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NFC North Standings

Team Div Overall
4-2-0 13-4-0
4-2-0 8-9-0
2-4-0 6-11-0
2-4-0 3-13-1

Top Lions News

  • Lions' Justin Jackson: Strikes deal with Detroit

    Jackson signed a contract with the Lions on Monday.

    Despite averaging 5.4 yards per carry on 68 totes while adding 22 receptions for 178 yards in 14 games during his final season with the Chargers in 2021, Jackson remained on the open market until shortly after the start of training camp before finally catching on with Detroit. Though his strong past production makes him an interesting depth option, Jackson isn't guaranteed to have a path to a rotational role in Detroit while both D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams are healthy and signed to more substantial contracts.

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  • Lions' D'Andre Swift: Coach expresses workload concerns

    Head coach Dan Campbell expressed concern with Swift holding up under a large workload, Jeff Risdon of USA Today reports. "[Swift]'s got that ability, and so my gosh man, you want those guys out there every play, but ... I would like to see, if we get him out of camp, get his legs under him, get him in really good shape, like I said get the intensity, get the volume under him and then let's see where he looks like," Campbell said.

    Swift has missed time due to shoulder and groin injuries in both college and the pros, most recently missing part of last summer's training camp with a strained groin before sustaining an AC joint injury Week 12. This led the third-year running back to miss multiple games for a second consecutive season. While optimists can point to reports of Swift having bulked up over the offseason as reason to think his injury luck could improve, his head coach nonetheless is warranted in his concern about putting too heavy of a workload on his 5-foot-9 running back. With Jamaal Williams -- who saw double-digit touches in 11 of 13 games last year -- around for another year, the Lions have a quality veteran option that can help them avoid doing just that, but Swift is the unquestioned No. 1.

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  • Lions' Dan Skipper: Clears physical examination

    Skipper returned to practice after being re-instated from the Lions' active/non-football illness list Saturday.

    It's unknown why Skipper initially landed on the active/NFI list, but he should now be ready to compete for a spot on Detroit's active roster during training camp. The 27-year-old has played a total of 10 games during his career and could provide a role as an emergency backup for the Lions this coming regular season.

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  • Lions' Darrin Paulo: Re-joins Detroit

    Paulo signed a contract with the Lions on Thursday, Aaron Wilson of reports.

    Paulo spent time on and off of Detroit's practice squad last season after being waived from Denver's roster in October. The 25-year-old will likely compete with Matt Nelson, Obinna Eze and Dan Skipper for a backup offensive tackle role during training camp.

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  • Lions' Jason Cabinda: Nursing ankle injury

    Cabinda's placement on the PUP list Wednesday was due to an ankle injury, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

    The nature of Cabinda's ankle injury is not clear, nor is it clear how much of training camp he will need to miss in his recovery. Whether or not Detroit adds any depth at the position could be telling as to whether it expects the fullback to miss an extended period of time.

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  • Lions' Derrick Deese: Healthy for training camp

    Deese (undisclosed) was listed as one of the eight active tight ends for the Lions at Thursday's practice, Jeff Risdon of USA Today reports.

    Deese signed with the Lions as an undrafted free agent in May and has been out with an injury since mid-June. The San Jose State product is fighting to secure a depth role, as he's one of the seven tight ends fighting for a spot behind T.J. Hockenson.

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  • Lions' Will Harris: Staying at cornerback

    Head coach Dan Campbell said Thursday that Harris will permanently play cornerback, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

    After struggling at safety, Harris got a look at cornerback down the stretch of last season due to a rash of injuries, and his solid performance has given him new life in Detroit. In fact, the 2019 third-round pick has been alternating first-team reps with Jeff Okudah during the early days of training camp opposite No. 1 corner Amani Oruwariye. While Mike Hughes or Jerry Jacobs (knee) could push those two for reps before long, it at least seems clear that Harris is on the fast track to a roster spot.

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  • Lions' DJ Chark: Being moved around formation

    Chark has lined up across the formation during the installation of Detroit's new offense under first-year offensive coordinator Ben Johnson, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

    Chark largely stayed on the perimeter of the field during his time in Jacksonville, but it sounds like the Lions could be looking to get him the ball in other ways. However, with so many mouths to feed in the short-area passing game between Amon-Ra St. Brown, D'Andre Swift and T.J. Hockenson, it is fair to wonder how many more could be left over for someone else. Meanwhile, none of those other guys come close to having both of Chark's 6-foot-4 size and sub-4.4 speed, so the Lions don't really have a better option than Chark on the outside -- at least until Jameson Williams (knee) returns. In the end, most of Chark's production should be expected to come from his typical X-receiver alignment, though it is nice to know that there could be upside for more.

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  • Lions' Greg Bell: Suffers possible hamstring injury

    Bell was tended to by the Lions' trainers for what appeared to be a hamstring injury Thursday, Jeff Risdon of USA Today reports.

    Bell pulled up with apparent discomfort in his upper left leg while running routes in practice. The non-contact nature of this apparent injury seems to indicate some kind of soft tissue injury in the rookie running back's leg. If this injury does indeed prove serious, it could prove catastrophic for Bell's chances to make the Lions' final 53-man roster this coming season.

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  • Lions' James Mitchell: Passes physical examination

    Mitchell, who is coming off a torn ACL suffered last September, was medically cleared to practice Monday, Jeff Risdon of USA Today reports.

    Mitchell missed the final 11 games of his college career with Virginia Tech due to his season-ending injury, but he participated in each of the Lions' first two training camp practices this week, per Nick Baumgardner and Colton Pouncy of The Athletic. The rookie fifth-round pick's draft status likely suffered due to this significant knee injury, so he could compete with Brock Wright, Devin Funchess and Garrett Griffin for Detroit's No. 2 tight end spot should he impress during training camp.

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  • Lions' Joshua Paschal: Underwent sports hernia surgery

    Head coach Dan Campbell revealed Wednesday that Paschal underwent sports hernia surgery this offseason and there is no timetable for the rookie to be removed from the PUP list, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    It is not clear when Paschal underwent surgery, but the second-round draft pick participated in rookie minicamp in May and was a nonparticipant in practices open to the media since then. With Romeo Okwara (Achilles) also on the mend, Paschal's continued absence opens the door for Austin Bryant to see first-team snaps behind Charles Harris and Aidan Hutchinson.

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  • Lions' Jeff Okudah: Participating in training camp

    Okudah (Achilles) was close to a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Roughly 11 months since rupturing his Achilles, Okudah took first-team reps during the only full-team period of the opening day of training camp. Head coach Dan Campbell said afterward that the plan is for Okudah to practice without restrictions for the rest of the summer. If he can finally avoid the injury bug, the Ohio State product should have a good shot at sticking with the starting defense come Week 1, though Will Harris also took first-team reps opposite Amani Oruwariye at cornerback Wednesday and could be in the mix as well.

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  • Lions' Jason Cabinda: Hits PUP list

    Cabinda (undisclosed) was added to the Lions' active/physically unable to perform list Wednesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Cabinda is eligible to return and play at any point this preseason, though it's unclear how long his stay on the PUP list may last. The fullback collected seven total touches for 39 yards and one score in 2021, and he figures to continue contributing both on offense and special teams this coming season.

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  • Lions' C.J. Moore: Lands on NFI list

    Moore (undisclosed) was added to the active/non-football injury list by the Lions on Wednesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Moore is still eligible to practice and play in the preseason once he is removed from this list. The 26-year-old saw career-high playing time with Detroit last season, collecting 22 tackles over 17 games. Moore still primarily contributed via special teams (299 snaps) and he figures to slot into a depth role at safety behind Tracy Walker and Brady Breeze.

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  • Lions' Dan Skipper: Receives NFI designation

    Skipper (illness) was added to the Lions' active/non-football illness list Wednesday, Tim Twentyman of the team's official site reports.

    Skipper has spent time on and off Detroit's practice squad over the past two seasons, appearing in six games for the team during this span. The 27-year-old should compete for a backup role at offensive tackle when healthy this preseason.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Rushing Passing Overall
Off. 110.9
Def. 135.1


Player Injury
R. Okwara DE Romeo Okwara DE Achilles
J. Williams WR Jameson Williams WR Knee - ACL
J. Cabinda FB Jason Cabinda FB Ankle
C. Moore DB C.J. Moore DB Undisclosed
J. Paschal DE Josh Paschal DE Sports Hernia

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