Craig Reynolds

Detroit Lions
Running Back #13
Detroit Lions
Running Back #13

Craig Reynolds News

Listed as inactive

Reynolds (Coach's Decision) will be inactive for Saturday's game against the Panthers.

Analysis: With D'Andre Swift, Jamaal Williams and Justin Jackson ahead of him on the depth chart and healthy, Reynolds will be the odd-man-out Saturday. The 26-year-old has suited up for six games this season, but has not since Week 8.

Dec 24, 2022 8:58 AM EST

Won't suit up Sunday

Reynolds (ribs) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against the Jets.

Analysis: Reynolds was activated off injured reserve Saturday, but he'll remain sidelined for at least one more contest while working his way back from a rib injury. Justin Jackson, who was listed as questionable due to an illness, is active and figures to continue serving as the No. 3 running back behind D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams.

Dec 18, 2022 8:48 AM EST

Activated off injured reserve

Reynolds (ribs) was activated off injured reserve Saturday, Kyle Meinke of reports.

Analysis: Reynolds traveled with the team to New York for Sunday's matchup against the Jets and will presumably be active following a five-game absence due to a knee injury. He opened the season as the No. 3 running back behind Jamaal Williams and D'Andre Swift, but Justin Jackson has thrived in that role of late. It's unclear what Reynolds' role will be in Week 15 if he's deemed available, but he's unlikely to garner a large enough role to crack fantasy relevancy.

Dec 17, 2022 5:23 PM EST

Returns to practice

Reynolds (ribs) was designated to return from IR on Thursday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Reynolds suffered the injury in Week 9's win over the Packers and was placed on IR on Nov. 9. He now has a 21-day window to practice with the team before needing to be added to the active roster. Before suffering the injury, Reynolds operated as the team's No. 3 running back, a role that Justin Jackson has since occupied. Whether Reynolds will have to earn back that role remains to be seen.

Dec 8, 2022 11:03 AM EST

IR-bound with injury to ribs

Detroit placed Reynolds (ribs) on its injured reserve list Wednesday.

Analysis: Reynolds was forced out of Sunday's win versus Green Bay early with an injury to his ribs, and he'll now be required to miss at least the Lions' next four games as he recovers. His absence should open up even more opportunities for Justin Jackson, who flashed some capability as a runner in Week 9.

Nov 9, 2022 10:06 AM EST

Downgraded to out

Reynolds (ribs) was ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Packers.

Analysis: Reynolds will not be able to return after being forced out with a rib injury in the first half against Green Bay. The 26-year-old played a minor role in Detroit's offense over the first seven games, and his next chance to suit up will come versus the Bears on Sunday, Nov. 13.

Nov 6, 2022 11:55 AM EST

Questionable to return

Reynolds is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Packers with a rib injury.

Analysis: Reynolds did not record a carry before exiting in the first half against Green Bay, though the nature and severity of this issue are still unknown. The 26-year-old rushed 23 times for 102 yards and caught nine passes (on 10 targets) for 116 yards as the Lions' third-string running back over the first seven games of the season. With Reynolds sidelined, expect Justin Jackson to take on a larger role behind D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams in this contest.

Nov 6, 2022 11:08 AM EST

Tiny role in Swift's return

Reynolds rushed twice for seven yards and was not able to secure his lone target during Sunday's loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: With D'Andre Swift back in the fold, Reynolds saw his second-lowest snap share of the season while Swift and Jamaal Williams handled the near entirety of the rushing workload. Unless one of those two misses time again, Reynolds' offensive role should remain miniscule.

Oct 31, 2022 11:52 AM EST

Totals 92 yards

Reynolds rushed six times for 24 yards while catching three of three targets for 68 yards during Sunday's 29-0 loss to New England.

Analysis: Reynolds was more efficient on the ground than the box score implies considering he was dropped for a seven-yard loss at one point, and he ultimately performed relatively well as a change-of-pace option behind Jamaal Williams in the absence of D'Andre Swift (shoulder). However, the Lions didn't spend much time in Patriots territory, leaving practically no realistic scoring opportunities for the Detroit backfield. With Swift expected to return to the field after a Week 6 bye, Reynolds should revert to his No. 3 role in Week 7 against Dallas.

Oct 10, 2022 8:35 AM EST

Small role in Swift's absence

Reynolds rushed twice for 30 yards while securing his only target for 12 yards during Sunday's 48-45 loss to Seattle.

Analysis: Reynolds logged a third of the offensive snaps in the absence of D'Andre Swift (shoulder) but handled less touches than Justin Jackson, who saw a fraction of the playing time that Reynolds did. Meanwhile, Jamaal Williams logged half the snaps and carried nearly the entire rushing load for a second straight game. It's fair to expect a similar distribution of work in Week 5 against New England.

Oct 3, 2022 9:30 PM EST

Seven touches while spelling Swift

Reynolds rushed six times for 13 yards while securing his only target for five yards during Sunday's 28-24 loss to Minnesota.

Analysis: Reynolds saw increased offensive snaps and touches for a second consecutive week as D'Andre Swift now tends to a shoulder injury in addition to his ankle woes. With Swift possibly set to miss time, Reynolds could see even more offensive involvement in Week 4 against Seahawks as the potential No. 2 running back behind Jamaal Williams.

Sep 27, 2022 8:01 AM EST

Four touches against former team

Reynolds rushed three times for 16 yards with securing his only target for 13 yards during Sunday's 36-27 win over Washington.

Analysis: After being contained to special teams in the season opener, Reynolds saw a little bit of run against his former team, possibly because of D'Andre Swift's reported ankle sprain. He was efficient in doing so, but he didn't see nearly enough playing time behind Swift and Jamaal Williams to have a chance at fantasy relevance.

Sep 19, 2022 5:01 PM EST

No offensive snaps

Reynolds did not log any offensive snaps during Sunday's 38-35 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Reynolds is clearly the third option at running back behind D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams. Barring injuries, he doesn't figure to see much, if any, playing time most weeks.

Sep 11, 2022 5:46 PM EST

Plays into fourth quarter

Reynolds rushed six times for 31 yards while catching two of three targets for 13 yards during Sunday's 19-9 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Considering Reynolds was the presumptive favorite for the No. 3 role at running back for most of the preseason, it was surprising to see him playing into the fourth quarter on both offense and special teams. Meanwhile, Justin Jackson totaled 83 yards on 10 touches and may be a making a claim for his job. While it is possible that both guys make the roster, there is no certainty that Detroit will keep five running backs on the roster given that Godwin Igwebuike seems likely to stick around for special teams purposes.

Aug 28, 2022 5:27 PM EST

Leading competition No. 3 RB role

Reynolds rushed seven times for 37 yards and caught his only target for five yards in Saturday's 27-26 preseason win over the Colts.

Analysis: Each of Reynolds, Justin Jackson, Godwin Igwebuike and Jermar Jefferson got seven carries in this game, as Detroit got an extended look at each of the four running backs competing for the third spot on the depth chart behind D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams. Reynolds is leading that competition, according to Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site, but Jackson could be closing the gap after churning out 54 yards on his seven attempts Saturday. Both Reynolds and Jackson will likely get significant playing time in the Lions' preseason finale, Aug. 28 in Pittsburgh.

Aug 20, 2022 1:26 PM EST

Three carries in season finale

Reynolds rushed three times for two yards during Sunday's 37-30 win over Green Bay.

Analysis: Reynolds was in the starting lineup with fellow tailback D'Andre Swift but both ended up finishing well behind Jamaal Williams in carries. Making matters worse for Reynolds is that he only went on to log five more offensive snaps en route to an unsubstantial stat line. He'll thus finish the season with 55 carries for 230 rushing yards while catching seven of eight targets for 52 receiving yards despite not joining the active roster until Week 14. While he should remain in a complementary role next season considering each of he, Swift and Williams remain under contract in 2022, Reynolds' 26-carry, 112-yard performance in Week 15 at least showed that he can be a worthwhile fantasy option if the Lions ever need him to lead the backfield.

Jan 10, 2022 12:35 PM EST

Quiet in No. 3 role

Reynolds rushed four times for four yards during Sunday's 51-29 loss to Seattle.

Analysis: Reynolds got a handful of touches throughout the game, but the return of D'Andre Swift predictably pushed Reynolds into a tertiary role. With no injuries to report for either of Swift or Jamaal Williams, Reynolds will presumably remain that way in Week 18 against Green Bay.

Jan 3, 2022 10:37 AM EST

Role reduction on tap

Reynolds is expected to drop to third on the depth chart for Sunday's game against the Seahawks with lead back D'Andre Swift (shoulder) making his return to the lineup following a four-game absence, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

Analysis: After serving as Detroit's lead back Weeks 14 and 15, Reynolds moved into a more reduced role in the Week 16 loss to Atlanta with Jamaal Williams making his return from a two-game absence. Williams (19 carries, zero catches) and Reynolds (11 carries, three receptions) both picked up double-digit touches in the 20-16 loss while operating in a timeshare, but the addition of Swift to the backfield mix will cut into the workloads of both players in a significant way. Williams is the safer bet to operate as the No. 2 option behind Swift, and when both players have been available this season, there typically haven't been many snaps or touches left over the Lions' other backs.

Dec 31, 2021 4:42 PM EST

14 touches in complementary role

Reynolds rushed 11 times for 29 yards while catching three of four targets for 22 yards during Sunday's 20-16 loss to Atlanta.

Analysis: Despite moving into a secondary role with Jamaal Williams back in action, Reynolds still saw a decent workload while easily topping the zero targets Williams saw in the passing game. However, not including a game-high 14 yard scamper by Williams, Detroit running backs collectively averaged 3.7 scoreless yards per carry as the offense initially struggled to do much with backup Tim Boyle under center. While the return of Jared Goff (COVID-19) could help open up the run game, Reynolds' Week 16 workload against Seattle will depend on the health of D'Andre Swift (shoulder), who returned to practice this past week and seems to be trending in the right direction.

Dec 26, 2021 2:20 PM EST

Getting another chance with Swift out

Reynolds and Jamaal Williams will serve as the Lions' primary running backs for Sunday's game in Atlanta, Tim Twentyman of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Reynolds received a majority share of the running back reps over the last two games with Williams on the reserve/COVID-19 list and D'Andre Swift in recovery mode from an AC joint sprain in his shoulder. Williams is back in action Sunday, while Swift will miss his fourth game in a row. It remains to be seen the breakdown of snaps between Reynolds and Williams, but the former notched 40 touches for 216 yards between Weeks 14 and 15.

Dec 26, 2021 9:02 AM EST

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