The Lions have ruled S Tracy Walker out for Sunday's game against the Vikings. Walker missed every day of practice this week, but it's still a surprising situation after Walker played every snap in the Week 8 loss to the Colts. Walker's absence improves the matchup for Vikings TE Irv Smith. S Will Harris figures to step in for Walker.
Lions HC Matt Patricia said Monday that the team will place DE Trey Flowers on IR with an undisclosed injury. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Detroit expects to get Flowers back this season. We'll see about further details on this situation, but Flowers hasn't been a strong IDP contributor so far this season. He's OK to drop for a replacement in leagues of shallow-to-moderate depth. Flowers' absence will leave room for Romeo Okwara to continue playing starter snaps even with Everson Griffen becoming available off last week's trade.
The Cowboys have agreed to trade DE Everson Griffen to the Lions. COVID testing and restrictions will keep him from being available to play against the Colts this Sunday, but Griffen upgrades the pass rush for a team that clearly considers itself a contender. He figures to grow his playing time, which has only cracked 60% once this season. DE Romeo Okwara will likely be the primary playing-time loser in Detroit. Back in Dallas, Aldon Smith has seen his playing time dip the past 2 weeks. There's a chance that rebounds, but Tyrone Crawford might be the more direct beneficiary on the playing time front. If that's the case, then there's no IDP impact. Crawford sports 5 total tackles and 1 QB hit (no sacks) to date.
The Lions have placed CB Justin Coleman on IR for the hamstring injury that knocked him out of Sunday's loss to the Bears. That means Coleman won't play again until at least Week 6, because Detroit has its bye in Week 5. Detroit was already without 1st-round rookie CB Jeff Okudah for the Chicago game. We'll see about his status for Week 2. The banged-up secondary means a nice Week 2 matchup for Aaron Rodgers, coming off his huge passing day at Minnesota.
Lions LB Jamie Collins got ejected in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Bears after he made contact with an official. Keep that in mind as you look at the LB options for your IDP roster and lineup heading into Week 2. Collins should be an every-down LB for Detroit ... when he doesn't take himself out.
The Lions chose DE Julian Okwara in Round 3 of the NFL Draft. The little brother of Lions DE Romeo Okwara enjoyed a breakout 2018 campaign that included 12.5 tackles for loss and 8 sacks. Pro Football Focus credited him with the 6th-most pressures (61) in the nation that season. Okwara's prediction fell back a bit in 2019, which ended early with a broken fibula against Duke in November. Landing with the Lions and their 4-3 base defense should mean a DE/DL designation for Okwara in fantasy. We're not chasing hard after him in dynasty rookie drafts, though.
The Lions took Ohio State CB Jeffrey Okudah 3rd in the 2020 NFL Draft, making him the 1st DB off the board. Okudah spent 2 seasons starting for the Buckeyes, breaking up 17 passes with 3 INTs over that span. He also averaged just 2 solo tackles per game, though. Okudah figures to start opposite Desmond Trufant right away, but we’re not getting fired up for his IDP outlook.
Lions S Tavon Wilson (hamstring) and LB Devon Kennard (shoulder) are active for today's game against the Packers. Both players finished the week with a full Friday practice and should be OK for normal IDP usage. DT A'Shawn Robinson is inactive with a shoulder injury.
Lions LB Devon Kennard (hamstring) is active for today's game against the Broncos. He's merely a low-level IDP option.
The Lions have ruled MLB Jarrad Davis (ankle) out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. That should mean more playing time for rookie LB Jahlani Tavai. DT A'Shawn Robinson (shoulder) has also been ruled out. Detroit has also deemed DT John Atkins (illness) questionable. That doesn't matter for IDP purposes, but missing Atkins in addition to Robinson would leave the team without 2 of its top 4 DTs from last week's lineup. LB Christian Jones (shoulder) is also questionable. That's another unimportant designation for IDP, but Jones' absence would similarly chip away at Detroit's regular starting lineup.
Lions CB Rashaan Melvin (ribs) is active for today's game against the Vikings. Use him as you normally would in your IDP lineups.
Lions DT Damon HArrison (knee) is inactive for today's game against the Bears. DE Trey Flowers (concussion) is active, though, and ready to be a solid IDP option. DE Da'Shawn Hand (ankle) and S Tracy Walker (knee) are also active. Hand is no more than a low-level factor. A healthy Walker has been a weekly IDP starter this season, but he carries significant risk this week. Walker previously returned for Week 11 but left that game early.
Lions DE Trey Flowers (concussion), S Tracy Walker (knee), DT Damon Harrison (knee) and DE Da'Shawn Hand (ankle) are questionable for today's game against the Bears. Flowers progressed to a full practice Wednesday, but we have yet to see that he has gained full clearance to return from his concussion. If he gets that Thursday, he'll be a nice IDP option against the Bears. Walker remained limited all week. The last time he tried to return from this knee injury found him leaving that game in the 1st half. He's too risky for Week 13. Harrison has played through "questionable" tags the past 2 weeks and should be fine. Hand has only appeared in 2 games all season and missed the past 3 with the injury that continued to limit him in practice this week. We'll update the statuses on all 4 around 10:30 a.m. ET. Detroit has already ruled out CB Rashaan Melvin (ribs) for the 2nd straight game.
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