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James Ihedigbo signs two-year deal with Lions


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) The Lions signed strong safety James Ihedigbo to a two-year contract on Monday, according to the his Twitter handle. 

Ihedigbo will be re-united with defensive coordinator Terry Austin. He is expected to replace Louis Delmas. Ihedigbo, 30, registered a career-high 101 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles.  


Glover Quin has minor ankle surgery


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/21/2014) Lions safety Glover Quin had a small surgical procedure to relieve pain in his ankle, reports the team's official website.

Quin said the surgery was minor, but he said he needed to procedure because the ankle wasn't getting any better. Quin played all 16 games for the Lions in 2013 and finished with 57 tackles (44 solo), three interceptions and two sacks.


Lions hope to sign Ndamukong Suh to extension soon


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/21/2014) Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he would like to work out a contract extension with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh before the start of the season, reports the Detroit Free Press.

The report says Mayhew would like to get a deal done with Suh either at the start of free agency or later this offseason. Suh is is scheduled to make more than $12 million next season and has a $22.4 million cap charge. He is going to be a free agent after this season.


Ziggy Ansah has shoulder surgery


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah underwent shoulder surgery but is expected to be ready for the start of next season, reports Lions Insider. Ansah had eight sacks in 14 games as a rookie.

Kirwin: Lions should trade Ndamukong Suh


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/12/2014) The Lions might be better off trading defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh now then trying to pay him following this season, reports CBSSports.com NFL Insider Pat Kirwin.

Suh is is scheduled to make more than $12 million next season and has a $22.4 million cap charge. He is going to be a free agent after this season, and if he doesn't sign a long-term deal this year the franchise tag for him will be 120 percent of his 2014 salary, or $15 million for the 2015 season.

Kirwin suggests the Lions might be better off trading Suh and getting a few quality draft picks to help rebuild.


Lions want consistency from up-and-down Darius Slay


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2014) Lions cornerback Darius Slay had an up-and-down rookie year after being drafted 36th overall. He began the season as a starter, lost the job to Rashean Mathis, then made the most of another chance to start when he replaced the injured Chris Houston on Thanksgiving.

In that 40-10 win over Green Bay, Slay had three passes defensed and two tackles.

"You know, he had some things, he had some growing pains," new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin told the team's website. "There were some times he didn't look very good and there were some times he looked outstanding.

"Our goal is to try to get him to be consistent, to be a consistent player. That way, that talent will start to take over."

A knee injury cost Slay three games. He finished with 34 tackles and six passes defensed. He'll get every opportunity to earn a starting job in 2014, according to the website.


Lions trying to get more out of Nick Fairley


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2014) New Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin will look to maximize the potential of defensive tackle Nick Fairley, reports MLive.com. Fairley is entering the final year of his rookie deal.

"Our goal is we want to make sure we give our guys the opportunity to play the best that they can all the time," Austin told the website. "We have to figure out how we can motivate, how we can get him to do that. Whatever it is that touches him that makes him do that, that's what we have to find out.

"Obviously, we haven't had a chance to sit down and talk about all those things or do those things with Nick, but the time will come from that," he continued. "I think that, you know, we'll do whatever we can to try and help him be more successful because he can be a really dominant player. We just have to have him try and be a dominant player for 16 games. That's really our goal."


Charles Tillman open to playing for Lions


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/1/2014) Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, who will be a free agent when the market opens in March, could see himself playing for the NFC North rival Detroit, though he admitted to Michigan Live that it would be "awkward." The Lions are seeking in the offseason to shore up their secondary.

C.J. Mosley refutes charges against Ndamukong Suh


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/1/2014) Accusation from three unnamed teammates that Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh displayed insubordination against former coach Jim Schwartz have been refuted by fellow lineman C.J. Mosley.

"Suh wasn't late to one meeting, or have any outbursts, or show any dominance over the head coach," Mosley wrote in an email to Michigan Live. "From what I've seen, they had a very good relationship. Not one argument, blowup, or even an incident where he disrespected the head coach. He's nowhere near a monster."

The claims against Suh by the players were imparted to former NFL fullback Heath Evans, who relayed them to a Detroit radio station.


Report: Ndamukong Suh showed disrespect to coach


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2014) Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh showed insubordinate behavior in his relationship with former coach Jim Schwartz, three unnamed Lions told former NFL fullback Heath Evans, who relayed the story to radio station 105.1 in Detroit.

The sources told Evans that Suh would directly challenge the authority of Schwartz.

"The consistent message that came out of there is that Suh was uncontrollable and that he would consistently do things to show his power over Jim Schwartz, whether it was showing up to team meetings late over whatever it may be," Evans said. "...Three different people (told me) all told me the same story, about antics Suh would do just to show his dominance over a head coach."


Brett Keisel speaks longingly about Lions


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2014) Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel is impressed with the talent on both sides of the ball in Detroit, including fellow Brigham Young standout Ziggy Ansah, and could see himself playing for the Lions, per Michigan Live. Keisel is set to explore free agency.

"They've got a great team," he told radio station 105.1. "I really like their quarterback [Matt Stafford]. They've got [wide receiver Calvin Johnson]. ... Those guys, I think are going to make some noise next year.

"I went to BYU, so I'm proud of my boy Ziggy coming in as a rookie and being a key contributor on that defense. Really, it's amazing, where he's come from, the way he's playing, got into the league and was a first-round pick."

Keisel managed 29 tackles and four sacks in 2013 despite missing four games to injury.


Lions want Nick Fairley to mature, change physique


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2014) Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said defensive tackle Nick Fairley needs "to mature a little bit as a professional," reports MLive.com. Mayhew added that Fairley, who's listed at 298 pounds but looked heavier by season's end, would improve if he altered his physique.

"I wouldn't say his weight is too high," Mayhew said. "He could probably re-position some of that weight."

Fairley had 35 tackles, six sacks, two forced fumbles, and a safety in 15 games this season. He's entering the final year of his rookie deal after being drafted 13th overall in 2011.


Ndamukong Suh could get extension soon


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2014) Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who's entering the final year of his rookie deal, is likely to get a contract extension before the new league year begins March 11, according to the team's website. If the Lions don't extend Suh, he'd count a whopping $22.4 million against the salary cap in 2014.

Suh played in every game this season, registering 48 tackles, 5.5 sacks, six pass breakups and a forced fumble.


Lions start contract talks with Ndamukong Suh


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2014) The Lions have launched discussions with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to secure him a long-term contract, according to Michigan Live. He has two years left on the rookie pact he signed in 2010.

Suh finished this year with 49 tackles, his highest total since his first season, and 5 1/2 sacks.


Don Carey earns extension


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2014) The Lions have signed strong safety Don Carey to a three-year extension that includes an $800,000 signing bonus, per the Detroit Free Press. Carey played in 14 games and started three of the last seven.

Corner Bill Bentley wants to stay inside


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/7/2014) Lions cornerback Bill Bentley, a third-round pick in 2012, found a home as a slot corner this season and hopes to stay there under the new coaching staff, whenever it is named. Bentley played outside as a rookie.

"We’ll find out when the new coaches come in where they’d like me to be at, but I definitely love the inside," Bentley said. "That’s where my game is based at and I’m definitely comfortable on the inside. I think that’s where I can make my name in this league."

In 13 games this year, Bentley had 29 tackles and five passes defended.


Lions DST limits Vikings


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) The Lions DST held the Vikings to 14 points Week 17.

The Lions had a tough time against the running game, but were able to hold the Vikings in check in other areas. They forced an interception from Matt Cassel, and also sacked him three times. Despite allowing Matt Asiata to pick up 115 yards, they did force him to fumble.


Rashean Mathis back to work


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/25/2013) Lions starting cornerback Rashean Mathis, who missed Week 16 with an illness, returned to practice Wednesday ahead of Sunday's visit to Minnesota, reports MLive.com. He has 44 tackles and 16 passes defended in 14 games.

Lions can't capitalize on costly mistakes


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2013) The Lions turned in a solid performance defensively, but it was not enough for the win Sunday afternoon against the Giants in Week 16.

Glover Quin picked off Eli Manning late in the fourth quarter and Willie Young recovered a fumble in overtime. The defense sacked Manning twice and allowed 279 yards of total offense in a 23-20 overtime defeat.

The Lions, now eliminated from playoff contention, will end the season at Minnesota in Week 17.

Louis Delmas works past elbow injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Lions safety Louis Delmas worked his way past an elbow injury during Sunday's overtime loss to the Giants in Week 16.

Delmas sustained the injury after colliding with fellow cornerback Bill Bentley on a Jerrel Jernigan touchdown reception with 2:25 to play in the second quarter. He returned for the start of the second half and finished the game with four total tackles -- all recorded in the first half.

Bill Bentley exits Week 16 with head injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Lions cornerback Bill Bentley was forced out of Sunday's game against the Giants in Week 16 with a head injury.

Bentley was involved in a collision with fellow safety Louis Delmas during a Jerrel Jernigan touchdown catch in the end zone late in the second quarter. He was taken back to the locker room for a possible concussion test. He was out for the remainder of the game.

Bentley had just one total tackle before getting hurt.

Louis Delmas exits with elbow injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Lions safety Louis Delmas entered Sunday with a knee injury but left late in the first half of Week 16 against the Giants with an elbow injury.

Delmas sustained the injury after colliding with fellow cornerback Bill Bentley on a Jerrel Jernigan touchdown reception with 2:25 to play in the second quarter. He returned for the start of the second half.

Lions could be in line for a favorable matchup against Giants


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) The Lions could be in for another favorable matchup heading into Week 16 at home against the Giants.

Detroit held Baltimore out of the end zone but failed to produce any big plays, as they registered only one sack in an 18-16 defeat in Week 15. The Lions will encounter Eli Manning, who threw for only 156 yards and was picked off five times against Seattle in Week 15. The Lions have allowed 252.9 passing yards, which ranks 23rd in the league this season.

The Lions will also focus on keeping Andre Brown in check, who had 11 carries for a season-low 17 yards on the ground, averaging only 1.7 yards per carry against the Seahawks in Week 15. Detroit has allowed only one 100-yard rusher (LeSean McCoy) since Week 5. The Lions have permitted 98.6 yards per game on the ground, which is the fourth fewest allowed this season.

Opposing DST units have scored 16.07 Fantasy points per game against the Giants. Only two teams were held under 10 Fantasy points against the Giants this season -- the Packers in Week 11 and the Redskins in Week 13. Consider the Lions must-start Fantasy option for Week 16.

Chris Houston returns to practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2013) Lions cornerback Chris Houston, who's missed two of the last three games with toe and foot injuries, returned to a limited practice Wednesday. Jonte Green started in his place Monday vs. Baltimore and "held his own," according to the team's website.

Detroit hosts the Giants on Sunday.


Lions allow zero touchdowns, but make no big plays


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2013) The Lions DST allowed no touchdowns in the Week 15 loss to Baltimore, but the unit was not very disruptive. Detroit produced one sack and no turnovers in the 18-16 loss.

The Lions held Baltimore to 305 total yards and 4-of-14 third-down conversions. Safety Glover Quin registered the lone sack, his second this season, for a 7-yard loss.

The Lions DST should have better luck Week 16 vs. the turnover-prone Giants.