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 Latest Lions Player Notes
Jul 18 2017 - Armonty Bryant
  DL Armonty Bryant of the Detroit Lions was suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The ban is the third for Bryant in one year. He was suspended four games with the Browns last season and, upon being claimed off waivers by the Lions, drew a three-game suspension for off-field conduct. Bryant pleaded guilty to attempted drug possession to resolve a 2015 case, prompting the league ruling. Bryant played in five games with the Lions in 2016 and had three sacks.


Jun 20 2017 - Khyri Thornton
  DT Khyri Thornton has been suspended for the first six games of the 2017 season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. The 27-year-old Thornton will be able to rejoin the Lions following Detroit's game against the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 15. The Lions have a bye the following week, meaning his first possible game action will be against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Oct. 29. Thornton had 18 tackles and one sack in 13 games for the Lions last season. He signed a two-year, $3.3 million deal with Detroit in the offseason.


Jun 15 2017 - Cyrus Kouandjio
  T Cyrus Kouandjio was signed a contract on Thursday. Kouandjio, who was a second-round pick of the 2014 draft by Buffalo, appeared in 12 games for the Bills last season -- including five starts at left tackle.


Jun 15 2017 - Greg Robinson
  OT Greg Robinson, who was the No. 2 overall pick of the 2014 draft, was acquired by the Detroit Lions from the Los Angeles Rams for an undisclosed draft pick, the teams announced on Thursday. While the clubs did not specify the pick, ESPN's Adam Schefter cited a source as saying that it is a sixth-round selection for the 2018 draft. Robinson will join the Lions one week after left tackle Taylor Decker injured his shoulder and underwent surgery.


Jun 6 2017 - Taylor Decker
  LT Taylor Decker is out indefinitely after undergoing shoulder surgery Monday, the Lions announced Tuesday. Decker sustained the injury during organized team activities last week. Lions coach Jim Caldwell will provide an update on Decker's status at the start of training camp. Caldwell does not anticipate that Decker will miss the entire 2017 season. "Sometimes they are noncontact injuries," said Caldwell, who did not know how the injury occurred. "... It doesn't require that there's any force contact for that to happen."


Jun 5 2017 - Greg Robinson
  RT Greg Robinson, who is making the move from left tackle, was not present when the Rams gathered Monday. "Greg communicated he had something going on," Rams coach Sean McVay said. "We knew that he was not going to be here today. He let us know and we knew that he was not going to be here. He did a nice job of letting us know about that." McVay said Robinson's return is imminent. "Yeah, he'll be back later this week," McVay said "He had some things he had to take care of and he let us know awhile in advance about that."


May 31 2017 - Tahir Whitehead
  Tahir Whitehead is moving to weakside linebacker this season to allow rookie Jarrad Davis to play middle linebacker, and he's done so without complaint. The Lions' leader with 132 tackles last season, Whitehead said his goal is to be on the field in nickel situations alongside Davis. "He's one of those guys that can play those two inside positions very, very well," coach Jim Caldwell said. "He runs well and obviously, he's played them both before. ... He'll play will for us and he also obviously still has the ability to play any other spot."


May 31 2017 - Alex Carter
  S Alex Carter, a third-round pick out of Stanford in 2015, has changed positions from cornerback to safety. Carter, who spent his rookie season on injured reserve and most of last year on the practice squad, said the Lions approached him about a change of position shortly after last season. Caldwell previously said last month that no players were changing positions.


May 31 2017 - Ameer Abdullah
  Ameer Abdullah admitted in an interview with former Nebraska star Adam Carriker this week that he suffered a Lisfranc tear last season. "I'm 100 percent now," Abdullah said on The Carriker Chronicles. "I ended up tearing my Lisfranc the second game of the season against the Tennessee Titans, separating my foot, so that was a bummer for me. But I'm shaking back good now. "It's helped me understand my body more so I'm a lot more penciled in on what I need to do as far as recovery, make sure I'm (doing all the) right things for my body to make sure I'm ready for this 2017 season."


May 30 2017 - Connor Bozick
  G Connor Bozick signed an undisclosed contract with the Lions on Tuesday. Bozick, a 22-year-old guard, is a rookie out of Delaware. He played in 46 games over four seasons with the Blue Hens, earning two All-Colonial Athletic Association selections at both tackle and guard.


May 30 2017 - Matt Asiata
  RB Matt Asiata signed an undisclosed contract with the Lions on Tuesday. Asiata, 29, spent the first five seasons of his career with the Minnesota Vikings from 2012 to 2016. He rushed for 402 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games (six starts) with Minnesota last season.


May 27 2017 - Matt Asiata
  RB Matt Asiata, former Minnesota Vikings running back, agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions. Although the Lions have not confirmed the deal, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, citing a source, reported it Friday night. Asiata spent the last five seasons with the Vikings, primarily as a backup to perennial Pro Bowler Adrian Peterson. The 6-foot, 219-pounder saw his most extensive action when Peterson was suspended for most of the 2014 season, making a career-high nine starts and rushing for 570 yards and nine touchdowns. He also had 44 catches for 312 yards. Asiata appeared in all 16 games last season, starting six, and rushed for 402 yards and six scores on 121 carries. an undrafted free agent out of Utah, Asiata has rushed for 1,259 yards in 74 career games (16 starts), and has 101 receptions plus another score. Detroit's ground game was among the worst in the NFL in 2016, ranking 30th with an average of 77.1 yards per game.


May 24 2017 - Cyrus Kouandjio
  T Cyrus Kouandjio, who was the Buffalo Bills' second-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, was released on Wednesday. The move comes a month after Kouandjio was hospitalized when police found him "undressed in a field" in Elma, N.Y. The 23-year-old Kouandjio, a first-team All-SEC selection at Alabama in 2013, spent his first two seasons in the NFL mostly in a reserve role. He started five games last season because of injuries to left tackle Cordy Glenn. Kouandjio was sidelined during OTAs activities because of January hip surgery resulting from a fall at home.


May 15 2017 - Pierce Burton
  OT Pierce Burton was waived by Detroit. Burton, 26, participated in the Lions' rookie minicamp over the weekend. He went undrafted out of Ole Miss in 2014 and has been on the practice squads of the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts.


May 15 2017 - Arturo Uzdavinis
  OT Arturo Uzdavinis was signed by Detroit to a free agent contract. The 6-foot-7, 305-pound Uzdavinis joins the Lions after being on the practice squads with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears last season. Uzdavinis, 24, entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Houston Texans in 2016 out of Tulane.


May 12 2017 - Jarrad Davis
  LB Jarrad Davis, the 21st overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft out Florida, signed a four-year contract before the start of the Lions' rookie minicamp. Davis, 21, will get a slotted contract worth about $10.4 million that includes a team option for the fifth year, according to the Detroit Free Press. The 6-1, 238-pound Davis recorded 154 tackles and 5.5 sacks over the past two seasons with the Gators.


May 4 2017 - Haloti Ngata
  DT Haloti Ngata needed the approval of someone before returning to the Detroit Lions for the upcoming season. The 330-pounder consulted with his neurologist to make sure his brain was OK before returning for a 12th NFL season. Ngata is entering the second season of a two-year, $12 million contract. He is slated to earn $5.5 million in base salary in 2017. Ngata recorded 22 tackles and 1.5 sacks while starting 13 games last season for the Lions.


Apr 25 2017 - Kasey Redfern
  P Kasey Redfern is joining the Lions, the team announced Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 25-year-old punter spent time with the Panthers and Browns in 2016, but did not appear in any games. He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Wofford with the Jaguars in 2014.


Apr 18 2017 - TJ Jones
  WR TJ Jones is returning to the Lions after the team signed his exclusive rights free agent tender Tuesday.


Apr 18 2017 - Kerry Hyder
  DE Kerry Hyder is returning to the Lions after the team signed his exclusive rights free agent tender Tuesday.


Apr 18 2017 - Brandon Copeland
  DE Brandon Copeland is returning to the Lions after the team signed his exclusive rights free agent tender Tuesday.


Apr 18 2017 - Cornelius Lucas
  T Cornelius Lucas is returning to the Lions after signing his one-year RFA tender worth $1.797 million. Lucas, 25, is expected to compete for the Lions' swing tackle job, per the Detroit Free Press. Lucas' deal is non-guaranteed. He appeared in just five games last year and has played in 25 games (six starts) and two playoff contests in his first three seasons with the team.


Apr 3 2017 - Nick Bellore
  LB Nick Bellore signed with the Lions to add depth at the position. Bellore, 27, comes to Detroit after spending the previous two seasons with the 49ers. He appeared in 14 games (10 starts) last season and totaled 83 tackles, one sack, one interception, five pass defenses, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.


Mar 26 2017 - Theo Riddick
  RB Theo Riddick underwent surgery on both wrists before going on injured reserve last season, according to multiple reports Sunday. Riddick, 25, missed the final month of the regular season last year with a wrist injury, but it turns out the surgery on both wrists prompted his season-ending trip to IR, sources told the Detroit Free Press on Sunday. Riddick had a large cast on his left wrist in January during the locker cleanout session following the Lions' 26-6 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in a wild-card playoff game. At the time, he declined to say what the injury was or whether he had surgery on the wrist, according to ESPN.


Mar 20 2017 - Jordan Hill
  DT Jordan Hill was signed by Detroit to add depth at the position. An unrestricted free agent, the 6-foot-1, 291-pound Hill enters his fifth NFL season after previous stints with the Seattle Seahawks (2013-15) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2016). He owns totals of 50 tackles, seven sacks, one interception, five pass defenses and four fumble recoveries in 31 career NFL games.


Mar 15 2017 - Don Muhlbach
  LS Don Muhlbach returns to Detroit on a one-year deal while entering his 14th NFL season, all with the Lions. By playing in all 16 games in 2016, the 35-year-old Muhlbach moved his career games total to 196 to rank fourth on the Lions' all-time list for career games played.


Mar 12 2017 - T.J. Lang
  G T.J. Lang left the Packers to sign a three-year contract with the Lions, reportedly for $28.5 million with $19 million guaranteed. Lang spent his first eight NFL seasons with the Packers was a Pro Bowl selection last season for the first time. He chose the Lions over the Seattle and Green Bay.


Mar 11 2017 - Keshawn Martin
  WR Keshawn Martin signed with the Lions on Saturday. Terms of the deal were not immediately reported. Martin, 26, is entering his sixth NFL season after stints with the Texans, Patriots and 49ers. Martin played one game in 2016, making no catches and losing a fumble with the 49ers.


Mar 11 2017 - Darren Fells
  TE Darren Fells signed a free agent contract on Saturday with the Detroit Lions. Fells signed a one-year contract worth a reported $1.5 million. The 6-7, 281-pound Fells joins the Lions after spending the last three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals (2014-16). He played in 14 games (seven starts) last season for the Cardinals, catching 14 passes for 154 yards and one touchdown. Following a four-year basketball career at UC Irvine, the 30-year-old Fells spent four years (2008-12) as a professional basketball player overseas with stints in Argentina, Belgium, Finland, France and Mexico. Fells transitioned into the NFL as a free agent with the Seattle Seahawks in 2013 and went on to spend his rookie season as a member of the Cardinals' practice squad. In three NFL seasons, Fells has 40 receptions for 536 yards and four touchdowns in 38 games (24 starts).


Mar 11 2017 - D.J. Hayden
  CB DJ Hayden signed as a free agent with the Detroit Lions on Saturday. His one-year deal is worth up to $5.25 million, according to ESPN. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Hayden spent the first four seasons of his career with the Oakland Raiders (2013-16). Hayden, the 12th overall selection by the Raiders in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Houston, appeared in 45 career games (25 starts). His career totals include 178 tackles, one sack, three interceptions, 26 pass defenses and three forced fumbles. The Raiders did not pick up Hayden's fifth-year option after injuries kept him off of the field for stretches during his four seasons in Oakland. Hayden, 26, played all 16 games in 2015 but only 11 games in 2016 after finishing the season on injured reserve because of a hamstring injury. \


Mar 10 2017 - Paul Worrilow
  LB Paul Worrilow signed with the Lions to a reported one-year free agent deal. The 6-0, 230-pound Worrilow comes to the Lions following a four-year stint with the Falcons (2013-16). He played in 12 games in 2016 (one start), making 14 tackles, as well as all three of the Falcons' postseason games en route to the team's berth in Super Bowl LI.


Mar 10 2017 - Cornelius Washington
  DE Cornelius Washington was signed by the Lions to a reported two-year free agent deal worth $6 million. The 6-4, 292-pound Washington comes to Detroit after beginning his NFL career with the Bears (2013-16). He recorded 20 tackles, two sacks, one pass defense and two tackles for loss in 15 games (two starts) last season.


Mar 10 2017 - Rick Wagner
  OT Rick Wagner was signed by the Lions to a free agent contract on Friday. Wagner agreed to a five-year deal worth up to $9 million per season. The 6-6, 310-pound Wagner embarks on his fifth NFL season after beginning his career with the Ravens (2013-16). He played in 15 games last season along the offensive line, making 14 starts at right tackle.


Mar 10 2017 - Akeem Spence
  DT Akeem Spence was signed by the Lions to a free agent contract. Spence agreed to a reported three-year deal worth $10.5 million. The 6-1, 307-pound Spence spent the previous four seasons (2013-16) with the Buccaneers. In 2016, he played in all 16 games (four starts), making 19 tackles, a half-sack and two tackles for loss.


Mar 10 2017 - Khyri Thornton
  DT Khyri Thornton signed with the Lions on Thursday. Terms weren't disclosed. Thornton, 27, had 24 tackles and one forced fumbles in 19 career games (six starts) in two seasons with the Lions.


Mar 10 2017 - DeAndre Levy
  LB DeAndre Levy was released by the Lions on Thursday after he struggled with injuries over the past two seasons. Levy had two years remaining on a four-year, $33 million contract. The Lions plan to designate him as a June 1 cut, which will save more than $5.8 million against the salary cap. Levy, who turns 30 later this month, played in just six games over the past two seasons due to hip and knee injuries.


Mar 9 2017 - Rick Wagner
  RT Rick Wagner, a free agent, agreed to a deal with the Lions, getting a five-year contract worth up to $9 million per season. Detroit is prepared to lose 2016 starting RT Riley Reiff in free agency. Wagner was the top-rated right tackle in free agency, but he set a new market for the position, exceeding the top-paid right tackle by approximately $2 million annually. Wagner was groomed by the Ravens in a run-heavy offense. A fifth-round pick in 2013, Wagner played his rookie season under Jim Caldwell. Caldwell was the offensive coordinator in Baltimore before he was hired as Lions head coach in 2014.


Mar 8 2017 - TJ Jones
  WR TJ Jones was tendered a contract by the Detroit Lions on Wednesday. Jones, 24, appeared in three games in 2016 after beginning the season on the Lions' practice squad. He finished the season with five receptions for 93 yards.


Mar 8 2017 - Brandon Copeland
  LB Brandon Copeland was tendered a contract by the Detroit Lions on Wednesday. Copeland, 25, enters his third NFL season after appearing in all 16 games the last two seasons for the Lions. He made his first-career start in 2016 and finished the year with 11 tackles and one forced fumble, as well as five special teams tackles.


Mar 8 2017 - Kerry Hyder
  DE Kerry Hyder was tendered a contract by the Detroit Lions on Wednesday. Hyder, after spending the majority of the 2015 season on the Lions' practice squad, emerged last season to lead the Detroit defense with a career-high eight sacks. He recorded two multi-sack games and finished the season with 36 total tackles, one fumble recovery and one pass defense.


Feb 9 2017 - Rolan Milligan
  S Rolan Milligan signed a contract with the Detroit Lions on Thursday. Financial terms were not disclosed by the team for Milligan, who spent last year's offseason with the Dallas Cowboys before being released on Aug. 16. Milligan went undrafted out of Toledo after collecting 48 tackles, three forced fumbles and two interceptions in 11 games with the Rockets.


Jan 26 2017 - Cyrus Kouandjio
  OT Cyrus Kouandjio is recovering from hip surgery after he was injured in a fall at home. According to the Bills, Kouandjio underwent surgery on Wednesday. The team did not reveal the severity of the injury or when the fall occurred. Kouandjio is expected to be recovered when training camp begins in late July.


Jan 9 2017 - Jared Abbrederis
  WR Jared Abbrederis was one of nine players the Lions signed to futures deals on Monday, and the only one of the group who was not on the team's practice squad this season. Along with Abbrederis, who played most of the past three seasons with the Green Bay Packers, the Lions signed: RB Mike James, WR Andrew Turzilli, OL Mike Rotheram and Brandon Thomas, TEs Kennard Backman and Khari Lee, LB Steve Longa and S Charles Washington.


Jan 9 2017 - Stefan Charles
  DT Stefan Charles said he won't need surgery for the sprained knee that landed him on injured reserve. One of three free-agent defensive tackles on the Lions' roster, he said he hopes to return to Detroit in 2017.


Jan 9 2017 - Theo Riddick
  RB Theo Riddick wore a cast on his left wrist as the Lions cleaned out their lockers Monday but shook his head "no" when asked if he underwent surgery. Riddick missed the final four games of the regular season and the Lions' playoff loss to the Seahawks with a wrist injury.


Jan 8 2017 - Anquan Boldin
  WR Anquan Boldin said after Saturday night's AFC wild-card loss to Seattle that he is leaning toward coming back next season. "I haven't sat down and talked with my family yet," he said, "but I still have the passion to play." Boldin's passion resulted in a 15-yard penalty during Saturday's first half. He was trying to catch a third-down pass when the veteran ended up on the Seattle sideline and nearly ran into Seahawks defensive lineman Jarran Reed. Boldin said after the game that Reed pushed him, but the only thing the officials saw was Boldin pushing back. "I shouldn't have retaliated, but it is what it is," Boldin said. Overall, he wasn't happy with how the game was officiated. "There were some calls that left us shaking our heads," Boldin said. "Anytime you come into a place like this, you know you have to play more than just the team."


Jan 8 2017 - Matthew Stafford
  QB Matthew Stafford completed 18 of 32 passes for 205 yards for the Lions, who have lost their last nine playoff games -- an NFL record -- and are 1-11 in postseason play since 1957. Detroit's only playoff win in a span of nearly 60 years came in 1992 over Dallas. Detroit used a 30-yard pass from Stafford to Anquan Boldin to set up Matt Prater's first field goal with 20 seconds left in the half, pulling Detroit within 10-3. Lions receivers dropped four passes in the first half, which played a part in Stafford completing 9 of 17 for 97 yards in the opening 30 minutes.


Jan 8 2017 - Matt Prater
  K Matt Prater booted a 53-yard field goal with 4:08 left in the third quarter for the Lions in their playoff loss to the Seahawks on Saturday night. Prater, who booted a 51-yarder just before halftime, became the first kicker in NFL history to make two field goals of at least 50 yards in a playoff game. A 30-yard pass set up Prater's first field goal with 20 seconds left in the half, pulling the Lions within 10-3.


Jan 8 2017 - Anquan Boldin
  WR Anquan Boldin had a frustrating night of dropped passes and a costly unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in Detroit's playoff loss to Seattle on Saturday night. He was frustrated with some of the officiating in the game. "Any time you come into a place like this, you know you have to play more than just the team," Boldin said. Boldin caught a 30-yard pass from Matthew Stafford to Boldin to set up Matt Prater's first field goal with 20 seconds left in the half, pulling the Lions within 10-3.


Jan 4 2017 - Anquan Boldin
  WR Anquan Boldin had a career-low 584 yards receiving this fall, but led the Lions with eight touchdowns and finished second on the team with 67 catches. Boldin, 36, has said he'll sit down with family at some point this offseason and discuss whether to return for a 15th year. If he retires, he'll do so as the 14th leading receiver in NFL history with 13,779 career receiving yards.



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