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 Latest Lions Player Notes
Sep 21 2017 - Matt Prater
  K Matt Prater made the 38th 50-plus-yard field goal of his career last week to tie Phil Dawson for sixth place on the NFL's all-time list. Prater is a perfect 11 for 11 on kicks of at least 50 yards dating back to last season.


Sep 21 2017 - Jarrad Davis
  LB Jarrad Davis (concussion) missed practice Wednesday for the Lions. Davis must be cleared by an independent neurologist before he can return to action.


Sep 21 2017 - Dwayne Washington
  RB Dwayne Washington suffered a quad injury late in the first half of Monday night's win over the Giants that could sideline him for at least this week's game against the Falcons. Either Zach Zenner or Tion Green will play in short-yardage packages if Washington can't play.


Sep 21 2017 - George Johnson
  DE George Johnson is back for his second stint with the Lions. The Lions signed Johnson on Wednesday and waived undrafted free agent Alex Barrett. Johnson had the only six sacks of his career with the Lions in 2014, then was traded the following year after signing a restricted free-agent offer sheet with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


Sep 20 2017 - Dwayne Washington
  S Tavon Wilson (shoulder) and RB Dwayne Washington (quad) left the Giants game with injuries and did not return. Wilson also missed time with a shoulder injury this preseason. Miles Killebrew will start in his place this week against the Falcons if Wilson can't play.


Sep 20 2017 - Tavon Wilson
  S Tavon Wilson (shoulder) and RB Dwayne Washington (quad) left the Giants game with injuries and did not return. Wilson also missed time with a shoulder injury this preseason. Miles Killebrew will start in his place this week against the Falcons if Wilson can't play.


Sep 19 2017 - Ameer Abdullah
  RB Ameer Abdullah ran for a career-high 86 yards on 17 carries. Abdullah was having an ordinary day until he broke a 34-yard run on his final carry of the game.


Sep 19 2017 - Ezekiel Ansah
  DE Ziggy Ansah had three sacks against Giants left tackle Ereck Flowers on Monday, one more than he had all of last season. Ansah now has seven games with two or more sacks in his career, tied for fourth most in Lions history.


Sep 19 2017 - Matthew Stafford
  QB Matthew Stafford threw for just 122 yards Monday against the Giants, his lowest passing total since he left a season-opening loss to the Chicago Bears in 2010 with a shoulder injury. Stafford did throw for two touchdowns and finishED with a passer rating of 117.6.


Sep 19 2017 - Jarrad Davis
  LB Jarrad Davis was placed in the league's concussion protocol following the Detroit Lions' 24-10 victory over the New York Giants on Monday. Selected with the 21st overall pick of the 2017 draft, Davis was injured while tackling Giants running back Paul Perkins in the fourth quarter.


Sep 18 2017 - Matt Prater
  PK Matt Prater nailed a 56-yard field goal with 45 seconds left in the half Monday, the ball hitting the cross bar and bouncing over.


Sep 18 2017 - Ezekiel Ansah
  DE Ziggy Ansah had three sacks Monday. It was his top sack total since he logged 3.5 in Week 12 of the 2015 season, a 45-14 win over the Eagles. "Feels great, 'Monday Night Football,'" Ansah said. "I think it was a team win today -- defense, special teams came out to execute, and I thought it was a great win."


Sep 18 2017 - Matthew Stafford
  QB Matthew Stafford finished 15 of 21 for 122 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions Monday. Both his touchdown passes came on third-and-long plays in the first half and gave his team a 17-7 halftime lead.


Sep 18 2017 - Jamal Agnew
  PR Jamal Agnew, a rookie, returned a punt 88 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown. Agnew's punt return, the fifth longest in team history, broke open the game. The touchdown gave the Lions a 14-point lead.


Sep 14 2017 - Corey Robinson
  T Corey Robinson, who was expected to serve as the Lions' swing tackle earlier this year, landed on injured reserve because of a foot injury this week. Robinson underwent foot surgery this offseason and spent all of training camp on the physically unable to perform list. He practiced last week on a limited basis, but was inactive against the Cardinals.


Sep 14 2017 - Ezekiel Ansah
  DE Ziggy Ansah was limited in practice Wednesday as he continues his return from a knee injury. Ansah played just 34 of a possible 75 snaps last week against the Cardinals, fewer than fellow defensive ends Anthony Zettel and Cornelius Washington, and made just one tackle, on the game's second play.


Sep 14 2017 - Golden Tate
  WR Golden Tate said his injured left ring finger "feels great" and he should play without restrictions Monday night. Tate caught a game-high 10 passes last week against the Cardinals, but twice left to get medical attention on his finger and wore a splint after the game. He said he did not suffer any broken bones.


Sep 12 2017 - Corey Robinson
  OT Corey Robinson was placed on injured reserve with a foot injury. Robinson was inactive Sunday and spent the entire preseason on the physically unable to perform list.


Sep 12 2017 - Emmett Cleary
  OT Emmett Cleary was signed by the Detroit Lions on Tuesday. Cleary finished last season with the Dallas Cowboys and was in camp with the team this year.


Sep 12 2017 - Kasey Redfern
  P Kasey Redfern was placed on injured reserve after tearing his ACL, MCL and part of the patellar tendon in his kicking leg in Sunday's season-opening 35-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.


Sep 12 2017 - Jeff Locke
  P Jeff Locke signed with the Detroit Lions on Tuesday.


Sep 12 2017 - Matthew Stafford
  QB Matthew Stafford was officially credited with leading his 29th career game-winning drive Sunday after the Lions entered the fourth quarter down, 17-15. Last year, eight of the Lions' nine wins were of the come-from-behind variety.


Sep 12 2017 - Jarrad Davis
  LB Jarrad Davis, the Lions' first-round pick and Tabor's former teammate at Florida, made a team-high nine tackles and recovered a fumble in his NFL debut. Davis was one of three Lions to play all 75 defensive snaps along with Glover Quin and Darius Slay.


Sep 12 2017 - Teez Tabor
  CB Teez Tabor, the Lions' second-round pick out of Florida, was one of the Lions' seven inactives against the Cardinals. Given the way cornerbacks Darius Slay, Nevin Lawson, D.J. Hayden and Quandre Diggs played Sunday, it might be a while before Tabor sees the field.


Sep 12 2017 - Golden Tate
  WR Golden Tate wore a splint on his left ring finger Monday in the locker room. Tate twice left Sunday's game to have his hand examined, but still finished with a game-high 10 catches for 107 yards.


Sep 12 2017 - Kasey Redfern
  P Kasey Redfern suffered a severe knee injury in his first NFL game Sunday, tearing both his ACL and MCL as he tried to pick up a first down after dropping a snap in his own end zone. Redfern's injury caused a ripple effect on the Lions' special teams. Kicker Matt Prater handled punting duties for the final three quarters - the first time he's ever punted in the NFL - and backup quarterback Jake Rudock took over as holder. According to the Detroit Free Press, the Lions worked out five punters on Monday and are expected to sign former Minnesota Vikings punter Jeff Locke as Redfern's replacement.


Sep 12 2017 - Kenny Golladay
  WR Kenny Golladay had a debut to remember for the Lions. Golladay, the team's third-round pick, played ahead of TJ Jones as the Lions' No. 3 receiver and caught four passes for 69 yards with two touchdowns. Both of Golladay's scores came in the fourth quarter, and his second touchdown, a diving 45-yard grab in which he beat Justin Bethel, clinched the victory. "Did he do everything right today? No," Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said. "But did he make some big-time catches? Absolutely. On the first touchdown, it was a check at the line of scrimmage and sometimes, that's a rookie out there, you don't know if he's going to get it, and he got it and made the catch. And then the second one, what a great catch."


Sep 11 2017 - Kasey Redfern
  P Kasey Redfern suffered three torn ligaments in his knee in Sunday's win over the Arizona Cardinals, according to multiple reports Monday. Redfern was carted to the locker room late in the first quarter of the 35-23 win when he tried scrambling for a first down after dropping a punt in his own end zone. The 25-year-old Redfern was diagnosed Monday with a torn ACL and MCL, a partial tear of the patellar tendon and a bone bruise, according to the Detroit Free Press. Redfern, who went undrafted out of Wofford in 2014, won the Lions' punting job in the preseason and made his NFL debut Sunday. His injury came on his second career punt, running 10 yards out of the end zone before being tackled by Ifeanyi Momah. Redfern's first career punt went 50 yards.


Sep 10 2017 - Miles Killebrew
  S Miles Killebrew scored on a 35-yard interception return in Sunday's win over Arizona.


Sep 10 2017 - Kenny Golladay
  WR Kenny Golladay caught four passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns in his first game. The rookie caught a 10-yard scoring pass and then a 45-yarder in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win over the Cardinals.


Sep 10 2017 - Golden Tate
  WR Golden Tate caught 10 passes for 107 yards in Sunday's win over the Cardinals.


Sep 10 2017 - Matthew Stafford
  QB Matthew Stafford started his 100th consecutive game and completed 29 of 41 passes for 292 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.


Sep 6 2017 - Zach Zenner
  RB Zach Zenner was limited in practice Wednesday with a back injury.


Sep 6 2017 - Tion Green
  RB Tion Green said Lions running backs coach David Walker told him and others before training camp the team was only planning to keep four backs this fall. Green made the team as the fifth running back, and he said he did so thanks in large part to his contributions on special teams. "I knew if I was to give myself a chance it had to be through special teams," Green said. "And now that I'm here, I put myself in a situation where I can be competitive. I think I led in tackles for special teams (in the preseason)." Green, an undrafted rookie out of Cincinnati, could end up being active most game days as one of the Lions' core kickoff- and punt-cover players. Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick, Dwayne Washington and Zach Zenner also are on the roster at running back.


Sep 6 2017 - Ezekiel Ansah
  DE Ziggy Ansah will likely be on a snap count in Sunday's season opener against the Arizona Cardinals according to head coach Jim Caldwell. "It's "certainly a possibility," Caldwell said. Ansah spent all of training camp on the physically unable to perform list with a knee injury and has been limited in his only two practices of the summer this week. "I think with everybody we kind of look at them and try to determine how we can best utilize what they're able to give us, and we determine that as we get closer to the ball game," Caldwell said. "Right now, to say it's a possibility, sure it is. But have we determined that as of yet? No, we have not. We're waiting to see where he is at the end of the week." Ansah had 14.5 sacks in 2015, but was limited to just two last year as he battled a high-ankle injury all season.


Sep 6 2017 - Hakeem Valles
  TE Hakeem Valles, released on Saturday, was added to the Lions' practice squad on Wednesday.


Sep 1 2017 - Tion Green
  RB Tion Green had a strong fourth preseason game in his bid for a roster spot, totaling 150 yards from scrimmage and scoring on a 74-yard screen pass. Green, who was one of the Lions' leading tacklers in the preseason, appears ticketed for a practice squad spot if he doesn't make the 53-man roster.


Sep 1 2017 - Corey Robinson
  T Corey Robinson was taken of the physically unable to perform list Friday. He may need time to rehabilitate from offseason foot surgery. He is expected to be a swing tackle this fall.


Sep 1 2017 - Ezekiel Ansah
  DE Ziggy Ansah was activated off the physically unable to perform list on Friday. Ansah will play in the Lions' opener.


Sep 1 2017 - George Johnson
  DE George Johnson ended his second failed season with the Bucs when he was released Friday.


Aug 29 2017 - Cyrus Kouandjio
  OT Cyrus Kouandjio was waived by the Detroit Lions, the team announced on Tuesday. Kouandjio was expected to compete with former No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson for the Lions' left tackle position after Taylor Decker underwent offseason shoulder surgery.


Aug 29 2017 - Matthew Stafford
  QB Matthew Stafford will become the highest-paid player in NFL history after agreeing to a five-year deal with the Lions, ESPN reported Monday. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the deal is worth $135 million, which averages out to $27 million per year. That would surpass the five-year deal that pays $25 million annually to Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who signed his contract last month. Stafford, 29, made a total of $110,778,969 over his first eight years with the Lions, according to Spotrac, and he was scheduled to earn $16.5 million this season before agreement on the new contract was reached. Stafford was the No. 1 overall pick in 2009, following the Lions' 0-16 season in 2008. He has started 109 games for the Lions, compiling a 51-58 record. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2014 and has led Detroit to two playoff berths.


Aug 28 2017 - Jeff Locke
  P Jeff Locke was released by Indianapolis Monday. Locke and undrafted rookie Rigoberto Sanchez split most of the Colts' punting and kickoff duties through the first three preseason games. Locke had been signed as a veteran free agent by Indianapolis from Minnesota in the offseason. "It was a great competition, but we made a decision that we felt was best for the team," head coach Chuck Pagano said.


Aug 28 2017 - Jeff Locke
  P Jeff Locke was released by the Indianapolis Colts on Monday. Locke, 27, was signed in March to a two-year contract with $1.25 guaranteed as a replacement for Pat McAfee, who announced his retirement in February. Locke played in 64 games over the last four seasons (2013-16) for the Minnesota Vikings, with a career average of 43.2 yards per punt (38.7 net).


Aug 27 2017 - Kasey Redfern
  P Kasey Redfern has made the most of his cameo as Lions punter while Sam Martin remains on the non-football injury list with a summer foot injury. Redfern is netting better than 42 yards a punt this preseason and has landed seven of his nine punts inside the 20 without a touchback. Redfern will handle punting duties for the Lions if Martin can't make it back by the Sept. 10 opener. If Martin returns, Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said Redfern has done enough to earn a spot elsewhere. "Kasey's done a very, very good job I think overall," Caldwell said. "He's hung in there, he's done a nice job in terms of holding. He's done a nice job punting the ball. He's still working on getting better at everything, but I think he's fitting in and meshing in. Done a nice job."


Aug 27 2017 - Theo Riddick
  RB Theo Riddick made his preseason debut against the Patriots, playing eight snaps in what's expected to be his only action of the preseason. Riddick, who is recovering from surgery on both wrists, had one carry for no gain and one incomplete pass thrown his way. He tied for the NFL lead in receptions in his last healthy season of 2015.


Aug 27 2017 - Tahir Whitehead
  LB Tahir Whitehead left Friday's game with a knee injury, but Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said Whitehead avoided serious injury. Whitehead missed time with a sprained knee last year and underwent surgery this offseason.


Aug 27 2017 - Jordan Hill
  DT Jordan Hill suffered a season-ending biceps injury in Friday's loss to the New England Patriots and landed on season-ending injured reserve Sunday. The Lions signed DT Derrick Lott to take Hill's place.


Aug 23 2017 - Caushaud Lyons
  DE Caushaud Lyons was claimed off waivers from the Rams by the Lions Wednesday (Aug. 22).


Aug 23 2017 - Adairius Barnes
  CB Adairius Barnes sat out practice this week with a knee injury.



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