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42Abdul-Quddus, Isa SS6-12008/3/19895Fordham
21Abdullah, Ameer RB5-92056/13/1993RNebraska
94Ansah, Ezekiel DE6-52785/29/19893Brigham Young
35Bell, Joique RB5-112298/4/19865Wayne State (Mich.)
65Boggs, Taylor C6-32852/20/19873Humboldt State
76Bond, Al G6-33033/5/1992RMemphis
46Burton, Michael FB6-02322/1/1992RRutgers
29Butler, Crezdon CB6-11915/26/19876Clemson
57Bynes, Josh LB6-12408/24/19894Auburn
26Carey, Don SS5-112032/14/19877Norfolk State
33Carter, Alex CB6-019610/19/1994RStanford
60Cave, Braxston C6-33057/29/19891Notre Dame
95Copeland, Brandon LB6-32607/2/19911Pennsylvania
63Cudjo, Jermelle DT6-23049/28/19864Central Oklahoma
36Diggs, Quandre CB5-919811/7/1991RTexas
85Ebron, Eric TE6-42654/10/19932North Carolina
80Fauria, Joseph TE6-72671/16/19903UCLA
10Fuller, Corey WR6-22006/23/19902Virginia Tech
58Hunt, Phillip DE6-12541/10/19863Houston
61Hyder, Kerry DE6-22805/2/19911Texas Tech
44Igwenagu, Emil FB6-22453/27/19892Massachusetts
32Ihedigbo, James SS6-121712/3/19838Massachusetts
81Johnson, Calvin WR6-52369/29/19859Georgia Tech
43Johnson, Isaiah DB6-12025/16/1992RGeorgia Tech
91Jones, Jason DE6-52765/23/19868Eastern Michigan
13Jones, T.J. WR6-01857/19/19921Notre Dame
24Lawson, Nevin CB5-91924/23/19912Utah State
54Levy, DeAndre OLB6-22353/26/19877Wisconsin
50Lewis, Travis LB6-22361/15/19884Oklahoma
77Lucas, Cornelius T6-93257/18/19912Kansas State
69Madsen, Joe C6-33109/1/19891West Virginia
6Martin, Sam P6-12102/27/19903Appalachian State
31Mathis, Rashean CB6-11958/27/198013Bethune-Cookman
17Moore, Kellen QB6-02007/12/19894Boise State
16Moore, Lance WR5-91908/31/198310Toledo
48Muhlbach, Don LS6-42608/17/198112Texas A&M
92Ngata, Haloti DT6-43401/21/198410Oregon
8Orlovsky, Dan QB6-52188/18/198310Connecticut
87Pettigrew, Brandon TE6-52752/23/19857Oklahoma State
86Pierce, Casey TE6-32448/21/1991RKent State
5Prater, Matt K5-101958/10/19849Central Florida
69Proctor, Xavier T6-631511/1/19901North Carolina Central
27Quin, Glover FS6-02061/15/19867New Mexico
63Ramirez, Manny G6-33202/19/19839Texas Tech
97Reid, Caraun DT6-230511/23/19912Princeton
71Reiff, Riley T6-631312/1/19884Iowa
25Riddick, Theo RB5-92005/4/19913Notre Dame
70Robinson, Corey T6-73245/21/1992RSouth Carolina
12Ross, Jeremy WR6-02153/16/19883California
18Salas, Greg WR6-22108/25/19885Hawaii
23Slay, Darius CB6-01921/1/19913Mississippi State
9Stafford, Matthew QB6-32342/7/19887Georgia
49Stanford, Julian LB6-12309/2/19903Wagner
45Suite, Brian DB6-22034/21/1992RUtah State
64Swanson, Travis C6-53121/30/19912Arkansas
52Tapp, Darryl DE6-12709/13/198410Virginia Tech
15Tate, Golden WR5-102028/2/19886Notre Dame
98Taylor, Devin DE6-727511/15/19893South Carolina
72Tomlinson, Laken G6-33232/9/1992RDuke
55Tulloch, Stephen MLB5-112451/1/198510North Carolina State
53Van Noy, Kyle OLB6-32526/19/19902Brigham Young
66Waddle, LaAdrian T6-63307/21/19913Texas Tech
93Walker, Tyrunn DE6-32943/18/19904Tulsa
75Warford, Larry G6-33307/18/19913Kentucky
79Webster, Larry DE6-62622/14/19902Bloomsburg
59Whitehead, Tahir MLB6-22424/2/19904Temple
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74Wilson, Torrian G6-231011/28/1991RCentral Florida
38Winn, George RB5-1121511/10/19902Cincinnati
99Wootton, Corey DE6-62706/22/19876Northwestern
96Worthy, Jerel DT6-23084/28/19903Michigan State
90Wright, Gabe DT6-33004/3/1992RAuburn
85Wright, Timothy TE6-42204/7/19903Rutgers
34Zenner, Zach FB5-112239/13/1991RSouth Dakota State
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44Owens, Chris (IR) DB5-918012/1/19867San Jose State
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Emil Igwenagu
The Lions filled their entire 10-man practice squad, signing guard Rodney Austin, tight end Michael Egnew, fullback Emil Igwenagu, safety Nate Ness, receiver Andrew Peacock, defensive tackle Xavier Proctor, cornerback Mohammed Seisay, linebacker Julian Stanford, offensive tackle Michael Williams and running back George Winn.
Corey Wootton
The Lions signed defensive tackle Corey Wootton to a one-year contract Thursday, according to his agent.

Wootton registered 16 tackles and one sack in 15 games for the Vikings last season.

Zach Zenner
No Updates
Kyle Van Noy
Lions coach Jim Caldwell said linebacker Kyle Van Noy will not need surgery after he went for a second opinion. Caldwell added Van Noy will need rest and is week-to-week.
Undisclosed - Doubtful for start of season
Jason Jones
The Lions have announced that they have activated two starters - defensive end Jason Jones and right tackle LaAdrian Waddle - off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.

Wadde has recovered from a partially torn ACL while Jones was dealing with a knee ailment that required surgery.

Nevin Lawson
Lions cornerback Nevin Lawson said he plans to make a full recovery by the start of the season.

Lawson suffered a severely dislocated foot. He isn't sure if he'll participate in the Lions' OTAs, but he said he has no limitations on his activities, per MLive. Lawson is taking his recovery slow, but he should be back by the opener. 

Greg Salas
The Lions have signed two veterans - wideout Greg Salas and cornerback Chris Owens - per the Detroit Free Press. The team later confirmed the report.

Salas last played with the Jets. He compiled his most productive numbers since his rookie year last season, but that only amounted to eight catches for 167 yards.

Owens has played with four different teams over the last four seasons, but did get into 11 games with Kansas City in 2014. He has not recorded an interception since 2010.

Riley Reiff
The Lions have picked up the fifth-year option of offensive tackle Riley Reiff, general manager Martin Mayhew has announced.

"We anticipate getting that paperwork done sometime soon," Mayhew told

The one-year option will cost the team a bit more than $8 million.

Reiff has started every game but one over the last three seasons.

Isa Abdul-Quddus
The Lions have re-signed safety Isa Abdul-Quddus, the team announced.

Abdul-Quddus played in all 16 games in 2014, totaling 32 tackles with two passes defended. He spent the previous three years with the Saints, where he recorded two interceptions.

Jerel Worthy
The Lions have claimed defensive tackle Jerel Worthy off of waivers from the Chiefs, the team announced on Tuesday. Worthy was waived by Kansas City on Monday. Worthy has been burdened with injuries early on in his career, playing just 16 games in his first three seasons in the league. He has 2 1/2 sacks and 15 tackles in his brief career.
Matthew Stafford
One of only a few knocks against Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been occasional inaccuracy. His penchant for throwing deep and taking chances on the field often results in incompletions.

But Stafford hit on 60.3 percent of his passes a year ago, the second-best rate of his career. And Jim Caldwell believes that will improve this year. His work in offseason practices have provided encouragement.

"He's improved," Caldwell told "He has a better feel for the system. You can see our timing's better, receivers have a better sense of the routes that they're running. All around I think we've made some improvement."

Caldwell added that he anticipates Stafford will improve his completion percentage in 2015.

Casey Pierce
No Updates
Julian Stanford
The Lions put cornerback Nevin Lawson (dislocated toes) on injured reserve, signed cornerback Danny Gorrer and promoted linebacker Julian Stanford from the practice squad.
Travis Lewis
The Lions placed linebacker Travis Lewis (quad) on injured reserve Saturday. The team replaced Lewis on the active roster with tight end Jordan Thompson, who was signed from the practice squad.
Phillip Hunt
The Lions are on the verge of signing linebacker Phillip Hunt, reports ESPN.

Hunt spent three seasons with the Eagles and totaled 16 tackles. He did not play in the NFL during the 2014 season.

Xavier Proctor
Xavier Proctor was a defensive tackle for the Lions, until he no longer was. He didn't get cut, the Lions moved Proctor from defensive tackle to offensive tackle before the start of organized team activities on Thursday, per

Proctor has spent the last two years learning the defensive tackle position as a member of the Lions practice squad, but the move comes at a time where the team needs more able bodies at the offensive line position after an injury to LaAdrian Waddle.

Tahir Whitehead
Lions third-year linebacker Tahir Whitehead is trying to maximize his run-stopping ability, so he spent time in the offseason trying to maximize his weight without sacrificing quickness. The result was a gain of seven poinds to 245.

Whitehead was provided an opportunity to play last year when Stephen Tulloch went down three games in. But Tulluch has since recovered, which results in Whitehead competing with Kyle Van Noy for the starting strongside job.

He certainly proved his worth in 2014. Whitehead racked up 12 tackles in his first start a year ago and finished the season with 86 as a full-time starter. But despite statistics that motivated Pro Football Focus to grade him out positively against the run, he felt he needed to put on some weight.

"Watching back last season, sometimes in the run game, I wasn't as sturdy as I could have been," he told "I bulked up a bit to be more stout against the run."

Darren Keyton
The Lions placed center Darren Keyton on injured reserve Tuesday due to a knee injury. The team also released tight end David Ausberry from injured reserve.
Rashean Mathis
Lions cornerback Rashean Mathis is planning to retire after the two-year contract he signed in March expires, per the Detroit Free Press.

That comes directly from Mathis, who admits he has told that to others.

Mathis, who will be 35 when the regular season begins, has started all but one game since joining the Lions in 2013. He contributed to 51 tackles a year ago, his highest total since 2010 with Jacksonville.

Glover Quin
The Lions and safety Glover Quin agreed to restructure his contract, a source told

By converting $3.255 million of his 2015 base salary into a signing bonus, the team created $2.17 million in additional cap space this season. The deal allows Quin to receive more guaranteed money now.

Quin is under contract through the 2017 season. He has produced 10 interceptions over the last two seasons with the Lions.

Corey Robinson
No Updates
Crezdon Butler
The Buccaneers announced they released cornerback Crezdon Butler. He played in 14 games, making 11 tackles.
Michael Burton
No Updates
Laken Tomlinson
The Lions finished signing their entire 2015 draft class when first-round pick Laken Tomlinson agreed to a four-year contract Thursday, reports the Detroit Free Press.

The deal includes a team option on the fifth year of the deal. Tomlinson is expected to start at left guard for the Lions.

Brandon Copeland
The Lions announced the signing of linebacker Brandon Copeland on Tuesday.

Copeland impressed the Lions when he ran a 4.52 40-yard dash at the NFL veterans combine. Copeland had spent time on the Titans' practice squad in 2013.

Don Carey
Lions strong safety Don Carey and linebacker Tahir Whitehead both returned to Sunday's Wild Card game against the Cowboys after being deemed questionable in the third quarter.

Both players were diagnosed with dehydration, but both were able to make it back onto the field before the end of the third quarter. The Lions have a 20-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Darius Slay
Lions cornerback Darius Slay has improved from an inconsistent rookie to dependable starter in his two years in the league. Now, he wants to improve to a lockdown defender.

Slay plans on taking notes from the other elite cornerbacks in the league to continue his climb in the NFL ranks, per

"I gotta study [Darrelle] Revis and Joe [Haden]," Slay said. "They are more my type of corner, more in your face, try to travel guys, follow you wherever you want to go. Just trying to take [the] best player out of the game.

"I look at [Richard] Sherman, too, just because his ball skills, he's probably got the best ball skills in the NFL that I've seen in my past years. If the ball's in the air, he's getting it. Other than that, I love to watch Revis and Joe."

Slay played in all 16 games for the Lions last season, recording 61 tackles and two interceptions.

Kellen Moore
After signing a two-year deal to remain with the Lions, quarterback Kellen Moore is looking to improve his status on the depth chart, reports the team's official website.

“It’s a good place, a good situation,” Moore said in a telephone interview from Boise, where he is spending the offseason with his wife, Julie, and their young child.

“Ideally, the hope was to be able to go back, as long as there was a little plan in place. I feel like it’s a good situation to go back to. I didn’t have to deal with all the variables.”

Head coach Jim Caldwell likes what he sees in Moore.

“They all have a chance,” Caldwell said at the recent NFL Annual Meeting. “He’s got some qualities that you really like.”

“It’s nice that they see some value in you,” Moore said. “As a backup quarterback, you’re not seen on the field, other than a few August games. But hopefully, you still have an impact on the team – with the other players, helping in the film room.

“We enjoy Detroit – stuff that’s not football related. Obviously, in the football side of it we have a good room. Matthew’s obviously a tremendous quarterback. Dan’s been awesome. It’s awesome that we’re all set to come back.”

Although Moore would like to see the playing field, he recognizes that the team has its starter in Matthew Stafford.

“Obviously, at the end of the day all of us love playing the game of football. Only so many guys get to play. We’ve got good guys, and we’ve got a great starter in Matthew.

“You have to take advantage of opportunities, whether it’s preseason games or whatever.”

Moore has yet to throw a pass during a regular season game after being drafted by the team in 2012.

LaAdrian Waddle
Lions offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle is feeling confident his return from offseason knee surgery is getting closer, according to

Waddle, who is on the physically unable to perform list, says he hasn't experienced any pain or tightness and is progressing to football activities as a part of his rehab.

"It's just day by day, just seeing how the knee feels when we come out here and do some stuff," Waddle said. "Just the next day, seeing how it feels after getting after it a little bit.

"I think we're getting really close. I've been out here running good, feeling good when I was running. No pain, no tightness afterward, so I think we're getting close."

Waddle is hopeful he will be ready for the Lions' season opener against the Chargers on Sept. 13.

"I do think there's a chance," he said. "We're still working hard to keep progressing, doing more things gradually, and we'll just see where that takes us."

Travis Swanson
When the Lions drafted Travis Swanson a year ago, the idea was for him to emerge as a starting center for the franchise by 2015. 

There's now some doubt, at least that's what the Lions themselves are saying after acquiring veteran Manny Ramirez in a trade on Thursday during the NFL draft. 

"I don't know," Lions offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn said, via the Detroit Free Press. "And I'm not trying to be evasive, I just don't know. What is it, May 2, 3rd? The depth kind of develops itself, which is a nice thing. Going through OTAs, mini-camp, training camp, it always takes care of itself."

Swanson is still the favorite to start at center, though it does appear the Lions want to put him in a competitive situation. 

Matt Prater
Lions kicker Matt Prater is concerned that the NFL's new rule moving extra points back to the 15-yard line could have some major effects toward kickers. 

"Am I thrilled about it? No, I don't think any other kicker is," Prater said in an interview with "You know, they make these rules and they never talk to any of us about it. I don't know. I just feel that eventually they are just trying to weed kicking out of the game completely. It's something we'll have to deal with and hopefully make them all."

He also questioned the motive from the league with making this kind of rule change. 

"I don't know what the owners and (NFL commissioner Roger) Goodell and all them are thinking," Prater said. "But I'm just going to try and do my job and keep my mouth shut for the most part."

Joique Bell
Lions running back Joique Bell hasn't practiced since undergoing minor procedures on his knee and Achilles in January, per However, Bell and coach Jim Caldwell have recently said a return is close, and Bell deemed his rehab schedule "preventative."

Bell struggled through the first half of last season, averaging 3.2 yards per carry. But after the team's bye, he improved to 4.4 yards per carry. Bell is confident he can be that second-half back all season.

"This year, I expect to come into the season healthy," he said. "I think I can be that guy when I get back."

The Lions are expecting Bell to be the primary running back once he is healthy.

"I can just tell you that there are no guarantees," Caldwell said. "You just don't know in this league. He's young, he's strong, he's one of those guys that has always been a workhorse, and we fully expect him to come back and be what he was last year for us, and that was a bell cow.

"He was a tough, hard-nosed guy that set a great tone for us, so we're anticipating that exact same sort of effort. He feels he's close, so I feel good about that."

DeAndre Levy
The Lions have locked up one of their defensive leaders for four more years, agreeing to a contract extension with linebacker DeAndre Levy, the team announced. The deal is reportedly worth $33.7 million, with $20 million in guaranteed money.

Levy led the team in tackles a year ago with 117, added a career-high 2 1/2 sacks and is one of the best outside linebackers in the league. 

"He's a heck of a football player, just a playmaker on our defense versus the run and the pass," Lions GM Martin Mayhew said. "The guy's an impact player, so we definitely want to keep him on our defense."

Cornelius Lucas
Lions coach Jim Caldwell said that Riley Reiff might start at right tackle next season. 

Reiff has started 32 games at left tackle over the last two seasons. The Lions aren't sure that last year's right tackle LaAdrian Waddle will be fully recovered from knee surgery, and backup tackle Cornelius Lucas is better on the left side. 

Reiff told the Daily Republic he doesn't care where he plays. 

 "I like playing, and wherever they want to put me, that's fine. I'll play," he said.

Taylor Boggs
The Friday injury report issued by the Bears for their Week 6 game at Atlanta is headlined by the thumbs-down given to linebackers Lance Briggs (ribs) and Shea McClellin (hand). But they are not the only Chicago players ruled out.

Also red-lighted are offensive linemen Jermon Bushrod (knee/ankle) and Taylor Boggs (hamstring) and safety Ahmad Dixon (hamstring).

The questionables are linebacker Jonathan Bostic (back) and cornerback Sherrick McManis (quad). Safety Chris Conte (concussion), offensive lineman Roberto Garza (ankle), nose tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion) and linebacker D.J. Williams (neck) are all probable.

Quandre Diggs
A lack of size and speed is generally a deadly combination to those seeking employment as an NFL cornerback. But Lions rookie nickel back Quandre Diggs is ahead of the game in his desire to land a job.

His 40-yard dash time of 4.56 at the combine is below average. The sixth-round pick is only 5-foot-9. But he has shown instincts at his position that have impressed his coaches and teammates.

"He's got a natural feel," quarterback Matthew Stafford told "(He) made a play the other day in the red zone that wasn't even on the ball. I wasn't in the game. I was watching from afar, and was like, 'Man, our QB wanted to throw it, and he just took it away at the last second. ... He's got a good feel in zone, and I think he's a feisty kind of competitor in man. He's going to be around the football trying to make plays on it."

Gabe Wright
Lions rookie defensive tackle Gabe Wright is burdened with wearing former Detroit star Ndamukong Suh's number. But the fourth-round draft pick is showing he can rep the number and fill in the void left in the defense, according to

"We think he is going to be productive for us when we get him in here and get him in the rotation for us," defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said. "We are hoping, like most of our defensive tackles, to get him 25, 30, 35 plays a game."

Sixth-round pick Quandre Diggs thinks the team is going to have a solid player in the middle of their defensive line.

"He's going to go out and compete," Diggs said. "He's one of those big guys that loves to hustle. He loves to make plays, and he plays the game with the type of excitement that you love to see from those big guys."

George Winn
The Lions might not have running back Joique Bell for Sunday's key game at Green Bay, reports Bell has been limited in practice this week with an Achilles injury, and coach Jim Caldwell said only, "We'll see," when asked about Bell's status.

Bell leads Detroit with 800 rushing yards and eight total touchdowns. He's averaged at least 4.0 yards per carry in four straight games, scoring five times in that span. If he can't play, Reggie Bush would start and Theo Riddick and George Winn would get increased snaps, the report said.

Detroit is a 7.5-point underdog in the game that will decide the division title.

Alex Carter
No Updates
Haloti Ngata
The Lions activated two of their most important players Monday, removing running back Joique Bell from the physically unable to perform list and removing defensive tackle Haloti Ngata from the non-football injury list, per the team's website. 

Bell was recovering from knee and Achilles surgeries, while Ngata was dealing with hamstring issues. Both players practiced Monday and are expected to be ready for the team's season opener. 

Brandon Pettigrew
Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew had his worst season from a statistical standpoint in 2014, totaling a career-low 10 catches for 70 yards and no touchdowns. His numbers aren't expected to improve dramatically in 2015 since the Lions want to get second-year tight end Eric Ebron more involved in the passing game.

Still, coach Jim Caldwell holds Pettigrew in high regard.

"I think he's an iron man," Caldwell said, per "(He did a) tremendous job. Got a lot of respect for that man. Let me tell you something, he was tough. He was gritty. And I think those guys are the kinds of guys you can build a foundation upon.

"He's one of those guys."

Lance Moore
Lions veteran wide receiver Lance Moore will not play Thursday night against Washington in the team's second preseason game, ESPN has reported. He will return home after becoming a father.

Moore, who has not produced big numbers since 2012 with New Orleans, is seeking to earn significant playing time with Detroit.

Corey Fuller
In wideouts Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, the Lions feature one the best 1-2 punches in the league. But the Lions' website notes the team "is also very high on Corey Fuller and is hoping he takes the same big jump in his development from year two to three as he did from his rookie season to year two."

A 6-2, 200-pound former track star, Fuller caught 14 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown in limited work last year. The 24-year-old is in for a bigger role in 2015.

Joseph Fauria
Lions tight end Joseph Fauria left practice Thursday with an unknown injury, has reported. He returned to the field without pads and wearing a protective sleeve on his left knee.

"He got a little tweak," Jim Caldwell said. "Maybe it will take him a couple days to get back."

Fauria missed nine games due to injury last season and finished with just six catches for 74 yards.

Josh Wilson
The Lions have signed former Falcons cornerback Josh Wilson to a one-year deal on Friday, per the team's official website.

Wilson, 30, played for four different teams (Seahawks, Ravens, Redskins, Falcons) before signing with Detroit on Friday. He totaled 426 tackles in 118 career games with 85 starts. He posted 27 tackles and one interception in 16 games (four starts) for the Falcons in 2014.

Kevin Snyder
Tyrunn Walker
The Lions have signed defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker to a one-year deal, per the team.

Walker, formerly of the Saints, is entering his fourth season in the NFL. The 24-year-old played in all 16 games last season, registering 19 total tackles, 2.5 sacks and forced fumble.

Braxston Cave
The Redskins signed offensive lineman Tevita Stevens to the practice squad and released offensive lineman Braxston Cave from the squad.
Larry Warford
The Lions lost two linemen in Thursday's preseason game. Offensive lineman Larry Warford, expected to be the starting right guard, and Caraun Reid, battling for playing time at defensive tackle, both went down with ankle injuries. 

Jim Caldwell updated their condition on Friday. "It's going to be a little while but I'm not certain," Caldwell said per ESPN. "I couldn't give you an exact time frame with any of those guys."

Calvin Johnson
The Lions have benched star wide receiver Calvin Johnson through the first two preseason games in an effort to avoid any injuries, and it doesn't appear Johnson will play in the team's third preseason game, which usually acts as the dress rehearsal for the regular season.

"You may expect it, but you will not get it," Caldwell said when asked if we should expect to see Johnson play against the Jaguars on Friday, per

Timothy Wright
The Lions have reportedly made a deal with the Buccaneers to acquire tight end Timothy Wright, in exchange for rookie kicker Kyle Brindza according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport and confirmed by both teams. 

Wright had re-joined the Bucs after a season in New England in which he caught 26 passes and six touchdowns. Now, he will join a crowded tight end field in Detroit, where Joseph Fauria, Eric Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew are in the mix. 

Ezekiel Ansah
In only his seventh year of playing organized football, Lions defensive tackle Ziggy Ansah will experience his first healthy NFL offseason, a fact that will help prepare him for what could be a big season, per the team's website. 

Ansah was drafted by the Lions in 2013 and didn't get to spend much time working on his game leading up to draft day. Prior to the 2014 season, Ansah was sidelined with shoulder surgery and missed all team OTAs and minicamps. 

Now, however, Ansah is healthy and getting in shape for the 2015 campaign, which could see him in a bigger role on the Lions' front line. 

"We're looking forward to Ziggy really having his first offseason and getting into shape and having a great year and having the stamina to finish well," defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said.

Manny Ramirez
Many believed that guard and first-round pick Laken Tomlinson was a shoo-in to start for the Lions this season.

Not so fast.

Fellow newcomer Manny Ramirez, for whom the team traded in a swap with Denver, began OTAs this week working with the first team. Tomlinson was on the second unit.

Jim Caldwell explained why, praising the 32-year-old Ramirez along the way.

"He's a guy that's certainly going to add some girth and power and experience in the (interior)," Caldwell told "But, also, you can just tell from a leadership standpoint, I mean, he's tremendous. Real solid guy, just a person that's well-rounded, has a good sense of what being a real pro is. ... I think you'll see some of that wear off on some of our younger guys."

Ramirez was a full-time starter with the Broncos in each of the last three seasons.

Chris Owens
The Lions placed cornerback Chris Owens on injured reserve Monday. They also released tight end Deon Butler, quarterback Garrett Gilbert, receiver Vernon Johnson, running back Desmond Martin, defensive tackle Roy Philon, cornerback Jocquel Skinner, cornerback R.J. Stanford and defensive end Erik Williams.
Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
Don Muhlbach
The Lions have re-signed long snapper Don Muhlbach to a one-year contract, the team announced Friday.

Muhlbach made the Pro Bowl in 2012 and has spent his entire 12-year career with the Lions. 

Joe Madsen
The Browns reached deals with defensive back Aaron Ross and linebacker Everette Brown, the team announced Sunday.

In addition to the signings, the team waived offensive lineman Joe Madsen and defensive lineman Christian Tupou.

Caraun Reid
The Lions lost two linemen in Thursday's preseason game. Offensive lineman Larry Warford, expected to be the starting right guard, and Caraun Reid, battling for playing time at defensive tackle, both went down with ankle injuries. 

Jim Caldwell updated their condition on Friday. "It's going to be a little while but I'm not certain," Caldwell said per ESPN. "I couldn't give you an exact time frame with any of those guys."

Devin Taylor
Lions tight ends Eric Ebron (hamstring) and Joseph Fauria (ankle) are active for Sunday's game at Arizona after being listed as probable. Ebron returns after missing three straight games and will start in place of Brandon Pettigrew (foot). Fauria is back after missing six straight games.

Also suiting up are safety James Ihedigbo (back), center Don Muhlbach (ankle), right tacle LaAdrian Waddle (knee) and defensive end Devin Taylor (knee).

Sam Martin
Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell, still upset about the pass-interference flag officials picked up in the fourth quarter of Sunday's playoff loss at Dallas, suggested video replay be used on critical calls like that one, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

"I think, without question, it was probably not officiated correctly in my estimation,” Caldwell said Monday. "Nevertheless, I do think in this day and age, with modern times where we have technology that can take out the human factor in certain key situations in big games, that we should use that technology to do so."

Detroit led 20-17 and had third-and-1 at the Cowboys' 46-yard line when linebacker Anthony Hitchens was called for pass interference against tight end Brandon Pettigrew. Officials reversed themselves and picked up the flag, prompting a Lions punt. Sam Martin shanked it, the Cowboys drove for a touchdown and held on to win 24-20.

"I'm angry about it, and trying to keep my composure here, but I'm probably angry for our team, and the fans," Caldwell said. "That's the thing that stirs your blood."

Dean Blandino, the NFL's vice president for officiating, said Hitchens should have been penalized for defensive holding. That would have given the Lions a first down, putting them near field-goal range.

T.J. Jones
Lions coach Jim Caldwell said receiver T.J. Jones is nearing a return to the practice field, according to

Before the Lions selected him in the 2014 NFL draft in the sixth round, Jones injured his arm late in his final collegiate season with Notre Dame. He ended up dealing with a nerve issue in his arm, which placed him on injured reserve last season. 

Though he's eligible to participate in this weekend's rookie minicamp, Jones was not present. Caldwell said Jones is in the weight room getting his strength back. 

"He's healed up quite nicely," Caldwell said. "I think he's still working himself into a position where's got all of his girth back, because you do lose a little bit with inactivity. But he's been working hard at it, he's gaining and he's making strides."

Golden Tate
Lions second-year wide receiver Golden Tate has stated that his familiarity and comfort level with the offense this offseason is "night and day" better than it was a year ago, per the team website. He added that his goal is to improve on the numbers he established last year.

That won't be easy. He had easily his best season in 2014 with 99 catches for 1,331 yards and four touchdowns to earn a Pro Bowl spot. A total of 58 of his receptions were for first downs.

Stephen Tulloch
Lions middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch has apparently made good on his claim that he has fully recovered from ACL surgery undergone in 2014, at least if his effort Tuesday is any indication.

The team website is stating that Tulloch was a full participant in the OTA session. "I'm doing everything," he said. "I'm able to run around and make calls and make checks and get back to being a middle linebacker."

Tulloch suffered a bit of embarrassment in Week 3 a year ago when he sustained the season-ending injury celebrating a sack of Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

James Ihedigbo
Lions strong safety James Ihedigbo has reported to OTAs and will likely attend minicamp despite his stated desire for a new contract, the Detroit News is reporting.

Ihedigbo was the lone Lion to skip voluntary workouts last month. But general manager Martin Mayhew expressed understanding about his absence given the contract situation.

The 31-year-old Ihedigbo has been a starter in the NFL since 2009. He racked up 59 tackles and a career-high four interceptions in his first season with Detroit in 2014.

Jeremy Ross
Lions wide receiver Jeremy Ross has made it clear he's not giving up his return specialist duties to anyone, per

During organized team activities on Thursday, Ross was not taking reps returning kicks but that's because he was contributing on the coverage side of the ball. As far as being the go-to return specialist, Ross wants to keep that job.

"I definitely want to be back there," Ross said. "I love being back as a return man, I love doing punt returns, kick returns. It's an exciting place to be. You get to make a lot of big plays for your team, so it's definitely important."

Ross is confident he won't face significant competition for the position, in fact, he sees himself as the only competitor for the spot.

"If I'm out there not giving my best and I'm not the return man, that's on me," Ross said. "If I give my best, give everything I've got to being the best that I can be and I don't get it, hey, more power to you, you're just better."

Theo Riddick
Even though the Lions are considering drafting a running back, the team will depend on Joique Bell and Theo Riddick for a large portion of the running game this season.

GM Joe Lombardi called the veteran tandem a "work in progress".

"Joique we love. He's a tough guy. Runs hard. Just keeping him healthy will be key," Lombardi said, per "I'm very excited for Theo (Riddick) and have been since I first got here. I think we're going to see great things from him."


Brian Suite
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Dan Orlovsky
Dan Orlovsky inched ahead of Kellen Moore in the battle for the backup quarterback job with the Lions on Thursday with a strong effort in the second preseason game against Washington, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Orlovsky completed 13 of 17 passes for 118 yards. He engineered two touchdown marches in just two quarters of action.

"He's had very good performances," Jim Caldwell said. "Dan is, obviously, a guy that has real good understanding of systems, does a good job in terms of the leadership and he's effective. So he's doing a good job. (But) this is Game 2, so we've got a little ways to go."

Al Bond
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Torrian Wilson
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Eric Ebron
Lions tight end Eric Ebron might be hurt that he has been deemed a bust after just one season in the NFL.

But he's not letting on.

"It is what it is," he told "It's one year. You can claim what you want to claim. Your opinions and your statements don't mean anything to me."

Those opinions and statements are based on a disappointing rookie season in which Ebron was held without a catch in two of his first three games, missed three others with a hamstring injury and never totaled more than 38 yards receiving in any game. He finished the year with 25 catches for 248 yards and one touchdown.

And considering the Lions had a chance to draft premier pass-catchers such as NFL Rookie of the Year Odell Beckham and Aaron Donald, one can understand the skepticism. After all, the team looked at Ebron as a Jimmy Graham clone who would thrive as a receiver out of the slot.

Ebron admits he has been changed as a person by the humbling experience.

"Absolutely," he said. "Totally different person. Just totally different person. Just more mature. Just continue to understand, and actually take advice. I was always standing out and always better than everyone else (growing up), as you would say. And I never really heeded advice. Now I do, from everybody."

Ebron can gain assurance by knowing that 49ers standout Vernon Davis, the last tight end chosen in the top 10 of the draft, recorded comparable numbers as a rookie. He caught20 passes for 265 yards in his first season before emerging as a Pro Bowler.

Kerry Hyder
The Jets have cut their roster down to 53 by waiving a number of players.

Those on offense are quarterback Tajh Boyd and Matt Simms, wide receivers Clyde Gates and Stephen Hill, running backs Daryl Richardson and Alex Green, tight end Chris Pantale, linemen Brent Qvale and Caleb Schlauderaff.

The defenders imclude defensive backs Rontez Miles, Jeremy Reeves, Johnny Patrick, Dimitri Patterson and Brandon Dixon, linemen Zach Thompson, Kerry Hyder and Tevita Finau and linebackers Garrett McIntyre and A.J. Edds.

Linebacker Antwan Barnes has been placed on the PUP list.

Josh Bynes
The Lions have re-signed linebacker Josh Bynes.

The team declined to tender Bynes a restricted free-agent offer in February, but he'll be back with the team in 2015. The linebacker recorded 18 tackles and one interception in 13 games in 2014.

Darryl Tapp
The Lions have re-signed defensive end Darryl Tapp, according to Jeff Katzenstein of the Detroit News, citing NFLPA data.

Tapp was scheduled to become a free agent on March 10. He reportedly signed for the minimum salary, which is $870,000 for veterans. He made $855,000 last season. 

Tapp had 17 tackles, half a sack and two pass defenses in his first year with the Lions, last season. He's been in the NFL since 2006, with the Seahawks, Eagles and Redskins. 

Isaiah Johnson
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Jermelle Cudjo
The Chiefs released receivers Jerrell Jackson, Darryl Surgent, Deon Anthony and Weston Dressler, defensive tackle Jermelle Cudjo, defensive lineman Jairus Campbell, guard Otis Hudson, cornerbacks Brandon Jones and Vernon Kearney, safety Jerron McMillian and tight end Adam Schiltz.
Jordan Thompson
The Lions announced several practice squad roster moves on Monday, according to the Detroit Free Press. The team signed the following players to the practice squad: Tight end Jordan Thompson, cornerback Trevin Wade and defensive tackle Roy Philon.
Ameer Abdullah
The Lions have signed second-round pick Ameer Abdullah to his rookie contract, the team announced on Wednesday.

Abdullah, a running back out of Nebraska, ran for 3,301 yards and 28 touchdowns in his last two seasons in college.

Larry Webster
The Lions have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Cowboys: guard Larry Warford (knee), defensive tackles Nick Fairley (knee) and Caraun Reid, defensive back Josh Thomas, wide receiver Ryan Broyles, defensive end Larry Webster and quarterback Kellen Moore.

Fairley was deemed doubtful to play Sunday on the team's final injury report, while Warford had been ruled out for the Wild Card game. Travis Swanson will draw the start at guard in Warford's absence. The Lions had three players listed as probable to play and all are active.

Detroit is a 6-point underdog in Dallas for Sunday's playoff game.