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Report: Lions DT Nick Fairley set to miss Thanksgiving game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley was unable to practice Tuesday and will miss Thursday's clash against Chicago in Week 12, the Detroit Free-Press reports. Fairley has been sidelined since Week 8 because of a knee injury.

Not even Lions can slow Patriots


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/23/2014) The Lions defense, which had only three times allowed even 20 points this season -- the last time coming Week 8 at Atlanta -- gave up 34 to the hosting Patriots in Week 12. The Patriots' 439 yards were also the most surrendered by the Lions this season.

The performance was understandable given the opponent. With this game, the Patriots are now averaging 40.0 points in their last seven. The Lions did have an interception, giving them eight straight games with at least one, but they went without a sack for the second straight game.

Though it's been one of the more reliable units in Fantasy this season, the Lions DST hasn't been at its best lately. It's a pretty good bet to bounce back, though, against a struggling Bears offense in Week 13.


Lions LB Ashlee Palmer exits Week 12 with brain injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Lions linebacker Ashlee Palmer was knocked out of Sunday's game against the Patriots with a brain injury, the team announced. Palmer was ruled out for the remainder of the game with the injury. 

Lions defense gets little help in tough loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) The Lions defense come up with a solid performance in Week 11, but it wasn't enough to win a defensive struggle against the Cardinals.

The Lions allowed just two early touchdowns in the game, and shut the Cardinals' offense out from that point on, but that was enough to cost them in the 14-6 loss. The Lions held the Cardinals to 352 yards of total offense and forced a pair of turnovers, but also came up with no sacks of quarterback Drew Stanton in the loss.

The defense has been the best part of this Lions' team all season, with the DST unit scoring at least 8 Fantasy points eight times in 10 games. They will have a tough time keeping that up in Week 12, with the Patriots on the schedule. 


Lions coach Caldwell: Nick Fairley's injury remains non-surgical


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) Lions coach Jim Caldwell told reporters Friday that defensive tackle Nick Fairley's knee injury remains non-surgical at this point, according to the Detroit Free Press. ESPN reported earlier in the week that Fairley could miss approximately 4-5 weeks because of a sprained MCL and PCL, however, Caldwell disputed that report.

Fairley was stretchered off in Week 8 against the Falcons after posting 14 combined tackles and one forced fumble before the injury.


Lions rookie Kyle Van Noy to make season debut Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/6/2014) Lions coach Jim Caldwell announced Thursday rookie linebacker Kyle Van Noy will make his season debut Sunday against the Dolphins. However, Caldwell indicated Van Noy will likely be limited as he sees snaps on special teams and defense.

Van Noy spent most of the season on short-term injured reserve due to a sports hernia injury before being activated Monday.


Lions' Caldwell disputes report Nick Fairley will miss 4-5 weeks


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/28/2014) 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.

Caldwell added he is "not certain" if Fairley will return this season, but he hasn't been told either that he won't be back.


Lions DST rallies from slow start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) 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
(10/26/2014) 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


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he has no intentions of trading defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, who could be a free agent after the season. Mayhew added he doesn't expect the team to be active at the trade deadline, according to the team's official website. 

Lions defense falters in win over Saints


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2014) 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.  


Lions could keep rolling vs. Saints


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) The Lions' defense has been one of the league's best so far, and even a matchup with the Saints in Week 7 shouldn't be enough to deter Fantasy owners.

The Lions rank second in the league in Fantasy scoring among DST units, at 15.7 per game, thanks to a strong pass defense that has racked up 20 sacks and seven interceptions. They may not able to hold the Saints' passing game in check even with those numbers, however the Saints haven't been as explosive as expected on offense anyways.

Three of the Saints' last four opponents have logged double figures in scoring from the DST unit, and New Orleans might be without their top weapon with Jimmy Graham dealing with a shoulder issue.

Even if Graham plays, there is reason to think he will not be as effective as usual. Though it would have come as a shock even two months ago, the Lions can be considered a solid starting option against the Saints in Week 7. 


Caldwell: Kyle Van Noy 'looked pretty good' in practice


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) Lions coach Jim Caldwell said linebacker Kyle Van Noy "looked pretty good" during practice Wednesday. Though, Caldwell offered no return date for Van Noy, who has been on short-term injured reserve all season recovering from sports hernia surgery.

DE Ezekiel Ansah helping Lions lead league in sacks


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) Lions second-year defensive end Ezekiel Ansah posted career highs in sacks (2.5) and tackles for loss (4) in the Week 6 win at Minnesota. It was his fourth career game with two or more sacks.

Ansah also recorded five tackles and forced a fumble.

The Lions lead the NFL with 20 sacks and allow a league-low 270.7 yards per game. They visit the Saints on Sunday.


Lions LB Kyle Van Noy getting close to returning to practice


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2014) Lions coach Jim Caldwell indicated Monday linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who is on short-term injured reserve due to sports hernia surgery, is on track to begin practicing this week.

"There's a chance from medical standpoint that this is going to be his week to start coming back," Caldwell said.

Van Noy is eligible to start practicing, but he still can't return to game action until after Week 8.


Domination continues for Lions DST


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/13/2014) The Lions DST, which entered the day as one of the top three units in Fantasy, turned in its best performance of the season Week 6 at Minnesota, limiting the Vikings to three points on 212 yards. Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was completely overwhelmed, taking eight sacks and throwing three interceptions.

The eight sacks give the Lions the NFL lead. Ezekiel Ansah had 2 1/2, giving him 3 1/2 for the season. George Johnson had 1 1/2 and is up to four on the year.

Though this matchup obviously benefited it, the Lions DST has the look of a must-start Fantasy unit. Of course, its legitimacy will be put to the test Week 7 against New Orleans. Unless you have the flexibility to roster two DSTs, you'll probably just want to stick with it, especially since the Saints have fallen short of expectations so far this year.


Lions defense let down in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) The Lions defense held up their end of the bargain in Week 5, but it was not enough to come out ahead in a 17-14 loss to the Bills.

The Lions held the Bills to 343 yards on 5.1 yards per play, a solid number. They allowed just six points through three quarters, before the Bills scored twice to put the game away. The Lions forced one turnover on an interception of Kyle Orton, and added a pair of sacks in the loss.

During a season in which the offense has bee surprisingly quiet, the Lions have ridden the defense to a 3-2 record. They are allowing 15.8 points per game heading into Week 6 against the Vikings. 


Lions worth an add this week


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) With the Bills and newly minted starting quarterback Kyle Orton on the schedule, Jamey Eisenberg has the Lions as his top waiver-wire add among DST units for Week 5.

Opposing DST units have enjoyed solid success against the Bills in recent weeks, with the Chargers and Texans both scoring in double figures. A big part of that was the subpar play of quarterback EJ Manuel, who threw a pick-six to the Texans a week ago. Whether Orton, who has started just one game since 2011, will be an improvement is still to be seen, however the Lions' pass rush has been dominant at times this season, and could make life hard on Orton. 

The Lions should be worth starting in Week 5, given how well they are playing right now.  


Lions hold Jets to two touchdowns in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) The Lions DST unit did a solid job for the second straight week Sunday, in a 24-17 win over the Jets in Week 4.

The Lions allowed two second-half touchdowns to sully an otherwise strong performance, but they did a solid job in limiting the Jets to just 336 yards of total offense. They forced a pair of turnovers and sacked Geno Smith twice to boot.

The Lions have allowed fewer than 20 points in three of four games, and will have a pretty good chance to do so again in Week 5 against the Bills. 


Tahir Whitehead takes over at MLB for Lions


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) The Lions have decided to move Tahir Whitehead into the starting lineup at middle linebacker, replacing the injured Stephen Tulloch, who is out for the season due to a knee injury.

"It puts you right in the middle of the defense," Whitehead said, per ESPN. "It allows you to be able to flow sideline to sideline, as you saw with Tully over the years, make a lot of plays playing in the middle. It frees you up to do a lot."


Stephen Tulloch out for season due to knee injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Lions coach Jim Caldwell announced Monday linebacker Stephen Tulloch will be placed on injured reserve after suffering a torn ACL Sunday against the Packers. Tulloch was injured during a post-play celebration.

Lions DST holds Packers in check Week 3


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) The Lions DST held the Packers in check Week 3. 

Detroit got on the board early, scooping up a fumble recovery for a score. The team wouldn't let up during the game, giving up just one touchdown to the power-house Packers. While the Lions didn't force any interceptions, they did pick up two sacks and forced a fumble. 

The Lions will hope for more Week 4 against the Jets. 


Lions list seven from defense on injury report


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) The Lions defense is likely to be a bit shorthanded for Week 3 against the Packers, with three players expected to miss Sunday's game due to injuries.

Linebacker Travis Lewis (quadriceps) and defensive back Cassius Vaughn (ankle) have been ruled out for Sunday's game, while safety James Ihedigbo (neck) is doubtful and seems likely to miss the game.

Additionally, defensive linemen Ezekiel Ansah (knee), Nick Fairley (biceps) and George Johnson (groin) are considered questionable for the game, while safety Don Carey (hamstring) is probable. 


Nevin Lawson expected to miss rest of season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Monday cornerback Nevin Lawson dislocated his toes Sunday against the Panthers and he "does not anticipate" Lawson returning this season.

James Ihedigbo can't go Sunday


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) 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.