Player News - Lions

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Golden Tate caught 6-of-8 passes for 69 yards in Week 3 against the Patriots.

He led the Lions in targets and tied for a team high in yards. It was still a mostly quiet night for Tate with Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones doing all the scoring. Tate doesn’t play in two wide sets, but he’s still getting 80 percent of snaps. He's a Week 4 FLEX against the Cowboys.
Sep 23 - 11:54 PM

Marvin Jones caught 4-of-6 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown in Week 3 against the Patriots.

Jones started and looked close to 100 percent playing through his ankle injury. He got wide open out of the slot for a deep 33-yard touchdown for his only highlight of the night. Jones finished behind Golden Tate (8) and Kenny Golladay (7) in targets, but there hasn't been much dropoff from his strong 2017. Jones is a FLEX play for Week 4 against the Cowboys.
Sep 23 - 11:48 PM

Kenny Golladay caught 6-of-7 passes for 53 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' Week 3 win over the Patriots.

Golladay continued to start over Golden Tate in two-wide sets. He scored the Lions' first touchdown of the game, extending the ball across the goal-line on a play where he was tackled at the one-yard line. Golladay has at least 100 yards or a touchdown in every game this season. He's a WR2 for Week 4's matchup with the Cowboys.
Sep 23 - 11:44 PM

LeGarrette Blount rushed 16 times for 48 yards in Week 3 against the Patriots.

Blount had his best game of the season after getting injured in Week 1 and ejected last week. He started, but rotated with Kerryon Johnson and Theo Riddick. Blount had gameflow working in his favor with Detroit milking the clock in the second half. With Johnson breaking out for over 100 yards, Blount should see his workload scaled back in Week 4.
Sep 23 - 11:31 PM

Kerryon Johnson had 16 carries for 101 yards in Detroit's Week 3 win over the Patriots.

Johnson is the first Lions' running back to run for 100 yards since 2013. He continued to have to hot hand over LeGarrette Blount, though both ended up with 16 carries. Johnson has separated himself from Blount through the first three games, and should emerge as the lead back moving forward. He's on the FLEX radar against the Cowboys in Week 4.
Sep 23 - 11:27 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 27-of-36 passes for 262 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in Detroit's Week 3 win over the Patriots.

Stafford was sharp in this one, completing 12 of his first 13 passes. He played keep-away from the Patriots with clock killing drives. Stafford made a sidearm throw to Kenny Golladay in the red-zone for his first TD before hitting a wide open Marvin Jones from 33 yards out on his second. His only blunder was an interception on the opening drive of the second half. Stafford has rebounded from his rough Week 1 to post consecutive multi-TD games. He'll get a matchup with the Cowboys in Week 4.
Sep 23 - 11:20 PM

Marvin Jones (ankle) is active for Week 3 against the Patriots.

Darius Slay (concussion) is also active after being listed as questionable. Jones went down late in the practice week and came down to a game-time decision, so his snaps may be limited. The Lions will be without Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) for Sunday night's game. Ameer Abdullah, DE Kerry Hyder, OG Joe Dahl, OT Andrew Donnal and WR Brandon Powell are also inactive.
Sep 23 - 7:03 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports "there's optimism" Marvin Jones (questionable, ankle) plays in Sunday night's game with the Patriots.

Jones was a late addition to the injury report, getting in a limited practice Friday. He'll be monitored throughout the day, but it sounds like the Lions are expecting him to play. Jones was getting outsnapped by Kenny Golladay before going down and could see his role scaled back at less than 100 percent. He can't be trusted in Week 3 lineups.
Sep 23 - 9:01 AM

Lions CB Darius Slay has cleared the concussion protocol.

While no final decision has been made on his status for Sunday night's game, we'd expect him to be out there against the Patriots. That could make things a bit harder for Phillip Dorsett downfield, though it's not a huge downgrade to Tom Brady's matchup. With two high-scoring offenses playing indoors, this game has shootout written all over it.
Sep 23 - 8:40 AM

Lions RG T.J. Lang (back) is questionable for Week 3 against the Patriots.

Lang sat out Week 2 because of a back injury. He was limited in practice all week, suggesting he will be able to play on Sunday night. Kenny Wiggins filled in at right guard last week.
Sep 21 - 8:15 PM

Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) is questionable for Week 3 against the Patriots.

Ansah was a surprise inactive last week, so he should be good to go on Sunday night following a limited week of practice. It is good news for a Lions defense which will likely be without CB Darius Slay (concussion).
Sep 21 - 8:13 PM

Marvin Jones (ankle) is questionable for Week 3 against the Patriots.

Jones was a full participant earlier in the week, which suggests he was injured late Thursday. He was a limited participant Friday. Second-year standout Kenny Golladay has essentially been a full-time player ahead of Jones so far, setting up T.J. Jones for more snaps if the latter is ruled out. The Lions operate the league's most pass-heavy offense from 3-WR sets and are bound to be in a shootout against New England's secondary Sunday night.
Sep 21 - 4:11 PM

Lions CB Darius Slay (concussion) returned to practice Friday.

He was given a questionable tag later in the day. Slay returned to practice but was notably wearing a red non-contact jersey. It's still unlikely he plays in the Lions' Week 3 matchup against the Patriots. Both passing games should thrive in an eventful shootout Sunday night.
Sep 21 - 12:30 PM

Lions CB Darius Slay (concussion) did not practice Thursday.

He also sat out on Wednesday. Perhaps he returns to practice on Friday and is cleared to face the Patriots, but it is more likely he sits out this week. New England's passing game should thrive on Sunday night.
Sep 20 - 12:48 PM

Lions CB Darius Slay (concussion) didn't practice on Wednesday.

Slay was concussed Sunday following a helmet-to-helmet collision with Niners FB Kyle Juszczyk. If he can't play against the Patriots in Week 3, it would be a huge boost for Tom Brady's fantasy outlook.
Sep 19 - 4:55 PM


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