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Lions RB Theo Riddick had surgery on both wrists, according to insider Dave Birkett. Riddick missed the final 4 games of last season with the issue, but we don't know exactly when went under the knife -- or exactly what the surgery repaired. Birkett says, though, that Riddick is expected to be a full participant in OTAs. As long as that's the case, there won't be any reason to worry about his 2017 outlook. Riddick finished 18th among RBs in PPR points in 2015 and 8th in PPR points per game last year.

The Lions will release OLB DeAndre Levy, according to multiple reports. Levy appeared in just 6 total games over the past 2 years while dealing with multiple lower-body injuries. He'll turn 30 this month, but we'd bet on him getting another shot at a greatly reduced salary.

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah has been medically cleared from his September surgery to repair a torn ligament in his foot. He was off to a good start before the Week 2 injury, carrying 18 times for 101 yards and hauling in 5 balls for 57 more. Abdullah will return to a crowded backfield that includes Theo Riddick, Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington. But he should be considered the favorite to lead-back duties. Abdullah is still only 23, was a 2nd-round pick and posted a SPARQ score in the 98th percentile among RBs.

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah told reporters on Monday that he expects to be "full go" for OTAs this spring. He suffered what was reported as a torn ligament in his left foot in Week 2 and ended up missing the rest of the season. Abdullah looked good before going down, carrying 18 times for 101 yards (5.8 YPC) and catching 5 balls for 57 yards (11.4 YPC) and a score. He'll return to a crowded backfield, though, that also includes Theo Riddick, Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington.

Lions RB Theo Riddick (wrist) is out for Sunday night’s game vs. Green Bay. That leaves Zach Zenner as the likely lead back after he out-touched Dwayne Washington 14 to 8 last week.

Lions RB Theo Riddick (wrist) remained sidelined on Thursday. Detroit would love to get him back for Sunday night's massive game against the Packers, but it doesn't look like that's in the cards. Riddick's absence would likely mean another game as lead back for Zach Zenner.

Lions OLB DeAndre Levy (knee) is active for Monday night's game against the Cowboys. He posted 8 solo tackles last week and should be a decent option for IDP owners who have waited for him.

Lions RB Theo Riddick (wrist) missed practice again on Friday and looks unlikely to play against the Cowboys on Monday night. That’d again leave lead-back duties to Dwayne Washington, who’s seen 33 touches over the past 2 weeks. He’s totaled just 114 scoreless yards, though, and is no better than a RB3.

Lions RB Theo Riddick (wrist) did not practice on Thursday. It's not a good start for his chances of returning for Monday night's game against the Cowboys. Fantasy owners can't be counting on Riddick in Week 16 lineups.

Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) and OLB DeAndre Levy (knee) are active for today's game against the Giants. Having them in the lineup certainly helps the defense overall, but neither looks like a good IDP choice. Ansah is still chasing his 1st sack of the season, and the Giants have yielded the 5th lowest sack rate to date. Levy has returned to a part-time role after missing most of the year.

Lions RB Theo Riddick (wrist) is inactive for today’s game against the Giants. RB Zach Zenner (concussion) is active and will serve as the #2 RB behind Dwayne Washington. Washington is a solid bet for 15+ touches but is just a RB3 or flex against a tough Giants defense.

The forecast for today's Lions-Giants game calls for a 65% chance of rain with winds of 10-20 mph. Not ideal. It's especially concerning for Lions QB Matt Stafford, who will be playing with an injured middle finger on his throwing hand. He's no better than a mid-range QB2 for Week 15.

Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) and LB DeAndre Levy (knee) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants. Ansah put in limited practices Thursday and Friday after sitting out Wednesday's workout. Levy put in limited practices all week and played through the issue last time out. He's playing a limited role, however, and shouldn't be in IDP lineups at this point. We'll update the status for each on Sunday.

Lions RB Theo Riddick (wrist) didn’t practice all week and is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Giants. His absence will again leave Dwayne Washington as Detroit’s lead back. He tallied 17 touches last week and could be looking at similar volume on Sunday. A tough Giants defense leaves Washington as just a RB3, though. RB Zach Zenner (concussion) is questionable after a limited week of practice.

Lions RB Theo Riddick (wrist) missed practice again on Thursday. He's in serious danger of missing his 2nd straight game. Riddick's absence would leave Dwayne Washington as Detroit's lead back. He totaled 17 touches last Sunday.

Lions RB Theo Riddick (wrist) did not practice on Wednesday. He put in 2 limited practices last week before being inactive on Sunday. We still don't have any details on his wrist injury. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Lions RB Zach Zenner was evaluated for a concussion during Sunday's game against the Bears. The team hasn't announced the result of those tests, but Zenner wasn't allowed to speak with the media afterward. That suggests he did indeed sustain a concussion, putting his Week 15 status in question. RB Theo Riddick missed the Bears game with a wrist injury, and his availability going forward remains unclear. RB Dwayne Washington could be in for another busy outing this coming weekend against the Giants.

Lions QB Matt Stafford dislocated and tore ligaments in the middle finger of his right (throwing) hand during Sunday's game against the Bears. He didn't miss any snaps but played the rest of the game with a glove and admitted that the finger was an issue. "I haven't thrown with [a glove] in a long time," he said. "Trying to get the feel back was a little difficult." Stafford has no control over the top part of the finger, according to ESPN's Michael Rothstein, and will need to wear the glove the rest of the season. We'll keep an eye on him throughout the coming week, but the issue will certainly add risk to his fantasy profile.

Lions TE Eric Ebron underwhelmed with just 32 yards on 4 catches in Sunday's win over Chicago. He finished tied for 3rd on the team with 5 targets. The talented young TE hasn’t topped 4 catches since Week 9, but he does draw a plus Week 15 matchup against the Giants. He'll be a low-end TE1 for that one.

Lions RB Dwayne Washington rushed for 64 yards on 16 attempts vs. Chicago. He added 1 catch for 10 yards on 2 targets. Washington saw an increased role with Theo Riddick (wrist) out. Backup Zach Zenner saw only 2 targets and 7 carries. We expect Riddick back for Week 15, but if not, Washington will have the look of a flex option vs. the Giants


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