A Look At The Lions 2012 Final Roster Positional Breakdown By Numbers

2012 Detroit Lions roster   *************My predictions on how this year’s team will shake out by the numbers
Quarterbacks   3       This year   2

14 Shaun Hill
17 Kellen Moore
9 Matthew Stafford

Running Backs  5   This year 4

35 Joique Bell
45 Shaun Chapas FB
25 Mikel Leshoure
    11 Stefan Logan
    30 Kevin Smith

Wide Receivers   5   This year 5

18 Kris Durham
81 Calvin Johnson
    10 Kassim Osgood
    80 Brian Robiskie
    19 Mike Thomas

Tight Ends  3   This year 4

89 Will Heller
87 Brandon Pettigrew
85 Tony Scheffler

Offensive Linemen    9        5 T’s         2 C’s         2 G’s   This year 9

   76 Jeff Backus T
    77 Gosder Cherilus T
70 Jason Fox T
65 Dylan Gandy C
78 Corey Hilliard T
  66 Stephen Peterman G
51 Dominic Raiola C
71 Riley Reiff T
67 Rob Sims G

Defensive Linemen 9          5 DE’s       4 DT’s           This year 10

    92 Cliff Avril DE
    96 Andre Fluellen DT
    94 Lawrence Jackson DE
97 Ronnell Lewis DE
    95 Ogemdi Nwagbuo DT
    63 Jimmy Saddler-McQueen DT
90 Ndamukong Suh DT
    93 Kyle Vanden Bosch DE
79 Willie Young DE

Linebackers    6    This year 6

    52 Justin Durant OLB
54 DeAndre Levy OLB
50 Travis Lewis MLB
58 Ashlee Palmer MLB
55 Stephen Tulloch MLB
59 Tahir Whitehead OLB

Defensive Backs  10        5 CB’s       3 SS’        2 FS’    This year 10

41 Ron Bartell CB
32 Don Carey SS
26 Louis Delmas FS
31 Drayton Florence CB
36 Jonte Green CB
23 Chris Houston CB
    24 Tyrell Johnson SS
    27 Pat Lee CB
    39 Ricardo Silva SS
29 John Wendling FS

Special Teams    3     This year 3

   4 Jason Hanson K
5 Nick Harris P
48 Don Muhlbach LS

Reserve Lists

28 Bill Bentley CB (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
    44 Jahvid Best RB (PUP) Injury icon 2.svg
84 Ryan Broyles WR (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
13 Nate Burleson WR (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
98 Nick Fairley DT (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
33 Chris Greenwood CB (PUP) Injury icon 2.svg
    36 Jerome Harrison RB (NF-Ill.) Injury icon 2.svg
    98 Sammie Hill DT (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
    21 Jacob Lacey CB (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
    61 Bill Nagy G (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
42 Amari Spievey SS (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
    99 Corey Williams DT (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
    16 Titus Young WR (IR) Injury icon 2.svg

Practice Squad

74 Rodney Austin G
    38 Conroy Black CB
    73 Justin Boren G
    12 Troy Burrell WR
83 Patrick Edwards WR (Injured) Injury icon 2.svg
   47 Carmen Messina MLB
    43 Devin Moore RB
    40 Lionel Smith CB (Injured) Injury icon 2.svg
    34 Ross Weaver CB

Rookies in italics
53 Active, 13 Inactive, 9 Practice Squad


Players with lines through them are no longer in the organization.



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NFL Training Camp- Shattered Dreams (Literally)

If you seen tonight’s episode of ‘Hard Knocks‘, you seen what happened to undrafted free agent defensive tackle Larry Black. On a play in practice he was being blocked his cleat got caught, he got leg whipped on accident by a teammate and broke his leg and dislocated his ankle all at once. Now he may be able to come back from the injury but it’s a long shot at best.

I’m writing this piece because it brings me back to training camp last season for the Philadelphia Eagles. A young man from my hometown was on the team WR Ronald Johnson. He had this exact same injury last year, as Black did this year.


This was probably the most talent kid to come from Muskegon, Michigan since Curtis Adams. Ronald, also known as, RoJo was recruited by EVERYBODY. Michigan, Michigan State, LSU, Florida, Alabama, ect. RoJo ended up playing for the University of Southern California. Played his full 4 years for the Trojans and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2011. They cut him and he was picked up by Philadelphia almost immediately, He spent the season on the practice squad and really put in the work to make the 53 man roster in 2012. Sadly I doubt he’ll ever fulfill his NFL dreams. Being a wide receiver your legs are your livelihood. I don’t know as a fact but I’m guessing football is no longer an option for Ronald but he’s a good young man and got his degree and I’m sure he’ll be a great asset to whatever community he chooses to live in.  It’s the tough reality of the NFL and the injuries that come along from it.

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