Monday, December 8, 2014, 10:57am
He had established a role throughout most of the season, showing his ability to run routes and make decisive cuts. Theo Riddick made his worth in big plays, too, including two huge ones in Week 8 against Atlanta.
Yet on Sunday, Riddick legitimately disappeared from the Detroit Lions' lineup. He played no offensive snaps. A former special teams stalwart during his rookie season, he was only used on seven plays there.
Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Riddick did not violate a team rule, like teammate Brandon Pettigrew, who missed a quarter because of it. Nope, Caldwell indicated Riddick played zero snaps and zero role in the Detroit offense because that’s just how it fell.
"It’s just one of those things," Caldwell said. "Sometimes you get into the flow of the game, you’ve got so many guys running in-and-out of there. George (Winn) played some, Reggie (Bush) played a little bit more, it kind of takes that ball out of Riddick’s hands a little bit."
Riddick's bigger games have come when Bush was out with an injury, so it makes sense that Bush's status looks like it's going to be linked to how often Riddick gets on the field. Based on this past week, Riddick seems like a fantasy handcuff to Bush and that when healthy, Bush and Joique Bell are going to carry the load.
Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm
Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 12.
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm
Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot) was limited Thursday after taking full practice reps Wednesday.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm
Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot) practiced fully Wednesday.
Monday, November 17, 2014, 8:38am
And after, he seemed encouraged with how he came out of the game health-wise with his once-injured hamstring.
"It felt good," Ebron said. "Hopefully it'll stay."
With Brandon Pettigrew out, the Lions relied on Ebron more than second-year tight end Joseph Fauria in its passing offense. Ebron was targeted four times -- more than every Detroit player except for Calvin Johnson, Joique Bell and Theo Riddick -- and caught all four passes for 22 yards. Fauria, meanwhile, did not see a single pass thrown his way Sunday. The story went on to say it's a possible sign Ebron is in store for a larger role going forward.
Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:06pm
Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot, probable) was limited Friday after taking full reps earlier in the week and is probable for Week 11.
Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:15pm
Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 10. Pettigrew joins Joseph Fauria as questionable to play against the Dolphins.
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:28pm
Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6:08pm
Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot) did not practice Wednesday.
The Detroit Lions used their off week to rest and try to heal their many, many injured players, but there is not complete clarity as to whether any of them we'll be back Sunday against Miami.
"We'll have to wait and see, to be honest with you," Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. "And it'll be just like every week, it'll be a day-to-day thing."
Johnson has not played since Week 5 against Buffalo, when he aggravated his high right ankle sprain. Bush has dealt with an ankle sprain the past three weeks. The Lions rested last week in the hopes of getting those players back for the second half of the season.
Johnson told reporters last week he expects to play against Miami on Sunday, the story said, but right now the Lions are treating this as a day-to-day thing. The Dolphins are at Detroit and it's an early afternoon game. Hopefully some light will be shed with the Wednesday injury report, but if not we'll know in advance who is active in case it comes down to a game-time decision.
Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm
Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 8.
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm
Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot) missed practice again Thursday. The Lions may be down to their 4th-string tight end, rookie Jordan Thompson.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm
Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot) did not practice Wednesday. It looks like the Lions have lost yet another tight end to injury.
Sunday, October 19, 2014, 8:12pm
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