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

Total Tackles
Interceptions Returned For Touchdown
Forced Fumbles
Regular Season 31 2 0 1 3.0
Post Season 15 0 0 0 2.0

Top Ifeatu Melifonwu News

  • Lions' Ifeatu Melifonwu: Records INT in second straight game

    Melifonwu had three solo tackles and an interception in Saturday's 20-19 loss to the Cowboys.

    Melifonwu's interception came on the Cowboys' first possession of the game when he picked off Dak Prescott on a pass intended for CeeDee Lamb and returned it for 24 yards. It's the second straight game Melifonwu has registered an INT and the third time in four contests that he's recorded at least 61 snaps on defense. He's been the starting strong safety the past four games, but he should see his snap count drop if C.J. Gardner-Johnson (pectoral) returns from IR.

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  • Lions' Ifeatu Melifonwu: Snags game-clinching interception

    Melifonwu totaled five tackles, including two sacks, and two pass breakups with one interception during Sunday's win over the Vikings.

    Logging at least 98 percent of the defensive snaps for the third straight game, Melifonwu put together another impressive stat line with no component more important than the game-sealing interception he snagged with little time left in regulation. However, his pass-rushing prowess has also been impressive, considering Melifonwu went from zero sacks a couple of weeks ago to being tied for third among safeties with three sacks in his last two games. The 2021 third-round pick will look to keep rolling in a Week 17 showdown with the Cowboys.

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  • Lions' Ifeatu Melifonwu: Productive in win

    Melifonwu registered nine tackles (six solo), including a sack, two pass deflections, and a forced fumble in Detroit's 42-17 win versus Denver on Saturday.

    Melifonwu had a dominant outing Sunday, finishing with a new season high for tackles and also logged the first full sack of his career. The 24-year-old has now compiled 20 tackles (13 solo) in 14 appearances this season.

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  • Lions' Ifeatu Melifonwu: Will suit up

    Melifonwu (hand) is active Sunday against the Bears.

    Melifonwu dealt with a hand injury throughout the week, but he was able to log back-to-back full practices Thursday and Friday and will now be good to take the field Sunday.

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  • Lions' Ifeatu Melifonwu: Starting Sunday

    Melifonwu will start Sunday against the Falcons, Kyle Meinke of reports.

    The third-year pro is getting the nod with starting safeties Kerby Joseph (hip) and C.J. Gardner-Johnson (pectoral) out with injuries. Melifonwu, a 2021 third-round pick, started five games over his first two seasons and recorded 29 tackles.

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  • Lions' Ifeatu Melifonwu: Showing well at safety

    Melifonwu stood out at safety during recent minicamp practices, John Maakaron of Sports Illustrated reports.

    Melifonwu, who began converting from cornerback to safety last season, will need to keep the momentum going into training camp in order to claim a significant role behind Tracy Walker, Kerby Joseph and 2023 second-round pick Brian Branch.

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  • Lions' Ifeatu Melifonwu: Full go Wednesday

    Melifonwu (ankle) was listed as a full participant on the Lions' practice report Wednesday.

    Melifonwu has been sidelined for the past four games while dealing with an ankle injury, though he appears to have finally worked past this issue ahead of Sunday's game against the Giants. The second-year cornerback was also ruled out for each of the first three games of the season with a hamstring injury, leaving him available to play just 17 total snaps over two games in 2022.

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  • Lions' Ifeatu Melifonwu: Sidelined again for Week 10

    Melifonwu (ankle) is listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Bears.

    Melifonwu will now miss his fourth consecutive contest as a result of an ankle injury. He's logged just four defensive snaps thus far in 2022, so his absence isn't expected to alter Detroit's defensive game plan too much.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 210 lbs
Birthplace: Boston, MA
Age: 24
School: Syracuse
Experience: 3