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Lions GM: We're 'very optimistic' about re-signing Ndamukong Suh


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Lions general manager Martin Mayhew told reporters he's "very optimistic" that the club will re-sign defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh this offseason, per RTV6 in Indianapolis.

"We're negotiating right now," Mayhew said. "I feel good about it. He likes the situation in Detroit."

Barring a franchise or transition tag, Suh is set to hit the market when the league year begins on March 10. The Lions will reportedly have a cap charge of $9,737,500 in 2015 for Suh regardless of whether he re-signs with the team, is franchised or moves on to another team.

Suh, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 draft, completed his fifth season in the NFL. He has totaled 181 tackles, 36 sacks and one interception in his career.


Lions DC Teryl Austin: Nick Fairley has turned the corner


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2015) Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin spent one season with Nick Fairley, but he believes that the defensive tackle has turned the corner, and is ready to work toward his full potential next season, per the team's official website.

Fairley's season was cut short due to injuries to his right ACL and PCL sustained Week 8 against Atlanta. He finished with just 14 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble. Fairley is set to become a free agent, and it remains to be seen if general manager Martin Mayhew is interested in locking him up to a high-priced deal.

"As a player you could say, 'I'm going to play hard or I'm going to get in shape' and sometimes when things don't go well you go right back into your old habits," Austin said.

"He got injured and he didn't. He kept himself in good shape. He kept his weight down, he worked really hard and if we were fortunate enough to win at Dallas he would have been ready to play a little bit in the next game and so that shows me that he's turned the corner."


Lions list DL Nick Fairley as doubtful for playoff game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/2/2015) Lions defensive lineman Nick Fairley was officially listed as doubtful for Sunday's wild-card showdown at Dallas. Fairley was a limited participant in practice on Friday, but was not cleared for team drills, per NFL.com. He has not played since Week 8 due to a knee injury.

Detroit opened up as an 8-point underdog at Dallas. The line has dropped to 6 1/2 points in favor of the Cowboys.


Lions' Nick Fairley practices again on Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/2/2015) Lions defensive lineman Nick Fairley participated in practice for the second consecutive day on Friday, but his status remains up in the air for Sunday's wild-card showdown against the Cowboys, per ESPN. Fairley has not played since Week 8 due to a knee injury. Coach Jim Caldwell told reporters that Fairley is a "practice process to play protocol," indicating he'll likely be on a snap count if he is able to play.

"It's still going to take ... we'll see," Caldwell said. "He's coming along a lot faster. He hadn't been on a practice field at that time. We saw him on the practice field, things look a little different.

"So we'll kind of continue to assess that and see where he is."


NFL suspends Lions DT Suh for wild-card game; will appeal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2014) The NFL has suspended Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for Sunday's wild-card game against the Cowboys for his actions in Week 17 against Green Bay. Suh will appeal the suspension, with either former UFL coach Ted Cottrell and Buccaneers Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks presiding, per CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

Suh was seen stepping twice on the leg of quarterback Aaron Rodgers while backpedaling in the second half of a Week 17 loss at Green Bay. Rodgers left the game with a calf injury, but returned in the third quarter, prior to Suh's incident.

"Suh did not respond in the manner of someone who had lost his balance and accidentally contacted another player who was lying on the ground. This illegal contact, specifically the second step and push off with your left foot, clearly could have been avoided." NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks said in a statement.

This comes as a huge blow for the Lions, who were already without Nick Fairley (knee) for the second half of the season. Suh leads all defensive tackles with 36 sacks since his rookie season in 2010.

The Lions opened as an 8-point underdog at Dallas. The line has dropped to 7 points in favor of the Cowboys, prior to the one-game ban.


Lions' Caldwell: "It'd be a miracle" if Nick Fairley plays vs. Dallas


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2014) Lions coach Jim Caldwell told reporters "it'd be a miracle" if defensive tackle Nick Fairley plays in the opening round of the playoffs against the Cowboys, reports the Detroit Free Press. Caldwell has not ruled out a possible return at some point in the postseason, if Detroit makes it that far.

Fairley missed the final eight games of the regular season with a knee injury. Detroit opened as an 8-point underdog at Dallas. The line has dropped to 7 points in favor of the Cowboys.


Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) ditches crutches


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2014) Lions coach Jim Caldwell told reporters defensive tackle Nick Fairley is "making good progress" in his recovering from knee injury, per the team's official website. Fairley is no longer in crutches and is not a candidate to land on injured reserve "at this precise moment."

Fairley was stretchered off in Week 8 against the Falcons with the injury. He totaled 14 tackles and one forced fumble.


Lions DST continues to role


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/21/2014) For the sixth time in seven games, the Lions held a team to less than 20 points in Week 16, limiting the hosting Bears to 14 on 234 yards. They were a little light on big plays, recording two sacks and one interception after averaging 4.3 and 2.0 in their previous three games, but with Jimmy Clausen starting at quarterback for the Bears, they could get away with it.

According to standard CBSSports.com scoring, the Lions DST has scored double-digit Fantasy points in four straight games, only once allowing 300 yards during that stretch. Of course, they've all been pretty favorable matchups, which certainly won't be the case Week 17 at Green Bay. But considering the Lions DST scored 22 points against the Packers in Week 3, limiting them to seven points on 223 yards, it's not an automatic sit for that one.

Just weigh your options carefully. With a division title on the line, Aaron Rodgers and company are sure to bring their A game.


Another good showing for Lions DST


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/14/2014) The Lions defense continued to impress with a favorable matchup Week 15 against Minnesota, allowing just 14 points on 360 yards. The yardage was the most they've allowed in three games, but they made up for it with four sacks and two interceptions, giving them 13 and six, respectively, during that three-game stretch.

The Lions have allowed less than 20 points in five of their last six games and 10 of 14 overall. Though they've recorded an interception in 11 straight games, their recent increase in sacks has played a big part in getting their DST back on track.

Once again, their DST is looking like the kind you can trust with most matchups, but it has a pretty good one Week 16 at Chicago. The Lions DST scored 13 Fantasy points against the Bears in Week 13.


Lions DT Ndamukong Suh not at practice Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) Updating a previous report: Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was not spotted at practice on Friday, per the team's official website. Coach Jim Caldwell told reporters prior to practice that Suh would participate despite being "under the weather."

Suh's status remains up in the air for Week 15 against Minnesota.


Lions coach Caldwell: Ndamukong Suh will practice Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) Lions coach Jim Caldwell told reporters that defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will return to practice on Friday. On Thursday, Suh missed what was believed to be his first regular-season practice on Thursday due to an illness. He has 5.5 sacks and 38 total tackles through 13 games.

Detroit will face Minnesota in Week 15.


Lions DST makes most of matchup


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/7/2014) After getting back on track Week 13 against Chicago, the Lions DST had one of its best performances of the season in Week 14, taking advantage of a favorable matchup against Tampa Bay.

The Lions allowed 17 points on 233 yards. They also recorded six sacks, their most since having eight Week 6 at Minnesota, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. They've now allowed less than 20 points in four of their last five games and nine of 13 overall.

The Lions have a strong defense, no doubt, but like all DSTs in Fantasy, theirs is somewhat matchups-dependent. Fortunately, they have a favorable matchup Week 15 against Minnesota.


Lions DT Caraun Reid dealing with illness, probable for Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/6/2014) Lions defensive tackle Caraun Reid was a late addition to Detroit's injury report on Saturday because of an illness. However, he has been designated as probable for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, per the team's official website.

Lions unsure if Nick Fairley will return this season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) Lions coach Jim Caldwell told reporters he doesn't know if defensive lineman Nick Fairley will be back this season, per the team's official website. Fairley suffered a sprained MCL and PCL in Week 8 against the Falcons in London. He hasn't been able to return to action since the injury. 

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.