#Detroit #Lions wide receiver #Kenny #Golladay’s injury-plagued 2020 season is over, and now the question shifts to whether he’ll be with the franchise in 2021.
#Interim #Lions head coach #Darrell #Bevell ruled #Golladay out of the team’s season finale against #Minnesota — the wide receiver hasn’t played since #Nov. 1 against #Indianapolis — saying, “I don’t think that will happen this week.”
#Golladay appeared in five games and made 20 catches for 338 yards and two touchdowns this season. #This comes after a 2019 season when he made the #Pro #Bowl with 65 catches for 1,190 yards and an NFL-best 11 touchdowns.
The #Lions had hoped #Golladay would take another step into an elite class of receivers this fall. #In #August, #Bevell said he hoped #Golladay would eventually be thought of as on the same level as #Arizona’s #DeAndre #Hopkins and #New #Orleans’ #Michael #Thomas “and those type of players, where he really is dictating to the defense how they have to cover him.”
#But a nagging hip muscle injury kept him off the field for the second half of the season. #Golladay also missed the first two weeks of the season with a hamstring injury.
The team’s third-round pick in 2017 had over 100 yards receiving in two of the four full games he played before leaving the #Colts game on #Nov. 1 with the hip injury at halftime after just 18 snaps and no catches on four targets.
“#It’s a very hard season to assess what he was able to do,” #Bevell said. “#He wasn’t able to be out there enough for us this year to really, I think, make those steps that I was hoping that he’d be able to make. #So right now, obviously he’s not there.
“#Does he have the ability to be there? I think he does, and obviously that’s what we’re looking for from him. #But the most important thing for him is to get healthy, get his body right and then be able to handle the rigors of a 16-game-plus season.”
The 27-year-old said earlier this month that he would rather get a long-term deal done than be franchise-tagged by the #Lions, although he knows he has no control over whether the team would decide to tag him.
#Golladay also said earlier this month that he knew nothing could be done, contract-wise, until the #Lions figure out what they are doing with the general manager and head coach, decisions that should come next month. #He did reiterate that he wants to be in #Detroit — something he has steadfastly said since conversations about his contract began last year.
“They drafted me here, so I just want to show my loyalty,” #Golladay said. “They believed in me, and say if a contract, if it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out, you know. Then I go somewhere else and just ball out and play.
“#But I’m a loyal person and of course I want to be here. I started my career here.”
#Lions running back #Adrian #Peterson, another free agent after the season, said he doesn’t regret signing with #Detroit but that “this was not the vision I had when I decided to come here,” referring to the #Lions’ losing record. #When he signed with #Detroit, he thought they could compete for at least a division title.
#Peterson said he would be open to re-signing with #Detroit if the team’s new general manager and head coach offered him a chance to return because he believes in the talent the #Lions have on the roster. #But he also would be paying attention to the moves the new front office and coaching staff make before deciding on his future. #If the team went into a full rebuild, he wouldn’t be as open to returning.
“#Yeah, that’s not something that’s appealing to me,” #Peterson said. “A situation where you’re totally rebuilding, you know, like letting a lot of guys go and bringing in new guys, yeah, I’m past the rebuilding stage so that wouldn’t be the ideal situation.”
#If the moves were made to enhance the team in the short-term, he would be open to that scenario, but “bringing in a lot of young guys, I don’t think that would be ideal for me.”
#Peterson said his goal for next season is to go to a spot where he can “try and win a championship and that’s my focus going into the offseason.”
#Bevell did not rule out quarterback #Matthew #Stafford for #Sunday even though the quarterback did not practice #Wednesday with right thumb, ankle and hip injuries. #He was limited on #Thursday.
#Bevell said before #Thursday’s practice that he would like to see #Stafford take some practice reps this week but that even not having that wouldn’t rule him out of the season finale.
“#You’re going to have to convince me a lot that this guy is not going to go. #He’s as tough as they come, tough as nails. #He wants to be out there,” #Bevell said. “I think, really, those two things are probably the most important. #If the guy wants to — I always say this, I always say that your mind is a powerful thing. #You can do a lot if you just believe in that. The guy wants it.
“There’s not a doubt in my mind that he won’t make it happen, but obviously, we’re going to continue to go through the week and see how it goes.”
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