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Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Leshoure will be waived by the Lions, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impact: The 2011 second-rounder was supplanted as the Lions' No. 3 back (behind Reggie Bush and Joique Bell) by Theo Riddick, whose cause was helped by his ability to contribute on special teams. Leshoure figures to catch on elsewhere in the coming days, though he'll have much to prove before re-emerging on the fantasy radar.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Van Noy underwent surgery Thursday to correct a core muscle injury, Kyle Meinke of MLive Media Group reports.
Impact: Van Noy was previously speculated to be unavailble for Week 1, and Thursday's announcement essentially confirms this notion. It seems he's dealing with a sports hernia, although the Lions are being purposefully vague at this time. If that ends up being the case, look for the linebacker to miss roughly a month, which would severely damage his value as an IDP.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stafford is inactive for Thursday's preseason finale in Buffalo, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impact: As expected, Stafford heads a number of Lions stalwarts sitting out the last exhibition before the regular season kicks off. He finished the preseason completing 21-of-30 passes for 204 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. While the offense scuffled somewhat under his direction in the third preseason game, he led three touchdown drives and another for a field goal in 10 total possessions.
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bell has 11 carries for 42 yards through the Lions' three preseason games thus far.
Impact: Bell's involvement has been fairly limited during the preseason, as the Lions rest their power back for the heavy lifting they'll require during the regular season. While Reggie Bush remains Detroit's No. 1 running back, Bell is close behind and among the league's best second-stringers. With 53 receptions and eight rushing touchdowns last season, Bell is especially useful in PPR leagues. Nonetheless, working in the Lions' high-powered offense should allow both Bush and Bell to prosper again this term.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tate caught three passes for 36 yards in the Lions' third preseason game.
Impact: Tate is locked in as a starter opposite Calvin Johnson, so this preseason is simply about him getting acclimated to Matthew Stafford and Detroit's offense.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Leshoure took eight carries for 44 yards in Friday's preseason win but did have a fumble in Jacksonville territory late in the game.
Impact: Such a major blunder given the time and situation won't reflect well on Leshoure, who is trying to win a roster spot. Leshoure's competition, George Winn, carried seven times for 13 yards and a touchdown. Winn didn't have a rush over four yards.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bell had seven carries for 24 yards in Friday's preseason win over the Jaguars.
Impact: Three Lions had at least seven carries in the game, though one was not Reggie Bush, who had just two but figures to see more going forward. It's a crowded backfield in Detroit, but Bell is going to get his fair share of carries.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Van Noy (abdomen) may not be available for Week 1, reports.
Impact: There's still a fear that Van Noy's injury is a sports hernia, which could cost him over a month. The Lions are being coy about releasing info on the injury, so it could still be awhile before we learn the severity of the injury.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Owens (head) didn't practice Monday, reports.
Impact: Owens left Friday's preseason game after taking a big hit, and there hasn't been much of an update in the meantime. Jed Collins and Chad Abram split time in his absence.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Egnew was claimed off waivers by the Lions on Monday, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports.
Impact: Egnew was waived by the Dolphins over the weekend in light of Charles Clay and Dion Sims firmly occupying the team's top two tight end positions. However, even with Brandon Pettigrew, Joseph Fauria, and rookie first-rounder Eric Ebron already in Detroit, the Lions decided to sign the 2012 third-rounder Egnew to add another option at tight end.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Following the release of Giorgio Tavecchio on Monday, Freese is in line to serve as the Lions' top kicker, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impact: Freese, drafted by the Lions in the seventh round of May's draft, made all three of his preseason field goal attempts, including a 55-yarder against the Raiders on Aug. 15. Now that the competition has been settled, he merits fantasy consideration as long as the job is his, while working in a context where his prospects are supported by working behind the Lions' offense.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Freese converted an extra-point in Friday's preseason game versus the Jaguars.
Impact: Freese made his only attempt Friday, while fellow kicker Giorgio Tavecchio missed a 51-yard field goal on his only involvement. With the Lions' kicking job seemingly still up for grabs, Freese will hope to make a strong final impression in Thursday's last preseason game.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones (shoulder) will begin the regular season on the Lions' PUP list, reports.
Impact: Jones, a rookie sixth-round pick from Notre Dame, is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. Given his PUP designation, Jones will be sidelined for at least the first six weeks of practice, once the regular season begins.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Van Noy says it's hard to pinpoint the injury that kept him out of Friday night's preseason win over Jacksonville.
Impact: Van Noy says he's waiting on further evaluation of the injury, which the team said was an abdominal problem. The Lions drafted the rookie from Brigham Young in the second round this year.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Van Noy is slated for additional evaluation on the "abdominal" concern that held him out of Friday's preseason contest versus the Jaguars, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impact: The exam should reveal if Van Noy is dealing with a sports hernia, which could require a lengthy stay on the sideline. However, consider the rookie linebacker day-to-day until the true extent of the injury is known.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Riddick had two carries for one yard and two receptions for six yards in Friday's preseason game against the Jaguars.
Impact: Both carries came from the hand of Matt Stafford, while both receptions were courtesy of Dan Orlovsky. Riddick seems to have a hold on the No. 3 running back role, and while the Lions probably intend to use him in some capacity, touches will be hard to come by. However, he could find himself in a pretty significant role, should either Reggie Bush or Joique Bell suffer an injury.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ebron caught both of his targets for 27 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Jaguars.
Impact: Following an inefficient preseason debut, Ebron has hauled in all four of his targets for 64 yards over the last two games. According to Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News, Ebron also had a crucial block to help spring Reggie Bush's 86-yard touchdown run Friday night. While a strong bet to be the most active Detroit tight end in the passing game, Ebron doesn't seem destined for an every-down role to begin the season, and he'll still have plenty of competition for targets. It does help his cause that the Lions' depth at wide receiver looks shaky, as Ebron could be used like a No. 3 wide receiver.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Lions may use a rotation behind starting wideouts Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, and Ogletree would be part of the mix, ESPN's Michael Rothstein reports.
Impact: Ogletree and Kris Durham are the leading candidates to work behind the starters, with Jeremy Ross and Ryan Broyles also in the picture. None of the bunch has really stood out this preseason, and there probably won't be many targets left for the third and fourth wide receivers in Detroit's offense.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Broyles will likely make the final roster, the Lions' official website reports.
Impact: Broyles could perhaps get some playing time in three- and four-wide sets, but he currently appears to be either fifth or sixth on the depth chart. A breakout candidates in previous years, Broyles is finally healthy, yet finds himself far removed from fantasy relevance.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Egnew will be cut by the Dolphins, the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Given that Egnew was a third-round draft pick in 2012, he figures to catch on elsewhere, with his departure paving the way for Arthur Lynch, Gator Hoskins, Brett Brackett, Kyle Miller and Evan Wilson to jostle for TE slotting in Miami behind top options Charles Clay and Dion Sims.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bush carried twice for 95 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason game against the Jags.
Impact: Bush's night didn't last long, as he zoomed past the Jags' defense for an 86-yard touchdown, and then handed things over to Joique Bell. It's worth noting that the Lions really seem to like Theo Riddick, who could perhaps steal a few touches from Bush and Bell. There are suddenly quite a few mouths to feed in this offense, but there's also been speculation that Bush could see an increase in pass targets this season.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson caught two passes for 27 yards on three targets in Friday's preseason game against the Jaguars.
Impact: Johnson will likely finish his preseason with just the two receptions after being a healthy scratch for the first two games. He underwent a pair of minor procedures on his knee and finger back in January, but is all set to enter the season at full health. The Lions accomplished their main preseason goal with Johnson, which was merely to ensure that he got a tiny bit of work while staying healthy.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Owens (head) will not return to Friday's game,'s Tim Twentyman reports.
Impact: The Lions' starting fullback took a big hit in Friday's preseason game and will likely need to undergo concussion tests before a timetable for his return is established.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Owens is questionable to return to Friday's game with a head injury.
Impact: He took a pretty significant hit early in Friday's preseason game, and may need to go through the NFL's concussion protocol. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ihedigbo will not play Friday against the Jaguars.
Impact: It's not clear why he won't suit up for the Lions' third preseason game, but it's likely nothing serious, as there was no report of Ihedigbo being injured during the week.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Van Noy will not play in Friday's preseason game against the Jaguars.
Impact: It's not clear why Van Noy is being held out of the Lions' third preseason game, but hopefully the situation will become more clear next week. He is not expected to start in the Lions' 4-3 scheme.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ansah (shoulder) will play Friday against the Jaguars.
Impact: This will mark his preseason debut after missing seven-plus months of offseason training due to a shoulder injury. He will slot in among the starters on a vaunted defensive line.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fairley's play has improved since his demotion to second-string, th eDetroit Free Press reports.
Impact: Fairley's effort and weight management have been called into question by Detroit, and the demotion could help serve as a big wakeup call for the talented, but not super-productive tackle. C.J. Mosley is in the top spot now, but Fairley could regain the job.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ansah (shoulder) could make his preseason debut Friday against the Jaguars, Kyle Meinke of reports.
Impact: Ansah is slated to once again start alongside Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley on a vaunted Lions defensive line. He missed seven-plus months of offseason training to shoulder surgery, but appears to be close to retaking the field in pursuit of following up an eight-sack rookie season with a good sophomore campaign.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | STATS
News: The Detroit Lions have released Florence.
Impact: Detroit signed the veteran defensive back earlier this month, but he was cut before practice Tuesday. Florence started five games for Carolina last season. He started three for the Lions the previous season.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Florence was released by the Lions on Tuesday, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impact: Florence was signed earlier this month, but failed to impress during his short stint in Detroit. The 33-year-old will now hit the market after recording 26 tackles (19 solo) and two interceptions for the Panthers last season.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson is on track to play Friday against the Jaguars, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impact: Johnson has been a healthy scratch for the Lions' first two preseason contests, as the team is of no mind to expose the star wideout to unnecessary injury risk, but it looks as though he'll see some tune-up snaps with the first-team offense on Friday.