Oct 9, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; San Francisco 49ers cornerback Emmanuel Moseley (4) during the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Lions re-signing CB Emmanuel Moseley

The Detroit Lions are re-signing cornerback Emmanuel Moseley to a one-year deal before he enters free agency, ESPN reported Tuesday.

Moseley, who turns 28 on March 25, tore his right ACL just two snaps into his Lions debut in a win against Carolina on Oct. 8, 2023.

That injury occurred 364 days after tearing the ACL in his left knee, also against the Panthers, while playing for the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 9, 2022.

He signed a one-year, $6 million deal in free agency last March with the Lions.

Moseley has recorded 162 tackles, 33 passes defensed and four interceptions in 46 games (33 starts) for Detroit and San Francisco (2018-22).

–Field Level Media

Dec 10, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA;  Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell talks with quarterback Jared Goff (16) in the first half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

Lions driven by painful defeat, back Jared Goff

INDIANAPOLIS — Adamant the Detroit Lions will be back to the conference championship stage on his watch, Dan Campbell vows to learn from the most painful loss of his coaching career last month in San Francisco.

“To me, you should benefit from every loss. I think if the losses don’t motivate you to not lose again, and for sure not lose an NFC Championship game, then something’s wrong,” Campbell said Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “To me, that’s the ultimate. You just don’t want to have that feeling anymore. You should do whatever it takes not to want to feel that. Absolutely we’ll benefit from that.”

Detroit won the NFC North and advanced to the conference title game for the first time since 1993, but the 49ers scored 27 unanswered points to erase a 24-7 halftime deficit and win 34-31.

The loss seemed like the likely final game with offensive coordinator Ben Johnson on Campbell’s staff. He was a finalist to be head coach of the Washington Commanders and Seattle Seahawks. But Johnson surprised both teams by informing them he was returning to Detroit.

“Here’s what I know about Ben: Ben is not — when Ben is focused on this, he’s focused on this. Nothing is going to move that for him,” Campbell said. “Once this item is done, he can close it and then he’ll move on to the next one. … I know this, he’s more than capable of being a head coach. He’s qualified. By the way people have hired in this league before, he’s more than qualified. But here’s what I love about Ben: Ben’s not going to do anything he doesn’t really want to do or that he doesn’t feel like he’s ready for. I’m glad we got him back. He’s one of us.”

Johnson has been vital elevating the performance of quarterback Jared Goff, who wraps a four-year, $134 million deal at the end of the upcoming season. But the Lions are talking to Goff about a new contract now, and Campbell sounds all but certain he’s the right man at the trigger to get Detroit to the Super Bowl based largely on his growth under Johnson.

He has 9,013 passing yards, 59 touchdowns and 19 interceptions the past two seasons. Patrick Mahomes put up 9,433 yards, 68 touchdowns and 26 interceptions — and lost to Goff — with the Chiefs during the same stretch.

Of course, Mahomes has three shiny Lombardi trophies to show for his efforts and is two years younger than Goff.

During his Tuesday media session, Campbell was asked if the Lions can win a Super Bowl with Goff at quarterback.

“I get it because it hasn’t happened yet,” Campbell said, “but I don’t get it because, take the NFC Championship game, I thought he played a good game for us. He gave us a chance to win that. I just feel like, man, since he’s been here, I’ve seen a quarterback that’s gotten better and better and better, and has grown every year, and I would say has gotten better under pressure every year and really just rose to the challenge. He’s more and more confident, he’s more comfortable. So I’ve said this before, to me, Jared Goff is a winning quarterback. You can win in this league with that guy.”

–Field Level Media

Detroit Lions guard Jonah Jackson warms up before the Denver Broncos game at Ford Field in Detroit on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023.

Report: Lions G Jonah Jackson has knee surgery

Detroit Lions left guard Jonah Jackson underwent surgery to repair a “slight” meniscus tear,” ESPN reported Monday.

The four-year starter is expected to miss Sunday’s NFC title game but could return for the Super Bowl if the Lions get past the host San Francisco 49ers.

Jackson, 26, injured his knee during Sunday’s 31-23 divisional playoff win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was replaced by Kayode Awosika.

Jackson started 12 games during the 2023 regular season and has started all 57 of his appearances since Detroit drafted him in the third round in 2020.

–Field Level Media

Dec 18, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) is sacked by Detroit Lions linebacker James Houston (59) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Lions designate LB James Houston to return from IR

The Detroit Lions designated pass-rusher James Houston to return from injured reserve on Thursday.

The second-year outside linebacker has been out since fracturing his right ankle in Week 2.

Houston, 25, recorded eight sacks in seven games (two starts) last season after being drafted in the sixth round.

The Lions (11-4) opened Houston’s 21-day practice window and he participated in Thursday’s session.

–Field Level Media

Oct 2, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Tyson Alualu (94) takes the field before playing the New York Jets at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Lions place DT Alim McNeill on IR, sign Tyson Alualu

The Detroit Lions placed starting defensive tackle Alim McNeill on injured reserve Tuesday due to a knee sprain.

He will miss at least the next four games following Sunday’s injury but could return in time for the playoffs.

McNeill, 23, is having a strong third season with a career-high five sacks and 31 tackles through 12 starts.

The 2021 third-round draft pick has eight sacks, 111 tackles and 19 quarterback hits in 46 career games (35 starts).

Detroit signed veteran defensive tackle Tyson Alualu to the practice squad on Tuesday to help fill the void.

Alualu, 36, was a first-round pick (10th overall) by Jacksonville in 2010 and spent the last six seasons in Pittsburgh.

He has 25 sacks, 70 QB hits, 416 tackles and four forced fumbles in 191 games (113 starts) with the Jaguars (2010-16) and Steelers (2017-22).

The Lions (9-3) made a few other moves ahead of this Sunday’s road game against the Chicago Bears (4-8).

They signed cornerback Kindle Vildor to the active roster from the practice squad, released linebacker Raymond Johnson from the practice squad and added offensive lineman Matt Farniok to the practice squad.

–Field Level Media

Nov 23, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jayden Reed (11) runs the ball against the Detroit Lions in the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Love, Packers extend Lions’ Thanksgiving skid to seven

Jordan Love passed for 268 yards and three touchdowns and the visiting Green Bay Packers surprised NFC North leader Detroit, 29-22, on Thanksgiving Day.

Christian Watson caught five passes for 94 yards and a touchdown for Green Bay (5-6). AJ Dillon gained a combined 81 yards rushing and receiving, while Jonathan Owens scored on a fumble return.

Detroit’s Jared Goff passed for 332 yards and two touchdowns but also lost three fumbles. David Montgomery rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown, while Amon-Ra St. Brown caught nine passes for 95 yards (8-3).

Detroit has lost seven straight on Thanksgiving Day.

The Packers led 23-6 at halftime.

Both teams scored touchdowns on their opening drives. Love connected with Watson on a 53-yard pass on the Packers’ first play from scrimmage. A 10-yard pass from Love to Jayden Reed completed the possession.

Goff connected with Sam LaPorta on a 7-yard scoring strike after the same connection produced a 31-yard gain. Riley Patterson missed the extra point, leaving Detroit down 7-6.

Green Bay answered with a 75-yard drive, completed by Love’s 10-yard pass to Tucker Kraft.

The Packers stretched their lead to 14 points when Goff fumbled while getting sacked. Owens scooped up the ball on one bounce and scored from 27 yards out. Anders Carlson missed the extra point.

Carlson made a 43-yard field goal in the second quarter.

Detroit scored on its first possession of the second half on Montgomery’s 6-yard run.

The Lions attempted a run on a fake punt later in the quarter and it failed, giving Green Bay the ball on Detroit’s 23. Watson caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Love on third down. A two-point conversion try failed, leaving the score at 29-14.

Goff threw an incompletion on fourth down deep in Green Bay territory midway through the fourth quarter.

Goff connected with Josh Reynolds on a 12-yard touchdown pass and hit LaPorta for the two-point conversion but there were only 41 seconds left. The Packers recovered the onside kick, essentially ending the game.

–Field Level Media