NFC North Standings

Team Div Overall
4-2-0 12-5-0
4-2-0 9-8-0
2-4-0 7-10-0
2-4-0 7-10-0

2023 Defensive

STATS CMB
Total Tackles
SCK
Sacks
FUM
Forced Fumbles
INT
Interceptions
TD
Interceptions Returned For Touchdown
Regular Season 1 0.0 0 0 0
Post Season

Top James Houston News

  • Lions' James Houston: Season ruined by injury

    Houston recorded one tackle in two games during the 2023 regular season.

    Houston was expected to handle a large workload as a pass rusher after racking up 8.0 sacks as a rookie in 2022. However, he suffered a fractured ankle in Week 2 and didn't see the field again until the Lions' season-ending loss to the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. Now set to become an exclusive-rights free agent at the end of the league year, Houston is a strong candidate to return to Detroit in 2024.

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  • Lions' James Houston: Full go in Wednesday's walkthrough

    Houston (ankle) was a full participant in Wednesday's walkthrough practice.

    Houston was activated off injured reserve last week, but he was inactive for the Lions' 31-23 win over the Buccaneers in the divisional round. Since he's opening the current week as a full participant, the outside linebacker may have a better chance at being available for the Lions in Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the 49ers.

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  • Lions' James Houston: Will stay sidelined

    Houston (ankle) is inactive Sunday against the Buccaneers.

    Houston was activated off injured reserve Thursday, and although he's jumped back into practice, he'll continue to remain sidelined as he works his way back from a fractured ankle. The second-year pro will need a Lions victory Sunday to get another opportunity to suit up again this season.

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  • Lions' James Houston: Activated off IR

    The Lions activated Houston (ankle) off injured reserve Thursday.

    Houston has been out since suffering an ankle injury during Detroit's Week 2 loss to the Seahawks but is now set to return for the team's divisional-round matchup versus Tampa Bay. The 25-year-old should contribute on special teams and also provide solid depth behind Derrick Barnes.

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  • Lions' James Houston: Won't be activated ahead of Week 18

    Houston (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

    Houston was designated to return from injured reserve Dec. 28, but he'll miss his second straight game since then. The linebacker was able to log a trio of limited practice sessions during Week 18 prep, so it seems that he's making progress toward a return. The second-year linebacker may be able to play in Detroit's wild-card matchup next weekend.

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  • Lions' James Houston: Practice window opens

    Houston (ankle) was designated to return from injured reserve Thursday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    The 25-year-old linebacker has missed the Lions' last 13 games with this ankle issue, but it now seems as if he could be nearing a return. Houston tallied 12 total tackles, including 8.0 sacks, in just seven appearances in 2022, and he'd likely serve as a rotational outside linebacker if he's able to return to the field this season.

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  • Lions' James Houston: Won't return to action Saturday

    Houston (ankle) has been ruled out for Saturday's game versus the Cowboys, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

    The Lions designated Houston to return from IR on Thursday, and he was able to log a limited session in his return to practice. Given that it was his first practice since he fractured his ankle Week 2 versus Seattle, it's not surprising that Houston isn't yet ready for game action. He'll look to make his return in Detroit's regular-season finale Sunday, Jan. 7 versus Minnesota.

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  • Lions' James Houston: Still couple of weeks away

    Houston (ankle) is looking at a late December or early January return, according to head coach Dan Campbell, Colton Pouncy of The Athletic reports.

    Houston has been out of action since fracturing his ankle Week 2 against the Seahawks. The Jackson State product was expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks at minimum and has already missed 12, with at least a couple more seemingly on the horizon. The second-year pro will remain on IR for now, but his potential return late in the season would be a significant boost to the Lions' pass rush after Houston was able to record eight sacks in seven games during his rookie 2022 campaign.

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  • Lions' James Houston: Goes to IR

    Detroit placed Houston (ankle) on its injured reserve list Tuesday.

    Houston is expected to miss at least six weeks as he recovers from a fractured ankle he sustained in Sunday's 37-31 loss versus Seattle. In his absence, Romeo Okwara is likely to see increased work on the edge.

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  • Lions' James Houston: Multi-week absence ahead

    Houston suffered a fractured ankle in Sunday's 37-31 loss to Seahawks on Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    Houston is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks minimum, with further testing taking place Monday to determine the best route for his recovery. The second-year pro recorded eight sacks in just seven games during his rookie season, so his absence in the weeks ahead is rough news for a Lions defense that has recorded just one sack in two games this season.

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  • Lions' James Houston: Exits with injury

    Houston (ankle) will not return Sunday against the Seahawks.

    Houston's exit will weaken the depth of Detroit's defensive front for the remainder of its contest against Seattle. He had one tackle before leaving with the injury.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 245 lbs
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Age: 25
School: Jackson St.
Experience: 2