2011: Team’s starting outside linebacker. Has collected 59 tackles (47 solo) on the season. He also has 2 sacks.
- Was part of a defensive unit that allowed just 56 yards on the ground against the Buccaneers (9/11). It is the lowest rushing total allowed by the Lions on the road in a season opener since allowing 31 yards at Seattle September 12, 1999. It was also their lowest rushing total allowed overall on opening day since limiting the Green Bay Packers to 46 yards September 11, 2005. No Bucs running back rushed for more than 15 yards and just 1 of their 17 first downs came on the ground. Tampa's leading rusher was QB Josh Freeman, who finished with 26 yards.
- The defense allowed just 6 points and limited the Bucs to just 8:15 of possession time in the first half. Through the first three quarters, the Lions defense forced three-and-outs on five of the Bucs' first eight possessions, including three-straight to open the third quarter.
- On the Lions first defensive possession that started at the Lions 21-yard line following a 78-yard kickoff return, the Lions defense held firm and did not allow a first down, forcing a Buccaneer field goal.
- Led the team in tackles with 11 tackles (8 solo) in the 48-3 win (largest victory margin in team history for regular season game) in the Lions home opener vs. Kansas City (9/18). Was part of a team effort that registered 6 turnovers in the game against Kansas City, including 3 interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries. It marked the first time since the Lions claimed a 24-17 win at Houston (Oilers, 12/10/95) that the team had 3 interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries.
- Recorded 6 tackles in Lions 26-23 overtime win at Minnesota (9/25).
- After a slow first half, allowing the Vikings to gain 124 yards on 16 carries (7.8 avg.) in the first half, the Lions defense helped the team’s come-from-behind win by stuffing the run in the second half yielding just 8 rushing yards on 7 carries (1.1 avg.). Vikings’ All-Pro RB Adrian Peterson recorded 73 yards on 12 rushes in the first half, but wash held to just 5 yards on 5 carries by the Lions in the second half.
- With 11:40 left to play in the fourth quarter and trailing 20-17, the Lions stuffed the Vikings on fourth-and-1 at the Lions 17-yard line. The Lions followed up with a scoring drive that culminated in a 40-yard game-tying field goal.
- Inactive with concussion at Dallas (10/2), vs. Chicago (10/10) and vs. San Francisco (10/16).
- Got back into the starting line-up vs. Atlanta (10/23). Recorded 4 tackles and a pass defensed.
- Helped limit the Broncos offense to 10 points and 117 net passing yards in a 45-10 victory at Denver (10/30). He recorded 2 solo tackles in the win.
- Had a team-high 7 tackles (all solo) at Chicago (11/30). One of those tackles was for a 3-yard loss.
- Recorded 3 tackles and his first sack of the season vs. Green Bay (11/24).
- He had 7 tackles and a forced fumble at Oakland (12/18). He stripped Oakland WR Darrius Heyward-Bey in the fourth quarter to prevent the Raiders from adding points to their lead.
- Had a team-high 11 tackles and a sack vs. San Diego (12/24). It was his second sack of the season.
2010: Played in 10 games with 9 starts, finishing with 99 tackles (71 solo), a fumble recovery and 3 pass defenses.
- Started at outside linebacker vs. Denver (9/12) and tied for a team-high 11 tackles (6 solo) in 54 snaps.
- Sprained his ankle at San Diego (9/19) and was inactive for the following three games: vs. Philadelphia (9/26), vs. Indianapolis (10/3) and at Buffalo (10/10).
- Led team with 15 tackles (11 solo) at Kansas City (10/24).
- Tied career-high 17 tackles (16 solo), including 2 tackles-for-loss at Dallas (10/31).
- Started vs. Houston (11/14) and finished with 8 tackles (4 solo). Recovered Texans' TE Joel Dreessen's fumble with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter. The Jaguars went on to win with a 50-yard Hail Mary pass from David Garrard to Mike Thomas.
- Missed the final three games of the season with a groin injury: at Indianapolis (12/18), vs. Washington (12/16) and at Houston (1/2).
2009: Played and started in 13 games, missing three due to injuries, at middle linebacker. Finished with a career-high 135 tackles (90 solo) along with 1.0 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception and 4 tackles-for-loss. His 135 tackles ranked second on the team.
- Started at middle linebacker in season-opener at Indianapolis (9/13) and led team with 14 tackles (11 solo).
- Finished with a team-high 15 tackles vs. Arizona (9/20) and a forced fumble.
- Was inactive at Seattle (10/11) and vs. St. Louis (10/18) with hip injury.
- Registered a career-high 17 tackles (13 solo) at Tennessee (11/1).
- Suffered a concussion at New York Jets (11/15) and was inactive the following week vs. Buffalo (11/22).
- Recorded 8 tackles, a sack, an interception and 2 quarterback pressures vs. Houston (12/6) and was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week based on his performance.
- Made 13 tackles vs. Miami (12/13) and surpassed 100 tackles for the second straight season.
2008: Played in 14 games with 12 starts. Finished third on the team with a then career-high 113 tackles (81 solo) and led team with 7 tackles-for-loss, along with 6 pass defenses and a quarterback pressure.
- Started vs. Buffalo (9/14) and suffered groin strain in the second quarter, but was sidelined again in the second half.
- Inactive at Indianapolis (9/21) and vs. Houston (9/28).
- Recorded 10 tackles and a pass defensed vs. Pittsburgh (10/5).
- Made a season-high 14 tackles at Baltimore (12/28) and didn't miss a snap.
2007: As a rookie, played in 13 games with 8 starts. Finished with 70 tackles, 1.0 sack, an interception and a forced fumble. Led team in tackles during the postseason with 31.
- Made first career start at outside linebacker and recorded 6 tackles vs. Atlanta (9/16).
- Moved into starting lineup vs. Buffalo (11/25) after season-ending injury to Mike Peterson and recorded first interception.
- Started in AFC Wild Card Game at Pittsburgh (1/5). Led team with 17 tackles which ranked second in team history.
- Was second on team with 14 tackles in AFC Divisional Playoff Game at New England (1/12).
COLLEGE: Became first player in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference history to earn MEAC Defensive player of the Year honors three times. Started 39 of 43 games at middle linebacker and ranked second in school history with 353 tackles (185 solo). Contributed 10.0 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries and 4 interceptions.
- Selected as Sheridan Broadcasting Network Black College All-America three times, joining the likes of QB Steve McNair (Alcorn State), LB Tracy White (Howard), S Antoine Bethea (Howard) and TE Shannon Sharpe (Savannah State) as three-time members of that prestigious post-season team.
- Majored in Sports Management.
PERSONAL: Brother of former North Carolina quarterback Darian Durant.
- Established a program in the 2009 offseason with the linebackers to make bi-weekly visits to Wolfson Children's Hospital, where the players visit with patients, sign autographs and distribute gifts.
- Full name: Justin Ryan Durant.
DURANT'S SINGLE-GAME BESTS:
- Tackles: 16 at Ten 11/1/09
- Sacks: 1 (four) Last vs. SD 12/24/11
- Interceptions: 1 (twice) Last vs. Hou 12/6/09
- Interception Return Yards: 27 vs. Hou 12/6/09
- Long Interception: 27 vs. Hou 12/6/09
- Pass Defenses: 2 (twice) Last vs. NYG 11/28/10
- Fumbles Forced: 1 (twice) Last at Oak 12/18/11
- Fumble Recoveries: 1 vs. Hou 11/14/10
- Special Teams Tackles: 2 (twice) vs. Ten 11/16/08