Lions rule out Riddick for Sunday, Ansah questionable
DETROIT (AP) — Lions running back Theo Riddick will miss a second straight game with a knee injury when Detroit hosts Seattle on Sunday.
The Lions ruled Riddick out Friday. He has 23 catches on the season.
Detroit listed defensive end Ziggy Ansah as questionable with a shoulder injury, and linebacker Jarrad Davis is questionable with a calf injury.
Prescott, Elliott set up winning FG, Cowboys top Lions 26-24
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott saw single coverage by a linebacker on Ezekiel Elliott with the Dallas Cowboys trying to get in position for a winning field goal against the Detroit Lions.
So did the 2016 NFL rushing leader.
"I lined up in the slot. I was excited," said Elliott, who was face-to-face with leading Detroit tackler Jarrad Davis. "I was excited. I got them one-on-one with me. He made a perfect throw. One pass, we won the game."
Lions coach Matt Patricia unfazed by poor preseason
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions underwent a regime change in the offseason, and the early returns already have long-suffering fans of this team fearing the worst.
A 1-3 record in the NFL preseason saw the Lions finish with a minus-34 point differential. But if this is cause for concern, new coach Matt Patricia isn't showing it.
Lions lose Steve Longa, a setback for team’s shaky LB group
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions linebacker Steve Longa's season-ending knee injury represents a setback for a position group that already is a potential problem area.
Detroit used a first-round pick on Jarrad Davis last season and he appears to be a liability in pass coverage.
The Lions signed veteran free agents Christian Jones and Devon Kennard on the same day in March, hoping they can be 16-game starters for the first time in their careers.
Go through the gallery to see Justin Rogers' NFL mock draft 3.0. Click here if you have trouble viewing the gallery.
Allen Park – It was far from an ideal rookie season for Detroit Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis, but he's banking on a year of on-the-job learning and a strong finish in 2017 to lead to positive results in his second season.
Allen Park — Over the next several days, leading up to the NFL draft, we'll take a position-by-position look at the Detroit Lions' roster situation and evaluate how the team might address these positions during the event. Today: Linebacker
■ Current roster: Jarrad Davis, Devon Kennard, Christian Jones, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Nick Bellore, Steve Longa, Jonathan Freeny and Brandon Chubb
■ Top prospects: Roquan Smith, Tremaine Edmunds, Rashaan Evans, Leighton Vander Esch
Allen Park — In an attempt to improve the safety of the game and reduce the number of concussions suffered by players, the NFL approved a new rule this offseason that prohibits players from lowering their helmets to initiate contact.
The infraction will result in a 15-yard penalty and possible ejection.
Many players railed against the rule when it was announced in March, but Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis, one of the team's most physical hitters, appreciates the reasoning behind the change.
This is the third in a series looking at positional needs for the Detroit Lions in free agency. Teams can begin negotiating with free agents on March 12. The signing period opens Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Allen Park — Even in an era where three-linebacker packages are no longer a base defense, the Detroit Lions enter the offseason in serious need of some depth at the position.
The Detroit Lions were winners on the field Sunday and losers in the draft.
The Lions defeated the Green Bay Packers to finish with a 9-7 record and earned the worst possible draft spot among non-playoff teams at No. 20.
Four other non-playoff teams finished with 9-7 records, but tiebreakers determined the Lions' position.
Unless they trade out of the spot, the Lions will use that No. 20 pick when the 2018 NFL draft takes place April 26-28 in Arlington, Texas.
Detroit — Jarrad Davis' rookie season went about how you'd expect it to go, given how much was thrust on his plate from day one.
There were flashes of greatness, the type you'd expect from a first-round pick with extraordinary athleticism, and significant bouts with inconsistency, both in coverage and with missed tackles.
Allen Park —The best way to build a foundation in the NFL is through developing young talent, and for the third consecutive season, the Lions are getting extensive contribution for the team's rookie class.
Look no further than the Lions' most-recent game, a 20-10 division win over the Chicago Bears. In the contest, the Lions' top seven draft picks had major roles, with an undrafted rookie getting significant work in the backfield.
Detroit – Lions rookie linebacker Jarrad Davis let the Bears know this time around was going to be different.
On Chicago's first rushing attempt of the game, Davis blew up the hole and dropped Bears running back Jordan Howard for no gain.
It was a punch in the mouth that ignited a stellar run-stuffing performance in Detroit's dominating 20-10 victory Saturday at Ford Field.
Ranking in the back half in the NFL in sacks this season, and with one of their top pass rushers poised to hit free agency, the Detroit Lions appear to have a pass-rush problem.
ESPN's Todd McShay sees them addressing it in April's NFL draft.
The NFL draft analyst has the Lions taking Virginia Tech defensive end/linebacker Tremaine Edmunds at No. 18 overall in his first mock draft, posted Wednesday (pay site).
Lions’ Davis sees role reduced in passing situations
Allen Park — Detroit Lions rookie linebacker Jarrad Davis has seen his role shrink the past two weeks, from playing 100 percent of the defensive snaps to closer to 80 percent the past two weeks.
Davis is being lifted from the lineup in obvious passing situations, an area that's been a struggle during his inaugural campaign.
Allen Park — It's easy to set unreasonable expectations for first-round NFL draft picks. We want to see them start and we expect them to thrive, despite the steep learning curve and required adjustment to the speed, strength and demands of the professional game.
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.
- Wisconsin State JournalPackers notebook: Aaron Rodgers’ season ends with a concussion, and a disappointing lossDecember 31, 2018
- Norfolk Daily NewsChanges coming for Lions after loss to Bears?November 12, 2018
- Star TribuneGreat blocking made Dalvin Cook's 70-yard run a thing of beautyNovember 5, 2018
Lions rule out Davis for Atlanta game with concussion
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis has been ruled out of Sunday's game against Atlanta because of a concussion.
Lynch fined $12K, 3 Steelers docked $24K
NEW YORK (AP) — Marshawn Lynch's return to the NFL came with a price.
The Oakland Raiders running back was fined $12,154 by the league for flipping the middle finger on both hands last Sunday in the fourth quarter of the team's 26-16 victory at Tennessee. Lynch, who was retired last season, ran for 76 yards on 18 carries and caught a 16-yard pass.
Lions Preview Capsule
New faces: OT Rick Wagner, OG T.J. Lang, OT Greg Robinson, DE Cornelius Washington, rookie LB Jarrad Davis, rookie CB Teez Tabor.
Key losses: OT Riley Reiff, OG Larry Warford, LB DeAndre Levy, DE Kerry Hyder, WR Anquan Boldin.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Jarrad Davis is impressed with his new home field.
The Detroit Lions moved training camp away from their practice facility Saturday, holding a mock game at Ford Field with fans scattered throughout the lower bowl. It was an opportunity for the team to do something a bit different before preseason games start, and a chance for rookies like Davis to become acquainted with the stadium.
Detroit Lions training camp capsule
DETROIT LIONS (9-8)
OPEN CAMP: July 30, Allen Park, Michigan.
LAST YEAR: Lost last four games, including playoffs at Seattle, after surging atop division with eight wins in nine-game stretch. Made NFL history by rallying from fourth-quarter deficits to win eight games. Matthew Stafford had highest passer rating of career despite Calvin Johnson's retirement and injured finger on throwing hand.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit coach Jim Caldwell was asked about positions that are supposed to be particularly tough to learn, like quarterback, tight end and middle linebacker.
Caldwell then started adding some other spots to that category.
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn insisted he didn't see more needs on defense than offense a week before the NFL draft.
When it was time to make picks, Quinn's actions were much different than his words.
Detroit drafted its first of two linebackers in the opening round, the first of two cornerbacks in the second round and took a pair of defensive ends Saturday on final day of the draft.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Jalen Tabor boldly declared last month that he was the best player available in the draft. After 52 picks were made before the cornerback's name was called, he wasn't backing down from the boast.
"That's just my confidence," Tabor said.
The Detroit Lions selected their second-straight Florida Gator, taking Tabor in the second round with the No. 53 overall pick in the NFL draft on Friday night after selecting linebacker Jarrad Davis in the first round.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions were thrilled to see all the offensive players taken early in the draft, leaving them with choices on defense that they really wanted.
Like Jarrad Davis.
Detroit drafted the Florida linebacker with the 21st overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday night.
"When we started seeing those receivers go off the board, it was a good see," general manager Bob Quinn said.
No. 15 Florida will be without DE Sherit for SEC title game
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — No. 15 Florida will be without starting defensive end Jordan Sherit for the Southeastern Conference championship game against top-ranked Alabama.
Coach Jim McElwain made the announcement on a conference call Sunday, adding "we took some significant hits again."
Sherit injured his right knee in a loss at Florida State on Saturday. Nickel cornerback Duke Dawson (ankle) and left guard Martez Ivey (leg) also left the game.
No. 22 Florida loses QB Luke Del Rio ‘for a while’
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Jim McElwain ended up making a quarterback change after all.
He had no choice this time.
The 22nd-ranked Gators will be without quarterback Luke Del Rio "for a while," maybe even the rest of the season, because of a right shoulder injury.
"It's bad, man," McElwain said Monday. "When you can't lift your duffel bag up, chances are something's hurt, right?"
Florida LB Jarrad Davis playing against rival Georgia
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis, the team's leading tackler and defensive leader, is playing against rival Georgia.
Davis "badly sprained" his left ankle against Missouri on Oct. 15 and had been questionable to play in the Southeastern Conference rivalry. He warmed up Saturday and was introduced as a starter.
He then led the team on the field and was in his usual spot when Florida's defense took the field.
Florida-Georgia Preview Capsule
No. 14 Florida (5-1, 3-1 SEC) vs. Georgia (4-3, 2-3) at Jacksonville, Florida, 3:30 p.m. (CBS)
Line: Florida by 7½.
Series Record: Debatable. Georgia counts a victory in 1904 and says it leads 50-42-2. Florida insists it didn't compete at the varsity level until 1906 and calls it 49-42-2.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Florida's recent dominance in the series. The Gators, who need a victory to remain atop the SEC's Eastern Division, have won two in a row and 20 of the last 26 meetings.
Florida’s Davis out indefinitely with ‘badly sprained ankle’
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — No. 15 Florida could be without leading tackler Jarrad Davis against Southeastern Conference rival Georgia in two weeks.
The Gators said Sunday that Davis has a "badly sprained ankle and there is no timetable for his return." Davis injured his left ankle in the third quarter of Saturday's 40-14 victory against Missouri and had to be helped to the locker room.
Coach Jim McElwain said after the game that X-rays revealed no broken bones.