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Nick Nelson receives good news after surgery

Wisconsin cornerback Nick Nelson, who recently injured his knee in a private workout with the Lions, received good news from Dr. James Andrews after undergoing surgery Tuesday. Nelson’s torn meniscus did not need a full repair, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. Dr. Andrews only trimmed and cleaned out the meniscus, reducing Nelson’s recovery time. [more]

Lions’ Jarrad Davis approves of new rule against lowering the helmet

NFL players have generally reacted negatively to the new rule banning lowering the head to initiate contact with the helmet. Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis is one of the few players who likes the rule. Davis, the 2017 first-round pick who suffered a concussion in the second game of his career and had to miss the [more]

What’s the best fit for Dez Bryant?

Former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant wants to play for the Giants or, presumably, either of his former team’s two other rivals in the NFC East. But none of these teams may be the best fit. So which teams would be the best fit? That was the subject of Tuesday’s PFT Live draft. Simms and I [more]

Ziggy Ansah expected to sign franchise tag on Tuesday

Defensive end Ziggy Ansah was not at Lions workouts last week because he was in Ghana dealing with family matters, but his absence is not expected to stretch much longer. Ansah is returning to Detroit on Monday and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that he is expected to be at the team’s facility for [more]

Saints place center Gabe Ikard on reserve/retired list

Former New Orleans Saints center Gabe Ikard has decided to retire from football after parts of five seasons spent in the NFL. Ikard announced his decision last week on his Twitter account with the Saints moving him to the reserve/retired list on Thursday. Ikard signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent out [more]

Lions express confidence in Jarrad Davis

The Lions have overhauled the linebacker position with one notable exception: They remain convinced Jarrad Davis is the centerpiece of their defense. The team expects last year’s first-round pick to fit right into Matt Patricia’s defense. “We were down on the scouting trail and numerous people, numerous coaches, kind of pulled us aside and were [more]

Lions incentivizing attendance at conditioning program

The dirty secret about NFL “voluntary” offseason workouts is that they’re not really all that voluntary. But the Lions have figured out a way to guarantee attendance from a significant number of their players, by paying them. Via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Lions have made an effort to incentivize attendance under [more]

Lions put Emmett Cleary on reserve/retired list

The Lions opened up their offseason program on Monday and they said goodbye to a member of the roster on Tuesday. It wasn’t the team’s choice to part ways, however. The team announced that tackle Emmett Cleary has been placed on the reserve/retired list. Cleary entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the [more]

Eric Ebron chose Indianapolis because of Andrew Luck

Tight end Eric Ebron chose Indianapolis for the quarterback. Forget that Andrew Luck hasn’t seen the field in more than a year. “The reason I came here is because of Andrew Luck, to keep it honest,” Ebron said, via Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star. “It doesn’t really matter where I played or where I [more]

Bob Quinn spent two years pitching Matt Patricia to the Lions

The Lions hired coach Matt Patricia earlier this year. Lions G.M. Bob Quinn apparently wanted to make the hire two years earlier. “I had heard about Matt from Bob for two years before we had the chance to meet and as I think I told him recently, I think he undersold him, and he was selling [more]

Bob Quinn: Keeping Ziggy Ansah was Lions “number one conversation”

The Detroit Lions may only have a temporary pact in place with defensive end Ezekiel Ansah after placing the franchise tag on him this offseason, but General Manager Bob Quinn made it clear how highly they value the veteran pass rusher. According to Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com, Quinn said retaining Ansah was the team’s “number [more]

T.J. Jones signs tender with Lions

Wide receiver T.J. Jones signed his restricted free agent tender on the first day of the Lions’ offseason program. The Lions made the announcement on Monday afternoon. Jones was tendered at the lowest of the three levels earlier this offseason and stands to make a little more than $1.9 million during the 2018 season. Jones [more]

Report: Ziggy Ansah in Ghana, won’t be at Lions workouts Monday

The Lions will start their first offseason work since hiring Matt Patricia as their head coach on Monday and one of the team’s top defensive players is not expected to be there. Defensive end Ziggy Ansah got the franchise tag from the Lions to open the offseason and has not signed it yet, so it’s [more]

Nick Nelson injured during private workout with Lions

As initially reported by NFL Media, Wisconsin cornerback Nick Nelson injured his knee during a private workout. PFT has learned that the team for which he was working out was the Lions. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the injury happened within the first five minutes of the workout. It could have happened [more]

Matt Patricia wants joint practices for Lions

Matt Patricia saw the benefit of having joint practices with other teams during the preseason during his time in New England. Now as the head coach of the Detroit Lions, Patricia wants to continue the exercise with his new franchise. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Patricia plans to schedule workouts with [more]

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