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Don Carey
S #26
Height:
5-11
Weight:
203
Age:
27
College:
Norfolk State
Experience:
6
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 135 100 35 0.0 0 8 3 58 -- 28 0 1 0
2013 DET 14 3 30 24 6 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2012 DET 9 6 39 29 10 0.0 -- 5 2 51 25.5 28 0 0 --
2011 DET 5 0 11 7 4 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2010 JAC 15 10 55 40 15 0.0 -- 1 1 7 7 7 0 0 --

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Biography

Re-signed by the Lions to a three-year extension on January 10, 2014 and provides valuable depth in the team’s secondary. Possesses the ability to contribute at safety and as a cornerback in nickel packages.

TRANSACTIONS

  • Re-signed by the Lions to a three-year extension on January 10, 2014.
  • Re-signed by the Lions to a one-year extension on January 3, 2013.
  • Re-signed by the Lions on November 1, 2012.
  • Released by the Lions on August 20, 2012.
  • Signed by the Detroit Lions on October 25, 2011.
  • Released by the Jaguars on September 3, 2011.
  • Placed on Reserve/Injured by the Jaguars on September 1, 2009.
  • Claimed off waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 8, 2009.
  • Released by the Browns on August 6, 2009.
  • Drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round (177th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.

PRO
Re-signed by the Lions to a three-year extension on January 10, 2014 and provides valuable depth in the team’s secondary. Possesses the ability to contribute at safety and as a cornerback in nickel packages.

  • Has appeared in 43 games, including 19 starts. Career totals include 105 tackles (76 solo), three interceptions (58 yards), nine pass defenses and 30 special teams tackles.

2013: Was a versatile option at nickel and a source of stability to the Lions secondary and special teams coverage unit. Totaled 19 tackles (16 solo), two pass defenses and finished second on the team in special teams tackles with 11 (eight solo). Had a breakout performance at Pittsburgh (11/17/13) where he started at linebacker and had a career-high nine tackles (seven solo).

  • Recorded one special teams tackle in Week 1 vs. Minnesota (9/8).
  • Inactive in Week 2 at Arizona (9/15) and Week 3 at Washington (9/22).
  • In Week 4 vs. Chicago (9/29) assisted on one special teams tackle.
  • Recorded two special teams tackles in Week 5 at Green Bay (10/6).
  • Had two special teams tackles in Week 6 at Cleveland (10/13).
  • In Week 8 vs. Dallas (10/27), registered one pass defense and one special teams tackle.
  • Had two solo tackles in Week 10 at Chicago (11/10). Both tackles took place in the second half against RB Matt Forte.
  • Started at nickel in Week 11 at Pittsburgh (11/17) and posted a career-high nine tackles (seven solo), including two tackles for loss.
  • Had one solo tackle, one pass defense, a forced fumble and two special teams tackles in Week 12 vs. Tampa Bay (11/24).
  • Was actively involved in special teams coverage in Week 13 vs. Green Bay (11/28 and Week 14 at Philadelphia (12/8).
  • Totaled four tackles (three solo), including two tackles for loss in Week 15 vs. Baltimore (12/16).
  • Had three solo tackles, including one tackle for loss, and one special teams tackle in Week 16 vs. New York Giants (12/22).
  • Started in Week 17 at Minnesota (12/29) and assisted on one special teams tackle.

2012: With injuries to the secondary, Carey returned to the Lions and saw action in nine games (six starts), providing an immediate impact on defense and special teams. Totaled 12 special teams tackles (10 solo) to go along with his 27 tackles (19 solo) on defense. His two interceptions against Indianapolis (12/2) highlighted his 2012 campaign.

  • Recorded two special teams tackles in the Lions’ 31-14 win over Jacksonville in Week 9 (11/4) just three days after re-signing with the team.
  • Started at strong safety in Week 11 vs. Green Bay for his first start of the season and had one solo tackle.
  • Had a career day, setting a new career-high in interceptions (2), interception return yards (51) and tying a career high in total tackles (7) in Week 13 vs. Indianapolis (12/2). Carey also led all Lions defenders in pass defenses with three.
  • Finished third on the team in tackles with five (four solo) in Week 14 at Green Bay (12/9).
  • Continued his solid performance at strong safety in Week 15 at Arizona (12/16), finishing third on the team in tackles with six (five solo), including two tackles for loss against the Cardinals.
  • Had three tackles (two solo) and two pass defenses in Week 16 vs. Atlanta (12/22).
  • Finished the 2012 season with five tackles (four solo) and one special teams tackle in Week 17 vs. Chicago (12/30).

COLLEGE
Four-year starter at Norfolk State. Became the first player to be drafted from the school in the Division I area (since 1998).

  • Two time member of the All-MEAC Second Team in 2007 and 2008.
  • Recorded five interceptions during his senior season. He returned one interception 94 yards for a touchdown.
  • Also had a 49-yard fumble return for a touchdown in 2008.
  • Had eight interceptions and 14 pass breakups during his junior and senior seasons.
  • In his career, he posted 179 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 10 interceptions, and 35 pass breakups.

PERSONAL
Attended Booker T. Washington High School.

  • Second Team All-Eastern District pick as a senior.
  • Son of William and Karen Robinson.
  • Studied building construction technology at NSU.
  • Born in Grand Rapids, Mich.

CAREY’S SINGLE-GAME BESTS

  • Tackles: 9 at Pit 11/17/13
  • Interceptions: 2 vs. Ind 12/2/12
  • Interception Return Yards: 51 vs. Ind 12/2/12
  • Pass Defenses: 3 vs. Ind 12/2/12
  • Special Teams Tackles: 2 (eight times) Last at Cle 10/13/13

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