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4-6, 4th in NFC North
Stafford: This win took a "collective effort" (0:52)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

As part of the Salute to Service weekend, some Lions players had decals on their helmets honoring fallen soldiers -- and Lions coach Matt Patricia wore a button honoring a soldier as well. "We're honoring some families of Michigan that have lost loved ones and it's part of the week," Patricia said. "Earlier in the week I mentioned of our guys doing a great job of paying respect and showing their support for those that have gone out and made the ultimate sacrifice, but those are out currently sacrificing everything they have to allow us to do what we do every single day, we're very blessed for that." Here's a list of the soldiers and the player who wore the decal honoring that soldier: SSG Eugene Alex (United States Army) Don Muhlbach PFC Mark Barbret (United States Army) Jarrad Davis SSgt Marcus Bawol (United States Marine Corps) Graham Glasgow 2LT Brandon Cavanaugh (Army National Guard) Matthew Stafford SrA Michael Hinkle II (United States Air Force) Glover Quin SGT Richard Jordan (United States Army) Devon Kennard Cpl Nicholas Manoukian (United States Marine Corps) Deshawn Shead CPO Heath Robinson (United States Navy) Matt Patricia Staff Sergeant George Torres (United States Marine Corps/United States Army, Retired) LeGarrette Blount

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Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions got their first win in almost a month. Still, there has to be concern over one thing — the health of Kerryon Johnson

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Patricia has no update on Kerryon Johnson's knee injury. He didn't want to speculate anything about it.

Panthers lose on failed 2-point conversion (0:33)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions won their first game in almost a month, beating Carolina on Sunday. Even in the win, there is reason for concern, as Kerryon Johnson left the game with a knee injury. If he's out for any amount of time, that alters a lot of what Detroit can do on offense.

Stafford throws dart to Golladay for 19-yard TD (0:36)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions downgraded Kerryon Johnson to OUT with a knee injury. That's bad news for Detroit and the electric rookie who had stabilized the team's run game.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions got back to what works best for them in the first half -- and it has showed. Giving the ball to Kerryon Johnson usually nets positive gains for Detroit and he has 64 yards on 10 carries in the first half, including the Lions' only touchdown of the game. He's been a large reason why the Lions lead, 10-7, over Carolina -- the first time Detroit has led at the half since Oct. 21, almost one month ago. That was also the last time the Lions had a strong rushing day. The offensive line has been particularly good, opening holes for Johnson and protecting Matthew Stafford, who has not been hit or sacked after being sacked 16 times over the past two games.

Johnson walks in for Lions' 8-yard TD (0:19)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Ezekiel Ansah has been on the field for three plays thus far for the Lions. One resulted in his third sack of the year. Another had pressure that led to a Devon Kennard sack. At this point, using him as a pure third down pass rush option still seems confusing. When I spoke with him Friday about it, he said he felt he was progressing and this is the plan they've come up with. That said, Ansah told me he believes he can get back to the every-down player he was prior to this season.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Wide receiver order for the Lions in pregame: Kenny Golladay, TJ Jones, Bruce Ellington, Andy Jones. Have to figure that will be the way they are used in the game as well. Ellington, who is making his Lions debut Sunday against Carolina, could be an intriguing play in fantasy. TJ Jones, though, might be the flier to go on. He's been lining up on the outside in warmups along with Golladay. Ellington is in the slot.

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Carolina Panthers are 7-1 ATS in their past eight games following a loss. They are 4.5-point road favorites against Detroit today.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions inactives: WR Marvin Jones, TE Michael Roberts, DT A'Shawn Robinson, WR Brandon Powell, OL Andrew Donnal, DE Eric Lee, LB Kelvin Sheppard

David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer 

In the biggest decision for Caesars Palace at this point, the house is rooting for the home underdog Detroit Lions. The Carolina Panthers are 5-point favorites over the Lions. Caesars sportsbook head of risk Jeff Davis told ESPN the house also are facing big decisions on the Jaguars and Eagles.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions sign WR Andy Jones off the practice squad. With No Marvin Jones and no Michael Roberts, Lions need some pass-catching depth.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Marvin Jones officially OUT for Lions. TJ Jones should get a lot of work, same with Bruce Ellington.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah tells me he's in "a gradual process" to getting back to being fully back to his old self. When asked if he feels at this point he could play every down, similar to how he did in previous years, Ansah said it's still a process but "when the time comes, yeah, you all are going to see me out there." This, of course, is something Ansah is looking forward to. Ansah said the ramp-up to him playing more snaps is something that just worked out. "It just happened to just fall in place," Ansah said. "I just come out, practice and prepare myself for Sunday and whatever happens, happens." Ansah is playing on the franchise tag this year and is scheduled to be a free agent after the season. He has played as a situational edge rusher the past two games. He has two sacks this season.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Marvin Jones, A'Shawn Robinson and Michael Roberts all not at open portion of Lions practice for the third straight day.

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Lions' Patricia defends call to practice outdoors

A day after Lions coach Matt Patricia held his team's practice outside in the cold and snow, despite playing four straight games indoors or in Arizona, the first-year coach spent about four minutes and 900 words defending his decision to do so.

Team Stats

Passing Yards243.3
Rushing Yards100.4
Points For22.2
Points Against26.3