by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/14/14) Lions defensive back James Ihedigbo is inactive for Week 2 at Carolina. He was limited in practice all week by a neck injury and was listed as doubtful on Friday's injury report.
Ihedigbo was also inactive for Week 1 against the Giants.
Nevin Lawson to step into starting lineup for Lions
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (9/12/14) Lions coach Jim Caldwell told reporters Friday rookie defensive back Nevin Lawson will be the team's primary nickel corner for Week 2 against the Panthers.
The spot in the secondary came open when Bill Bentley suffered an ACL injury that ended his season in Week 1. Lawson had one tackle in his NFL debut in Week 1. Lawson was a 4th round pick out of Utah State in this year's draft.
George Johnson posts 1.5 sacks in Week 1
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (9/9/14) Lions defensive end George Johnson was able to get to Eli Manning throughout most of the night in a Week 1 win over the Giants. Johnson took Manning down for a 10-yard loss in the first half. He also assisted on another sack in the second quarter. He finished with three tackles (two solo), including 1.5 sacks in a 35-14 victory.
Glover Quin comes down with first INT of season
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (9/9/14) Lions defensive back Glover Quin came down with an interception in Monday's season opener against the Giants. Quin picked off Eli Manning in the third quarter. He finished with five tackles (four solo) and two defended passes in a 35-14 defeat.
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Save for the addition of veteran safety James Ihedigbo and rookie linebacker Kyle Van Noy, the Lions defense returns intact. That's good and bad news -- the front seven of the group is rock-solid, anchored by Ndamukong Suh and pass rusher Ziggy Ansah. But the secondary is a mess -- aside from safety Glover Quin there isn't a fearsome defender back there. The Lions turned over their coaching staff this offseason and hired Teryl Austin as their new defensive coordinator. Austin is a defensive backs guru who should help the group perk up, though there's enough weak-ish veterans on staff to keep us pessimistic. The Lions do have a great couple of games to begin the year against the Giants and Panthers and then the Jets in Week 4. If that sounds good to you then think about taking the Lions DST to start the season. Otherwise keep the door open on them being a useful replacement off waivers.