The Lions are waiving S Jayron Kearse. He started 7 games before missing Week 16 with a hip injury. His departure seems to clear the way for Tracy Walker to remain in the starting lineup. Walker returned to full playing time Saturday against the Bucs after 6 straight contests of part-time duty. He led the team with 9 tackles (6 solo) in the loss to Tampa Bay.
Lions LB Jamie Collins is questionable for Saturday's game against the Buccaneers after missing the entire practice week with a neck injury. That doesn't make him a particularly attractive IDP option, especially in what was already a lackluster scoring matchup. S Jayron Kearse (hip) is also questionable. He just joined the injury report Thursday as a limited participant, so it looks like he picked the injury in that day's workout. We'll check the status on both players Saturday afternoon.
Lions LB Jamie Collins missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday with a neck injury. We'll see if he can make it back onto the field for Thursday, ahead of Saturday's clash with the Buccaneers. Considering the lackluster scoring matchup for LBs that Tampa has represented, you'd probably be best off going ahead and making alternate plans. We'll keep an eye on Collins' status.
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 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 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 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.
Lions S Tracy Walker entered Week 11 questionable with a right knee injury that cost him the previous 2 games. He left Week 11 early with a right knee injury. HC Matt Patricia said afterward that he didn't know whether it was the same injury, according to ESPN's Michael Rothstein. We'll see about the outlook here, but IDP owners should expect to miss Walker for at least the next game. Even with Walker active against the Cowboys, Tavon Wilson and Will Harris still started at safety. Wilson looks like a full-timer whether Walker's in or out. Harris' role depends on Walker's involvement.
Lions S Tracy Walker is active for today's game against the Cowboys. He missed the past 2 games with a knee injury and managed just a limited Friday practice this week. Walker remains a risky IDP option. He has also ranked among the position's top fantasy scorers when healthy this season. DT Damon Harrison (groin) is also active after entering the day questionable. DE Romeo Okwara (groin) is inactive.
Lions SS Tracy Walker returned to a limited practice Friday for the 1st time since suffering a knee injury that cost him the past 2 games. Walker is questionable for Sunday's clash with the Cowboys. DT Damon Harrison (groin) is questionable for the game. He has played through questionable tags the past 2 weeks. DE Romeo Okwara (groin) is also questionable. He's not much of an IDP option even if healthy.
Lions CB Darius Slay (hamstring) and DT Damon Harrison (groin) are active for today's game against the Raiders. Slay returns after missing last week's game. Harrison merely entered the day questionable. DT A'Shawn Robinson is also active after sustaining a Friday ankle injury that rendered him questionable. MLive's Kyle Meinke says the ankle is clearly a "problem." None of the 3 is a high-level IDP for Week 9.
Lions CB Darius Slay is inactive for today's game against the Chiefs. He put in limited practices this week after suffering a hamstring injury in the Week 3 win at Philadelphia. His absence leaves Detroit without its top corner against the league's most explosive passing offense. Fire up all your Chiefs here (which you should have been doing anyway).
Lions MLB Jarrad Davis is officially questionable for Sunday's opener against the Cardinals with the ankle injury that looked like a potential season-ender when he suffered it. Davis managed to put in limited practices all week, but mLive's Kyle Meinke says he "sure doesn’t look like a guy who is ready to play in Arizona." We'd try to not use Davis even if he's active for Week 1 -- especially because the late Sunday afternoon kickoff makes him tough to wait for. But Davis looks like he'll return to the lineup soon.
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