D.J. Chark

Detroit Lions
Wide Receiver #17
Detroit Lions
Wide Receiver #17

D.J. Chark News

Back to limited practice

Chark (ankle) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday.

Analysis: After following an LP/DNP/LP practice regimen last week, Chark was expected to play Week 4 against the Seahawks before the Lions ruled him out last Saturday. This time around, he mixed into drills Thursday after sitting out Wednesday, which also happened for fellow wide receiver Josh Reynolds (ankle) and tight end T.J. Hockenson (hip). Meanwhile, Amon-Ra St. Brown (ankle) and D'Andre Swift (shoulder/ankle) have yet to practice this week, so Chark could be on pace for a significant snap count Sunday in New England if he's able to get rid of his designation ahead of a 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff.

Oct 6, 2022 1:24 PM EST

Misses practice again

Chark (ankle) isn't practicing Wednesday, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

Analysis: Chark missed the 48-45 loss to Seattle on Sunday, getting ruled out Saturday after coach Dan Campbell had said Friday that the wideout would play. Chark managed limited practices last Wednesday and Friday but now is back to sitting out as the Lions begin preparation for a Week 5 contest in New England (followed by a Week 6 bye). Fellow wide receivers Amon-Ra St. Brown and Josh Reynolds also missed practice Wednesday because of ankle injuries, though Reynolds played through his and had 81 yards and a score in the loss this past Sunday.

Oct 5, 2022 12:17 PM EST

Surprisingly ruled out

Chark (ankle) has been downgraded to out and will not play in Sunday's matchup against the Seahawks.

Analysis: Coach Dan Campbell hinted Friday that Chark would be able to play, but evidently the veteran's ankle injury was too difficult to overcome. The Lions will now be without three of their top offensive options with D'Andre Swift (shoulder), Amon-Ra St. Brown (ankle) and Chark all inactive. Expect Josh Reynolds and Kalif Raymond to see the majority of the snaps at wide receiver with tight end T.J. Hockenson and running back Jamaal Williams chipping in as capable mid-range targets.

Oct 1, 2022 1:25 PM EST

Technically listed as questionable

Chark (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Seattle, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: Coach Dan Campbell said Chark will play, while Amon-Ra St. Brown (ankle) already has been ruled out. Josh Reynolds (questionable - ankle) also appears on track to play, and both he and Chark have a nice opportunity to see more targets if their ankle injuries truly aren't significant. Behind them, the Lions have Kalif Raymond and Quintez Cephus at wide receiver.

Sep 30, 2022 1:16 PM EST

To play Week 4

Coach Dan Campbell said Friday that Chark (ankle) will suit up versus Seattle on Sunday, Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Chark will get a chance to operate as Detroit's top wideout with Amon-Ra St. Brown (ankle) ruled out, and his target opportunities could further rise if D'Andre Swift (shoulder) is unable to go. Josh Reynolds (ankle) and T.J. Hockenson (foot) could also see increased volume in the receiving game, though they have both likewise dealt with injuries in practice this week.

Sep 30, 2022 8:21 AM EST

Sits out practice

Chark (ankle) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: After opening the week as a limited participant Wednesday, Chark was sidelined Thursday along with top wideout Amon-Ra St. Brown (ankle), who also sat out Wednesday's session. Taking a step back in the middle of the week in terms of practice activity typically isn't a promising sign, though it's conceivable Chark's absence from Thursday's session may have been maintenance-based. Whatever the case, Chark -- as well as St. Brown -- will likely need to get back on the field in some fashion Friday before the Lions provide a gauge for their chances of suiting up Sunday against the Seahawks.

Sep 29, 2022 10:10 AM EST

Listed as LP

Chark (ankle) is listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's injury report.

Analysis: Limited participation puts him a step ahead of fellow Detroit wide receivers Amon-Ra St. Brown and Josh Reynolds, both of whom were held out with ankle injuries. It's possible all three are ready for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, but Chark's target share projection would get a nice boost if he were able to play and St. Brown wasn't.

Sep 28, 2022 2:21 PM EST

Back in box score

Chark caught three of six targets for 46 yards during Sunday's 28-24 loss to Minnesota.

Analysis: Chark got back in the box score after going without a catch in Week 2 against Washington, but the prized offseason acquisition looked like the No. 3 wide receiver behind Amon-Ra St. Brown (ankle) and Josh Reynolds, who each gained at least 73 yards while seeing at least nine targets a piece. In any case, Chark is averaging a healthy 14 yards per catch through three games and could be leaned on more in the near future if St. Brown has any lingering effects from the ankle injury that required him to leave Sunday's game at one point. Up next is a Week 4 home matchup against a burnable Seahawks secondary.

Sep 25, 2022 9:26 PM EST

No catches despite four targets

Chark was targeted four times but did not record a catch during Sunday's 36-27 win over Washington.

Analysis: Chark saw all of his targets in the first half and then mysteriously disappeared in the second. Meanwhile, Amon-Ra St. Brown continued his hot streak yet another week while Josh Reynolds, T.J. Hockenson and D'Andre Swift served as the top complementary receiving options for Jared Goff. However, even though it is now apparent that Chark's downside is the absolute floor, he'll still remain an upside fantasy option in many weeks ahead given his momentary status as a top deep threat in an ascending Lions offense. Up next is a Week 3 road matchup with the Vikings.

Sep 19, 2022 5:07 PM EST

Snags touchdown

Chark caught four of eight targets for 52 yards with one touchdown during Sunday's 38-35 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: A couple of drops early on wasn't the start he wanted, but Chark ultimately put together a respectable performance in his regular-season debut with the Lions. Only Amon-Ra St. Brown was targeted more, and the highlight of the day for the passing game may have been the touchdown that Chark brought in despite solid coverage from cornerback Darius Slay. The question going forward is whether Chark will continue seeing heavy targets after averaging 6.1 targets per game during his time in Jacksonville. Given the number of weapons that Detroit has on offense, it's possible his fantasy production could be more streaky than reliable.

Sep 11, 2022 3:23 PM EST

Starts in preseason finale

Chark started alongside Amon-Ra St. Brown in Sunday's preseason finale, failing to record a catch (two targets) in a 19-9 loss to Pittsburgh.

Analysis: Chark didn't get a chance to impress in this contest, but starting quarterback Jared Goff (rest) sat this one out, so we will have to wait to see how the new teammates develop chemistry once the regular season starts. The 25-year-old performed well during his four years in Jacksonville, so he could be a name worth monitoring early on given his projected starting role in Detroit. Chark is coming off of a serious ankle injury that limited him to four games in 2021, but the fact he was out there for an exhibition bodes well for his full availability to begin the regular season when the Lions take on the Eagles on Sept. 11.

Aug 28, 2022 6:29 PM EST

Impressive during team scrimmage

Chark caught four passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns during Saturday's team scrimmage, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Playing against a mix of first- and second-team cornerbacks, Chark reportedly looked like the vertical threat that Detroit lacked last year. While he will likely lose opportunities to Jameson Williams (knee) by season's end, vertical targets in the Lions' new offense should be concentrated on him in the short term. Considering the 6-foot-4 wideout also has a solid chance of leading his team in red-zone targets, Chark could surprise as a fantasy asset during his $10 million "prove it" year.

Aug 8, 2022 9:56 AM EST

Being moved around formation

Chark has lined up across the formation during the installation of Detroit's new offense under first-year offensive coordinator Ben Johnson, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: Chark largely stayed on the perimeter of the field during his time in Jacksonville, but it sounds like the Lions could be looking to get him the ball in other ways. However, with so many mouths to feed in the short-area passing game between Amon-Ra St. Brown, D'Andre Swift and T.J. Hockenson, it is fair to wonder how many more could be left over for someone else. Meanwhile, none of those other guys come close to having both of Chark's 6-foot-4 size and sub-4.4 speed, so the Lions don't really have a better option than Chark on the outside (or at least until Jameson Williams (knee) returns). In the end, most of Chark's production should be expected to come from his typical X-receiver alignment, though it is nice to know that there could be upside for more.

Jul 28, 2022 4:06 PM EST

No physical limitations

Chark said he has taken part in early offseason workouts with no real physical limitations, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. "[The coaching staff] is always there to let me know like, if it's bothering me I don't have to push it as hard or things like that, cause they want me to be where I'm at my peak when the season starts. But no, I do everything that everybody else does," Chark recently said.

Analysis: Chark missed most of the 2021 campaign with a fractured ankle, but he has seemingly had a productive offseason that somewhat started with joining Jared Goff for throwing sessions in California. Since then the receiver has been getting acclimated in Detroit and has remained setback-free while doing so. If the 25-year-old can stay that way through the end of the summer, Chark should easily open the season as the Lions' No. 1 perimeter receiver while Jameson Williams (knee) works his way back from an ACL injury.

May 12, 2022 11:18 AM EST

Catching passes from Goff

Chark recently joined Jared Goff for a throwing session in California, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Chark missed most of last season after fracturing his ankle in Week 4. While it's not perfectly clear where he stands in his recovery, head coach Dan Campbell said the Lions expect nearly perfect attendance for the start of offseason workouts, and Chark's ability to catch passes from Goff in recent weeks demonstrates that the wideout is not starting the offseason on the sidelines.

Apr 22, 2022 5:35 AM EST

Signing with Detroit for one season

Chark (ankle) is signing a one-year, $10 million contract with the Lions, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

Analysis: Coming back from a season-ending ankle fracture suffered in Week 4 of 2021, the 25-year-old wideout reportedly will receive $10 million guaranteed with another $2 million available via incentives. Chark should be ready for training camp, or perhaps even the offseason program, at which point he'll profile as the top downfield threat for Lions QB Jared Goff. The team also has Amon-Ra St. Brown coming off a big rookie year where he did most of his damage in the slot, while perimeter receiver Josh Reynolds recently signed a two-year extension. Chark, a 2018 second-round pick, caught 147 passes for 2,042 yards and 15 TDs over his four years in Jacksonville, with about half that production coming in his second season (73-1,008-8 receiving line in 2019). He'll turn 26 in September and shouldn't have too much trouble earning snaps and targets in Detroit.

Mar 15, 2022 5:46 AM EST

Officially out for the season

Coach Urban Meyer confirmed Monday that Chark (ankle) is out for the season, John Shipley of SI.com reports.

Analysis: Meyer took his time confirming the length of Chark's recovery timetable, as the wideout was placed on IR due to a fractured left ankle back on Oct. 4, but the season-ending nature of his injury can now be considered official. As Meyer noted Monday, Jamal Agnew has impressed over the last two weeks after stepping into a larger role on offense, but Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault remain the clear top two wideouts on Jacksonville's depth chart.

Oct 25, 2021 7:44 AM EST

Officially placed on IR

Chark (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Monday.

Analysis: Chark's placement on IR was expected since the receiver is expected to miss the remainder of the 2021 campaign due to a fractured left ankle that he sustained in Thursday's loss to the Bengals. Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault will serve as the Jaguars' top receivers going forward, while Tavon Austin, Tyron Johnson and Jamal Agnew are likely to compete for additional work.

Oct 4, 2021 11:52 AM EST

Heading to IR

Coach Urban Meyer said Monday that Chark (ankle) will be placed on IR, John Shipley of SI.com reports.

Analysis: Players on IR are technically eligible to return after missing as few as three games, but the fractured left ankle Chark sufferer during last Thursday's loss to the Bengals is expected to sideline him for the rest of the 2021 season. Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault will operate as Jacksonville's clear top wideouts going forward, while Tavon Austin could be the favorite to occupy the role Chark handled during the first three weeks of the season.

Oct 4, 2021 8:19 AM EST

Likely out for season

Chark is expected to miss the rest of the season after sustaining a fractured left ankle during Thursday's loss to the Bengals, and he's likely to require surgery to repair the injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The 25-year-old was carted off the field after suffering the injury Thursday, and it's not a major surprise to find out his 2021 campaign is likely over. Chark will be moved to injured reserve in the near future, and the team should update his status shortly as he continues to be evaluated. The 2018 second-round pick is in the final year of his rookie contract, and he is now set to enter free agency coming off a broken ankle while totaling seven catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns in four games this season.

Oct 1, 2021 6:44 AM EST

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