Lions' Caldwell disputes report Nick Fairley will miss 4-5 weeks
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/28/14) Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Tuesday the team doesn't have a timetable for defensive lineman Nick Fairley's return and disputes the ESPN report, which stated Fairley will miss 4-5 weeks due to a sprained MCL and PCL.
(10/26/14) The Lions DST unit got off to a very slow start in Week 8, but buckled down enough to put together a decent showed in a 22-21 win over the Falcons.
The Falcons torched the Lions early, for three touchdowns in the first half, including 211 yards of total offense. The Lions buckled down in the second half, however, ultimately holding the Falcons out of the end zone and allowing just 80 yards of offense.
The Lions ended up with one turnover and two sacs, en route to 8 Fantasy points in the game, their second game in a row with fewer than 10. They are on a bye in Week 9, but have a solid matchup in Week 10 when they return, with the Dolphins on the schedule.
Lions DT Nick Fairley stretchered off with knee injury
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/26/14) Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley went down with a knee injury in Week 8 against the Falcons in London on Sunday. While chasing Matt Ryan, Ndamukong Suh accidentally crashed into Fairley, which caused his right knee to buckle.
He limped off to the sidelines and was eventually stretchered off for further evaluation. He was officially ruled out for the remainder of the game, per the team's officially website.
Mayhew: Lions have no intentions of dealing Ndamukong Suh
(10/20/14) The Lions DST unit finally hit a bump in the road Sunday, in a 24-23 win over the Saints in Week 7.
The Lions streak of double digit Fantasy scoring games came to an end at four Sunday, though they still managed a respectable 7 points, thanks to two turnovers. They also sacked Drew Brees once, while allowing 408 yards of total offense in the win.
The Lions have still put up five double-digit Fantasy games in seven tries, and will look to do so in Week 8 against the Falcons.
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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.