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2019 Schedule
3-6-1, 4th in NFC North
Cruz: Lions will beat depleted Redskins (1:05)
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Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

With Rick Wagner back, the Lions have waived OT Dan Skipper. Still a beat-up injury report.

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2dMichael Rothstein

Stafford says it's important to return this season

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said Wednesday that it's important to him to be able to return this season from a back injury that ESPN's Adam Schefter reported last week could take up to six weeks to heal.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Long list of no practice players for the Lions — but RT Rick Wagner is back to limited coming off a concussion.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions have activated DE Austin Bryant, the team's fourth-round pick this year, from injured reserve. They've also placed fullback Nick Bawden on injured reserve. It's the second straight year Bawden will be on IR -- last year for a torn ACL. Bawden was questionable Sunday with a foot injury but played against Dallas. Without Bawden, the Lions will probably look to an offensive lineman when they need a fullback. Last year it was Joe Dahl. He's now a starting guard.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matthew Stafford in the same situation as last Wednesday, according to Matt Patricia. In other words, he'll be out at practice, but not practicing. Continues to be worth monitoring for the Lions quarterback.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Patricia said "we have some good players in that room" and that they all have roles when asked about Jesse James' role this year. The Lions gave Jesse James a good contract in free agency (four years, $22.6 million, $10.5 million of it guaranteed) but he has barely been used as a pass-catcher this season, eight catches for 64 yards.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Double team rate as an edge rusher (x) by pass rush win rate as an edge rusher (y). Robert Quinn, Myles Garrett, Jadeveon Clowney, DeMarcus Lawrence and Za'Darius Smith stand out for their ability to consistently win despite being double-teamed frequently. Pass rush win rate is the rate at which a defender beats his pass blocker within 2.5 seconds of the snap. It is an ESPN metric that uses NFL Next Gen Stats data.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Patricia said "there's nothing that would give me any indication that they're not," when asked whether or not his players are still buying into his message defensively this season. Said they just had another good meeting today. The Lions are on pace for their worst defense in recent history -- even worse, yardage-wise, than the defense during the winless 2008 season.

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5dMichael Rothstein

Lions' Flowers, Ragnow dealing with head injuries

Lions defensive end Trey Flowers is in the concussion protocol after Sunday's loss to the Cowboys, and center Frank Ragnow is being evaluated for a concussion.

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Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Another week, same old problems for the Detroit Lions

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Patricia, asked about the quarterback situation going forward, said they are going to go through the game and make decisions as they go. Detroit is 3-6-1 and starter Matthew Stafford is out with a back injury.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions returner Jamal Agnew said he got rolled up on a little bit and had tape on his left ankle after the game but seemed to be moving well in the locker room with just a slight hesitation to his gait. He was back on the sidelines so that'll be something to monitor.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions DE Trey Flowers is in concussion protocol, according to a Lions official. Being in protocol means he can't talk after games.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Another week and another loss for the Detroit Lions that can be pinned on the defense. Even though the Lions did well against Ezekiel Elliott (45 yards rushing) in a 35-27 loss to Dallas, Detroit let Dak Prescott slice its secondary to where even when the Lions cut it to one possession, it never seemed like they had a true shot in the game. The offense did what it had to despite top players being missing. But this defense isn't getting better -- it is somehow getting worse by the week.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jamal Agnew (ankle) is questionable to return for the Lions.

Team Stats

Passing Yards281.25th
Rushing Yards98.719th
Points For24.410th
Points Against27.2