history with 11. Every player on the star-studded list is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Emmitt Smith of the Cowboys leads with 19, followed by the Steelers' Franco Harris and the Bills' Thurman Thomas with 16; and Denver's Terrell Davis and Washington's John Riggins with 12. Blount played for New England last season, so is in rare company of being on two Super Bowl winners in two straight years with different teams. Eagles defensive end Chris Long was also with the Patriots last season. Said Blount, "It's not about the other team on the other side, it's about this team and this resilient group of guys. We've done everything the coaches have told us to do all season. We dug deep." Gount finished with 14 carries for 90 yards and the touchdown.

Jan 30 2018 - LeGarrette Blount
  RB LeGarrette Blount and DE Chris Long won rings last year with the New England Patriots. To get a second ring, that pair will have to find a way to help beat the Patriots on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. "It brings back a lot of memories. I had a great, great year with those guys, but at the end of the day in this business, people move around," Long said on Monday night at Xcel Energy Center during the Super Bowl's traditional media circus. "I was only there a year. It's not like playing the Rams in the Super Bowl, a team that I was there eight years for, but when you win a championship with somebody, it creates a bond that lasts a lifetime, so it's interesting to play against those guys." Long did reflect on what it was like to play even one season for head coach Bill Belichick, saying, "I'll never look at football the same way again."

Jan 22 2018 - LeGarrette Blount
  RB LeGarrette Blount, who had an NFL-best 18 rushing touchdowns last season with the Patriots, had an 11-yard TD run Sunday against the Vikings. It was just his third of the year.

Jan 22 2018 - LeGarrette Blount
  RB LeGarrette Blount had an 11-yard touchdown run up the middle Sunday with 13:37 remaining in the second quarter.

Jan 14 2018 - Kasim Edebali
  DE Kasim Edebali was listed as inactive for Sunday's divisional-round game against Minnesota.

Jan 13 2018 - LeGarrette Blount
  RB LeGarrette Blount scored on a 1-yard run in Saturday's 15-10 victory over Atlanta.

Jan 10 2018 - Levine Toilolo
  TE Levine Toilolo (knee) was a full participant in practice on Wednesday.

Jan 3 2018 - Kenny Wiggins
  G Kenny Wiggins went from battling for a job to starting all 16 games. It will be interested to see how aggressive the Chargers will be in retaining Wiggins, a free agent, after drafting guards Dan Feeney and Forrest Lamp in last year's draft.

Jan 3 2018 - Levine Toilolo
  TE Levine Toilolo (knee) was limited in practice.

Jan 3 2018 - Ezekiel Ansah
  DE Ezekiel Ansah was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after registering three sacks and five quarterback hits in his club's 35-11 rout of the Green Bay Packers.

Jan 1 2018 - Michael Roberts
  TE Michael Roberts was suspended for Sunday's season finale for what then-head coach Jim Caldwell called "conduct detrimental" to the team. According to the Detroit Free Press, Roberts went AWOL after checking into the hotel, missed meetings and was sent home and fined when he was finally located.

Jan 1 2018 - Kerry Hyder
  DE Kerry Hyder, who missed the season with a torn Achilles tendon, said Monday that he is not yet back to running but that his rehab is going well and he's "extremely confident" he will return to 2016 form. Hyder had a breakout season with eight sacks last year.

Jan 1 2018 - Levine Toilolo
  TE Levine Toilolo (knee) was inactive Sunday.

Dec 31 2017 - Nevin Lawson
  CB Nevin Lawson sat out the regular-season finale due to a concussion.

Dec 31 2017 - Ezekiel Ansah
  DE Ziggy Ansah led the Lions defense with three sacks on Sunday against the Packers.

Dec 31 2017 - Marvin Jones
  WR Marvin Jones Jr. hauled in four passes for 81 yards and a touchdown in the regular-season finale.

Dec 31 2017 - Golden Tate
  WR Golden Tate caught seven passes for 104 yards Sunday, including a 71-yard touchdown reception. He also threw a successful two-point conversion pass to QB Matthew Stafford.

Dec 31 2017 - Matthew Stafford
  QB Matthew Stafford caught a two-point conversion pass during the fourth quarter of a 35-11 romp over the Packers at Ford Field. WR Golden Tate threw it to Stafford after RB Ameer Abdullah took the snap and pitched it to Tate on the trick play. Stafford was wide open in the end zone. Before he turned into a receiver, Stafford overwhelmed the injury-riddled Packers with his rocket arm. He threw three touchdown passes and completed three passes of over 50 yards. Overall he went 20 of 29 through the air for 323 yards.

Dec 27 2017 - Quandre Diggs
  S Quandre Diggs moved from slot cornerback to free safety last month after Tavon Wilson suffered a season-ending shoulder injury on Thanksgiving. Since then, he's had three interceptions, forced a fumble and logged the first sack of his career. Diggs has done enough to warrant staying at the safety position - or at least giving the Lions added flexibility in their secondary this offseason.

Dec 27 2017 - Emmett Cleary
  OL Emmett Cleary became the second active NFL player to agree to donate his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation to further concussion research. Cleary once interned at the foundation as a junior in college.

Dec 27 2017 - Ezekiel Ansah
  DE Ziggy Ansah has 41 career sacks to rank fifth on the Lions' all-time sack list behind Robert Porcher, Mike Cofer, Tracy Scroggins and William Gay.

Dec 27 2017 - Levine Toilolo
  TE Levine Toilolo did not practice. He suffered a knee injury against the Saints.

Dec 27 2017 - Emmett Cleary
  OT Emmett Cleary pledged to donate his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation to aid with research into chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). "Everyone in football should be supportive of this research," Cleary said in the announcement on The Legacy Foundation's website Wednesday. "I feel like you have responsibility to your teammates, other players in the league, and the next generation of football players to support the research. I would encourage anyone who loves the game to get involved with brain research."

Dec 26 2017 - Marvin Jones
  WR Marvin Jones reached 1,000 yards receiving for the first time in his career Sunday, and though he hit the milestone playing against his former team, Jones downplayed the feat. "It really doesn't mean anything right now," Jones said. "After the season, I'll look back at my accomplishments. I needed 30 yards. I would've hit it anyway." Jones now has 57 catches for 1,020 yards on the year. He leads the Lions with eight touchdowns, and he has 14 catches of at least 25 yards.

Dec 26 2017 - Ezekiel Ansah
  DE Ziggy Ansah had his second three-sack game of the season Sunday. Ansah has a team-leading nine while playing in just 13 games.

Dec 26 2017 - Nevin Lawson
  CB Nevin Lawson left Sunday's game with a concussion. He remains in the NFL's concussion protocol.

Dec 26 2017 - Wesley Johnson
  C Wesley Johnson was active for Sunday's game but didn't play. Jonotthan Harrison played center.

Dec 24 2017 - Matthew Stafford
  QB Matthew Stafford started the scoring with a 33-yard touchdown pass to tight end Eric Ebron on a third-and-5 play in the first quarter, putting Detroit ahead 7-0. Stafford was 19 of 35 passing for 203 yards with one touchdown and an interception.

Dec 24 2017 - Rick Wagner
  OT Rick Wagner (ankle) practiced last week on a limited basis but was inactive Sunday.

Dec 21 2017 - Wesley Johnson
  C Wesley Johnson (hip) was limited at practice Thursday.

Dec 20 2017 - Golden Tate
  WR Golden Tate enters the week fifth in the NFL with 552 yards after the catch. Tate, who trails only running backs Le'Veon Bell, Alvin Kamara, Todd Gurley and Christian McCaffrey in that category, is on pace for his fourth straight 90-catch season with 82 receptions for 885 yards through 14 games.

Dec 20 2017 - Rick Wagner
  RT Rick Wagner returned to practice Wednesday after missing two games with a sprained ankle.

Dec 20 2017 - LeGarrette Blount
  RB LeGarrette Blount's role continues to shrink. Over the last three games, he has played just 20 percent of the snaps, compared to 46 percent for Jay Ajayi and 29 percent for rookie Corey Clement. Ajayi has averaged 4.5 yards per carry the last three games, Blount just 2.7. The Eagles still call Blount the starter, if, for no other reason than he is on the field for the first play of the game.

Dec 20 2017 - Darius Slay
  CB Darius Slay received NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after collecting two interceptions in his team's 20-10 victory over the Chicago Bears on Saturday.

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