Detroit Lions notes: Eyes on Killebrew with Tavon Wilson out; Dahl returns

Dwight Freeney expected to play Sunday at Ravens

ALLEN PARK — With starting safety Tavon Wilson placed on injured reserve due to a shoulder injury, Miles Killebrew is likely to get the start.

Wilson re-injured his shoulder in Thursday’s loss to the Vikings and could not return to the game.

“It’s just like anything else you know. The guys that, regardless of who it is, the guys that you lose, that you don’t want to lose, but you’re always going to have somebody be able to step up and step in and get it done,’’ coach Jim Caldwell said on Monday. “But obviously, he’s been a vital part of what we do and he’s done a great job for us, so we’ll see what happens.”

Wilson originally injured his shoulder during training camp. He aggravated it in Week 2’s win at the Giants. Killebrew started in Week 3 with Wilson out. Killebrew also started Week 4 but Wilson was able to play about half of the defensive snaps.

Killebrew had seen his playing time on defense decrease, but he had 32 defensive snaps in the loss to the Vikings on Thursday.

“Coming along. You know, he’s making steps forward and he’s coming,’’ Caldwell said of Killebrew.

In other roster moves, guard Joe Dahl returned to practice on Monday from injured reserve. He’s eligible to play immediately.

Wide receiver  Bradley Marquez and safety Rolan Milligan were signed to the active roster from the practice squad.

Also, wide receiver Jace Billingsley and safety Stefan McClure were signed  to the practice squad.

Billingsley has bounced between the practice squad and the active roster. He began the season on the practice squad before appearing in two games with the club on the active roster.

McClure comes to the Lions after most recently playing in seven games for the Washington Redskins this season. Prior to Washington, he spent time as a member of the Indianapolis Colts practice squad in 2016, where he originally entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent out of California.



Defensive end Dwight Freeney, who was acquired last Wednesday off waivers from the Seahawks, is expected to practice this week and play at the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

Freeney and Caldwell know each other from their time together with the Indianapolis Colts.

“Guy that’s been around, he’s still got juice. You take a look, he’s been productive anytime that he’s been on the field, and we’ll expect him to be productive for us as well. How we’ll use him? We’ll make a real good determination of that as we go through the week, but he’ll be able to do something for us,’’ Caldwell said on Monday.

Freeney notched three sacks in four games for the Seahawks this season.




Author: Paula Pasche

Paula Pasche, a veteran sports writer, covers the Detroit Lions for her Lions Lowdown blog. She has written two books, "Game of My Life Detroit Lions" and "100 Things Lions Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die" which are available at bookstores and on She won first place for column writing from the Society of Professional Journalists in Detroit (Class B) in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was The Oakland Press 2010 Staffer of the Year.

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