Golden Tate - WRPosted 11/19/14 2:19pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate is expected to be covered by New England Patriots CB Darrelle Revis, while CB Brandon Browner figures to cover WR Calvin Johnson in Week 12.
Huddle Up: No reason to make any rash moves, but it's not exactly the news Tate owners wanted to hear with the WR coming off his worst outing (2-41) of the season in the Week 11 loss to the Cardinals.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 11/19/14 6:02pm ET
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 19, due to an ankle injury. Bell left game briefly in Week 11 because of his injury.
Huddle Up: Another week, another ankle issue for a Lions' skill player, and his fantasy owners will have to hope it's nowhere as serious as the ankle injuries which have sidelined Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush for a combined six games so far. See when -- or if -- Bell can practice this week.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 11/17/14 7:59pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush said he will return this week from the ankle injury that sidelined him last week. Bush said he hopes the week off will enable him to stay healthy the rest of the season.
Huddle Up: Bush has played in every other game since Week 5, and he'll play Sunday in New England if the pattern holds. Bush, though, has hardly been productive in his last 3 games with only 43 rushing yards and 57 receiving yards over that span so use him with caution.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 11/15/14 10:10pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) will be held out of the game Sunday, Nov. 16, in Week 11. RBs Joique Bell and Theo Riddick will split time in the backfield.
Huddle Up: Bell will be a RB2 against the Cardinals this week, while Riddick will be a desperation flex play in PPR leagues.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 11/14/14 12:13am ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) practiced fully Thursday, Nov. 13.
Huddle Up: Megatron is looking good to go after taking a maintenance day off Wednesday.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 11/14/14 2:50pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) missed his third straight practice Friday, Nov. 14.
Huddle Up: Yeah, it's time to get another RB in your lineup as Bush looks like he'll miss his third game in the Lions' last five.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 11/13/14 4:23pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) missed a second straight practice Thursday. Nov. 13 and could sit out in Week 11 against the Arizona Cardinals, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.
Huddle Up: Hey, that would fit the pattern as Bush has missed every other game since Week 5.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 11/12/14 4:13pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 12.
Huddle Up: Likely just a maintenance day for Megatron, who said he made it through last Sunday's no worse for wear following a month-long ankle-injury absence.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 11/10/14 11:50am ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush played just 19 offensive snaps Sunday, Nov. 9, which was 28 percent of the offense. In contrast, RB Joique Bell played 67 percent of the snaps and RB Theo Riddick played 10 percent of the snaps.
Huddle Up: The ankle issue certainly appears to still be hampering Bush, who had missed two of the Lions' previous three games. He was in and out of the lineup Sunday and finished with only five touches to Bell's 12. Riddick also had five touches and scored the Lions' game-winning TD on a reception. Bush definitely belongs on the fantasy bench until he starts seeing more work.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 11/7/14 6:32pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) was limited in practice Friday, Nov. 7, and is listed as doubtful for Week 10 against the Miami Dolphins.
Huddle Up: Even coming off the bye, it's looking very much like the rookie TE will miss a third straight game, meaning Brandon Pettigrew will serve as the team's primary tight end.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 11/6/14 2:43pm ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford said he's more comfortable than ever with his secondary options after playing a big chunk of this season without WR Calvin Johnson (ankle). 'The more experience and the better everybody else plays, the less you feel like you have to get 81 the ball, but it's still conducive to playing good offense to get the best receiver on the planet the ball as much as you can,' Stafford said. The Lions have also been without RBs Reggie Bush, Theo Riddick and Joique Bell and TEs Brandon Pettigrew, Eric Ebron and Joseph Fauria and OT LaAdrian Waddle. The result is a more patient Stafford. Johnson's return in Week 10 should allow for more of the secondary options like WR Golden Tate to see single coverage.
Huddle Up: The absences, however -- particularly Johnson's -- have hurt Stafford's fantasy numbers as he's currently ranked 14th among QBs with 171 points. Look for him to climb back into QB1 range, though, if Megatron returns, as expected, this Sunday and remains healthy down the stretch.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 11/6/14 7:04pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) practiced in full for the second straight day Thursday, Nov. 6.
Huddle Up: Signs are pointing toward an up week -- as in he'll likely play -- for the up-and-down Bush following the Lions' Week 9 bye.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 11/5/14 4:10pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) said he is close to 100 percent and expects to play in Week 10.
Huddle Up: Sweet music to the ears of Megatron owners who really haven't seen the WR fully healthy since Week 3.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 11/5/14 6:34pm ET
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) officially didn't practice Wednesday, Nov. 5.
Huddle Up: Definitely not good news with Ebron having missed the Lions' last two games and still unable to practice after a bye week, but see what the next two days have in store for the rookie.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 11/3/14 7:57pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) participated in practice Monday, Nov. 3.
Huddle Up: Johnson was reportedly close to returning in Week 8, and the bye week should have given him the extra recovery time he needs. Monitor practice reports, though, for the rest of the week.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 11/3/14 11:00pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) participated in practice Monday, Nov. 3.
Huddle Up: It'll be another week of monitoring practice reports for Bush's fantasy owners with the RB having missed 2 of the last 3 games prior to the Lions' Week 9 bye.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 10/29/14 2:33pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) said he 'definitely expects to play' against the Miami Dolphins after the team's bye week. Johnson has missed the last three games due to a high right ankle sprain. WR Golden Tate has 24 catches for 349 yards and two touchdowns in Johnson's absence.
Huddle Up: It's been a rough season for Megatron owners, but having a (hopefully) healthy stud WR for the fantasy stretch run and playoffs will help make up for it.
Nick Fairley - DTPosted 10/28/14 8:17pm ET
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) isn't certain to return this season, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Fairley is dealing with a sprained knee, but there is hope that he can return in 4-to-5 weeks. Fairley had to be helped off the field in Week 8, and he was placed on a cart and taken to the locker room. He had 14 tackles and a sack through eight games.
Huddle Up: His 14 tackles and 1 sack don't necessarily reflect it, but Fairley has started all 8 games and been a vital part of an effective DT rotation for one of the league's best defenses. His loss will likely be felt beyond IDP leagues.
Jim Caldwell - HCPosted 10/27/14 9:21am ET
Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) suffered a knee injury during the team's 22-21 win over the Atlanta Falcons, and coach Jim Caldwell is not optimistic about his status. 'I'm not quite certain where he is right now,' Caldwell said after the game. 'But obviously, when you're carried off the field, it's not the greatest news. We'll see what the doctors say about him.' Caldwell did not speculate if he thought the injury could be season-ending.
Huddle Up: Not sure if Fairley will be evaluated in England or stateside, but the Lions have a week off before returning to action so at least they have some time to work with. Sounds, however, as if it may not matter with regards to Fairley and his season may be over.
Nick Fairley - DTPosted 10/27/14 8:28pm ET
Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) injured his medial collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament in Week 8, according to a source. The team hopes he will be able to return in four or five weeks.
Huddle Up: Fairley is a member of the DT rotation on one of the league's top defenses so we'll have to see if there's any kind of dropoff in the coming weeks. At least the Lions have the upcoming bye week to get a Plan B in place.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 10/24/14 10:57am ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) missed practice Friday, Oct. 24, but said he will play in Week 8 Sunday, Oct. 26.
Huddle Up: While Bush may be available for the Lions, expect Joique Bell to be Detroit's primary back. And after watching Reggie leave the Lions' last game due to injury it may be tough for fantasy owners to bank on him sticking around long enough to be a fantasy factor here.
Brandon Pettigrew - TEPosted 10/24/14 10:57am ET
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot) will be a game-time decision Sunday, Oct. 26. TE Joseph Fauria (ankle) is unlikely to play this weekend.
Huddle Up: With Eric Ebron also likely out, the Lions will be woefully short on tight ends. Maybe they'll use more two-back sets, maybe they'll use more four-wide sets... either way, you have to believe the Detroit offense will find a way to get the ball in the hands of its (healthy) playmakers on Sunday.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 10/24/14 10:57am ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) is likely out for Week 8, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Ebron missed practice again Friday, Oct. 24.
Huddle Up: Ebron is missing out on a great opportunity to establish himself as the Lions' red zone alternative to Calvin Johnson. His injury also leaves the team short on tight ends, as Joseph Fauria is likely out and Brandon Pettigrew a game-time decision at best.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 10/24/14 3:05pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) will truly be a game-time decision against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 8 in London. Johnson was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable. "He did work yesterday. I thought he did a pretty good job, but we'll see where he is today," head coach Jim Caldwell said of Johnson before Friday's practice.
Huddle Up: It's still hard to envision him playing with a bye looming next week, but Megatron owners are going to need to set their alarms Saturday night to double check as the game kicks off at 9:30 a.m. ET/6:30 PT. If he does play, he's definitely worth a fantasy start as Caldwell and the Lions have insisted he won't be on the field unless he's near full health and ready to fully contribute.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 10/24/14 11:15pm ET
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) is expected to be inactive for the Week 9 game against the Atlanta Falcons in London, according to a source Friday, Oct. 24.
Huddle Up: With Bush out, Joique Bell will carry the load for the Lions against a struggling Atlanta defense. Bell is a strong RB2 this week.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 10/24/14 11:15pm ET
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is unlikely to play in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons in London, according to a source. The team has a bye in Week 9, and head coach Jim Caldwell is reportedly looking at the big picture.
Huddle Up: Megatron will likely be back after the Lions Week 10 bye. The good news for Johnson owners is Megatron's ankle should be fully healed when he returns in Week 11.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 10/23/14 2:36pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) has been more encouraged about the progress of his high right ankle sprain this week, even though he's been limited in practices so far. 'Good. We're doing everything from straight-forward running to moving laterally as well,' Johnson said. 'Things are going good. We're moving in a positive direction.' However, Johnson said a decision on whether he'll play in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons could come down to a game-time decision in London. Head coach Jim Caldwell said the decision will come down to doctors.
Huddle Up: Sounds like Megatron is improving, but it would still be a surprise if he plays Sunday with a bye awaiting next week.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 10/23/14 2:36pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) is not practicing Thursday, Oct. 23.
Huddle Up: The red flags continue to fly for Bush, who looks to be headed in the wrong direction after at least getting in limited work Wednesday. He still may play Sunday but be very wary of starting him.
Golden Tate - WRPosted 10/22/14 12:07am ET
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate is one of just two receivers to have at least five receptions in each of the first seven games of the season.
Huddle Up: That means Tate was even producing way back when Calvin Johnson was healthy and is well on his way to becoming the first pass-catcher to lead the Lions in receiving since Megatron's rookie year of 2007.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 10/22/14 10:24am ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is out of practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Huddle Up: Johnson's status for this weekend remains uncertain, and it's likely a situation you'll have to track right up to the Lions' early Sunday morning kickoff. The recent track record suggests if Megatron doesn't practice he either doesn't play or doesn't play well; plan accordingly.
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