Lions Fantasy News

Monday, November 30, 2015, 5:52pm - [Full Article]

Eagles running back Ryan Mathews suffered a concussion in a Nov. 15 loss to the Miami Dolphins at Lincoln Financial Field and is still not cleared to resume football activities according to head coach Chip Kelly.

Meanwhile, tight end Zach Ertz suffered a concussion the following week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and did not play against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving.

Kelly said that he did not have a definitive update on Ertz at the time of his Monday press conference but believed that the only remaining hurdle was the tight end being cleared by an independent neurologist before he could return to the practice field.

Eagles hope to have Sam Bradford Week 13

Monday, November 30, 2015, 1:53pm - [Full Article]

On a three-game losing streak and headed to face the 10-1 New England Patriots, Sunday, the Eagles and head coach Chip Kelly hope to have quarterback Sam Bradford back in action.

Bradford suffered both a concussion and a sprained AC join in his left shoulder during the team's 20-19 loss to the Miami Dolphins, Nov. 15. He's missed the past two games, blowout losses to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 45-17; and the Detroit Lions, 45-14.

"We'll see how he is (Tuesday) and then Wednesday will be the key day,'' Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said of Bradford, at his Monday press conference at the Nova Care Complex. "He threw a little bit in Detroit (Thanksgiving Day), but obviously wasn't ready. We hope he's progressed.''

Fantasy Impact:

Bradford did some limited work a week ago in preparation for the Lions game, but was among the team's inactives. Bradford had played his best football as an Eagle just before the injury. He completed 69.4 percent of his passes for 295 yards with the game-winning overtime touchdown pass for a 103.4 rating in a 33-27 win over the Dallas Cowboys. And was 19-for-25 (76 percent) for 236 yards with a touchdown and a 118.1 rating before getting hurt against the Dolphins, the story said.

Calvin Johnson, Darius Slay ACTIVE for Lions

Thursday, November 26, 2015, 11:17am - [Full Article]

Lions Inactives

Jermelle Cudjo DT
Isaiah Johnson DB
T.J. Jones WR
Corey Robinson OT
LaAdrian Waddle T
Gabe Wright DT
Timothy Wright TE

Fantasy Impact:

It didn't seem like Johnson was truly in danger of missing this game, though he was probable heading into Week 11, so there's a possibility that he's had a setback with the ankle. The matchup against the Eagles doesn't get much better, however.

Thanksgiving Day Injury Reports & Analysis

Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 5:44pm

NFL Communications - [Full Article]

Carolina Panthers

CB Charles Tillman (knee)

WR Corey Brown (shoulder)

DT Dwan Edwards (ankle), WR Ted Ginn (knee), LS J.J. Jansen (head), G Andrew Norwell (hamstring)

Dallas Cowboys

CB Morris Claiborne (hamstring, ankle), DE Ryan Russell (abdomen)

WR Dez Bryant (foot, knee), WR Brice Butler (hamstring), CB Brandon Carr (shoulder), S Barry Church (ankle), DT Nick Hayden (ankle), S Jeff Heath (shoulder), LB Anthony Hitchens (ankle), CB Byron Jones (ankle), DE Demarcus Lawrence (back), LB Rolando McClain (foot), RB Darren McFadden (groin), QB Tony Romo (back, left shoulder), LB Kyle Wilber (toe)

Philadelphia Eagles

TE Zach Ertz (concussion), RB Ryan Mathews (concussion, groin)

QB Sam Bradford (concussion, left shoulder), C Jason Kelce (knee), T Jason Peters (back)

LB Kiko Alonso (ankle), LB Connor Barwin (quadricep), LB DeMeco Ryans (hamstring), DE Cedric Thornton (ankle), S Walter Thurmond (hamstring)

Detroit Lions

S Don Carey (back), WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), DT Caraun Reid (ankle), CB Darius Slay (neck), DT Gabe Wright (ankle)

CB Crezdon Butler (teeth), TE Eric Ebron (quadricep, hand)

Chicago Bears

TE Martellus Bennett (ribs), RB Ka'Deem Carey (concussion), WR Eddie Royal (knee)

RB Matt Forte (knee), WR Alshon Jeffery (groin), S Sherrod Martin (neck), LB Pernell McPhee (knee), LB LaRoy Reynolds (knee), S Antrel Rolle (knee)

Green Bay Packers

WR Jared Abbrederis (rib, chest), WR Ty Montgomery (ankle)

S Micah Hyde (hip), C Corey Linsley (ankle), DE Mike Pennel (quadricep), CB Damarious Randall (hamstring)

WR Davante Adams (ankle), T David Bakhtiari (knee), T Bryan Bulaga (knee), S Morgan Burnett (ankle), LB Jay Elliott (ankle), RB Eddie Lacy (ankle), G T.J. Lang (shoulder), LB Clay Matthews (ankle, knee), RB Aaron Ripkowski (ankle), G Josh Sitton (knee)

Fantasy Impact:

For the Panthers, if Corey Brown is out, then Devin Funchess figures to be a Sneaky Start once again. With Zach Ertz and Ryan Mathews out, Brent Celek and Darren Sproles both get a bump. Celek is a top 10 play this week in a nice matchup with the Lions. Calvin Johnson is questionable but is expected to play. With Martellus Bennett sidelined, Zachary Miller is also a Sneaky Start at the tight end position. He has been very involved the last few weeks and the Packers just gave up a boatload of fantasy points to Kyle Rudolph last week. Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte are both expected to play, but the Bears have been very devious when it comes to handing out injury information. Don't be shocked if either is inactive on Thursday evening. If they both return, it will obviously put a dent in the upside of Marquess Wilson and Jeremy Langford, respectively.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 2:15pm - [Full Article]

Standing at his locker, Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford expressed some doubt that he would be able to play this Thursday against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving due to a shoulder injury he suffered two weeks ago against the Miami Dolphins.

"If (my shoulder) continues to progress and get better, I'd like to be out there," Bradford said, "but ultimately it's going to be in the coaches and trainers hands."

Bradford returned to practice Monday, and took part in practice Tuesday, meaning he has cleared the NFL's concussion protocol.

Now the questions surrounds the sprain in his non-throwing shoulder, an injury even Bradford isn't sure how long will take to heal.

Fantasy Impact:

Original reports said Bradford would miss Weeks 11 and 12 and it seems like we're heading in that direction. A Pro Football Talk report also pointed to the Mark Sanchez getting the start on Thanksgiving against the Lions, saying Sanchez is taking the first team reps. The Eagles offense is struggling, so neither QB - if named the starter - is really that great of a fantasy option.

Eagles starting QB Thursday still up in the air

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 12:10pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford is out of the league’s concussion protocol, but it remains to be seen if he’ll be back in the starting lineup on Thanksgiving.

Bradford is also dealing with a left shoulder injury and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said Tuesday that the team isn’t likely to have a decision about whether Bradford or Mark Sanchez will start against the Lions until Wednesday. Bradford returned to practice on Monday, but Shurmur explained that session and Tuesday’s practice will be too light to make a determination about his readiness to play.

Fantasy Impact:

Shurmur did say Bradford looked good on Monday. Bradford had been playing pretty well before getting hurt, and at this point in the season if there's any way Bradford can go he'll likely get the call given the Eagles struggles with Mark Sanchez under center.

Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm

Lions RB Joique Bell (shoulder, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 11. Bell will play and likely see the bulk of the touches in one of the league’s worst running games.

Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle, probable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 11. Johnson played through his ankle injury last week and we’d expect him to do so again in Week 11 against the Raiders.

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5:53pm

Lions RB Joique Bell (shoulder) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. This is a new injury for Bell but the full practice is a good sign for his Week 11 availability.

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5:53pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Johnson played through his ankle injury last week and we’d expect him to do so again in Week 11 against the Raiders.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6:07pm

Lions RB Joique Bell (shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday. This is a new injury for Bell but the fact that he’s practicing at all on Wednesday is a good sign for his Week 11 availability.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6:07pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Johnson played through his ankle injury last week and we’d expect him to do so again in Week 11 against the Raiders.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 10:49am

ESPN - [Full Article]

It’s time to pull carries from Joique Bell: The Lions' lead back looked like he had found some of his old form in Week 8 against Kansas City. That went away again against Green Bay -- 17 yards on 14 carries -- and once again Bell looked like he had little-to-no push against once of the worst rushing defenses in the league.

Some of that is on the offensive line, but Bell just doesn’t look like the back of 2014.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say as long as Ameer Abdullah can hang on to the ball, it might be time to give him the majority of work for the remainder of the season. He’s the back of the future with the Lions anyway.

Saturday, November 14, 2015, 7:53pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Receiver Ty Montgomery did not sound too optimistic on Friday about his chances of playing Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Sure enough, the Green Bay Packers rookie was downgraded to doubtful after Saturday’s practice.

It means Montgomery likely will miss his third straight game because of the sprained left ankle he sustained on Oct. 18 against the San Diego Chargers.

Fantasy Impact:

On Friday, Montgomery revealed that his injury was so painful initially that he thought he broke his leg and said he still was not 100 percent.

Friday, November 13, 2015, 6:45pm

Packers RB Eddie Lacy (groin, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 10. Lacy is dealing with a groin injury, but should be able to play against the Lions. It appears that the Packers are planning to use James Starks as their lead back, since Mike McCarthy said that Starks is the “No. 1 back right now.”

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