Joique Bell - RBPosted 1/21/15 12:44pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell had minor surgery last week to clean up his knee and Achilles' tendon. He is expected to return in time for organized offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: What's the famous quote, the only minor surgery is when it's done on someone else? No reason to think Bell won't be back in the mix by the time the Lions start OTAs, but it's worth keeping an eye on as Joique has elevated himself to a significant fantasy contributor.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 1/7/15 3:26pm ET
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. was named to the Pro Bowl Wednesday, Jan. 7, replacing Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson.
Huddle Up: Beckham should have received an invite to the Pro Bowl anyway; now he gets to go at the expense of Calvin Johnson, who has been banged up all season.
Brandon Pettigrew - TEPosted 1/4/15 8:39pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (head) left the wild-card game Sunday, Jan. 4, against the Dallas Cowboys in the third quarter to be evaluated for concussion.
Huddle Up: Pettigrew returned after apparently being cleared and was the intended target on the highly controversial pass-interference no-call in the fourth quarter. He finished with one catch for 11 yards on two targets to cap a disappointing season overall.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 1/3/15 1:07am ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson is expected to be covered by Dallas Cowboys CB Brandon Carr in the wild-card playoff game Sunday, Jan. 4. The last time the two faced off last year, Johnson had 14 catches for 329 yards and a touchdown. Carr was often left on an island against Johnson last year, when QB Matthew Stafford threw for 488 yards. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said the Cowboys will make Johnson more of a focal point in their game plan this time around. 'I think we're going to be able to maybe give (Carr) more help than we did,' Marinelli said. 'And I feel like Brandon is a terrific corner and he's up for this challenge, but as a staff we've got to find ways to help him.'
Huddle Up: Yeah, 14-329 definitely sounds deserving of more defensive attention, although Johnson has had a down season by his standards, catching 71 passes for 1,077 yards -- his worst totals in five seasons. Megatron, however, will likely need to have a big game if the Lions are to win their first postseason game since 1991.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 12/26/14 7:12pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (Achilles') is probable for Week 17 against the Green Bay Packers.
Huddle Up: Bell has had double-digit fantasy points in each of his last four games and should see plenty of work Sunday with the Lions hoping to keep Aaron Rodgers and Co. off the field.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 12/25/14 9:11pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Dec. 25.
Huddle Up: Johnson took his customary Wednesday off before returning Thursday, and there should be no issues come Sunday.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 12/24/14 1:13am ET
Detroit Lions rookie TE Eric Ebron has been improving as a blocker and progressing as an overall player, head coach Jim Caldwell said Monday, Dec. 22.
Huddle Up: While Ebron figured to have work to do as a blocker, the 10th-overall pick has disappointed as a pass-catcher with only 23 receptions for 210 yards and a TD on 41 targets. A big second-year stride will be required for Ebron to register on the 2015 fantasy radar.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 12/22/14 10:24am ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) hauled in six receptions for a game-high 103 yards in Week 16 against the Chicago Bears, as he went over 1,000 yards receiving for the fifth straight season, and sixth time in eight NFL seasons. He left the game briefly due to an ankle issue, but was able to return.
Huddle Up: Johnson's ankle should be fine after Golden Tate was tackled into the back of his legs while blocking on a screen. He only missed a few plays. The Lions face the Packers in a nice Week 17 matchup for Johnson
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 12/11/14 11:36pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) and the coaching staff believe that he can return to form and be one of the most dangerous weapons out of the backfield. Bush has missed five games because of injuries this year, and he had just 12 touches for 34 total yards in Week 14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. RB Theo Riddick didn't play at all, but offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said that was a one-game anomaly.
Huddle Up: It's been a lost year for Bush, and it's going be tough for the RB to come close to re-gaining his form given the limited time left in the season. Joique Bell remains the only starting choice among the Detroit backs.
Joseph Fauria - TEPosted 12/10/14 1:48pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Joseph Fauria (ankle) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Dec. 10, with an ankle injury, and the team re-signed TE Kellen Davis.
Huddle Up: Fauria finally caught a TD this past Sunday, but don't get too excited about Davis as Eric Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew remain around as well.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 12/9/14 11:36pm ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford has completed 75.9 percent of his passes, thrown for 701 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions in the last two weeks against the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "I feel good. I feel confident in what we're doing and I think the guys in the locker room and on offense definitely feel confident in what our game plan is each week," Stafford said. "We're doing a great job of going out there and trying to execute. Guys are catching the ball, which is always great."
Huddle Up: Stafford, who had only two 300-yard games in his first 11 contests, has matched that total over the last 2 weeks, and he closes out the season with a trio of decent matchups, although the final two will be outside with the possibility of inclement conditions likely in Chicago and Green Bay.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 12/5/14 12:10am ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle, back) said he is '100 percent healthy' and will play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Dec. 7.
Huddle Up: Bush's optimism has fallen short of reality in recent weeks, but it looks like he may indeed return Sunday after a three-game absence, and coach Jim Caldwell has said he'll regain his starting role. Joique Bell will still get his share of touches, but his workload will obviously take a hit -- at least until Bush gets hurt again.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 12/2/14 10:48am ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) has been doing some work in practice and is expected to play Sunday, Dec. 7, for Week 15.
Huddle Up: Bush would resume a complementary role to Joique Bell and take touches away from Theo Riddick. At this juncture, however, it would be difficult to bank on him for anything in the way of fantasy productivity.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 11/28/14 3:00pm ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford and the offense operated at quicker pace in their Week 13 win over the Chicago Bears Thursday, Nov. 27, and they were able 474 yards of total offense. Stafford went 34-for-45 for 390 yards and two touchdowns, and he appeared much more comfortable in the offense. His 75.6 completion percentage was the fourth best of his career. Stafford was also at his best against the blitz, completing a career-high 14 passes for a career-high 200 yards.
Huddle Up: The favorable defensive matchup also benefited Stafford and Co. as the QB hit a season-high with the 390-yard effort -- only his second 300-yard game since Week 1.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 11/27/14 12:35pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) is out for Week 13 Thursday, Nov. 27. His ankle isn't responding well enough, but the hope is to return for Week 14.
Huddle Up: Bush will miss his third straight game and his fifth in the last seven, boosting Theo Riddick's Turkey Day value.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 11/26/14 12:34am ET
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle, back) was limited in practice Tuesday, Nov. 25, with a back injury added to his status. Bush missed the last two games with an ankle injury. There was no further information on his back ailment.
Huddle Up: Yikes -- this sounds rather grim for the RB, who's missed three of the last four -- and five games in all -- this season. Keep an eye out for further updates, but don't expect the news to be promising.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 11/26/14 4:17pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson hasn't been putting up big numbers this season, but he denies that he's starting to decline. He's on pace to finish with fewer than 1,000 yards receiving for the first time since 2009, but he continues to say that he's the same player he was when he set the single-season record for receiving yards two years ago. 'I think that the biggest thing you can kind of just take a look at is: Does he still run by people?' head coach Jim Caldwell said. 'The answer to that would be yes. Is he still able to lay out, catch the ball and do things that he normally does? Yes. And I think that that's what matters.' Since returning from a sprained ankle, Johnson has also faced three of the league's top defenses.
Huddle Up: The defenses of the Bears and Bucs should be more to the liking of Megatron and the Lions' offense the next two weeks, but if the issues continue, it just might be the rule and not the exception.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 11/26/14 6:49pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle, back) was limited in practice for the third straight day Wednesday, Nov. 26, and is questionable for Week 13 against the Chicago Bears.
Huddle Up: It's been a questionable season to be sure for Bush, and it looks like it'll come down to another game-time decision.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 11/25/14 3:39pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) said he'll be ready to play Thursday, Nov. 27, after missing Week 12 with an ankle injury.
Huddle Up: We've certainly heard this before, and it's hard to trust Bush even if he does play given what's looking to be an injury that will linger the rest of the season.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 11/24/14 8:29pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) would've been limited at practice Monday, Nov. 24 if the team had worked out.
Huddle Up: It's fast becoming a lost season for Bush, who has missed four of the last six games and will be trying to come back on a short week with the Lions opening the 3-game Thanksgiving slate. It's a good matchup with the Bears, and Theo Riddick could be an option if he's still available in your league.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 11/22/14 5:59pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) is likely out for Week 12 and is targeting the Thanksgiving Day game Thursday, Nov. 27, to return.
Huddle Up: Joique Bell will start and is a RB2 this week. Theo Riddick will also see some time as a pass catcher. He'll be an RB3/flex play against the Patriots.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 11/21/14 9:13pm ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford, who is currently on pace to finish with the fewest passing yards in a single season for his career, has struggled on deep-ball connections, especially in the last two weeks with WR Calvin Johnson returning. Stafford has completed only 14 percent of his passes at least 20 yards downfield to Johnson the last two weeks, and he's thrown an interception on deep targets in each of the pair's four full games together. Stafford is also struggling in the face of pressure this year, with his completion percentage under pressure dropping from 42 percent last year to 34 percent in 2014, his lowest since 2010.
Huddle Up: Stafford was predicted by many to have a huge a season but it's been just the opposite. Despite the addition of Golden Tate and rookie TE Eric Ebron, Stafford has been a fantasy disappointment in 2014. That's not likely to change over the final six weeks.
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.
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