NFC North Standings

Team Div Overall
4-2-0 13-4-0
5-1-0 9-8-0
3-3-0 8-9-0
0-6-0 3-14-0

Top John Penisini News

  • John Penisini: Announces retirement

    Penisini announced his retirement Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    Penisini was drafted by the Lions in the sixth round of the 2020 Draft and appeared in 16 games in each of his first two seasons in the league. As a rookie he played 576 defensive snaps and recorded 35 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery. However, he saw his playing time dwindle last year and recorded only 14 tackles across 16 games.

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  • Lions' John Penisini: Out with illness

    Penisini (illness) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

    Penisini appeared on track to play all week but was a late addition to the injury report due to illness. He's logged a rotational role along the Lions' defensive line, recording a total of eight tackles across 11 games on the campaign. Bruce Hector could see an uptick in playing time with Penisini absent.

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  • Lions' John Penisini: Five snaps in preseason finale

    Penisini logged five defensive snaps during Friday's preseason finale against the Colts.

    Penisini missed time during the start of training camp due to an undisclosed injury and the nose tackle then appeared out of place when he did get a look in Detroit's new defense. While he's now healthy, Penisini is not a lock for the final roster despite coming off a successful rookie year.

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  • Lions' John Penisini: Doesn't practice Monday

    Penisini was absent from practice Monday for an undisclosed reason, Kyle Meinke of reports.

    Penisini was banged up in practice Wednesday and has been limited since then. Although he appeared without pads late last week, he wasn't seen on the field Monday. Whether he's available for Friday's preseason opener against Buffalo remain to be seen.

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  • Lions' John Penisini: Underwent offseason surgery

    Head coach Dan Campbell revealed that Penisini underwent offseason surgery to remove calcium deposits from his shoulder, Justin Rogers of the Detroit News reports.

    Penisini reportedly played through this condition during his rookie season, making it even more impressive that the 2020 sixth-round draft pick led all Lions defensive tackles with 576 defensive snaps. While it's not clear when Penisini specifically went under the knife, it must have been a while ago since the Utah product has reportedly "looked good" during the opening days of training camp. Of bigger concern for Penisini is the presence of Alim McNeill, who has opened training camp with the first-team defense after Detroit spent a third-round pick on him this spring. While it's hard to imagine that Penisini won't at least be a key rotational piece in 2021, McNeill could run away with the starting job at nose tackle if Penisini is slow to bounce back from surgery.

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  • Lions' John Penisini: Posts 35 tackles in rookie season

    Penisini recorded 35 tackles and one sack over 16 games in 2020.

    For a Lions defense that was among the worst in the league in 2020, Penisini was a pleasant surprise as a sixth-round rookie who seemed to improve as the year went on -- particularly when Detroit needed to replace Danny Shelton down the stretch. With Shelton now set to become an unrestricted free agent, Penisini not only seems like a lock to stick around in 2021, but it's possible he could angle for a key early down role depending on what improvements Detroit makes to its defensive line this offseason.

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  • Lions' John Penisini: Ready to rock

    Penisini (shoulder) is officially active for Sunday's game against the Titans.

    Penisini was limited at practice this week before drawing the questionable tag, so it's a good sign to see the rookie cleared to play. The Utah product has suited up in all 13 games this season, compiling 24 tackles (13 solo) and one sack over that span. Now healthy, he's expected to handle his usual starting role on the interior of the defensive line for Sunday's contest.

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  • Lions' John Penisini: Goes to Detroit in sixth

    The Lions selected Penisini in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 197th overall.

    Penisini is yet another Utah defender to get drafted, joining Bradlee Anae among Utes to go on Day 3. A defensive tackle, Penisini can generate a pass rush up the middle, having racked up 7.0 sacks in each of the last two seasons. He's 6-foot-1 and 318 pounds and will be sturdy against the run even if his athletic traits prevent him from carrying the pass rush success from college to the next level.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 335 lbs
Birthplace: USA
Age: 25
School: Utah
Experience: 3