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 Latest Lions Player Notes
Dec 11 2018 - Leo Koloamatangi
  C Leo Koloamatangi was signed by the Lions Tuesday (Dec. 11) from the practice squad. Koloamatangi joins the active roster after stints on the Lions practice squad during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. He originally entered the NFL with the Lions in 2017 as an undrafted free agent out of Hawaii.


Dec 11 2018 - Jerome Cunningham
  TE Jerome Cunningham was signed by the Lions Tuesday (Dec. 11) from the practice squad. After beginning the 2018 season on the Tennessee Titans' practice squad, Cunningham was signed by Detroit to the practice squad during Week 4 of this season. Currently in his second NFL season, he has appeared in 10 games (three starts) and recorded eight receptions for 59 receiving yards. Cunningham originally entered the NFL in 2014 with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Connecticut State.


Dec 11 2018 - Michael Roberts
  RE Michael Roberts was placed on injured reserve Tuesday because of a shoulder injury. Roberts had nine catches for 100 yards and three touchdowns this season. He was a fourth-round pick of the Lions in the 2017 NFL Draft, and he had four catches for 46 yards last season as a rookie.


Dec 11 2018 - Ezekiel Ansah
  DE Ziggy Ansah was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday, which means his season is over and his time with the Lions may be over as well. He becomes a free agent in March, and after an injury-plagued year that limited his production, the Lions might not be willing to re-sign him. Ansah, the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, made $17.143 million this season by playing on the franchise tender for defensive ends. He has played in just seven games, including only two starts, because of a variety of shoulder injuries, and he recorded only four sacks and 12 total tackles.


Dec 11 2018 - Da'Shawn Hand
  DT Da'Shawn Hand (knee) was also carted off Sunday. He suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain. The amount of games he will miss is uncertain.


Dec 11 2018 - Ezekiel Ansah
  DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) reportedly is close to going on injured reserve. He reinjured his shoulder Sunday and was carted off showing a tearful response.


Dec 11 2018 - Matt Prater
  PK Matt Prater made his 26th straight kicking opportunity Sunday (14 field goals and 12 extra points) after missing in Week 5 against Green Bay. His five points in Sunday's win over Arizona lifted Prater above Doak Walker into fifth on the Lions' career list with 537 points. Prater trails Barry Sanders by just 117 points for third place, an attainable goal by the end of the 2019 season. He has 97 points through 13 games in 2018.


Dec 11 2018 - Kerryon Johnson
  RB Kerryon Johnson (shoulder) did not play for the third straight week and he is questionable for next week against Buffalo. The possibility exists that Johnson will not play again this season.


Dec 11 2018 - Matthew Stafford
  QB Matthew Stafford, despite entering the game with a back injury that limited him all week in practice, was able to play the entire game Sunday. The Lions appeared to alter their game plan to protect Stafford, leaning on the run game and opting for quick passes to avoid hits.


Dec 9 2018 - Darius Slay
  CB Darius Slay recorded his first career interception return for a touchdown when he returned Josh Rosen's pass 67 yards with 3:03 remaining in the third quarter in the Detroit Lions' win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. On a third-and-14 at the Detroit 44, Rosen dropped back and targeted receiver Trent Sheffield. Slay stepped in front of the pass and returned it to give Detroit a 10-0 lead. "I kind of baited him," Slay said. "I knew it was coming." It was Slay's third interception of the season after he tied for the league lead with eight interceptions last season. The defensive play helped the Lions (5-8) win for the second time in their last seven games.


Dec 8 2018 - Ezekiel Ansah
  DE Ezekiel Ansah was fined $20,054 for an illegal hit.


Dec 5 2018 - John Atkins
  DT John Atkins was signed by the Lions to the practice squad Wednesday (Dec. 5). He had been released by the Lions from the practice squad Friday. Atkins returns to Detroit after spending a portion of this season on the team's practice squad. Currently in his rookie season, Atkins entered the NFL with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia.


Dec 5 2018 - Jalen Reeves-Maybin
  LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (neck) was placed on reserve/injured by the Lions Wednesday (Dec. 5). While he would normally eligible to be designated for return and begin practicing after missing at least six weeks and playing in eight weeks, the first game he would be available would be the Super Bowl.


Dec 5 2018 - Eric Lee
  DE Eric Lee was signed by the Lions from their practice squad Wednesday (Dec. 5). Lee originally joined the Lions as a member of the club's practice squad in September before being signed to the active roster and appearing in five games for Detroit this season. He originally entered the NFL with the Houston Texans in 2016 as an undrafted free agent out of South Florida. He has appeared in 11 career games (five starts) and recorded 21 total tackles (11 solo), 3.5 sacks and one interception.


Dec 3 2018 - Kerryon Johnson
  RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) missed his second straight game Sunday


Dec 3 2018 - Taylor Decker
  LT Taylor Decker scored the first touchdown of his career in Sunday's 30-16 setback to the Los Angeles Rams. Decker reeled in an 11-yard reception from Matthew Stafford on a tackle-eligible play.


Dec 3 2018 - Matthew Stafford
  QB Matthew Stafford was 20 of 33 yards for 245 yards with an 11-yard touchdown pass to tackle Taylor Decker. Decker's touchdown pulled Detroit within three points late in the third quarter.


Dec 3 2018 - Devon Kennard
  LB Devon Kennard went out with a hip injury in Sunday's game.


Dec 3 2018 - Taylor Decker
  LT Taylor Decker got caught up in the moment after scoring his first touchdown of his career in Sunday's 30-16 setback to the Los Angeles Rams. Decker reeled in an 11-yard reception from Matthew Stafford on a tackle-eligible play and promptly tossed the ball into the crowd at Ford Field. Upon reflection, the 6-foot-7, 311-pound Decker wished he had that souvenir and took to social media in a bid to retrieve it. "To whoever caught/has the ball I threw into the stands. I've played football since first grade, and that was my first ever touchdown," Decker wrote on Instagram. "I'd love to have that ball, and would be more than happy to hook you up if you'd be willing. #defendtheden #bigmantouchdown"


Dec 3 2018 - Matthew Stafford
  QB Matthew Stafford passed for 245 yards and one touchdown with one interception against the Rams.


Dec 1 2018 - Deontez Alexander
  WR Deontez Alexander was signed by the Lions to their practice squad Friday (Nov. 30 1). He had been waived from reserve/injured with an injury settlement by the Lions Aug. 9. Alexander returns to the Lions after spending a portion of training camp with the team. He originally signed with the Lions as an undrafted free agent out of Franklin College following the 2018 draft.


Dec 1 2018 - John Atkins
  DT John Atkins was released from the practice squad by the Lions Friday (Nov. 30).


Nov 28 2018 - Ezekiel Ansah
  DE Ziggy Ansah has four sacks in five games this season despite seeing only part-time minutes because of his shoulder injury. Ansah had one sack vs. the Bears and now has 8.5 sacks in Thanksgiving games.


Nov 28 2018 - Mike Ford
  CB Mike Ford, an undrafted rookie out of Southeast Missouri State, played 51 of a possible 58 defensive snaps in the Lions' Thanksgiving loss to the Chicago Bears. Ford has started in both games since he was promoted from the practice squad and has surpassed both Teez Tabor and DeShawn Shead as the Lions' No. 3 cornerback.


Nov 28 2018 - Kerryon Johnson
  RB Kerryon Johnson will miss his second straight game Sunday against the Rams with a knee injury. Lions head coach Matt Patricia declined this week to say if he expects Johnson to play again this season.


Nov 29 2018 - Jamal Agnew
  CB Jamal Agnew was designated for return from reserve/injured by the Lions Wednesday (Nov. 28). He is eligible to be activated to play in Week 15, but can practice for a maximum of 21 days.


Nov 27 2018 - Eric Lee
  DE Eric Lee was signed by the Lions to their practice squad Monday (Nov. 26). He had been waived by the Lions Wednesday. Lee returns to Detroit after beginning the season on the club's practice squad, before appearing in five games for the team as a member of the active roster. He originally entered the NFL in 2016 with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent out of South Florida. In 11 career games (five starts), his career totals include 21 total tackles (11 solo), 3.5 sacks and one interception.


Nov 27 2018 - Nicholas Grigsby
  LB Nicholas Grigsby was signed by the Lions from their practice squad Monday (Nov. 26). Currently in his fourth NFL season, Grigsby spent a stint on the Lions practice squad after appearing in nine games for the New England Patriots earlier this season. He has recorded four total tackles (three solo) in 21 career games. He originally entered the NFL in 2016 with the Los Angeles Rams as an undrafted free agent out of Pittsburgh.


Nov 26 2018 - Marvin Jones
  WR Marvin Jones, who missed the past two games with a knee injury, has been placed on injured reserve, Lions head coach Matt Patricia announced Monday. Jones had 35 catches for 508 yards and five touchdowns in his nine games this season. Last year, Jones had 61 receptions for 1,101 yards and nine touchdowns while leading the NFL in yards per catch at 18.0.


Nov 23 2018 - Andre Chachere
  CB Andre Chachere was signed by Lions the to the practice squad Wednesday (Nov. 21). He had been released by the Texans from the practice squad Tuesday. Chachere comes to the Lions after spending a portion of this season as a member of the Houston Texans' practice squad. He originally entered the NFL in 2018 with Houston as an undrafted rookie free agent out of San Jose State.


Nov 23 2018 - Eric Lee
  DE Eric Lee was placed on waivers by the Lions Wednesday (Nov. 21).


Nov 23 2018 - Marcus Cooper
  CB Marcus Cooper was placed on waivers by the Bears Wednesday (Nov. 21) and assigned on waivers to the Lions Friday. Currently in his sixth NFL season, Cooper began the 2018 season with the Bears and appeared in two games. Prior to joining Chicago in 2017, he spent three seasons (2013-15) with the Kansas City Chiefs and one (2016) with the Arizona Cardinals. A seventh-round (252 overall) selection by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2013 draft out of Rutgers, Cooper has appeared in 71 career games (28 starts). His career totals include 145 tackles (136 solo), seven interceptions, 35 pass defenses, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.


Nov 22 2018 - Matthew Stafford
  QB Matt Stafford completed 28 of 38 for 236 in Thursday's 23-16 loss to Chicago.


Nov 22 2018 - LeGarrette Blount
  RB LeGarrette Blount rushed for 88 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries in Thursday's 23-16 loss to Chicago.


Nov 21 2018 - Matthew Stafford
  QB Matthew Stafford wore a wrist band with play calls on his arm for the first time in his NFL career last week. Stafford said he wore it not because of any grand change in scheme, but because the Lions had an abundance of new personnel at wide receiver and because of issues with his helmet speaker going out this year.


Nov 21 2018 - Devon Kennard
  LB Devon Kennard had his first sack since Oct. 7 last week against Cam Newton. Kennard leads the Lions with six sacks, a career high.


Nov 21 2018 - Matt Prater
  K Matt Prater has made his last 10 field-goal attempts and 19 of 22 kicks on the year. He's also a perfect 21 for 21 on extra points.


Nov 20 2018 - Andre Chachere
  CB Andre Chachere was released from the practice squad by the Texans Tuesday (Nov. 20).


Nov 19 2018 - Sam Martin
  P Sam Martin 46.8 yards on six kicks on Sunday, putting three inside the 20-yard line.


Nov 19 2018 - Matt Prater
  K Matt Prater was perfect against the Panthers. He kicked two field goals, with a long of 54 yards, and made both his extra points.


Nov 19 2018 - Bruce Ellington
  WR Bruce Ellington caught six passes for 52 yards in his first game with the Lions. Ellington signed with the Lions on Tuesday.


Nov 19 2018 - Kenny Golladay
  WR Kenny Golladay caught eight passes for 113 yards, including the game-winning 19-yarder in the fourth quarter against the Panthers.


Nov 19 2018 - Kerryon Johnson
  RB Kerryon Johnson is considered week-to-week with a sprained knee, multiple media outlets reported on Monday. Johnson rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown before exiting in the second half of Sunday's 20-19 win over the Carolina Panthers. The 21-year-old was injured on a run in which he cut to the left side of the field before being tackled near the sideline for a 3-yard gain.


Nov 18 2018 - Kerryon Johnson
  RB Kerryon Johnson with a knee injury in the third quarter of the win against the Panthers. Before leaving the game, Johnson rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.


Nov 18 2018 - Kenny Golladay
  WR Kenny Golladay had eight receptions for 113 yards and hauled in the winning touchdown with 5:13 left against the Panthers Sunday.


Nov 18 2018 - Matthew Stafford
  QB Matthew Stafford was an unspectacular 23 of 37 for 220 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's win over the Panthers. He didn't throw an interception.


Nov 17 2018 - Nicholas Grigsby
  LB Nicholas Grigsby was signed by the Lions to their practice squad Saturday (Nov. 17). He had been waived by the Patriots Tuesday. Grigsby comes to Detroit after most recently spending time with the New England Patriots where he appeared in nine games with four tackles this season. He originally entered the NFL in 2016 as an undrafted free agent with the Los Angeles Rams out of Pittsburgh and appeared in six games with Los Angeles. His career totals include four tackles (three solo) in 20 games.


Nov 17 2018 - Andy Jones
  WR Andy Jones was signed by the Lions from the practice squad Saturday (Nov. 17). Jones began the 2018 season on the club's reserve/physically unable to perform list before being elevated to the active roster and appearing in the team's Week 9 contest at Minnesota. He came to the Lions in 2017 as a member of the practice squad following stints with the Houston Texans (2017) and Dallas Cowboys (2016). Jones originally entered the NFL in 2016 with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of Jacksonville.


Nov 17 2018 - Marvin Jones Jr.
  WR Marvin Jones has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers. Jones did not practice all week due to a right knee injury he sustained in last weekend's 34-22 loss to the Chicago Bears. ESPN reported Friday that Jones was receiving a second opinion on the knee, which it termed a bone bruise.


Nov 16 2018 - Marvin Jones
  WR Marvin Jones of the Detroit Lions is seeking a second opinion on what was diagnosed as only a bone bruise in his right knee because he is not getting better, ESPN reported on Friday. The Lions declared him out of Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers. Jones, who sustained the injury in the second half of last week's game against the Chicago Bears, was listed as day-to-day early in the week, but did not practice all week and reportedly is experiencing significant pain in the knee. The original diagnosis was that Jones did not suffer an injury to his MCL and ACL, making the Lions believe that he would recover fairly quickly, but that has not happened. Jones has caught 35 passes for 508 yards and five touchdowns this season.



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