Detroit LionsDET -DEFQuin, Ansah active
The Lions will have S Glover Quin and DE Ziggy Ansah on defense today against the Bucs. Quin entered Sunday questionable with an ankle, while Ansah had climbed back to probable after missing last week with his own ankle sprain. He'll be a high-risk IDP option at least until he proves that ankle's all the way back.
Detroit LionsDET -DEFlooking for #2 WR
A #2 WR is at or near the top of the Lions' wish list, according to insider Carlos Monarrez. They have the best receiver in the game in Calvin Johnson. But WRs Nate Burleson and Ryan Broyles are both coming off injury and are better off in the slot. Titus Young was supposed to be the long-term answer opposite Megatron, but those plans crashed and burned. Detroit has shown interest in free agents Darrius Heyward-Bey and Domenik Hixon. They could also add a WR in the middle rounds of the draft. Whoever lines as across the field from Johnson this year will carry intriguing fantasy potential as part of Detroit's pass-heavy offense.
Detroit LionsDET -DEFbackfield plans
Lions HC Jim Schwartz threw out the old "RB-by-committee" term when discussing the team's 2013 backfield plans. Schwartz said that Reggie Bush, Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell will all "have a role" in the attack. "There will be plenty of touches on the offense for everybody," he added. It's easy to see Bush and Leshoure coexisting, with Bush as the "space" and pass-catching guy and Leshoure in a short-yardage, goal line role. We'll be keeping a close eye this summer on exactly how that split will work. Bell, meanwhile, figures to have his role drastically reduced. He hauled in 52 balls last year, but most of that action figures to go Bush's way in 2013.
Detroit LionsDET -DEFadd DT, keep CB
The Lions signed free-agent DT Jason Jones today and re-signed starting CB Chris Houston. Jones entered the league with the Titans back when Lions HC Jim Schwartz led the defense there. Jones saw his most productive days as a DT there before the staff played him at DE too much in his final couple of Tennessee seasons. Jones spent 2012 with the Seahawks, where injuries kept him from contributing much. Jones brings strong interior pass-rush skills and figures to spell starters Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. Houston is a decent corner: not special in coverage or fantasy terms but also not terrible in either arena. Detroit can return to decent fantasy defense status by improving the rest of its secondary and adding a pass rusher.
Detroit LionsDET -DEFre-sign LT Jeff Backus
Detroit has reached a new 2-year deal with longtime LT Jeff Backus. The veteran hasn't missed a start since the Lions drafted him in the 1st round back in 2001. His reputation has taken some hits in recent seasons, but Backus remains a solid player. There's little chance for a team to upgrade at LT via free agency, so keeping Backus around makes plenty of sense. Continuity is at least as important on the O-line as it is anywhere on the football field. Of course, with Backus heading into his age-35 season, it also doesn't preclude Detroit from drafting his replacement.
Detroit LionsDET -DEFwon't rest starters Week 17
Lions HC Jim Schwartz confirmed that they'll play to win their season finale against the Packers this weekend. “We’re going to play the game to win," Schwartz said. "You certainly want to go in with momentum." Detroit is still fighting with Atlanta for the #5 seed. It's significant because the #5 seed gets the NFC East winner, rather than the Saints. Look for Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson to play the entire game this Sunday, although a banged-up Kevin Smith could get some rest.
Detroit LionsDET -DEFdown 2 starting CBs
CB Eric Wright left practice Monday with a sore left groin. He joined Chris Houston, the other starting CB on the sideline. HC Jim Schwartz termed both injuries "camp groins" and said neither looks serious. Frankly, the team would probably be no worse for their absences. Aaron Berry and Nathan Vasher were the next 2 up. CB Brandon McDonald is also in the mix. None of those 3 players is significantly behind the starters in ability. Wright probably has the most stat upside. All will benefit from the strong D-line.
Detroit LionsDET -DEFadd 2 RBs
The Lions have signed free-agent RBs Jerome Harrison and Mike Bell. They'll join Maurice Morris in the competition for Detroit's #2 RB job. Harrison is easily the most talented of the bunch, but he doesn't really fit the mold of the powerful between-the-tackles runner that the Lions are looking for. Bell is more of a bruiser but hasn't topped 4 yards per carry since his rookie year back in 2006. We're betting that Harrison and Morris will both see time as change-of-pace options behind Jahvid Best. But if Best were to go down, Harrison would be the recommended fantasy play.
Detroit LionsDET -DEFstill believe in Jahvid Best
Lions RB Jahvid Best entered the NFL with an injury-prone tag. And he did nothing to shed it during his rookie season. Best appeared in 16 games but was severely limited in about half of them due to turf toe. But HC Jim Schwartz still views Best as his team's feature back. "Whatever we need him to do, he can do it," Schwartz said. "Obviously, his toes didn't allow him to be able to do that for about eight or nine games in the middle of the season, and obviously he wasn't the player that he can be and that he is. But I think it says a little bit about him. If you do some research on turf toes, you look around the league, there's a lot of players that missed a month with a turf toe." Best will be a classic high-risk, high-reward pick in fantasy drafts this summer.
Detroit LionsDET -DEFLions really banged up
Lions OG Edwin Mulitaio (concussion), DT Langston Moore (quad), CB Travis Fisher (hamstring) and LB Paris Lenon (eye) all left early vs. the Chargers. They were already without WR Roy Williams and also S Kenoy Kennedy (knee) was visibly less than 100%. Detroit hosts Kansas City in week 16.
Detroit LionsDET -DEFLions LB is inactive
Lions LB Boss Bailey (ankle) is inactive.
Detroit LionsDET -DEFLions safety injured
Lions S Kenoy Kennedy sprained his right knee in the 3rd quarter vs. Dallas and is undergoing tests today. His availability for the week 15 game at San Diego is in question.
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