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Ndamukong Suh - DT Posted 4/10/14 3:45pm et
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions teammates and coaches were not surprised that DT Ndamukong Suh was not taking part in voluntary workouts. "It certainly didn't blindside me," head coach Jim Caldwell said. "We certainly knew. He and I have probably had more discussions than any player that we've had on the team. He's been in-and-out. I think he was here on a couple days when I came on a visit, so we kind of knew exactly what was going on."
Huddle Up: So Suh's absence wasn't a surprise, but it doesn't sound like it was exactly welcomed by Caldwell and the Lions' new staff, either. Suh, who had 5.5 sacks and 9 tackles for losses last season, has always marched to his own beat, and Caldwell and Co. are more or less going to have to adjust.

Reggie Bush - RB Posted 4/10/14 3:45pm et
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush said he is fine with a potentially smaller workload in 2014. RB Joique Bell is expected to cut into Bush's workload more this season.
Huddle Up: Bush had 277 touches this past season to Bell's 219, and if the above is true, it's basically shaping up as 50-50 split in the Motor City this coming season. Adjust your draft board accordingly.

Nate Burleson - WR Posted 4/6/14 10:02pm et
The Cleveland Browns have agreed to terms with free-agent WR Nate Burleson (Lions) on a 1-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: The Browns continue adding complements to No. 1 wideout Josh Gordon, first signing slot man Andrew Hawkins and now Burleson, who has missed 17 combined games over the past 2 seasons due to injury.

Nate Burleson - WR Posted 4/3/14 3:58pm et
The Miami Dolphins are visiting with free-agent WR Nate Burleson (Lions) on Thursday, April 3.
Huddle Up: The Fish are looking for WR depth, and Burleson would be a good fit if he can stay healthy after missing a combined 17 games over the past 2 seasons.

Dan Orlovsky - QB Posted 4/2/14 5:45pm et
The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with free-agent QB Dan Orlovsky (Buccaneers) on a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Orlovsky is familiar with new Detroit coach Jim Caldwell's offense from their time together in Indianapolis, which qualifies him to hold a clipboard behind Matthew Stafford.

Ezekiel Ansah - DE Posted 3/26/14 2:08pm et
Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder, biceps) won't be ready for offseason workouts and will be brought along slowly. Ansah had surgery on his shoulder, but he also had a biceps issue last season. 'He may have had an issue with it of some sort and, oftentimes, those things are interconnected, as you well know,' head coach Jim Caldwell said.
Huddle Up: Offseason workouts aren't necessarily a big issue, but if Ansah is still limited at the start of training camp expect his fantasy stock to dip.

Joique Bell - RB Posted 3/11/14 4:34pm et
Updating a previous report, the Detroit Lions re-signed RB Joique Bell to a three-year, $9.3 million contract contract Tuesday, March 11, which includes $4.3 million in guaranteed money.
Huddle Up: Bell opened some fantasy eyes last season with his career-high 1,197 yards from scrimmage and 8 TDs complementing starter Reggie Bush, and he'll be a popular No. 2 RB again in drafts this summer.

Matthew Stafford - QB Posted 2/27/14 1:07pm et
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford is owed the remaining $17.5 million of his $27.5 million signing bonus Friday, March 1.
Huddle Up: Stafford this past season topped 4,500 passing yards (4,650) and increased his TD throws from 20 to 29, but did have a career-high 23 turnovers (19 interceptions, 4 fumbles) in the Lions' second- straight sub-.500 campaign (7-9). Those latter two numbers are going to need to change if Stafford expects to keep cashing the big-$$$ checks.

Mikel Leshoure - RB Posted 2/27/14 10:44pm et
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said RB Mikel Leshoure could get a bigger role under offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, because the New Orleans Saints used multiple running backs when Lombardi coached there.
Huddle Up: Just what fantasy owners need: Another Saints RB logjam. Leshoure only had 2 total touches for 9 yards this past season after racking up 249 for 1,012 in 2012, but if his totals increase, it will cut into the workloads of Reggie Bush and Joique Bell.

Brandon Pettigrew - TE Posted 2/22/14 9:06pm et
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said the team is interested in re-signing impending free-agent TE Brandon Pettigrew, and he intends to meet with Pettigrew's agent at the NFL Scouting Combine. Mayhew did not rule out the possibility of using the franchise tag on Pettigrew.
Huddle Up: With the Lions going to a Saints-model offense, the tight end position has some serious fantasy upside. Pettigrew isn't a Jimmy Graham type, but if he returns to Detroit he'd certainly warrant fantasy consideration.

Louis Delmas - S Posted 2/18/14 7:04pm et
Free-agent FS Louis Delmas (Lions) is expected to line up more team visits after the NFL Scouting Combine, and the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons are among the interested teams.
Huddle Up: Delmas in 2013 played in all 16 games for the first time in 5 pro seasons and finished with a career-high 3 interceptions and 9 passes defensed. What his suitors must figure out is was 2013 only an anomaly for the talented 2009 2nd-round pick or are his injury issues behind him?

Brandon Pettigrew - TE Posted 2/18/14 11:38pm et
The Detroit Lions have not had any talks with the agent of impending free agent TE Brandon Pettigrew on a new contract, but the two sides are expected to meet at the NFL Combine this week.
Huddle Up: Hampered by injuries, Pettigrew was a fantasy disappointment this past season as his final numbers (41-416-2) easily were his worst since his rookie year of 2009. If the impending talks don't get anywhere, he'll hit the open market.

Nate Burleson - WR Posted 2/15/14 8:47pm et
Free-agent WR Nate Burleson (Lions) said the Detroit Lions told him they would be interested in re-signing him during training camp at the veteran's minimum. Burleson said he does not want to wait that long and expects to sign with a team sooner.
Huddle Up: Burleson is likely to command more than the veteran minimum, leaving Detroit with a continued void opposite Calvin Johnson.

Nate Burleson - WR Posted 2/13/14 8:58pm et
The Detroit Lions on Thursday, Feb. 13 released WR Nate Burleson.
Huddle Up: The Lions have given Burleson every chance to be the Robin to Calvin Johnson's Batman, but he's missed a total of 17 games the last 2 seasons due to a broken leg and forearm, respectively. The Detroit Free Press says the Cowboys and Bucs could be possible landing places for the wideout.

Joseph Fauria - TE Posted 2/13/14 11:54pm et
Detroit Lions TE Joseph Fauria expects to increase his production similar to what New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham has accomplished with new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi on board. Fauria was second on the team with seven touchdowns in his rookie year, and he expects to play an important role in the team's new offense in 2014. Lombardi worked with Graham during his first four years in the league, and Lombardi expects to bring a similar playbook to Detroit. 'I told (coach Prince) I wanted to be one of the best tight ends in the NFL,' Fauria said. 'I think anything less than that is reaching low. I told him I wanted to make plays and help this team out.'
Huddle Up: Mentioning a TE in the same sentence with Graham always is scary, but the the 6-foot-7 Fauria certainly has some upside. In the least, he obviously has the red-zone aspect down pretty good, but he only had 11 other catches outside of 7 TD grabs so look for increased every-down production to be the starting point.

Matt Stafford - QB Posted 2/9/14 10:59pm et
Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said QB Matthew Stafford needs to improve but also does not believe all of the interceptions Stafford threw are his fault. 'There are interceptions that happen because a receiver breaks his route off too early, or goes through a receivers hands or gets tipped at the line of scrimmage. So, I was a little encouraged after watching that. This was not an interception machine,' Lombardi said.
Huddle Up: Stafford's 19 picks were his most since tossing 20 in his rookie season of 2009 and combined with his 4 fumbles lost gave him a career-high 23 turnovers. Juxtaposed with his 29 TD passes, Stafford's TD-to-turnover ratio is far from ideal and certainly needs some work.

Joique Bell - RB Posted 1/31/14 12:59am et
Detroit Lions restricted free-agent RB Joique Bell said he hopes to sign a long-term deal with the team before the start of free agency. The Lions are expected to at least give him a first- or second-round tender offer.
Huddle Up: Even though Reggie Bush remains the Lions' top RB, most every team is going with the two-RB approach these days and Bell more than proved his worth last season with a career-high 1,197 yards from scrimmage and 8 TDs.

Ndamukong Suh - DT Posted 1/22/14 12:48am et
Detroit Lions DE Ndamukong Suh was selected first in the first NFL Pro Bowl draft Tuesday, Jan. 21.
Huddle Up: Somewhat surprising until you consider that the draft was conducted by position, with interior defensive linemen the first group up. So who would go first in a real fantasy Pro Bowl draft? The Huddle conducted one Tuesday with David Dorey taking Drew Brees with the top selection. Check out the full article to see how the rest of the draft went.

Matthew Stafford - QB Posted 1/22/14 6:49pm et
New Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi is excited to work with QB Matthew Stafford, and Lombardi insists that Stafford 'isn't broken.' 'The good news is that he's not broken, that much is clear' Lombardi said. 'There's an awful amount of talent there. His arm is something to behold. We used to sit in the Saints quarterback room and just marvel at his passes -- all the depths, the whole field in play. He really can sling it. That's a great thing to have.'
Huddle Up: Every OC in the NFL would love to work with a quarterback as talented as Stafford. It's a nice place to start when building an offense.

Ndamukong Suh - DT Posted 1/16/14 2:29pm et
The Detroit Lions have started talks with DT Ndamukong Suh about a long-term extension. Suh has two years left on his rookie deal with the final year being voidable. He'll count $22.4 million against the salary cap in 2014, and it's expected to be $1 million more with him being named to the Pro Bowl. Suh could count $9.7 million against the cap in 2015 even if he walks. The Lions will likely have to make Suh among the highest paid defensive tackles in the league to keep him, however.
Huddle Up: After a sophomore slump in 2011, Suh has bounced back strong with a combined 13.5 sacks over the past 2 seasons. In 2013, he had 48 total tackles, a career-high 6 passes defensed and recorded his first career safety.

Calvin Johnson - WR Posted 1/15/14 10:32pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee, finger) underwent minor knee surgery last week and also had surgery on his finger this week. He's recovering nicely from both procedures.
Huddle Up: Megatron had the oil changed and his Fetzer valve treated with ball bearings, gauze pads and antifreeze. He should be more than ready to resume dominating opposing secondaries by the time next fall rolls around.

Jim Caldwell - HC Posted 1/14/14 1:23pm et
According to various media reports, the Detroit Lions will hire Jim Caldwell (Ravens) as their next head coach.
Huddle Up: After losing out on Ken Whisenhunt, the Lions have gone to Plan B and hired the Ravens' offensive coordinator and former Colts head coach, who was 26-22 in 3 seasons at the helm in Indy. No offense to Caldwell, who's certainly paid his dues with nearly four decades of coaching experience, but this seems far from the sexy hire the Lions were hoping for.

Alshon Jeffery - WR Posted 1/9/14 12:48pm et
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery was named to the Pro Bowl Thursday, Jan. 9, replacing Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee).
Huddle Up: Certainly no surprise here following Megatron's knee issues down the stretch. Nonetheless, it's a well-deserved honor for Jeffery, who tied for eighth among all fantasy wideouts with 185 points in his second season.

Calvin Johnson - WR Posted 12/30/13 12:45am et
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Sunday, Dec. 29, that WR Calvin Johnson (knee) will need offseason knee surgery, but the procedure is not considered 'major.'
Huddle Up: It's good to see that this was minor. Hopefully this cures Johnson of some of his nagging woes and he will come back stronger than ever next season.

Jim Schwartz - TM Posted 12/30/13 12:23pm et
The Detroit Lions have fired head coach Jim Schwartz after a disappointing 7-9 season.
Huddle Up: While the Lions have consistently been a better team than the 0-16 version he took over in 2009, Schwartz lost control of the team last season and never seemed to regain his leadership ability. Finishing the season with one win in the final seven games didn't help his cause. With a team loaded with talent, the Lions should have no problem filling their coaching void with a top candidate.

Jim Schwartz - HC Posted 12/27/13 4:56pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee) will be listed as questionable for the team's Week 17. Head coach Jim Schwartz said it will be a group decision if he plays or not.
Huddle Up: Megatron looked like he was hurting last pretty bad week against the Giants. Now that the Lions have flushed the season down the drain and Jim Schwartz is just waiting to be fired, it's doubtful those higher up in the organization will risk their best player in a meaningless game.

Calvin Johnson - WR Posted 12/26/13 10:28pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.
Huddle Up: Johnson was a practice no-show for the second straight day and has to be regarded as a major Week 17 question mark amid reports that surfaced this week that Johnson has been playing with a partially-torn PCL in his right knee.

Calvin Johnson - WR Posted 12/25/13 12:41am et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee) declined comment on a report that he is playing with a partially-torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. "Y'all will have to ask me those questions on Thursday," Johnson said Tuesday, Dec. 23. "I don't want to talk about that stuff." Head coach Jim Schwartz has said offseason surgery is not required, and that Johnson could play in the Week 17 game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Huddle Up: It was revealed that Johnson played most of last season with broken fingers, so it's definitely possible -- and even probable -- that he's more hurt than he's letting on this season. You're still starting him if he's active in Week 17, but he's mired in an end-of-season funk with a combined 12 catches for 193 yards and no scores over his last 3 games.

Calvin Johnson - WR Posted 12/23/13 3:46pm et
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said the team will see how WR Calvin Johnson (knee) is during the week before deciding if he will play Week 17.
Huddle Up: There is little incentive to put Johnson out there with the Lions having been eliminated last week. Keep an eye on his situation, but you might want to find an alternative.

Brandon Pettigrew - TE Posted 12/19/13 11:56am et
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) was on crutches in the locker room Wednesday, Dec. 18. TEs Dorin Dickerson and Joseph Fauria were the only two healthy tight ends at practice as a result. Head coach Jim Schwartz said Pettigrew's injury was 'the most concerning' of anyone who missed practice.
Huddle Up: Pettigrew was hurt in the Monday night loss to the Ravens. He returned to the game, but it doesn't sound as if things have gotten any better in the ensuing few days. At this point, don't be counting on Pettigrew in Week 16, while the towering Fauria presents a red-zone threat if you're desperate at TE.

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