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 10/21/14 2:40pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) said he is back to running Tuesday, Oct. 21. Johnson sat out in Week 7 against the New Orleans Saints and appears to be trying to return sooner rather than later.
Huddle Up: Megatron did make the flight to London, but it still makes a lot more sense for the Lions to hold the star WR out for another game and then take advantage of the bye in Week 9 to get him another week of rest. Stay tuned, though.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 10/21/14 7:32pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) will only return in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons if he's 100 percent healthy, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. 'It's not going to be a thing of degrees,' Caldwell said. 'When they say he's cleared, he's ready to go and he's feeling great, when they doctors say, OK, that's when it's going to happen. It's not going to be a whole lot of in between.' Johnson has missed six straight practices.
Huddle Up: Johnson is doing more and getting closer to returning, but the 100 percent threshold is going to be awfully tough to attain this week. Prepare to be without him again.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 10/20/14 10:44am ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) would not give any indication whether he would play in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons. After the Week 7 game Sunday, Oct. 19, he simply said, 'maybe' as he was asked about his playing status next week.
Huddle Up: Megatron was apparently not even close to playing this week; not playing in London next week, with the Lions on the bye Week 9, would give him almost a full month of recovery time.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 10/20/14 10:44am ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) was not benched in the Week 7 game against the New Orleans Saints. Bush only played a handful of snaps in the second half in favor of RB Joique Bell because his ankle was bothering him, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.
Huddle Up: The Lions have a stable of backs they've needed to shuffle around due to nagging injuries, with Bell seeing the bulk of the work and Bush missing the bulk of the time. No word on if the injury will keep him out of next week's game; he'll likely miss some practice time and his fantasy owners will need to get up early on Sunday for the morning game to see if he'll be in the lineup.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 10/17/14 2:13pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) missed his second straight day of practice Friday, Oct. 17, after tweaking his hamstring in practice Wednesday, Oct. 15. 'He's had a similar issue before,' head coach Jim Caldwell said of Ebron. 'It's just a matter of how quickly he's going to be able to rebound. So the doctors are still working with him and it's going to be day-to-day. He hasn't practiced since Wednesday. So hopefully he'll get back soon.' If Ebron doesn't play, the team may call up TE Jordan Thompson from the practice squad. TE Brandon Pettigrew is the team's only healthy tight end currently on roster.
Huddle Up: Injuries that crop up in the middle of the week aren't good news, and as it looks right now, expect the rookie TE to be missing in action Sunday against the Saints.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 10/17/14 2:13pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) didn't practice for the sixth straight day Friday, Oct. 17. Head coach Jim Caldwell isn't ruling him out for Week 7 against the New Orleans Saints, but did add it would take a "miracle" for him to play. Johnson said earlier this week that he sees no reason to rush back to the field until he's completely healthy.
Huddle Up: It's almost assuredly another Plan B week for Megatron owners, and, unfortunately, it's a drill they've become all too familiar with for nearly the last month now.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 10/17/14 6:33pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) fully participated in practiced Friday, Oct. 17, and is probable for the team's Week 7 game.
Huddle Up: As promised, Bush will return to action Sunday and give the Lions a needed big-play threat in the continued absence of Calvin Johnson.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 10/16/14 4:17pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) was downgraded Thursday, Oct. 16 and didn't participate in practice.
Huddle Up: The rookie, who got in limited work Wednesday, is headed in the wrong direction 3 days before kickoff. If he can't show some progress Friday, start lining up another TE option for Week 7.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 10/15/14 3:28pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) said there is no point in rushing back to play until he is fully healed and ready to compete at a high level. Both he and head coach Jim Caldwell have been non-committal as to whether Johnson will play in Week 7 against the New Orleans Saints. Johnson said there is still pain 'lingering there.' 'Not beating it up,' Johnson said. 'Not getting out there, rolling it again, it definitely helps you. More and more you can stay off that particular area, the faster it can heal.'
Huddle Up: While there's been no timetable set, Megatron owners need to be prepared to be without the WR until Week 10 as the Lions have 2 games, including a trip to London, before their Week 9 bye.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 10/15/14 3:44pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) is participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 15.
Huddle Up: The week is off to a good start for Bush, who has said he will return to action Sunday after sitting out the Week 6 win in Minnesota.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 10/13/14 3:46pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) could miss the next two weeks after sitting out in Week 6, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. The team has a bye in Week 9. 'I do not hold a medical degree. It may appear I do from time to time to you maybe, but I don't,' Caldwell said. 'The fact of the matter is I leave it up to the doctors. Those are the professionals. They know exactly what it takes. Johnson suffered a high right ankle sprain in Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers, and he's missed nine of the last 11 full practices.
Huddle Up: Owners have to play the waiting game with Megatron but it looks as if he'll miss at least one more game. That's also bad news for Matthew Stafford owners, whose numbers took a hit on Sunday with Johnson sidelined.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 10/10/14 4:13pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) said he will test his ankle sprain this weekend, but he will not push to play in Week 6 against the Minnesota Vikings if he's not ready. Bush learned from WR Calvin Johnson's (ankle) situation when he aggravated the injury last week trying to play on it. 'I'm going to weigh all options and see how we feel on Sunday and if I can go, I'm going to go, but I'm only going to go out there if I feel like I can be myself,' Bush said. he said he's been improving daily, but he didn't practice all week.
Huddle Up: With a third missed practice Friday and the comparisons to Johnson's injury, it's certainly not looking good for Bush. Joique Bell, meanwhile, is feeling good after sitting out Week 5 with a concussion, and looks to be in line for the Lions' share of the work Sunday in Minneapolis.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 10/10/14 4:13pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) skipped his third straight practice of the week Friday, Oct. 10, for the first time this year. Head coach Jim Caldwell said a decision on Johnson's status for Week 6 against the Minnesota Vikings has not been determined, however. 'And also, you never know. There's a possibility. A couple weeks ago, I really didn't think he'd be available but the fact of the matter is he came out after doctors looked at him and said, hey, you know what, he can go,' Caldwell said.
Huddle Up: Johnson isn't likely to play, and he can hardly be trusted in fantasy matchups even if he does, given his last 2 games. Corey Fuller, Ryan Broyles and Jeremy Ross all will see extra work if Megatron sits, but Golden Tate has been the huge beneficiary, totaling 19 targets, 15 receptions, 250 yards and a TD over the last 2 games.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 10/9/14 8:00pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (concussion) practiced in full for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 9.
Huddle Up: Things are definitely looking good for Bell to play Sunday in Minnesota after he missed the Week 6 loss to the Jets. Make sure, however, that he receives a definitive green light over the next few days.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 10/9/14 8:11pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 9.
Huddle Up: Bush hasn't practiced all week but is telling reporters his ankle is fine. What transpires Friday in practice will speak the loudest.
Matt Prater - PKPosted 10/8/14 12:15am ET
Free-agent PK Matt Prater agreed in principal to sign with the Detroit Lions Tuesday, Oct. 7, according to an NFL source.
Huddle Up: Prater, who last season connected on a league-best 96.2 percent of his FG attempts (25-of-26), wasn't going to stay a free agent for long, especially with the likes of the PK-needy Lions in the market. Detroit has seen Nate Freese and Alex Henery combine to hit only 4 of 12 attempts in the first 5 games and are hoping their third kicker of the season is the charm to putting kicking issues behind them.
Matt Prater - PKPosted 10/8/14 9:28am ET
Updating previous reports, free-agent PK Matt Prater (Broncos) signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions.
Huddle Up: You knew Prater would find a home after the Broncos opted to keep Brandon McMurray. And you knew the Lions would be looking for a kicker after Alex Henery's inaccuracy cost them a win last week. It's another prolific offense for Prater and a great opportunity for fantasy points.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 10/8/14 1:55pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is dealing with a high ankle sprain but said he hopes to play in Week 6. He also said he's not frustrated that he has been being used as a decoy when on the field.
Huddle Up: Rest is probably the best medicine, and after what we've seen the last 2 games, it would be surprising to see Megatron active and playing Sunday.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 10/7/14 4:09pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) has been frustrated that he has had to play at less than 100 percent on his bum ankle. 'Players always want to play. You know he is a gamer,' NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said. 'But he wants to make sure he gets this ankle healed for the long haul.' It sounds as though it's unlikely that Johnson will play in Week 6 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Huddle Up: The Lions' bye isn't until Week 9 and a week or 2 of rest for Megatron is looking like the best option for all parties involved -- fantasy or reality -- given his meager production (3 catches-19 yards) while trying to play through the injury over the last 2 games.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 10/6/14 12:31pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) could miss a week or two after he aggravated his ankle injury in Week 5 Sunday, Oct. 5.
Huddle Up: Megatron missing time would be a big blow to the Lions offense. Matthew Stafford's fantasy value will take a hit if Johnson is out of the lineup.
Alex Henery - PKPosted 10/6/14 2:34pm ET
Detroit Lions PK Alex Henery was released Monday, Oct. 6.
Huddle Up: This comes as a surprise to no one after Henery missed three field goal attempts on Sunday. The Lions will work out Matt Prater and Jay Feely on Tuesday.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 10/6/14 7:58pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) said he is day-to-day and will do what he can to be on the field for Week 6. He said he is not sure how he suffered the injury. He underwent an MRI on the ankle and is waiting for the results.
Huddle Up: The Lions and ankle issues aren't exactly compatible these days, and Bush was limited to 43 yards on 8 touches Sunday in game where the Joique Bell-less Lions certainly could've used more of his services. It's somewhat scary that Bush doesn't know how or when the injury occurred, but check the status reports to see if it's anything that might linger.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 10/5/14 9:55pm ET
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) re-injured his right ankle in the third quarter of the Week 5 game against the Buffalo Bills while making his only catch of the contest. Johnson grabbed his lower right leg as he went down and did not return to the game. 'I won't be certain if it's a long-term issue, but he did take a pretty good whack right there on the side of his leg,' head coach Jim Caldwell said Sunday, Oct. 5. 'They looked at it, but they'll evaluated him further, probably tomorrow and get a good look at him.'
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners will have to hold their breath until Monday. If the Lions lose Megatron. Matthew Staford's fantasy value will take a hit as well.
Golden Tate - WRPosted 10/3/14 1:05pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate (hamstring) is expected to play in Week 5, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.
Huddle Up: Given Calvin Johnson's lingering ankle issues, Tate could be in line for a second straight big game following his 8-116 showing vs. the Jets. He was targeted a team-high 11 times in the contest, and no other Detroit WR or TE had more than 4.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 10/3/14 1:14pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) could miss the team's Week 5 game against the Buffalo Bills if he doesn't improve soon, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Caldwell was non-committal when asked if Johnson will play this weekend. Johnson missed practice Wednesday, Oct. 1, and Thursday, Oct. 2, but returned to practice Friday, Oct. 3. He was targeted only twice last week and had two catches for just 12 yards. Johnson has 21 catches for 341 yards and two touchdowns this season.
Huddle Up: It's rough contemplating fantasy life without Megatron, but it looks like the WR's fantasy owners might have to do just that in Week 5. Check back Sunday morning to get the final word on Johnson's status, but even if he does play, a repeat of Week 4's disaster certainly isn't out of the question and fantasy GMs might have to make the tough call.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 10/3/14 2:35pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (concussion) has been cleared for physical activity, according to a team spokesman. However, it's still unclear if Bell will play in Week 5 against the Buffalo Bills after not practicing all week. Bell was only running on the side during practice Friday, Oct. 3. Bell leads the team with 48 carries and 152 rushing yards, and he also has nine catches for 73 yards.
Huddle Up: Good news for Bell, but it still might not be enough to get him on the field Sunday. Check on his status over the next few days, but keep preparing to be without him this week.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 10/2/14 3:53pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell has not yet been cleared after suffering a concussion in Week 4. He missed a second straight day of practice Thursday, Oct. 2. Bell has 48 carries for 152 yards and a touchdown this year, and he's also added nine catches for 73 yards.
Huddle Up: It's time to start planning on not having Bell in Week 5. Meanwhile, it means Reggie Bush is in line for more work, and backup Theo Riddick should also see some touches if he overcomes his own injury issues and is able to go Sunday.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 10/2/14 8:16pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) missed his fourth practice of the season Thursday, Oct. 2. He returned to practice last Friday and played in Week 4, but he was limited in what he could do.
Huddle Up: The news continues to be troubling for Megatron owners with the WR following the same pattern as last week leading up to his 2-catch, 12-yard outing Sunday when he was used as decoy more than anything. The conundrum is that Johnson needs to be started if he's playing, so see how the rest of the week plays out.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 10/1/14 3:57pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) said he's feeling much better this week than he did at the same point last week.
Huddle Up: Megatron's fantasy owners certainly are hoping so after they were dealt a 2-12-0 dud on 2 targets this past Sunday against the Jets. Johnson has another favorable matchup this week against the Bills, who allow the 11th most points to opposing fantasy WRs.
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