Report: Lions DE Ronnell Lewis arrested

Posted by ttwentyman on April 23, 2013 – 7:35 pm

Detroit Lions reserve defensive end Ronnell Lewis was arrested this past Saturday on three misdemeanor charges after an altercation at a bar in Norman, Okla., reports Jake Trotter of ESPN Sooner Nation.

“We are aware of the incident involving Ronnell Lewis,” the Lions said in a statement. “We are in the process of gathering more information and have no further comment at this time.”

Lewis, 22, got into the altercation early Saturday morning at Logan’s on the Corner, located in Norman’s Campus Corner entertainment district.

Lewis was tasered by an officer when the fight spilled outside the bar and he refused officers orders to stop fighting.

Police booked Lewis on complaints of disturbing the peace, public intoxication and interfering with official procedure.

Lewis was a fourth-round draft pick by the Lions last year. He appeared in eight games, mostly on special teams, with two tackles.

Last month, safety Amari Spievey was arrested in Connecticut following a dispute with his girlfriend. Spievey was charged with assault, misdemeanor risk of injury to a child and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Spievey entered a family counseling program and all charges are expected to be dropped.

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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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Injury report: Williams limited in his return to practice

Posted by ttwentyman on October 18, 2012 – 4:00 pm

Defensive tackle Corey Williams returned to practice Thursday for the first time since undergoing knee surgery Sept. 25 and was listed as limited on Thursday’s injury report.

“I haven’t been out there for a while and my main thing right now is to get my wind back and get into the swing of things,” Williams said after practice.

He could not say whether he’d be ready to play Monday night in Chicago, though he was hopeful he might.

Cornerbacks Bill Bentley (shoulder) and Jacob Lacey (concussion) did not practice Thursday according to the report, neither did as safety Louis Delmas (knee) or defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (rest).

The Lions listed five other players besides Williams as limited, including: defensive ends Cliff Avril (back) and Ronnell Lewis (eye), tight end Brandon Pettigrew (knee), linebacker Stephen Tulloch (knee) and receiver Titus Young (knee).

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Lions place Chris Greenwood and Ronnell Lewis on PUP; Broyles on non-football injury list

Posted by ttwentyman on July 24, 2012 – 11:48 am

The Lions have placed cornerback Chris Greenwood and defensive end Ronnell Lewis on the Physically Unable to Perform list for the start of training camp. The team also placed wide receiver Ryan Broyles on the Active/Non-Football Injury list.

Greenwood had surgery in May to repair a torn abdominal muscle. He’s been rehabbing at the Lions’ training facility in Allen Park since the injury and has already began running.

“I’m rehabbing now and running and jogging and hopefully I’ll be back sooner rather than later,” Greenwood told “I’m just doing what the trainers tell me to do.”

The extent of Lewis’ injury is unknown. He participated fully in the team’s June mini-camp, though.

Players can be moved off the PUP list to the active roster at any time, even after one practice. A player who finishes the preseason still on the PUP list can then be placed on the regular season PUP list, which means they must sit out the first six games.

Broyles is eight months removed from ACL surgery in his left knee. He participated in OTAs in a limited fashion this spring. Broyles expects to be ready by the start of the regular season, but it appears the Lions are going to take it slow with their second-round pick.

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Twentyman reports that – according to League source – Broyles, Lewis, Whitehead and Greenwood have agreed to terms

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on May 10, 2012 – 2:24 pm

Tim Twentyman posted on Twitter earlier today that, according to a League source, the Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with second-round WR Ryan Broyles, fourth-round DE Ronnell Lewis, fifth-round LB Tahir Whitehead and fifth-round CB Chris Greenwood.

Twentyman reported that all the players have agreed to four-year deals.

Rookies arrived in Allen Park today for the team’s mini-camp to be held Friday through Saturday at the team’s practice and training facility.

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Early look at the jersey numbers for Lions draft picks

Posted by ttwentyman on May 1, 2012 – 12:44 pm

Can’t wait to go out and buy that new Nike Riley Reiff jersey? How about representing “The Hammer” Ronnell Lewis at Ford Field next year?

Well, here’s an early look the jersey numbers for all eight of the Lions’ draft picks.

Riley Reiff #71

Ryan Broyles #84

Bill Bentley #28

Ronnell Lewis #97

Tahir Whitehead #59

Chris Greenwood #33

Jonte Green #36

Travis Lewis #50

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Lions draft LB Travis Lewis in the seventh round

Posted by ttwentyman on April 28, 2012 – 6:08 pm

The Lions continued their run on players from Oklahoma by drafting linebacker Travis Lewis in the seventh round (No. 223 overall).

They took receiver Ryan Broyles in the second round and fellow linebacker Ronnell Lewis in the fourth.

Travis Lewis (6-2, 246) was tied for the team lead in tackles last year with 89. He has six tackles for loss and two sacks. He was a four-year starter at Oklahoma as an outside linebacker with 451 career tackles.

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Lions take OLB Ronnell Lewis with the 125th-overall selection

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on April 28, 2012 – 1:34 pm

Detroit traded out of the 117th-overall pick to move down eight spots (125) and pick up a sixth-round (196) selection from the San Francisco 49ers.

With that fourth-round selection, the Lions selected DE/LB Ronnell Lewis out of Oklahoma.

Lewis, at 6-1 and 253 pounds, was projected as a 3-4 outside linebacker, but could also play defensive end in a 4-3 scheme.

Said Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops care of “Ronnell is one of (those) athletes that comes along somewhat infrequently. He is a great combination of size, speed and strength that will translate well to the NFL. As a defensive end, he was impressive as a speed rusher, but also overpowered blockers at time. It wasn’t unusual to see him up the field disrupting opposing offenses. He also was an outstanding special teams player, particularly on kickoff coverage. Ronnell is versatile and could have played one more year of college ball so his upside could be substantial.”

Remaining picks for the Lions:

Round 5, Pick 23 (158)
Round 6, Pick 26 (196)
Round 7, Pick 12 (219)
Round 7, Pick 23 (230)

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