Lions put Shead on IR, rule Agnew, Lawson out versus Packers
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have put cornerback DeShawn Shead on injured reserve with a knee injury and signed cornerback Andre Chachere off the practice squad.
Detroit made the moves Saturday, a day before ending the season at Green Bay.
The Lions (5-10) also ruled out returner Jamal Agnew (knee) and cornerback Nevin Lawson (ankle) against the Packers.
Lions put Kerryon Johnson on IR, activate Jamal Agnew off IR
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions put rookie running back Kerryon Johnson on injured reserve with a knee injury.
Detroit also activated returner Jamal Agnew from IR on Wednesday. Agnew has been out since Week 5 because of a knee injury. The Lions host Minnesota on Sunday.
Lions return specialist Agnew back at practice after injury
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions return specialist Jamal Agnew is returning to practice after sitting out since Week 5 because of a knee injury.
The team removed him from the reserve-injured designation on Wednesday.
Agnew was an All-Pro last season and returned two punts for touchdowns. The Lions also have played him at cornerback and on offense.
Lions lose Agnew, face tough stretch after open date
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions returned from their open date with a significant injury announcement.
Jamal Agnew, who earned All-Pro honors last season as a rookie punt returner, was put on injured reserve with a knee problem. The Lions announced the move Monday, although coach Matt Patricia doesn't seem to be ruling out the possibility of Agnew returning this season.
Allen Park — Over the past several days, leading up to the NFL draft, we've taken a position-by-position look at the Detroit Lions' roster situation, evaluating how the team might address these positions during the event. Today we close out the series with the secondary.
Current roster: Darius Slay, Teez Tabor, Nevin Lawson, DeShawn Shead, Quandre Diggs, Jamal Agnew, Adairius Barnes, Glover Quin, Tavon Wilson, Miles Killebrew, Stefan McClure, Rolan Milligan, Charles Washington
Allen Park — The Detroit Lions only have one Pro Bowler, but two of the team's players have been named to the Associated Press' All-Pro team.
Cornerback Darius Slay, the lone Lions player selected to the Pro Bowl, earned first-team honors as a defensive back. He's joined on the first team by rookie Jamal Agnew, who made it as a punt returner.
In his fifth season, Slay paced the NFL with eight interceptions and 26 pass defenses, despite being asked to shadow top receivers almost every week.
Detroit – Darius Slay is on the verge of making his first Pro Bowl. The Lions cornerback finished fourth in the fan voting for his position and second among NFC options, behind only Minnesota's Xavier Rhodes.
Fan voting makes up one-third of the process. The league's coaches and players make up the other two-thirds. If any other Lions players are going to qualify for the league's annual all-star game, they're going to need to score well in those tallies.
Top votes split, but Rams’ Cooper rolls as No. 1 AP returner
DALLAS (AP) — Pharoh Cooper of the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City's Tyreek Hill split 10 of the 11 first-place votes in The Associated Press kick returner rankings. The overall tally wasn't nearly that close.
Cooper finished with 102 points, 43 ahead of the Chiefs' speedy multipurpose man because Hill was left off two ballots and barely made three others on the voting panel that includes Hall of Fame receiver James Lofton and 10 AP pro football writers.
Tampa, Fla. — Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who entered the day questionable with a hand injury, will make his 109th consecutive start on Sunday against the Buccaneers.
Stafford practiced on a limited basis throughout the week after having his hand accidentally stepped on by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs last Sunday.
Lions’ Stafford questionable for Bucs because of ailing hand
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford is questionable for Sunday's game at Tampa Bay because of his injured throwing hand. He has not missed a start since the 2010 season.
According to the team's injury report, Stafford was limited at practice Friday. His right hand was stepped on during last week's loss at Baltimore.
Allen Park — The Lions offense line is hurting. The team was down two starters, while a third, plus a top backup, were limited during Wednesday's practice.
Right tackle Rick Wagner (ankle) and guard T.J. Lang (foot), sat out the session. Center Travis Swanson (knee) and backup tackle Corey Robinson (foot) weren't able to fully participate.
Baltimore — The Detroit Lions will be without starting running back Ameer Abdullah against the Baltimore Ravens. He had been listed as questionable for the game, with a neck injury, on Friday.
Abdullah is the team's leading rusher with 505 yards on 150 carries. Theo Riddick is expected to take over the bulk of the workload. He's been successful since the team's bye, averaging 4.5 yards per carry the past five games.
Swanson, Agnew ruled out for Detroit against Baltimore
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions center Travis Swanson has been ruled out of Sunday's game at Baltimore.
Swanson left last week's loss to Minnesota with a knee injury. Neither he nor punt returner Jamal Agnew have been practicing. Agnew is also out this weekend with a knee injury.
Allen Park — The Detroit Lions got some positive news in their final practice in preparation for Sunday's game against the Ravens with the returns of guard T.J. Lang (foot) and running back Ameer Abdullah (neck) to the field.
Center Travis Swanson (knee) and return man Jamal Agnew (knee) remained sidelined, completing their weeklong absence.
Allen Park — With the attention rightfully on the NFC playoff race, at least a few Lions players are making a run at Pro Bowl honors this season.
The latest fan balloting results from Wednesday show cornerback Darius Slay (fourth) and return man Jamal Agnew (third) are among the top vote-getters at their positions.
Also appearing in the top 10 at their positions are free safety Glover Quin (10th), kicker Matt Prater (eighth) and guard T.J. Lang (fifth).
Allen Park — Quarterback Matthew Stafford was on the field, but the Detroit Lions were down three starters and two additional key contributors during Wednesday's practice.
Running back Ameer Abdullah, guard T.J. Lang, center Travis Swanson, return man Jamal Agnew and recently acquired defensive end Dwight Freeney sat out the session.
Ziggy Ansah active, Dwight Freeney is not for Lions
Detroit – Ziggy Ansah is active for Thursday's Thanksgiving matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. Newly acquired defensive end Dwight Freeney is not.
Claimed off waivers Wednesday afternoon, it was determined the turnaround was too short for the 16-year veteran to contribute. Additionally, Freeney is also coming off short rest, having played for the Seattle Seahawks Monday night.
Lions DE Ansah active, Vikings OT Remmers inactive
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah is active after missing two games with a back injury.
Ansah had been listed as questionable for Thursday's game against Minnesota.
Vikings right tackle Mike Remmers is inactive. He had been questionable because of a concussion. Rashod Hill is starting at right tackle.
Allen Park — Ziggy Ansah is questionable for Thursday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, while return man Jamal Agnew and running back Dwayne Washington have been ruled out.
Ansah, who missed the past two weeks with a back injury, participated in both days of practice this week. In eight games, he's recorded 18 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble.
In the two weeks Ansah was out, the Lions struggled to stop the run. The Browns and Bears both topped 200 yards in those games.
Allen Park — Don't expect to see electric rookie return man Jamal Agnew take the field Thursday when the Detroit Lions host the Minnesota Vikings.
Agnew suffered a knee injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday's victory over the Chicago Bears and didn't practice this week.
Lions coach Jim Caldwell offered a list of likely replacement options, all who have experience in the roles.
Allen Park — Ziggy Ansah returned to practice for the Detroit Lions on Tuesday, putting the former Pro Bowl defensive end in line to return for Thursday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Ansah missed the past two games with a back injury.
Sitting out for the Lions were running back Dwayne Washington (hip) and return man Jamal Agnew.
Detroit Lions mailbag: Stafford on read-option? Le’Veon Bell a fit?
Allen Park -- Short week for the Detroit Lions, but I'm not going to short you a mailbag. Let's do this.
If you could pick 3 players to be Pro Bowlers from the Lions, who would they be?
— Jakob Underwood (@skmel8r)
A lot can change with six games remaining on the schedule, but based on performances to this point I'd put Glover Quin, Darius Slay and Jamal Agnew in the annual all-star game, while acknowledging you can make compelling cases for Matthew Stafford, Golden Tate and Matt Prater.
Jamal Agnew's impact on the Detroit Lions has been immediate, with a pair of punt returns for touchdowns during his rookie season.
It's enough to earn a spot on ESPN's midseason All-Pro team as the squad's returner. The team was unveiled Thursday.
Davis practices for Lions after missing game with concussion
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Rookie linebacker Jarrad Davis was on the practice field Wednesday for the Detroit Lions after missing their loss to Atlanta last weekend because of a concussion.
The Lions listed Davis, their first-round draft pick, as limited in practice. Also limited Wednesday were safety Glover Quin, cornerback Jamal Agnew, wide receiver Kenny Golladay, center Travis Swanson, safety Tavon Wilson and defensive end Anthony Zettel.
Not much going right for the Giants in first 2 games
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The only thing going right for the New York Giants these days might be the standings after two games.
Lions rolling into matchup vs Falcons; Giants seeming lost
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The NFL's highest paid player has the Detroit Lions rolling into early showdown against the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons.
How big can a game really be in Week 3? Well, there are only three undefeated teams left in the NFC: the Lions, the Falcons and the Carolina Panthers.
Stafford throws for 2 TDs as Lions beat Beckham, Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — So far, so good for Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions. Eli Manning and the New York Giants are heading in the opposite direction.
Stafford threw for two touchdowns, rookie Jamal Agnew broke the game open with an 88-yard punt return and the Lions beat the Giants 24-10 on Monday night.