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Lions DE Ziggy Ansah sat out Friday's game against the Jaguars after missing practice all week. The Detroit Free Press reports that he said after the game that he felt "good" but wouldn't specify the injury. "I'm just taking it day by day," Ansah said. "Hopefully by (the regular-season opener) I should be fine." Ansah suffered an ankle injury in the 2nd exhibition game against Washington, so we're assuming that's what's keeping him out. We'll certainly be watching for updates to Ansah's status as the season draws closer. He brings breakout potential in your IDP league but has had trouble staying healthy through 3 pro years. We're not knocking him down our IDP rankings just yet, but don't reach too far to land Ansah ahead of the solid options sitting right behind him.

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Lions MLB Stephen Tulloch said Friday that he feels faster after returning from his left ACL tear than he did before the injury. "Getting out of my breaks even faster," Tulloch told ESPN.com. "I feel like I have more stability, I'm more stable. Just like I said, I concentrated so much on my lower body, more than I probably have my whole career, just being back to 100 percent. I definitely feel very good." Regardless of whether he's actually faster or quicker, it's good news that Tulloch feels so good and is on the field. He's fine to trust in your IDP draft.

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3 weeks ago

The Lions on Monday placed DL Haloti Ngata on the non-football injury list. The team didn't reveal the injury that's sidelining Ngata or how long he might be out. Any absence by the big veteran means bad news for a defense that let DT Ndamukong Suh walk in free agency. Ngata's not much of an IDP target even if healthy.

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The Lions used the 28th overall pick on Duke OL Laken Tomlinson.  The 6'3, 323-pounder was a 4-year starter at RG for the Blue Devils.  He figures to slide in at LG for Detroit.  Tomlinson isn't a great athlete but projects as a plus run blocker.

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5 months ago

The Ravens on Tuesday traded DL Haloti Ngata to the Lions. Barring a change in scheme, Ngata should play DT in Detroit's 4-3 front. That slight change helps his IDP value in leagues that separate DTs and DEs. Ngata has been an inconsistent, down-the-list fantasy producer overall, though. He also turned 31 in January.

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The league had suspended Lions DT Ndamukong Suh for 1 game after he purposely stepped on the ankle of Packers QB Aaron Rodgers during Sunday's Packers win. But Suh had the suspension changed to a $70,000 fine on appeal Tuesday, meaning that he'll play against the Cowboys this weekend. That provides a big boost to the Detroit defense and chips away at the upside for Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray. We've also added Suh to our playoff IDP rankings -- for the truly serious fantasy player.

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Lions S James Ihedigbo (back) returned for a full practice Friday and is probable for Sunday's game at Arizona. Ihedigbo sat out practice Thursday after not appearing on the Wednesday injury report, but it doesn't appear to be a significant issue.

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9 months ago

Lions S James Ihedigbo missed practice Thursday with a back injury after not even appearing on Wednesday's injury report. That seems to indicate the issue arose from Wednesday's practice. We'll certainly keep an eye on Ihedigbo's status leading up to Sunday's game at Arizona. He's been a strong IDP performer since returning from a season-opening neck injury.

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ESPN Chicago reports that Lions DT Nick Fairley will miss 4-5 weeks after suffering MCL and PCL sprains in Sunday's win over Atlanta. Fairley hasn't produced standalone value in IDP fantasy football leagues this year, but he has pressured the pocket well. His absence hurts 1 of the biggest surprise team Ds in fantasy this season. How much? We'll see after the Lions' Week 9 bye. They'll face a solid Miami team in Week 10.

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Lions MLB Stephen Tulloch suffered an ACL tear while celebrating a sack in Week 3. OLB DeAndre Levy moved over from his weak-side spot to play the middle in that game, but Tulloch's job will belong to 3rd-year LB Tahir Whitehead going forward.  The job presents obvious tackle upside, especially behind a talented D-line.  But Whitehead has seen very limited playing time to date and tallied just 19 total tackles before this season.  He's worth a speculative add in deep IDP leagues, but most fantasy folks can wait and see what he does in his 1st start.

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Lions DE Ziggy Ansah returned for a limited practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup with the Packers.  Ansah finished the Week 2 game against the Panthers despite sustaining the knee injury that has cost him most of this practice week.  The Lions haven't provided many details on Ansah's injury, so we'll be watching his game status come Sunday.  There will certainly be safer options available in your IDP league.

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Lions S James Ihedigbo is doubtful for Sunday's game despite putting in a limited pratice on Friday.  That means he'll likely miss his 2nd straight game because of a neck injury.  Isa Abdul-Quddus took his place last time but is not worth chasing in your IDP league.

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