The Lions have named Darrell Bevell their OC. The run-heavy play-caller fits exactly what HC Matt Patricia wants his offense to do. Bevell has spent 12 seasons as an NFL OC -- 5 in Minnesota, 7 in Seattle -- and had 7 teams finish top 10 in rushing attempts and 7 finish top 10 in rushing yards. Only 3 of Bevell's units ranked inside the top half of the league in passing attempts or yards. His arrival is good news for Kerryon Johnson and troublesome for Matt Stafford, Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones.
The Lions and OC Jim Bob Cooter have agreed to "mutually" part ways, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. A favorite of the Draft Sharks podcast, Cooter's tenure in Detroit got off to a nice start. But he was at the controls of 1 of the most disappointing offenses in the league in 2018, with the Lions finishing 24th in total yards and 25 in points. With a nice core in Matt Stafford, Kerryon Johnson, Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, this unit is capable of a big bounce back in 2019.
Lions DT Damon Harrison (ankle) and DB Quandre Diggs (back) are active for today's game against the Packers. They're OK for normal IDP usage.
Lions WR Kenny Golladay (chest) is inactive for today’s game against the Packers. It’s a surprise after he’s played through this injury for the past couple of weeks. His absence leaves Andy Jones and T.J. Jones as Detroit’s top WRs.
Lions DT Damon Harrison (ankle) and DB Quandre Diggs (back) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Packers. Both began the week sidelined before returning for limited workouts the final 2 days. Harrison played through a "questionable" tag for the issue last week despite putting in 1 fewer practice. We'd bet on him playing again but will confirm his status Sunday morning. Diggs is just a low-level IDP option. Play him at your own risk.
Lions WR Kenny Golladay (chest) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Packers. He’s been playing through this injury for a couple of weeks and should be fine for the season finale.
Lions DT Damon Harrison (ankle) is active for today's game against the Vikings. He has been dealing with the issue for multiple weeks and should be OK for normal IDP usage.
Lions RB LeGarrette Blount (calf) is active for today’s game against the Vikings. He played behind Zach Zenner last week and shouldn’t be in Week 16 fantasy lineups.
Lions WR Kenny Golladay (chest) is active for today’s game against the Vikings. We’re not expecting the chest injury to be a problem, so use Golladay as you normally would.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Lions WR Kenny Golladay (chest) is expected to play against the Vikings today. He was limited in practice all week, but we never heard any concern about his status. Even in a tough matchup against CB Xavier Rhodes and Co, Golladay remains in the WR2 mix.
Lions DT Damon Harrison is questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings with an ankle injury. Harrison missed practice Wednesday and Thursday before returning for a limited Friday workout. We'll check his status Sunday morning.
Lions WR Kenny Golladay (chest) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Vikings. We’ve heard nothing to suggest that he’s in danger of missing this one but will get his official status by noon ET on Sunday.
Lions RB LeGarrette Blount (calf) is questionable for this weekend’s game against the Vikings. He was added to the injury report on Thursday and limited again on Friday. Blount had already seemingly fallen behind Zach Zenner on the depth chart. His absence would be a slight boost to Zenner’s Week 16 outlook.
Lions WR Bruce Ellington (hamstring) returned to limited practices this week but is out for Sunday’s game against the Vikings. That again leaves Andy Jones and T.J. Jones as Detroit’s #2 and #3 WRs. Neither is a fantasy option.
Lions RB Kerryon Johnson has been placed on IR with the knee injury he suffered back in Week 11. It ends promising rookie season that saw him average 5.4 yards per carry and haul in 32 balls. We still don't have any details on Johnson's injury, but he should be fine for the offseason program. Zach Zenner, LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick will close out the year in Detroit's backfield. Zenner led the way with a 46% snap rate, 10 carries and 4 targets in last week's loss in Buffalo.
Lions QB Matt Stafford (back) is active for today’s game in Buffalo. He’s a weak fantasy play vs. the Bills’ top-ranked QB defense.
Lions QB Matt Stafford (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game in Buffalo. He played through this issue last week and should be fine this weekend. But Stafford is a bottom-barrel QB with precious few weapons and facing the Bills’ top-ranked QB defense.
Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) is out for Sunday’s game against the Bills. The rookie has yet to practice since going down and has no timetable for return. Detroit’s backfield devolved into a 3-man committee last week with LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner. It’s a situation best avoided in Week 15 fantasy lineups.
Lions WR Bruce Ellington (hamstring) is out for Sunday’s game against the Bills. His absence leaves T.J. Jones and Andy Jones behind Kenny Golladay on the depth chart. Detroit’s offense is a mess.
Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah left Sunday's win over the Cardinals early after re-injuring his right shoulder. It's the same joint that cost him 6 games earlier this season. Dr. David Chao projected from video review that Ansah's "likely" headed for season-ending surgery on the labrum in that shoulder. We'll keep an eye out for an official diagnosis. Romeo Okwara would figure to see his playing time rebound after Ansah's return cut into his snaps.
Update: Ansah is done for the season.
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