PLAYER
Khyri Thornton
DT #99
Height:
6-3
Weight:
315
Age:
27
College:
Southern Mississippi
Hometown:
Panama City, FL
Experience:
4
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 23 16 7 1.0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 0 1 0
2016 DET 13 6 18 13 5 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2015 DET 6 0 5 3 2 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2015 NE 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

Fourth-year defensive tackle who rejoined the Lions defensive tackle rotation in 2016 after appearing in six games for Detroit in 2015.

TRANSACTIONS

  • Reverted to Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner on September 2, 2017.
  • Re-signed by the Lions to a contract extension on March 9, 2017.
  • Claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions from the Patriots on October 23, 2015.
  • Waived by the Patriots on October 22, 2015.
  • Signed by the Patriots to the active roster on October 1, 2015.
  • Signed by the Patriots to the practice squad on September 19, 2015.
  • Waived by the Patriots on September 17, 2015.
  • Claimed off waivers by the New England Patriots on September 6, 2015.
  • Waived by the Packers on September 5, 2015.
  • Taken off Reserve/Injured by the Packers on February 2, 2015.
  • Placed on Reserve/Injured by the Packers on August 30, 2014.
  • Drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the third round (85th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

PRO
Fourth-year defensive tackle who rejoined the Lions defensive tackle rotation in 2016 after appearing in six games for Detroit in 2015.

2016: Appeared in his seventh career game, recording one assisted tackle in Week 1 at Indianapolis (9/11).

  • Notched one tackle for loss in Week 2 vs. Tennessee (9/18).
  • Recorded one solo tackle in Week 4 at Chicago (10/2).
  • Made his first career start in Week 6 vs. Los Angeles (10/16), tying his career-high with two tackles and recorded one quarterback hit.
  • Started in Week 7 vs. Washington (10/23) and recorded two tackles.
  • In Week 8 at Houston (10/30), recorded his first career sack when he took down Texans QB Brock Osweiler for a loss of seven yards. Also registered a career-high four tackles (two solo).
  • Started his fourth career game in Week 9 at Minnesota (11/6), recording one tackle in the Lions' 22-16 overtime victory.
  • Started at defensive tackle in Week 11 vs. Jacksonville (11/20).
  • In Week 13 at New Orleans (12/4), recorded one tackle in his sixth start of the season.
  • Combined for four tackles (three solo) in Week 15 at New York Giants (12/18).
  • Recorded one solo tackle in Week 17 vs. Green Bay (1/1).
  • In the Wild Card playoff game at Seattle (1/7), recorded two solo tackles.

2015: Came to the Lions via waivers from the New England Patriots midway through the 2015 season. Appeared in six of the final seven games of the season.

  • Inactive in Week 7 vs. Minnesota (10/25).
  • Inactive in Week 8 at Kansas City (11/1).
  • Inactive in Week 10 at Green Bay (11/15).
  • Debuted in his first game as a Lion in Week 11 vs. Oakland (11/22) since joining the team. Recorded one tackle for loss on the day.
  • Contributed at in Week 12 vs. Philadelphia (11/22). Recorded two assisted tackles on the day.
  • Saw action in Week 13 vs. Green Bay (12/3). Posted one tackle on the day.
  • In Week 14 at St. Louis (12/13), saw action at DT and collected one tackle for loss.
  • In Week 15 at New Orleans (12/21) saw action at DT.
  • In Week 16 vs. San Francisco (12/27) contributed at DT.
  • Inactive in Week 17 at Chicago (1/3).

2014: Suffered an injury in the 2014 preseason finale and spent the entire 2014 regular season on the Reserve/Injured list.

COLLEGE
Saw action in 50 games, making 28 starts at Southern Mississippi. Tallied 116 total tackles, 30 tackles for loss, 5 ½ sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, one interception and three pass defenses.

2013: Started 11 games and registered a career-high 39 tackles.

  • Earned second-team All-Conference USA honors.

2012: Appeared in all 12 games, making 10 starts. Totaled 24 tackles, including a career-best 9 1/2 tackles for loss, a sack, an interception, a forced fumble and two passes defensed.

2011: Appeared in all 14 games, making seven starts. Totaled 24 tackles, including nine tackles for loss.

  • Helped the Golden Eagles win a school-record 12 games, their first 10-win season since 1988, and the Conference USA title.

2010: Saw action in all 13 contests, and was named to Conference USA’s All-Freshman team.

2009: Redshirted.

PERSONAL
Attended Bay High School in Panama City, Fl. where he was a defensive lineman and a fullback. Was named to the Orlando Sentinel Top-100 Team, and played in the North-South Football All-Star Classic his senior season.

  • Tallied, 49 tackles, two sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in his senior season. Also rushed for 678 yards and 10 touchdowns while also adding a touchdown reception.

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