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ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have cut offensive guard T.J. Lang.
Detroit made the move Friday, releasing the banged-up veteran with one season left on his three-year contract....
Lions put TJ Lang on injured reserve with neck injury
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have allowed 16 sacks in the past two games — and this week isn't off to a good start either for the offensive line.
Lions rule out Slay, Lang for game against Chicago
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions will be without standout cornerback Darius Slay for Sunday's game at Chicago.
The Lions ruled Slay out Friday with a knee injury. Guard T.J. Lang is also out with a neck problem.
Linebacker Eli Harold (shoulder) is doubtful for Detroit, and defensive end Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) and rookie running back Kerryon Johnson (ankle) are questionable. Ansah returned last weekend and played for the first time since the season opener.
Packers’ Randall Cobb ruled out against Lions
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers will be without at least one of their starting receivers Sunday at Detroit.
Randall Cobb has been ruled out, a hamstring injury sidelining him for the second consecutive week.
Davante Adams, who injured a calf at Wednesday's practice, will practice Saturday, coach Mike McCarthy said, and is listed as questionable. Also questionable is Geronimo Allison, who suffered a concussion during last week's victory over Buffalo and has not practiced this week.
Lions add Donnal while T.J. Lang deals with concussion
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions signed offensive lineman Andrew Donnal to add depth because of the possible loss of starting guard T.J. Lang.
Detroit added Donnal to the roster on Wednesday, four days after cutting him.
Lang had a concussion in the first quarter of Detroit's loss at Dallas and did not return. He has played in three of four games this season, missing the defeat at San Francisco with a back injury.
Allen Park – The Detroit Lions will have a second Pro Bowler. Guard T.J. Lang has been invited to participate in the game after Washington's Brandon Scherff pulled out with an injury. Lang will join teammate Darius Slay in Orlando.
Lang battled his own injuries in his first season with the Lions, missing three games due to a back strain, foot injury and concussion.
The Detroit Lions' running game has been a weak spot throughout former head coach Jim Caldwell's tenure, hitting rock bottom this season.
Never finishing higher than 28th in the league in rushing, the Lions finished last for the second time in Caldwell's four seasons in 2017.
The Lions appear to have the same on-field needs this offseason as the last. Only this time they're also looking for a head coach, though they appear to have someone in mind.
And, while general manager Bob Quinn and the Lions tried to upgrade the offensive line through free agency, the resulting running game remained stuck in the mud. It's one reason why ESPN downgraded the Lions' 2107 offseason from a B-minus to a C-plus in regrading every team's offseason Tuesday (pay site).
Detroit – Detroit Lions rookie tight end Michael Roberts is unexpectedly inactive for the team's season finale against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
Roberts had appeared in all 15 games this season and had played 45 offensive snaps the past two weeks. It's unclear whether the move was disciplinary in nature or the fourth-round pick out of Toledo simply woke up under the weather with a virus that had touched the Lions locker room over the weekend.
Packers: Another day, another deal – Corey Linsley gets three-year extension
GREEN BAY – Well, if the Green Bay Packers were looking for a way to get people talking about something other than their first playoff-less season in nearly a decade, this was a good way to do it: By signing two of their key starters to new contracts in less than 24 hours.
The Packers signed starting center Corey Linsley to a three-year contract extension Saturday, a deal that’s worth $25.5 million and includes a signing bonus of nearly $10 million, according to an NFL Network report.
Allen Park — Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter wouldn't talk directly about the running game's struggles Thursday afternoon.
The Lions are last in the NFL in rushing yards per game (78.0), and tied for last in rushing yards per attempt (3.4). When the Lions lost on Sunday to the 6-9 Cincinnati Bengals, knocking them out of playoff contention, Lions running backs only ran for 80 yards on 21 carries, a 3.8-yard average.
Allen Park — The Detroit Lions had all five of their starting offensive linemen practicing Wednesday, although two, guard T.J. Lang (foot) and right tackle Rick Wagner (ankle), remained limited.
Center Travis Swanson, who has missed the past two games with a concussion, was a full participant.
Allen Park — The Detroit Lions have promoted tight end Hakeem Valles off the practice squad and placed guard Don Barclay on injured reserve.
Barclay struggled mightily in his first start of the season Sunday against the Bengals, allowing pressure on multiple passing plays and getting flagged for three penalties, including a pair of false starts. He committed two infractions on a critical drive late in the fourth quarter, when the Lions were still within one score.
Rick Wagner joins T.J. Lang, Travis Swanson on Lions sideline today
Cincinnati – The Detroit Lions will be missing the entire right side of their starting offensive line for Sunday's matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Along with center Travis Swanson, who was ruled out Friday with a concussion, and guard T.J. Lang, who was listed as doubtful with a foot injury, right tackle Rick Wagner will remain sidelined for the third consecutive week with a sprain ankle.
Live updates: Detroit Lions vs. Cincinnati Bengals
The Detroit Lions will try to keep their playoff hopes alive in a 1 p.m. game Sunday in Cincinnati. Follow the action here with live updates throughout the game by Connor Muldowney of The Detroit News.
Allen Park – In the final day of preparation for Sunday's matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals, the Detroit Lions got one of their two injured offensive linemen back on the practice field.
After missing five straight practices with a concussion, center Travis Swanson was back at practice on Friday. It remains unclear whether he'll be able to suit up against the Bengals.
Allen Park — It's looking more and more unlikely Travis Swanson will be able to return to the lineup Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Detroit Lions center remained in concussion protocol on Thursday, his fifth consecutive missed practice.
Swanson was in attendance during the session, standing on the sideline. A concussion ended his season last year, costing him the final four games of the regular season as well as the team's wild-card loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Allen Park — The Detroit Lions got one starting offensive lineman back on the practice field, but remained without two others on Wednesday.
Right tackle Rick Wagner practiced for the first time since injuring his ankle in the team's Week 13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The prized free-agent addition had arguably been Detroit's most consistent lineman prior to suffering the injury.
Allen Park — It was unfamiliar territory for Lions fans after the big free agent signings of T.J. Lang and Rick Wagner looked like the final pieces to bolster an improving offensive line heading into the 2017 season.
Suddenly, it looked like the men protecting Matt Stafford were going to be a strength of this football team.
Caldwell doesn’t sound hopeful on status of Lang, Riddick, TJ Jones
Allen Park – Lions coach Jim Caldwell declined to offer any updates on the players who were unable to finish Saturday's game against the Chicago Bears, but struck an ominous tone with his response when asking if there were any long-term concerns with Theo Riddick, TJ Jones or T.J. Lang.
"You'll have to check the report to get a sense of it, but there may be one or two, here or there," Caldwell said.
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Detroit – The Lions lost three players to injury in Saturday's victory over the Chicago Bears, including another blow to the team's offensive line.
Guard T.J. Lang, who has been battling a foot injury the past three weeks, had to leave the game early in the second quarter because of the issue, leaving the Lions to rely on three backups the rest of the way. Right tackle Rick Wagner (ankle) and center Travis Swanson (concussion) had been ruled out before the game.
Lions offensive guard T.J. Lang to start vs. Bears
Detroit – The Lions announced they would be down two starting offensive lineman earlier in the week, but at least it's not three. Guard T.J. Lang, who had been listed as questionable with a foot injury, is active and will start against the Chicago Bears.
Defensive end Ziggy Ansah (ankle), who was the other starter listed as questionable, is also active.
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.
Allen Park — The Lions got one of their three injured offensive linemen back at practice Thursday, when guard T.J. Lang returned to the field. Center Travis Swanson (concussion) and right tackle Rick Wagner (ankle) remained sidelined.
Also returning to action was cornerback Nevin Lawson, who missed two days with an illness. Wide receiver TJ Jones was also back after tending to a family emergency on Wednesday.
The Lions will announce game status designations Thursday afternoon.
3 starting offensive linemen sit out Lions practice
Allen Park — The Detroit Lions continue to battle injuries up front. The team was down three starting offensive linemen during Tuesday's practice as Rick Wagner, T.J. Lang and Travis Swanson sat out.
Wagner missed last week's game with an ankle injured he suffered against the Baltimore Ravens. Lang has been playing through a foot injury. And it was announced Swanson had reported concussion symptoms following the team's victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Allen Park — For the second time in as many seasons, Detroit Lions center Travis Swanson has entered concussion protocol after playing every snap in the previous game.
Lions coach Jim Caldwell announced Swanson's injury during a Tuesday news conference.
"After the game, he went to the doctors," Caldwell said. "He was exhibiting some issues, they evaluated him and thus they had to put him in (protocol), which he's in today. You probably won't see him out at practice this afternoon."
Allen Park — It was a mix of good and bad news for the Lions during Thursday's practice.
The good: quarterback Matthew Stafford was much more active and was throwing passes to running backs and receivers in separate drills for the first time since suffering an injury to his throwing hand in last week's loss to the Ravens.
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.
Allen Park — Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was dressed for Wednesday's practice, but did very little, including no throwing, during the portion open to the media. He did have two digits individually taped on his throwing hand — his pinkie and ring finger.
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.
Allen Park — Thursday's game brings former Lions offensive lineman Riley Reiff back to Detroit.
As it turns out, Reiff has been quite the find for Minnesota after signing a five-year deal that could potentially be worth more than $58 million.
Lions DE Ansah ruled out against Bears with back injury
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have ruled out defensive end Ezekiel Ansah against the Chicago Bears because of a back injury.
Detroit determined Ansah and running back Dwayne Washington would be inactive at Chicago after they didn't practice for a third straight day. Ansah also missed the previous game, a win over Cleveland. Washington is out with a hip injury.
Offensive guard T.J. Lang is expected to play after missing the Browns game with a concussion.
Allen Park — The intent was clear, and on paper the upgrades looked good, but because of injuries the Lions have not had the opportunity to see what their upgraded offense is capable of accomplishing.
That's not an excuse, just a reality, and one most NFL teams have to deal with at some point during the season. Unfortunately, for the Lions, the adversity hit well before the season began.
Detroit’s Lang able to practice; Lions acquire Edebali
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit offensive lineman T.J. Lang participated fully in practice Wednesday after missing last weekend's game against Cleveland because of a concussion.
Allen Park — Detroit Lions guard T.J. Lang returned to practice on Wednesday, giving the team hopes of their starting five offensive linemen sharing the field for the first time this season Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
Lang missed last week's game with a concussion. He suffered the injury in the team's victory over Green Bay on Nov. 6, but symptoms didn't manifest until Wednesday's practice last week.
Detroit – Kenny Golladay will return to the lineup after a five-game absence due to a hamstring injury. The Detroit Lions rookie receiver is active for the first time since Week 3.
That, along with the season debut of left tackle Taylor Decker, who was activated off the physically unable to perform list on Saturday, is the good news for the Lions. The bad news is the team will be without defensive end Ziggy Ansah for Sunday's matchup with the Cleveland Browns.
Lions activate T Decker from PUP list
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions have activated tackle Taylor Decker from the physically-unable-to-perform list before Sunday's game against Cleveland.
Decker has been out all season because of a shoulder injury . He started every game for the Lions as a rookie last season after being drafted in the first round.
Lions release Greg Robinson, clear spot for Taylor Decker
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have released injured offensive tackle Greg Robinson.
The team made the move Friday, ending Robinson's short stay with the team and clearing a spot for Taylor Decker's potential return.
Detroit acquired Robinson in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams last summer after Decker had a shoulder injury. Robinson started the first six games of the season before having an ankle injury.
Allen Park — The Lions wrapped up their week of practice without defensive end Ziggy Ansah (back), guard T.J. Lang (concussion) and linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin (ankle) on the field. All signs point to the trio missing Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.
Detroit’s Lang going through concussion protocol
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Jim Caldwell rarely talks about the specifics of injuries, but he made an exception this time.
Detroit guard T.J. Lang was going through the concussion protocol Thursday, three days after he played in a win at Green Bay . Without being asked, Caldwell elaborated on Lang's situation at the end of his news conference, in an effort to avoid confusion.
Allen Park — T.J. Lang is in concussion protocol. Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell made that announcement at the conclusion of his Thursday press conference.
The injury was suffered during the team's 30-10 win over the Green Bay Packers, but symptoms didn't manifest until Wednesday's practice. Lang was listed on the report as limited with an illness.
Green Bay, Wis. — Matthew Stafford has looked like a different quarterback since the Lions' bye week. Or maybe the more appropriate description is that he's looked like the quarterback everyone expected him to be this season. That improvement has started up front with his blocking.
In the three games before the bye, Stafford was completing 56.8 percent of his passes, throwing just five touchdowns while getting picked off three times. Oh, and he was sacked 17 times.