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Alex Anzalone

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208 FPTS

RANK: 28





28 yrs


6'3'' / 237 lbs




Career year in 2023

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-02-12

Anzalone recorded 129 tackles with three sacks and six passes defended over 16 games in 2023.

While a fringe top-24 linebacker in IDP formats, Anzalone recorded career highs in tackles, solo tackles (85) and sacks as one of the most important pieces of a Detroit defense that made huge improvements in run defense. One year after finishing bottom-four in rushing yards allowed per carry and per game, this unit finished top-three in each of these categories and top-two in runs of 10-plus yards allowed (36) and runs of 20-plus yards allowed (five). With Aidan Hutchinson and Alim McNeill also under contract in 2024, the key pieces are in place for both Anzalone and the Lions run defense to remain productive in 2024.

Weekly Stats 2022

Stats not available

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

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Away Outdoor 17 15undefinedNaNth8683753366%405000undefinedundefined
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Career Stats by Season: 2017 to 2022

2017 23 NO 4 4 30 565th158511186%10110000
2018 24 NO 16 7 110 193rd4831441376%21620030
2019 25 NO 2 0 17 664th4607167%00110000
2020 26 NO 16 9 52 438th5231921381%00000000
2021 27 DET 14 14 133 148th8222949169%71210000
2022 28 DET 17 17 208 28th1,0714877770%6171.50011

Remains limited Thursday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-25

Anzalone (shoulder/ribs) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Anzalone has now began the Lions' week of practice with two consecutive limited sessions as he continues to battle three fractured ribs and a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. The 29-year-old linebacker will likely carry an injury designation into the NFC Championship Game unless he can practice in full Friday.

Limited in walkthrough Wednesday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-24

Anzalone (ribs) was a limited participant in the Lions' walkthrough Wednesday.

Anzalone was limited Wednesday as he continues to play through fractured ribs as well as a sprained AC joint. While the 2017 third-round pick should be good to go for Sunday's NFC Championship game, Malcolm Rodriguez would see increased playing time if Anzalone ends up being out.

Playing through injuries

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-23

Anzalone played through a sprained AC joint in his shoulder and three fractured ribs during Sunday's divisional-round win over the Buccaneers, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Anzalone actually suffered the rib injury during Detroit's Week 18 win over the Vikings and has been playing through it for each of the team's playoff wins this season. The veteran linebacker will likely appear on the team's injury report throughout the week, but considering he's managed to play through the pain, it's unlikely he would stop now. Anzalone should suit up against the 49ers in the NFC Championship game this Sunday.

Second-most tackles in loss

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-01

Anzalone had eight tackles (five solo) in Saturday's 20-19 loss to the Cowboys.

It was the third time in four games that Anzalone registered eight-plus tackles in a game. It was also the third straight game he played every single defensive snap as he finished second on the Lions in tackles behind corner Cameron Sutton. Anzalone is up to 120 tackles (77 solo) on the year and is five away from matching his career-high set in 2022.

Leads team in tackles

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-18

Anzalone logged 12 tackles (seven solo) and a pass deflection in Detroit's 42-17 win over the Broncos on Saturday.

Anzalone compiled double-digit tackles for the third time this season in addition to leading the team in tackles. The 29-year-old is currently on pace to surpass his career-high tackle mark (125) and will look to add to his total during the team's upcoming matchup versus the Vikings.

Records nine tackles versus Bears

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-11

Anzalone registered nine tackles (five solo) during the Lions' 28-13 loss to the Bears on Sunday.

Anzalone still produced a solid outing in spite of the loss as his nine tackles were good for second most on the team. The 29-year-old has now compiled 96 tackles (63 solo), including three sacks, through 12 games played.

Returns to practice

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-06

Anzalone (hand) logged a full practice Wednesday.

Anzalone appears ready to go for Week 14 against the Bears after logging three consecutive DNPs last week and ultimately sitting out Sunday's win over the Saints. The return of the veteran linebacker should be good news for the Lions' defense, especially with Malcolm Rodriguez still nursing an ankle injury.

Downgraded to out

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-02

Anzalone (hand) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game in New Orleans.

No surprise here, as Anzalone was unable to practice all week and dealt a doubtful designation on the Lions' final injury report. In his absence, Malcolm Rodriguez is the likely candidate to fill in at middle linebacker.

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