Detroit Lions

Ankle Injury Still Bothering Bush Heading Into Week 8

Detroit running back Reggie Bush is not practicing Thursday, according to Lions beat writer Tim Twentyman.Fantasy Spin:Bush has admitted that the ankle still isn’t healed and is bothering him and after his invisible performance in Week 7 fantasy owners shouldn’t expect anything against Atlanta in Week 8. His absence would make Joique Bell a solid fantasy option.

Why You Should Start Joique Bell in Your Week 8 Fantasy Lineups

See Why You Should Start Joique Bell in Your Week 8 Fantasy Football Lineups If you own Detroit Lions’ running back Joique Bell, you should definitely start him in your Week 8 fantasy lineup. Here’s why: The Detroit Lions might be without running back Reggie Bush, as once again, he’s …
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Atlanta Falcons’ infographic about London trip has team traveling to Spain (photo)

The Atlanta Falcons will face the Detroit Lions at Wembley Stadium in London this weekend. Thankfully, the team was not responsible for flight plans and itinerary. The team posted an infographic ahead of its transatlantic flight that illustrated the thousands of miles the team would fly to make its long trip across the pond. Unfortunately,…Read More
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Could Calvin Johnson play in Sunday’s Detroit Lions game in London?

On October 5th, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson suffered a high ankle sprain against the Buffalo Bills and he hasn’t practiced since… until today.
According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press Johnson was not part of the open field part of practice, but he was a limited participant:
“…Calvin Johnson did not take part in the open portion of Detroit Lions practice today, but he was listed as a limited participant in the team’s official injury report. Johnson last practiced Oct. 3, two days before he suffered a high ankle sprain in a loss to the Buffalo Bills. The Lions beat the Minnesota Vikings the following week and the New Orleans Saints last weekend with Johnson sidelined by injury…”
If you’ve had Johnson on your fantasy football team at any point over the last several seasons, then you know that he isn’t afraid of playing hurt.
Johnson has played through a variety of ailments because the Lions simply didn’t have the weapons to compete without him on the field. This yea

Lions release player, send him home from London

The NFL really can be a cutthroat business sometimes. Former Detroit Lions running back William Powell knows this full well. As a member of the team’s practice squad, Powell traveled with the Lions from Detroit to London on Monday in order to help them prepare for a game against the Atlanta Falcons. There’s one problem here. Some reshuffling of the roster was needed in order to make up for injuries at tight end. Detroit signed veteran Kellen Davis and released safety Jerome Couplin. The decision was then made to sign Couplin to the practice squad and release Powell. So this means Powell, who traveled to London on Monday, will be making a return trip to the states on Wednesday. Talk about a quick turnaround and some really fierce jet lag. Lions head coach Jim Caldwell had this to say about the move (via Detroit Free Press).
It’s a difficult thing to do, and you certainly would not want to do it — a guy just gets here and, within 48 hours, he’s heading back home. But that’s kind of the nature of o

Lions send player home from London after cutting him

There will be no tea or crumpets — or a job — in William Powell’s immediate future. Per the Detroit Free Press, the Lions on Wednesday released Powell from the practice squad, sending him home from London ahead of Sunday’s game against the Falcons. Following a nearly eight-hour flight, the Lions landed in London on Monday. Two days later, they bid adieu to Powell, who’s now making the long, lonely trek back to the States. The decision wasn’t an easy one for coach Jim Caldwell. “It’s a difficult thing to do, and you certainly would not want to do it — a guy just gets here and, within 48 hours, he’s heading back home,” Caldwell said, per the Detroit Free Press. “But that’s kind of the nature of our business. The guys understand it, and I think, if you’re up front and you tell them exactly why and what the reasons are and those kinds of things, it’s a bitter pill …

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford’s latest (and telling) 1-32 quarterback ranking

Every week, from now through the Wednesday before the Super Bowl, the editors at cover32 will gather to rank the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks. Depending on what’s happened the previous week, some will rise and some will fall, and even some of the names on the list will change. It’s a never-ending evolution, as the status of the league’s top signal callers is always in flux.
Seven weeks into the 2014 season, here’s how the starting quarterbacks in the NFL shake out:

1. Peyton Manning – Manning’s record-setting night against the 49ers was a quarterback clinic, showing he’s still the best in the business. (LW: 1)
2. Aaron Rodgers - Right now, the Packers are absolutely cruising to wins, led by their cool-customer QB, who is playing better than ever. (LW: 2)
3. Andrew Luck – Nobody is putting up better numbers than Luck who has the Colts rolling after five straight wins. (LW: 3)
4. Tony Romo – When a guy has led his team to the best record in the league, it’s worthy of praise. No matte

Calvin Johnson misses practice on Wednesday

This Sunday, the Detroit Lions are taking on the Atlanta Falcons over in London but the question remains will wide receiver Calvin Johnson play? Johnson made the trip to London with his teammates but did not practice today according to Tim Twentyman of
No Calvin Johnson, Ansah, Waddle, Ebron, Pettigrew or Fauria at #Lions practice. Riddick was back.
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) October 22, 2014
Johnson has not played since Week Five against the Buffalo Bills in which he aggravated his sprain ankle. This season, Johnson only has 22 catches for 348 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns.
Megatron has made known that he will not play until he is healthy. In the last two games, that he played in against the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills, Johnson was not a factor. In fact, in those games, he only had three catches for 19 receiving yards.
It will be interesting to see if Megatron will attempt to practice for the rest of the week but if he cannot go expect Golden Tate to be the number one receiver a

Lions cut RB William Powell, send him home from London

The Detroit Lions released William Powell, a practice-squad running back, on Tuesday morning to make room on their practice squad for safety Jerome Couplin. It’s the type of move that teams make numerous times throughout the NFL season, but it had to sting more for Powell that he was forced to fly home one day…Read More

Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons in London: 2014 Week 8 NFL Pick

Detroit Lions (5-2) at Atlanta Falcons (2-5) in London
This is technically a home game for the Falcons, but it’s a neutral site game in London. Given that, we’re getting significant line value with the Lions as either the Lions are being overrated or the Falcons are being underrated. The Lions rank 7th in the NFL in rate of moving the chains differential, moving them at a 70.19% rate, while their defense allows opponents to move the chains at a 66.34% rate, best in the NFL. That gives them a differential of 3.85%. On the other side of the coin, the Falcons rank 23rd, moving the chains at a 72.77% rate, as opposed to 75.54% for their opponents, a differential of -2.77%. This line should be closer to 6.5 instead of 3.5. That’s significant line value.
Detroit is also in the better spot here I think as they are favorites and actually in playoff contention. It’s a small sample size, but favorites are 6-3 ATS in London games, including 6-1 ATS in their last 7. It makes sense. Teams must h…

Detroit Lions: Three things you should know about Corey Fuller

If you missed the Detroit Lions defeating the New Orleans Saints in the final two minutes of last week’s game, you might be unaware that Corey Fuller is the new star in town. Fuller scored a 5-yard touchdown with 1:43 left in the game that gave the Detroit Lions a one point victory.
While we forgive those who are still unaware of some of the biggest football news of the weekend, here are three things everyone should know about Corey Fuller:
1. Fuller ran track in college, was a walk-on at Virginia Tech
Corey Fuller at Virginia Tech
There has to be a special place in your heart for those that took a harder path. Being a walk-on at a Division 1 school is one of the most challenging things for a person, particularly in football where players are often thought of as getting college scholarships handed to them. Corey Fuller is the farthest thing from being entitled.
Corey Fuller played two years as a quarterback in high school. He then began his college career at the University of Kansas, on a track and field s

PHOTO: Detroit Lions visit historic monument on London road trip

Some NFL teams would rather not cross the pond and play in London thanks to the time zone difference, but who in their right mind could resist visiting all those historic monuments?
The Detroit Lions have the right idea. They’re embracing their European road trip and taking photos along the way.
Today the team’s official Twitter account posted several photos around England, including this one at the famous Stonehenge:
Day 1 of #LionsInLondon is in the books. Stay tuned to see where else the helmet goes this week with @PrimeSport!
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) October 21, 2014

You can find plenty more photos here.
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Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate deemed one of Week 7′s biggest studs

Nearly midway through the 2014 NFL season, the league is starting to take shape. It’s easier and easier to see what teams are contenders and which ones are just not ready for primetime.
How did each team get to their current point? In part, it was because of the performance, good or bad, of some key players and coaches. Some helped their team, while others hurt the squad.
Who fell into each category? Here are the “Heroes and Goats” from Week 7:

Tate’s big play gave the Lions life
Golden Tate – In a week when his name once again surfaced in rumors about off-the-field shenanigans, the Lions wide receiver went out and made some headlines on the field to offset the stories about Percy Harvin decking him prior to the Super Bowl. His 73-yard touchdown grab with 3:38 to play against New Orleans helped jumpstart Detroit’s comeback win over the Saints, capping a 10-catch, 154-yard performance.

Hoyer was terrible against the Jags
Brian Hoyer – Just when Browns fans thought it was s

Detroit Lions: News, stats and stars from the Saints game

The Detroit Lions scored 14 points in the final four minutes to beat the New Orleans Saints 24-23 on Sunday. Calvin Johnson didn’t play and the running game struggled once again, but the Lions found a way to steal this one with some late-game heroics from Golden Tate, Glover Quin and Corey Fuller.
Detroit outscored the Saints 21-6 across the game’s final 21:19 to complete the improbable comeback. It wasn’t pretty, but the Lions got the win, which is the only thing that matters at the end of the day. With the win, the Lions climb to an impressive 5-2 on the season, while New Orleans falls to 2-4 despite high preseason expectations.
3 stars:
3. Corey Fuller: Stepping into a much larger role with Johnson sidelined, Fuller made the most of his opportunity on Sunday. He finished the game with three catches for 44 yards, including the game-winning touchdown with under two minutes to play. He went up high to bring down the five-yard pass from Matthew Stafford and just got both feet down in the back of the end

Golden Tate denies being punched by Percy Harvin

Golden Tate did his best to deflect questions about his rumored altercation with former teammate Percy Harvin in the wake of the Detroit Lions’ win on Sunday. Eventually he was forced to address it.

“I didn’t get punched in the face. That’s all a lie,” he told Jeff Riger of CBS Detroit.

Tate’s refutation comes after Harvin’s surprise trade from the Seahawks to the Jets initiated a flurry of reports alleging Harvin’s tumultuous relationship with teammates in Seattle. The most prominent of those reports claimed Harvin and Tate got into a fight the day before the Super Bowl last season. Lance Zierlein of Sports Talk 790 reported that Harvin punched Tate.

Tate denied the punch, but didn’t specify that there was no altercation. After all, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported that it was not a punch, but a body slam that Harvin delivered to Tate. Former Seahawk Michael Robinson confirmed the fight, claiming he helped break it up.