Detroit’s Lions don’t have interest in Ray Rice

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The Lions for sure could use a running back, and while they have Joique Bell in the backfield, they also released Reggie Bush in free agency this offseason. Check how the off-season changes will affect the 2015 Lions’ at Mybookie.ag.

There’s an option out there, but the player that a lot of people seem to be talking about is also a player that no one wants to see to take a chance on – that being former Ravens running back Ray Rice.

At the recent NFL Owners Meetings in Phoenix AZ, Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said that Ray Rice is not an option to come to the Lions as a possible running back option.

“I don’t foresee that, to be plain and simple,” Caldwell said at the NFL owners meetings. “We certainly do know him and got to know him when we were there, and I think, at some point in time, like I had mentioned before, somebody will probably give him a second chance.”

If you don’t think Caldwell knows all about Rice, think again, as Caldwell spent two seasons with Rice with the Ravens when he was offensive coordinator and Rice was the team’s star running back.

He knows what Rice can do, but at the same time there’s thought of the backlash that will come if the team grabs Rice, who was released last season after video surfaced of him punching his then-fiancee in an elevator. He has not been on a team since then.

“I just don’t see it,” Caldwell said of Rice playing for the Lions. “There has to be a need and a fit in all areas, and at this point in time, he’s not a fit for us.”

The Lions released Bush before the start of free agency and want to add another back to a group that includes Bell, Theo Riddick and George Winn.

Most likely, they’ll do that through the draft, which is deep at running back. The Lions already have hosted potential early round picks Todd Gurley and Tevin Coleman on predraft visits.

There’s plenty of need at the position, but in the NFL in general running backs have been devalued in the last few years with more and more focus on the passing game.

The Lions don’t need the headache that will come along with Rice. He may rehab his character and get another shot in the NFL, but the Lions are smart to stay away – stay far away.

Lions Agree to Two-Year Deal with CB Rashean Mathis

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Reports say that the Lions will have their entire starting secondary from last season back in 2015.

The team has re-signed cornerback Rashean Mathis to a two-year deal, a source confirmed to Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com on Wednesday, meaning that a group that had helped form one of the top defenses in the NFL will remain intact for at least another year.

Mathis, who will turn 35 in August, had one of the better seasons of his career in 2014, finishing as the No. 12-rated cornerback by Pro Football Focus. He is also a valuable mentor to the team’s other starting cornerback, Darius Slay, and part of a veteran core with safeties James Ihedigbo and Glover Quin.

He had 51 tackles last season as well as his first interception since 2011. He started all 16 games for the Lions opposite Slay.

Lions vs Cowboys Friday Injury Report

DETROIT LIONS
Status Report
OUT G Larry Warford (knee)
DOUBTFUL DT Nick Fairley (knee)
PROBABLE DE Ezekiel Ansah (toe), WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), DE Darryl Tapp (not injury related)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DT Nick Fairley (knee), G Larry Warford (knee)
Thursday DE Darryl Tapp (not injury related), G Larry Warford (knee)
Friday G Larry Warford (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday WR Calvin Johnson (ankle)
Thursday DT Nick Fairley (knee)
Friday DE Ezekiel Ansah (toe), DT Nick Fairley (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Thursday WR Calvin Johnson (ankle)
Friday WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), DE Darryl Tapp (not injury related)
DALLAS COWBOYS
Status Report
DOUBTFUL T Doug Free (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE DE Tyrone Crawford (illness), LB Anthony Hitchens (ankle)
PROBABLE LB Bruce Carter (knee), DT Nick Hayden (shoulder), S Jeff Heath (thumb), G Zack Martin (ankle), LB Rolando McClain (knee, illness), RB DeMarco Murray (hand), DT Josh Brent (calf), QB Tony Romo (back), S C.J. Spillman (groin), LB Dekoda Watson (hamstring)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Doug Free (ankle), DT Nick Hayden (shoulder), LB Anthony Hitchens (ankle), QB Tony Romo (back), S C.J. Spillman (groin)
Thursday T Doug Free (ankle), DT Nick Hayden (shoulder), LB Anthony Hitchens (ankle), S C.J. Spillman (groin)
Friday DE Tyrone Crawford (illness), T Doug Free (ankle), LB Anthony Hitchens (ankle)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Rolando McClain (knee, illness), LB Dekoda Watson (hamstring)
Friday DT Nick Hayden (shoulder), S C.J. Spillman (groin)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Bruce Carter (knee), S Jeff Heath (thumb), G Zack Martin (ankle), RB DeMarco Murray (hand), DT Josh Brent (calf)
Thursday LB Bruce Carter (knee), S Jeff Heath (thumb), G Zack Martin (ankle), LB Rolando McClain (knee, illness), RB DeMarco Murray (hand), DT Josh Brent (calf), QB Tony Romo (back), LB Dekoda Watson (hamstring)
Friday LB Bruce Carter (knee), S Jeff Heath (thumb), G Zack Martin (ankle), LB Rolando McClain (knee, illness), RB DeMarco Murray (hand), DT Josh Brent (calf), QB Tony Romo (back), LB Dekoda Watson (hamstring)

Ndamukong Suh suspended for playoff game

Ndamukong Suh has been suspended for this coming Sunday’s playoff game versus the Dallas Cowboys.

The suspension stems from Suh having stepped on Packers QB Aaron Rodgers’ calf as he laid on the ground. While it is not obvious that Suh did this purposely, his reputation certainly has not done him any favors. The league’s office, however, will have to respond to an appeal of this suspension of Suh.

If the suspension is upheld, this will be a big blow to the Lions’ defensive line as they will face a very formidable Cowboys offensive line. Tackle Tyron Smith, guard Zack Martin, and center Travis Frederick have all earned Pro Bowl berths for their outstanding play this season.

This is the second week in a row in which the Lions will be short a player due to suspension. Just last week, center Dominic Raiola was suspended due to stomping on an opponent. He ultimately missed the matchup against the Packers — a game that would decide the winner of the NFC North.

Lions Rally for 20-14 Late Win Over Bears

Matthew Stafford outplayed new Bears starter Jimmy Clausen, but just barely, as the Lions survived a tough win in Chicago, topping the Bears 20-14.

He completed 22 of 39 passes for 243 yards and hit the 4,000-yard mark for the fourth straight year, but it was hardly an easy afternoon for him.

Ndamukong Suh had two sacks, Calvin Johnson added six catches for 103 yards and now the playoff-bound Lions (11-4) can wrap up the NFC North title with a win next week against Green Bay. Regardless, the Lions will make their second trip to the postseason in four years and third in 16 years after Philadelphia’s loss to Washington on Saturday.

They were hoping to lock up their first division championship since 1993. But with the Packers beating Tampa Bay, the division will be decided in next week’s game at Green Bay.

Stafford threw interceptions in the end zone and near the goal line on back-to-back possessions in the second quarter with the Lions leading 7-0.

Reggie Bush ran for a touchdown and finished with 54 yards rushing and 44 receiving for Detroit. The Lions came away with their highest win total since they went 12-4 in 1991 and handed Chicago (5-10) its fourth straight loss.

Clausen completed 23 of 39 passes for 181 yards in his first start since his 2010 rookie season with Carolina. He threw touchdowns to Matt Forte and Alshon Jeffery and played turnover-free ball until a late interception by Glover Quin.

The Bears were leading 14-10 early in the fourth when Tim Jennings bumped Corey Fuller on a deep third-down pass, resulting in a 46-yard interference penalty.

On the next play Bell dodged two defenders and broke a tackle by Brock Vereen for a 17-yard TD that put Detroit up 17-14. Prater added a 30-yard field goal to make it a six-point game with 2:35 remaining.

Prater gave Detroit a 10-7 lead with a 39-yard field goal on the opening drive of the second half. But the Bears answered with an 80-yard touchdown drive. Clausen capped it by lofting a 20-yard pass over Darius Slay to Jeffery in the end zone, giving Chicago its first lead at 14-10 with 2:45 left in the third.

The Bears’ Jeremiah Ratliff blocked a 37-yard field goal by Prater early in the fourth, keeping it a four-point game.

The Lions might have run away with this one if not for Stafford’s interceptions in the second quarter and a muffed punt by Jeremy Ross that led to a touchdown for Chicago near the end of the first half.

Lions at Bears NFL Week 16 Capsule

LIONS BEARS
SERIES LEADER 96-68-5
STREAKS Past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Caldwell: 1-0 Trestman: 0-3
LAST WEEK W 16-14 vs. Vikings L 31-15 vs. Saints
LAST GAME 11/27/14: Bears 17 at Lions 34. Lions WR Calvin Johnson has 11 catches for 146 yards and 2 TDs. Detroit RB Joique Bell adds 91 rushing yards & 2 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/10/13: Lions 21, Bears 19. Detroit QB Matthew Stafford throws for 219 yards & 3 TDs, including 2 to Johnson (4, 14). Lions RB Reggie Bush adds 105 rushing yards.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 113 (Det.), 135 (Chi.). XM: 229 (Chi.).

STATS

PASSING Stafford: 321-522-3797-19-10-87.8 Cutler: 347-525-3640-28 (T3C)-18-89.5
RUSHING Bell: 197-726-3.7-6 Forté: 230-932-4.1-6
RECEIVING Tate: 91 (2C)-1224 (3C)-13.5-4 Forté (RB): 88 (3C)-745-8.5-3
OFFENSE 340.9 338.2
TAKE/GIVE +8 (T3C) -8
DEFENSE 300.3 (2L) 382.4
SACKS Ansah: 7.5 Young: 9.5
INTs Quin: 6 (T1L) 3 tied: 3
PUNTING Martin: 46.8 (3C) O’Donnell (R): 44.0
KICKING Prater: 74 (17/17 PAT; 19/23 FG) Feely: 3 (3/4 PAT; 0/0 FG)

NOTES

LIONS: QB MATTHEW STAFFORD aims for 4th win in row vs. Chi. In Week 13 meeting, had 390 yards, 2 TDs & 116 rating. Needs 203 pass yards for 4th consec. 4,000-yard season…RB REGGIE BUSH aims for 3rd in row vs. Chi. with 100+ rush yards. RB JOIQUE BELL rushed for 91 yards & 2 TDs in Week 13. In past 3, has 343 scrimmage yards (114.3 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.). WR CALVIN JOHNSON had 11 catches for 146 yards & 2 TDs in Week 13. Has 5 TDs in past 3 meetings. Needs 65 rec. yards for 5th consecutive 1,000-yard season. Since 2011, leads NFL with 6,072 rec. yards & 106.5 rec. yards per game. WR GOLDEN TATE has 13 catches for 185 yards (92.5 per game) & TD in past 2 meetings. In past 11, has 75 catches for 1,023 yards (93 per game) & 4 TDs…LB DE ANDRE LEVY leads team with 132 tackles. Had INT in last game at Chi. Has 7 INTs since 2013, most by NFL LB. DT NDAMUKONG SUH has 5 sacks in past 5 meetings. DT NICK FAIRLEY has sack & FR-TD in his past 2 vs. Chi. DE EZEKIEL ANSAH had sack in Week 13. S GLOVER QUIN (6) & JAMES IHEDIGBO (4) have combined for 10 INTs, most by S duo in NFL. Quin has INT in each of past 3. Ihedigbo has INT in 3 of past 4…BEARS: QB JAY CUTLER has won 4 of his 5 starts at home vs. Det…In 13 meetings, RB MATT FORTÉ has 1,423 scrimmage yards (109.5 per game) & 9 TDs (6 rush, 3 rec.). Is 1 of 2 in NFL with 900+ rush (932) & 700+ rec. (745) yards…WR ALSHON JEFFERY has 23 catches for 292 yards (97.3 per game) & 3 TDs in past 3 vs. Det. Had 2 TDs in Week 13. Aims for 6th in row with TD (6 TDs in past 5). TE MARTELLUS BENNETT had 8 catches for 109 yards in last meeting. Ties for NFL lead among TEs with career-high 81 catches…DE WILLIE YOUNG played 4 years with Det. (2010-13) & had 6 sacks. In 1st year with Chi., has 9.5 sacks. In 14 games vs. Det., DE JARED ALLEN has 17.5 sacks, 5 FFs, FR & 36-yard INT-TD. Had 2 sacks, FF & FR in Week 13. Since 2004, leads NFL with 133.5 sacks. Since 2012, CB TIM JENNINGS ties for 2nd in NFL with 13 INTs & ties for 4th with 3 INT-TDs.

Lions at Bears Wednesday Injury Report

DETROIT LIONS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DT Nick Fairley (knee), DE George Johnson (illness), T LaAdrian Waddle (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday S Don Carey (ankle), WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), LB Ashlee Palmer (quadricep), CB Mohammed Seisay (hamstring)
CHICAGO BEARS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday K Robbie Gould (right quadricep), CB Tim Jennings (ankle), DT Jay Ratliff (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday S Chris Conte (back), LB Shea McClellin (ankle)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB Kyle Fuller (hand)

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