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  • Lions' Alex Anzalone: Career year in 2023

    Anzalone recorded 129 tackles with 3.0 sacks and six passes defended over 16 regular-season games in 2023. While a fringe top-24 linebacker in IDP formats, Anzalone recorded career highs in tackles, solo tackles (85) and sacks as one of the most important pieces of a Detroit defense that made huge improvements in run defense. One year after finishing bottom four in rushing yards allowed per carry and per game, this unit finished top three in each of those categories and top two in runs of 10-plus yards allowed (36) and runs of 20-plus yards allowed (five). With Aidan Hutchinson and Alim McNeill also under contract in 2024, the key pieces are in place for both Anzalone and the Lions' run defense to remain productive in 2024.
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  • Lions' Alex Anzalone: Remains limited Thursday

    Anzalone (shoulder/ribs) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice. Anzalone has now began the Lions' week of practice with two consecutive limited sessions (Wednesday was a walkthrough) as he continues to battle three fractured ribs and a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. The 29-year-old linebacker will likely carry an injury designation into the NFC Championship Game unless he can practice in full Friday.
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  • Lions' Alex Anzalone: Limited in walkthrough Wednesday

    Anzalone (ribs/shoulder) was a limited participant in Wednesday's walkthrough practice. Anzalone was limited Wednesday as he continues to play through fractured ribs as well as a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. The 2017 third-round pick should be good to go for Sunday's NFC Championship Game matchup with the 49ers, provided he advances to full practice participation Thursday and/or Friday.
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  • Lions' Alex Anzalone: Playing through injuries

    Anzalone played through a sprained AC joint in his shoulder and three fractured ribs during Sunday's divisional-round win over the Buccaneers, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Anzalone actually suffered the rib injury during Detroit's Week 18 win over the Vikings and has been playing through it for each of the team's playoff wins this season. The veteran linebacker will likely appear on the team's injury report throughout the week, but considering he's managed to play through the pain, it's unlikely he would stop now. Anzalone should suit up against the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game this Sunday.
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  • Lions' Alex Anzalone: Returns to practice

    Anzalone (hand) logged a full practice Wednesday. Anzalone appears ready to go for Week 14 against the Bears after logging three consecutive DNPs last week and ultimately sitting out Sunday's win over the Saints. The return of the veteran linebacker should be good news for the Lions' defense, especially with Malcolm Rodriguez still nursing an ankle injury.
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  • Lions' Alex Anzalone: Doubtful for Sunday

    Anzalone (hand) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Saints, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. The veteran linebacker was unable to practice all week, so it's no surprise that he'll likely be inactive for Sunday's contest. Anzalone has been extremely productive through Detroit's first 11 games, as he's recorded 87 total tackles, including five tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks. Assuming Anzalone can't suit up this weekend, Malcolm Rodriguez will likely serve as the Lions' top middle linebacker.
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  • Lions' Alex Anzalone: Sits out with hand injury

    Anzalone (hand) was a non-participant during practice Wednesday. Anzalone likely suffered the injury in the Lions' Thanksgiving Day loss to the Packers, though it's not clear that is the case. The veteran linebacker will work to get back on the field Thursday ahead of the team's Week 13 matchup with the Saints.
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  • Lions' Alex Anzalone: Nine tackles in win

    Anzalone tallied nine tackles (four solo) and one pass deflected in the Lions' Week 10 victory over the Chargers. Anzalone was on the field for all of the Lions' 68 defensive snaps and even one on special teams. The linebacker's nine tackles were tied for his second highest total of the season. He will attempt to stay productive in Week 11 when Detroit hosts the Bears.
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  • Lions' Alex Anzalone: Gets two sacks in win

    Anzalone had seven tackles (five solo) including two sacks in Monday's 26-14 win over the Raiders. Anzalone's two sacks came on the same drive in the fourth quarter, with the second forcing a turnover on downs. Anzalone's place as the starting middle linebacker has provided an anchor for the Lions' defense, and he leads the team with 57 tackles on the year. He once again played every single defensive snap Monday and has done so in each of the last three games.
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  • Lions' Alex Anzalone: Posts 11 tackles in win

    Anzalone logged 11 tackles (eight solo) in Sunday's 42-24 win against the Panthers. Anzalone led the team in solo and total tackles as he helped Detroit notch its fourth win in five games. Eleven tackles are also the most Anzalone has recorded in a game so far this year, and he will look to continue his strong production next week versus Tampa Bay.
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  • Lions' Alex Anzalone: Records sack in Week 2 loss

    Anzalone recorded seven tackles, including one sack, Sunday in an overtime loss to Seattle. Anzalone's sack came at a critical time, as his takedown of Geno Smith just before the two-minute warning resulted in a 17-yard loss and helped lead to Riley Patterson's game-tying field goal for Detroit. Anzalone has never had more than two sacks in a season, so he's not likely to be a big contributor in that category. However, the linebacker finished with over 100 tackles for the first time last year and is on pace to reach that mark again with 13 stops through two contests in 2023.
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  • Lions' Alex Anzalone: Six tackles in Week 1

    Anzalone had six tackles (five solo), a pass defensed and a quarterback hit in Thursday's 21-20 win over Kansas City. Anzalone tied with Derrick Barnes for the team lead in tackles as the Lions upset the defending champs, who were playing without Travis Kelce (knee). The 28-year-old linebacker set career highs in tackles in each of his previous two seasons with the Lions, racking up 78 in 2021 and then blowing past that mark with 125 in 2022.
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  • Lions' Alex Anzalone: Agrees to extension

    The Lions re-signed Anzalone to a three-year, $18.75 million contract Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. After racking up a career-high 125 tackles this past season, Anzalone has seemingly earned himself a few more years as Detroit's starting middle linebacker following Monday's signing. The 28-year-old was also made available for all 17 games in 2023.
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  • Lions' Alex Anzalone: Leading tackler in easy win

    Anzalone recorded seven tackles (four solo) in Sunday's 41-10 victory versus the Bears. Anzalone finished as the Lions' leading tackler despite playing a season-low 73 percent of defensive snaps Week 17. However, the 28-year-old linebacker still played the third-most snaps of any Detroit defender in this lopsided win. Anzalone leads the team in tackles with a career-high 117 while playing every game this season, and he'll likely need to continue racking up tackles in order to help slow down Green Bay's rushing offense Week 18.
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  • Lions' Alex Anzalone: Ties game-high nine stops

    Anzalone recorded nine tackles (six solo) and one pass defensed during Sunday's 34-23 win over the Vikings. Anzalone served as Detroit's leading tackler while playing all but two defensive snaps Sunday versus Minnesota. The 28-year-old now has 99 stops across 13 game appearances this season, and he'll look to replicate this performance in the Week 15 matchup against the Jets.
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  • Lions' Alex Anzalone: Nine tackles against Eagles

    Anzalone recorded nine tackles with one tackle for loss during Sunday's 38-35 loss to the Eagles. Anzalone put together a productive regular-season opener after averaging 6.5 tackles per game when healthy last season. Given the lack of depth Detroit has at linebacker, he should continue to see plenty of playing time at middle linebacker.
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  • Lions' Alex Anzalone: Questionable to return

    Anzalone (shoulder) is questionable to return Sunday against the Cardinals. Anzalone entered Sunday questionable with an ankle injury but ultimately suited up. A shoulder injury may now keep him from finishing the game. In his absence, Josh Woods will likely be given an extra workload.
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  • Lions' Alex Anzalone: Set to face Cardinals

    Anzalone (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against Arizona. Anzalone suffered the injury during Sunday's Week 14 loss to the Broncos. However, he closed the week with two limited practices and will return to play a key role in the Lions defense. Across 13 games this season, Anzalone has recorded 78 total tackles, seven passes defended, one interception and one sack.
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  • Lions' Alex Anzalone: Day-to-day with ankle injury

    Coach Dan Campbell said Monday that Anzalone (ankle) is day-to-day. Anzalone recorded one tackle before leaving Sunday's loss to the Broncos in the first quarter. Josh Woods stepped up in Anzalone's absence, and he would likely draw the start at inside linebacker in Week 15 if Anzalone is unable to play.
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  • Lions' Alex Anzalone: Records six tackles in loss

    Anzalone made six tackles (4 solo) during Sunday's 24-14 loss to the Bears. Anzalone is on pace for a career year during his first season with the Lions. The 27-year-old has totaled 25 tackles (19 solo) and one interception through the first four games of the 2021 campaign.
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