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Detroit Lions Sign Oklahoma Safety Sam Proctor
May 14th, 2012 at 10:37 AM
The Detroit Lions added another Oklahoma rookie to their roster on Monday, agreeing to a free-agent deal with safety Sam Proctor, who participated in the team's weekend rookie minicamp.  Proctor will join former Sooner teammates Ryan Broyles, Ronnell Lewis and Travis Lewis at Detroit's upcoming OTAs and then, assuming all goes...

Detroit Lions Fourth-Round Pick Ronnell Lewis Signs Rookie Deal
May 10th, 2012 at 1:00 PM
Make that five Detroit Lions rookies under contract -- Ronnell Lewis being the latest, the Detroit Free Press reported, adding him to Ryan Broyles, Travis Lewis, Chris Greenwood and Tahir Whitehead, who also all agreed to deals Thursday. That leaves three Lions' draft picks still unsigned: first-rounder Riley Reiff, sixth-round CB...

Ryan Broyles, Chris Greenwood, Tahir Whitehead Agree to Deals with Detroit Lions
May 10th, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Three more Detroit Lions rookies have agreed to contracts, DetroitLions.com reporter Tim Twentyman reported Thursday. Wide receiver Ryan Broyles, linebacker Tahir Whitehead and cornerback Chris Greenwood all came to terms on their four-year rookie deals with the team, just one day before the team's rookie minicamp begins in Allen Park.  Broyles...

Free-Agent RB Ryan Grant Considering Detroit Lions, According to Report
May 3rd, 2012 at 3:30 PM
 Ryan Grant has received a contract offer from the Detroit Lions, ESPNMilwaukee reported on Thursday. Grant started 14 games for Green Bay last season while sharing running back duties with James Starks. The 29-year-old Grant rushed for 559 yards and two touchdowns on 134 attempts last season, after missing all but...

Detroit Lions Lose Bobby Carpenter to New England Patriots
April 6th, 2012 at 12:19 PM
The Detroit Lions did not show much, if any, interest in bringing back veteran linebacker Bobby Carpenter for another season. So Carpenter packed up his bags and signed with the New England Patriots on Thursday. Carpenter joined Detroit in 2010 after being cut by Miami and wound up recording 30 tackles...

Lions Release Tight End Will Heller
March 12th, 2012 at 5:01 PM
The Detroit Lions continue to work their way under the NFL's salary cap number of $120.6 million -- a cause helped by the reported restructuring of the contracts of Matthew Stafford, Ndamukong Suh and Nate Burleson. The latest casualty: tight end Will Heller, who was released, saving the team a...

Lions Reportedly Will not Tender Offer to Ashlee Palmer
February 25th, 2012 at 12:49 PM
The Detroit Lions are prepared to allow restricted free agent Ashlee Palmer to walk. Yahoo reported Saturday that Detroit would not tender an offer to the restricted free agent, meaning he'll be allowed to explose his other options. In order to keep Palmer around with an RFA tender, the Lions would...

Scott Linehan, Gunther Cunningham, Danny Crossman Re-Signed for Next Season
January 12th, 2012 at 4:43 PM
Despite the Detroit Lions' defensive meltdown in Week 17 and the playoffs, coordinator Gunther Cunningham was re-signed by the team for the 2012 season, GM Martin Mayhew announced Thursday. Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and special teams coach Danny Crossman also had their contracts renewed, which will help the Lions keep their...

Calvin Johnson Leading Vote-Getter for 2011 NFL All-Pro Team
January 6th, 2012 at 2:04 PM
Calvin Johnson received 49 of a possible 50 votes for The Associated Press' 2011 All-Pro Team, tying him for the highest total with Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen.  "That's sweet," Johnson said. "That's one of the best honors you can have other than being a Super Bowl champion. To be an...

Chris Houston Sports Cast at Practice, Says He’s ‘Good’
December 28th, 2011 at 4:19 PM
It remains to be seen how much the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers use their starters on Sunday, but the Lions might play it safe with cornerback Chris Houston. Houston wore a cast on his left hand Wednesday, though he told reporters it was "just a boo-boo" and that he did...

How Detroit Lions Can Clinch a Playoff Berth in Week 16
December 21st, 2011 at 11:52 AM
  The Detroit Lions have four paths to clinching a playoff spot this weekend, which would be their first trip to the postseason since the 1999 season. At 9-5 the Lions already have clinched their first winning season since a 9-7 campaign in 2000 -- that team did not make the...

Chris Houston, Maurice Morris Back at Practice; Kevin Smith Still Hurting
December 14th, 2011 at 5:50 PM
When you have as many key players sidelined by injury as the Detroit Lions do, every little bit of progress is cause for celebration. So Chris Houston and Maurice Morris' return to practice Wednesday no doubt gave Detroit a little bit of a boost, as it prepares to travel to...

Ndamukong Suh’s Appeal Denied by NFL; Suspension Remains 2 Games
December 2nd, 2011 at 4:10 PM
The NFL denied Ndamukong Suh's appeal of his two-game suspension for stomping on Green Bay's Evan Dietrich-Smith, meaning Suh will be miss Detroit's critical game Sunday in New Orleans and its home game the following week against Minnesota. Suh's appeal was heard Thursday by Art Shell, who is employed by the...

Kevin Smith on Injured Ankle: ‘I Feel Pretty Good for a Wednesday’
November 30th, 2011 at 9:12 PM
The underdog Detroit Lions sure could use resurgent running back Kevin Smith in their lineup Sunday night in New Orleans. But as of the middle of the week, Smith's status remains up the air after he suffered an ankle sprain in Detroit's Thanksgiving Day loss to the Packers.  Smith told reporters...

Aaron Brown Returns to Running-Back Starved Detroit Lions
November 28th, 2011 at 8:22 PM
Another week and another running back for the banged-up Lions, who signed Aaron Brown Monday, with Jahvid Best headed to the IR and Kevin Smith suffering from an ankle sprain. Detroit drafted Brown in the sixth round of the 2009 draft, and he had 189 yards rushing and 129 receiving over...

Detroit Lions Officially Sell Out Panthers, Packers Games
November 16th, 2011 at 3:47 PM
Ford Field will be jam-packed for the Detroit Lions' next two games, Sunday against the Panthers and Thanksgiving Day against the Packers. Those games will mark the 10th and 11th consecutive home sellouts for Detroit. The last 1,500 tickets for the traditional Thanksgiving game -- all standing-room only seats -- sold...

Matthew Stafford Admits He Has Fractured Finger Following Blowout Loss
November 13th, 2011 at 8:51 PM
Matthew Stafford had arguably his worst game as a pro Sunday at Soldier Field, throwing four interceptions, of which two were returned for back-breaking touchdowns. He finished with 33 completion on a team-record 63 attempts for 329 yards and a TD but fell apart after  a couple of early fumbles...

Jason Hanson, Ryan Donahue Both Questionable for Game with Bears
November 9th, 2011 at 3:53 PM
Taking on the Chicago Bears and return man Devin Hester is a tall enough order. Doing so without your starting kicker or punter, well ... that's asking a lot. The Detroit Lions may find themselves in that situation Sunday. The Lions worked out kickers Wednesday, with Jason Hanson sidelined after receiving...

Report: Detroit Lions to Sign Leonard Davis
November 6th, 2011 at 10:14 PM
The Detroit Lions are set to sign offensive guard Leonard Davis, Scout.com's Aaron Wilson reported late Sunday night. Davis was released by the Cowboys prior to this season, despite starting every game for Dallas since 2007. Prior to signing with the Cowboys, Davis spent his first six NFL season in Arizona....

Cliff Avril Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week
November 1st, 2011 at 5:30 PM
Cliff Avril was named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Week for his stellar performance in Detroit's 45-10 win over Denver in Week 8. Avril had two strip-sacks of Tim Tebow and returned one for a 24-yard touchdown. It was Avril's first multiple-sack performance of the season. "It's cool to get a...