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2018 Schedule
3-6, 4th in NFC North
Patricia on Lions practicing in the snow in 900 words (0:58)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Marvin Jones officially OUT for Lions. TJ Jones should get a lot of work, same with Bruce Ellington.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah tells me he's in "a gradual process" to getting back to being fully back to his old self. When asked if he feels at this point he could play every down, similar to how he did in previous years, Ansah said it's still a process but "when the time comes, yeah, you all are going to see me out there." This, of course, is something Ansah is looking forward to. Ansah said the ramp-up to him playing more snaps is something that just worked out. "It just happened to just fall in place," Ansah said. "I just come out, practice and prepare myself for Sunday and whatever happens, happens." Ansah is playing on the franchise tag this year and is scheduled to be a free agent after the season. He has played as a situational edge rusher the past two games. He has two sacks this season.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Marvin Jones, A'Shawn Robinson and Michael Roberts all not at open portion of Lions practice for the third straight day.

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10hMichael Rothstein

Lions' Patricia defends call to practice outdoors

A day after Lions coach Matt Patricia held his team's practice outside in the cold and snow, despite playing four straight games indoors or in Arizona, the first-year coach spent about four minutes and 900 words defending his decision to do so.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Patricia said they were practicing in pads and felt it was safer to go outside in pads to work on fundamentals than inside. Said practicing outside has "multiple benefits."

Bruschi, Woodson both like Panthers in Detroit (0:49)
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1dMichael Rothstein

Lions practice in snow, leave players asking why

The Lions, despite being a full month -- or four games -- away from playing a potential cold-weather game outdoors, practiced in those conditions Thursday, amid steady snowfall.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions practice report — same as Wednesday.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Seven starters on the Lions walkthrough injury list Wednesday:

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions have placed RG T.J. Lang on injured reserve, ending his season and potentially his time with Detroit. He's in the middle of a three-year, $28.5 million contract. With no guaranteed money left on his deal and a $11.6 million cap hit for 2019, it's fair to wonder if Lang will be with the Lions next season considering he struggled to stay on the field during his first two years in Detroit.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions DC Paul Pasqualoni, who was Syracuse's head coach the last time the Orange (then the Orangemen) were ranked as highly as they are now, said he's happy to see the school have success in football again. He particularly praised Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey. "I think Eric Dungey is a very competitive, very, very tough guy at the quarterback position," Pasqualoni said. "And like every program, every football program in America, you need a good quarterback at this level and at that level, the Division I level, to win. And I think Eric Dungey gives them that and hope that they can be successful throughout the season."

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions QB Matt Cassel tells me his mother-in-law is among the people who had to evacuate their homes over the past few days due to the fires in Southern California. He said he's knows at least 5-10 people who have been evacuated from their homes. "It's chaos so we've just been praying for everybody," Cassel said. "Got a lot of people displaced right now. It's just an unfortunate situation." Cassel said his mother-in-law is now further inland staying with family. No one he knows, to this point, has lost their home but a lot of people he knows are still at risk. "We're fortunate that nobody [we know] has lost their home, but unfortunately there are a lot of people out there that have," Cassel said. "So like I said, you just pray for them and hopefully the firemen and firewomen can all take care of it." The 36-year-old says he plans on offering assistance to try and help as they figure out and understand what will be needed.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Sam Martin said his hospital visit was "precautionary" because he was spitting up blood. Said he was checked out and everything is fine. He said he'll be fine for Sunday against Carolina. He was blocked from the side on a play.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions have waived CB Lenzy Pipkins. Detroit has some injuries so need some roster space, between WR Marvin Jones, TE Michael Roberts and possibly P Sam Martin being banged up. That's in addition to CB Darius Slay and RG T.J. Lang, neither of whom played Sunday against Chicago.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Patricia on Matthew Stafford possible regression: Says they all have to do a better job. Said he believes there are things Stafford wishes he could do better and that the Lions can always do better.

Team Stats

Passing Yards246.4
Rushing Yards101.1
Points For22.4
Points Against27.1