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NFC North Standings

Team Div Overall
1-0-0 3-1-0
1-1-0 2-2-0
0-0-0 1-3-0
0-1-0 0-4-0

2023 Defensive

Total Tackles
Forced Fumbles
Interceptions Returned For Touchdown
Regular Season 22 1.0 0 0 0

Top Derrick Barnes News

  • Lions' Derrick Barnes: Exits game early

    Barnes (lower body) is questionable to return to the Lions' contest with the Packers on Thursday night, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Barnes is dealing with some lower-body cramps and may not be able to re-enter the game. In his absence, Anthony Pittman will likely see an increase in workload.

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  • Lions' Derrick Barnes: Ties for team lead in tackles

    Barnes logged six tackles with one TFL during Thursday's 21-20 win over the Chiefs.

    Barnes drew the start at linebacker next to Alex Anzalone, and he ended up tying his counterpart for the team lead in tackles despite seeing about half of the defensive snaps. However, Barnes averaged just 4.3 tackles per game while operating in a similar role down the stretch last season, and he figures to see less playing time as the campaign unfolds given the presence of first-round draft pick Jack Campbell.

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  • Lions' Derrick Barnes: Good to go

    Barnes (knee) has been cleared to play in Saturday's game versus the Panthers.

    Barnes has been sidelined for the Lions' previous two games while nursing a knee injury. However, he logged limited workloads at practice all this week and appears to be ready to return to his usual role, assuming he avoids any setbacks.

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  • Lions' Derrick Barnes: Questionable for Saturday

    Barnes (knee) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Panthers.

    Barnes has missed the last two games while dealing with a knee injury, though it appears he could be in line to return after returning to practice in a limited fashion Week 16. The second-year linebacker has recorded 39 tackles, one sack and one pass defended over 12 games this season, and he'll likely return to a rotational role alongside Malcolm Rodriguez and Alex Anzalone when healthy again.

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  • Lions' Derrick Barnes: Out again

    Barnes (knee) is out for Sunday's game against the Jets, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

    Barnes couldn't practice in any capacity during the week and is now set for his second consecutive absence. The Lions used a committee to account for Barnes' absence in Week 14, and that seems to be the most likely outcome again against the Jets.

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  • Lions' Derrick Barnes: Ruled out

    Barnes (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's matchup against the Vikings.

    Barnes didn't practice at all during Week 14 prep due to a knee injury he presumably suffered in Week 13, so it's not surprising to see him ruled out. In Barnes' absence, James Houston, Anthony Pittman and Chris Board are candidates for increased snaps.

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  • Lions' Derrick Barnes: Seven stops in massive win

    Barnes recorded seven tackles (six solo) during Sunday's 31-18 victory versus the Giants.

    Barnes logged his third-best tackling performance of the season as the Lions rolled over the Giants in Week 11. While the linebacker did the majority of his work on defense (36 snaps), he also added one solo tackle over his 14 special-teams snaps. After playing just 88 defensive snaps and totaling 13 tackles over the first seven weeks of the season, Barnes has totaled 21 tackles while playing 119 of his 137 snaps on defense over the past three weeks.

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  • Lions' Derrick Barnes: Leads big defensive effort

    Barnes recorded 12 tackles (four solo), including one sack, and added one pass defensed in Sunday's 15-9 win over Green Bay.

    Detroit's defense stymied Aaron Rodgers and the Packers all afternoon, and Barnes played a big part in that, more than doubling his previous season high with 12 stops. He also registered his first sack of the campaign when he brought down Rodgers after Green Bay had passed midfield late in the second quarter. Barnes played on 67 percent of the Lions' defensive snaps in the victory, by far his highest share of playing time so far this season.

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  • Lions' Derrick Barnes: In mix for starting role

    Barnes is expected to compete for a starting role at linebacker in 2022, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

    With Alex Anzalone and Jalen Reeves-Maybin scheduled for unrestricted free agency next month, Barnes and Josh Woods technically enter the offseason atop the depth chart at inside linebacker. However, the 2021 fourth-round pick may have a stronger hold on his perch than the undrafted Woods, who has 20 fewer tackles through four years than Barnes racked up during his rookie season alone. Unless Detroit makes more than one significant investment at the position this offseason, Barnes seems like a good bet to earn an IDP-friendly role in 2022 and possibly beyond.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 240 lbs
Birthplace: Covington, KY
Age: 24
School: Purdue
Experience: 3