|Lions open to letting Zenner be every-down RB -- Thu Jan 5 5:30 pm --|
Played 64 of 66 snaps in Week 17
|Zach Zenner played 64 of a possible 66 snaps in Week 17 and was the only running back to see time on offense. He ran for a career-high 69 yards and had another 41 yards receiving.
"Zennerís in phenomenal shape," OC Jim Bob Cooter said. "As the game wore on, kind of felt like he could keep going and felt like it made sense for us to do that, hopefully kind of adjusting to a stance (that backs can't play 70 snaps) I made earlier in the week. So obviously my lack of playing competitive NFL running back hurt me there from a knowledge base ... who knows what could happen in the future. Iíll keep it open-ended." (Detroit Free Press)|
FF Today's Take: The absence of Ameer Abdullah for most of the season and Theo Riddick recently has forced the Lions' hand somewhat, but it shouldn't be all that surprising a back that rushed for over 2,000 yards three times at the FCS level may be able to handle the rigors of full-time duty. Zenner has a difficult matchup this weekend in Seattle, but he's among the top five RB plays on the board.
| Theo Riddick to sit, Zach Zenner to play Week 15 -- Sun Dec 18 12:25 pm --|
Dwayne Washington to get "lion's" share of carries versus Giants
|The Detroit Lions held out a sliver of hope Theo Riddick could play against the New York Giants, listing him as doubtful on Friday's injury report. But his injured wrist didn't show enough improvement over the weekend and the starting running back has been scratched from the lineup for a second consecutive week.
FF Today's Take: Running back Zach Zenner, who suffered a concussion during last weekend's win over the Bears, has cleared protocol and is active against the Giants. He's expected to back up rookie Dwayne Washington.
| Theo Riddick inactive -- Sun Dec 11 11:30 am --|
|Theo Riddick is INACTIVE for the Lions. A lot of Washington and Zenner (Dave Birkett on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Riddick was battling a wrist injury this week. Expect Zach Zenner and DeAndre Washington to handle the rushing load for the Lions. WR Golden Tate also gets a boost against the Bears.
| Not looking good for Marvin Jones -- Sun Dec 4 8:15 am --|
Expected to sit with thigh injury
|Lions WR Marvin Jones (thigh) is a long-shot to play vs. Saints, source said. Promoting WR TJ Jones from the practice squad spoke to that (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: WR T.J. Jones has been called up from the practice squad giving an indication that Marvin will be on the Inactive list today. If he sits, expect Golden Tate, Eric Ebron, Theo Riddick and Anquan Boldin to receive the most targets from Matthew Stafford against the Saints.
| Trio of Lions expected to play Week 8 -- Thu Oct 27 6:45 pm --|
Riddick, Washington and Ebron all nursing lower-body injuries
|Theo Riddick (ankle), Eric Ebron (ankle, knee), Dwayne Washington (ankle) all expected to play Sunday vs the Texans. (James Palmer on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Riddick's return should put Golden Tate's resurgence to the test, as the former was stealing many of the short passes that are the latter's bread-and-butter. Ebron is a high-upside TE2 but should be ignored this week against a defense that has shut down tight ends all season long. Washington should take over the early-down role Zach Zenner has occupied of late, and he could be a serviceable flex considering Houston's recent woes stopping the run.