Lions offer restricted free agent tender to T Jason Fox

Posted by ttwentyman on March 11, 2013 – 5:29 pm

The Lions have issued a restricted free agent tender to offensive tackle Jason Fox. He got an original-round tender (fourth) at $1.323 million for 2013.

The team has until 4 p.m. Tuesday to make a decision on whether to tender their other two restricted free agents: defensive end Willie Young or safety Amari Spievey. It’s believed Young will get the tender.

If any team now decides they want to put a contract offer in on Fox, the Lions will have a chance to match the offer or receive a fourth-round draft pick as compensation from that team.

Fox overcame a big hurdle last year when he was available for every game, even though he was active for only one. He’s dealt with knee and foot injuries since the Lions took him in the fourth round in 2010.

“Jason Fox obviously had the injuries first couple seasons,” Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said of Fox at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last month.

“He was able to stay healthy all last year, but we also stayed healthy at the tackle position. He didn’t play very much for us. We think he has a starter-type talent level. He has the size, he’s a strong enough guy, he’s a good technician, he’s a hard worker. We think he has the ability to start for us.”

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Backus’ regular season streak ends; Delmas to start

Posted by ttwentyman on November 22, 2012 – 12:05 pm

Jeff Backus’ iron-man streak of 186 consecutive regular season starts is over.

The 12-year veteran is inactive today due to an injured hamstring suffered Sunday in a loss to the Packers. Rookie Riley Reiff will start at left tackle.

Backus’ inactive status ends one of the most impressive streaks in NFL history.

Consider this, Backus has started every game at left tackle since the Lions drafted him in 2001. His 186 starts is a franchise record and the third-longest active streak in the NFL.

Backus started 49 consecutive games at Michigan beginning his redshirt freshman season in 1997, which means today is the first time Backus hasn’t started a game his team has played dating back 236 games.

Third-year player Jason Fox is active for the first time this season as a backup tackle. Fox hasn’t played in a game since his rookie season in 2010.

The Lions did get some good news with safety Louis Delmas, though. Delmas will play for the first time since injuring his left knee in a win over Seattle nearly a month ago. The Lions are 2-1 in games Delmas has started this season.

They’ll also have the services of cornerback Drayton Florence, who’s been cleared for contact after suffering a concussion in the Packers game. Florence participated in Wednesday’s walkthrough and will start at right cornerback for the injured Jacob Lacey (foot), who will not play today.

With receiver Titus Young inactive because of disciplinary reasons, rookie Ryan Broyles will get his first career start.

Receiver Brian Robiskie will be active for the first time since the Seattle game to add depth to the receiving corps.

Second-year defensive tackle Nick Fairley is active and will play today. Fairley showed up on Wednesday’s injury report with an illness. He’ll start his third straight game for the injured Corey Williams, who will miss his third consecutive contest.

Joining Backus, Young, Lacey and Williams on the inactive list are: offensive tackle Corey Hilliard, quarterback Kellen Moore and  defensive end Ronnell Lewis.

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Delmas, Houston and Broyles among Lions’ inactives

Posted by ttwentyman on September 9, 2012 – 11:33 am

As expected, safety Louis Delmas and cornerback Chris Houston are among the Lions’ inactives today vs. the Rams.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said this week that both Delmas and Houston were making progress and he wouldn’t make a final decision on their statuses until Sunday.

“Both of them are veteran players; both guys can step in and play with little or no practice time,” Schwartz said Friday. “But we’ll just see when we get to Sunday.”

That decision Sunday was that both players aren’t ready.

Delmas underwent knee surgery Aug. 7 and hasn’t practiced since.

Houston hasn’t practiced since sustaining an ankle injury in Oakland during the team’s third preseason game.

Also inactive today for the Lions is quarterback Kellen Moore, linebacker Tahir Whitehead, offensive tackles Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard and receiver Ryan Broyles.

Jacob Lacey will make the start at left cornerback in place of Houston and John Wendling will start at safety for Delmas.

Broyles, the team’s second-round draft pick, is still recovering from a ACL surgery back in November. He had three receptions for 54 yards in the preseason finale against the Bills, but he’s still not 100 percent.

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National Football Post’s latest mock draft has Lions selecting T Jonathan Martin

Posted by ttwentyman on March 7, 2012 – 1:05 pm

Wes Bunting, the National Football Post‘s director of college scouting, released his latest NFL mock draft and has the Lions selecting Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin.

“Getting a potential franchise left tackle at 23 has to be a thrill for the Lions,” Bunting wrote. “Martin is an athletic pass blocker who needs to get stronger, but has the talent to hold his own in space vs. the pass game.”

Martin, along with Georgia’s Cordy Glenn  and Ohio State’s Mike Adams, are in that second-tier tackle group behind USC’s Matt Kalil and Iowa’s Riley Reiff.

The Lions are likely to re-sign left tackle Jeff Backus, 34, who will be an unrestricted free agent March 13. The team is also excited about seeing a healthy Jason Fox, the team’s fourth-round pick in 2010. But adding a player like Martin will give the team options and competition, which is never a bad thing to have.

Here is a link to Bunting’s full mock draft.

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Schwartz says Fairley, Fox continue rehab

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on September 14, 2011 – 2:16 pm

Both DT Nick Fairley and T Jason Fox suffered foot injuries during training camp and have been on a strict rehab schedule.

Head Coach Jim Schwartz confirmed Wednesday that both Fairley and Fox are getting closer to returning to practice.

“Both of them (are) making really good progress,” said Schwartz. “Both of them are on their rehab schedules and haven’t had any setbacks, so we’ll get those guys on the field just as soon as we can.

“They’re both closer than they were last week, and they’re both closer than they were yesterday, but they both still have a little ways to go.”

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Best, Vanden Bosch among players ruled out for Saturday’s game

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on August 26, 2011 – 1:42 pm

The Lions have announced which players have been ruled out for Saturday’s preseason game against New England:

  • RB Jahvid Best
  • DT Nick Fairley
  • T Jason Fox
  • RB Maurice Morris
  • DE Kyle Vanden Bosch
  • CB Alphonso Smith

Notable game-time decisions include wide receiver Calvin Johnson and rookie wide receiver Titus Young.

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Schwartz: ‘Good news on Fox – no surgery needed’

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on August 9, 2011 – 1:30 pm

Following Tuesday’s practice, Head Coach Jim Schwartz announced that the team received good news after T Jason Fox‘s foot evaluation in North Carolina.

“No surgery is required on his foot,” he said. “They’re going to immobilize him in a cast for a week and then it’ll probably be another week in a boot and then we’ll just see after that how he responds.”

The coaching staff intends to get Fox back on the field as soon as he’s physically capable.

Considering the injuries to both starting tackles – Jeff Backus (pectoral) and Gosder Cherilus (knee) – the potential long-term loss of Fox was tough to swallow. Fox filled in during Detroit’s win over Green Bay last season when the Lions had injury trouble along the offensive line.

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