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.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 10/22/14 3:43pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Huddle Up: The lingering ankle issue is proving rather troublesome for Bush, who's only totaled 69 rushing yards and 71 receiving yards with no scores over the Lions' last 4 games -- one of which he missed entirely. He should play Sunday, but definitely temper your fantasy expectations.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 10/22/14 3:43pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) is out of practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Huddle Up: See if the rookie can get back on the practice field over the next 2 days; if not, he's in real danger of missing his second straight game.
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.
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