Khyri Thornton
DT #99
Southern Mississippi
Panama City, FL
Career Stats
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 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

No Data

No Data

No Data

No Data


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


  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

Recent Articles

Recent Videos

  • Stafford on his performance Monday night

    Posted 5 hours ago

    QB Matthew Stafford talks about how he felt he performed versus the Giants on Monday and about how it was a total team effort from all three phases.

  • Caldwell on constricting the Falcons' running game

    Posted 6 hours ago

    Head coach Jim Caldwell says the defense has improved at stopping the run each week this season, but there's still room to get better.

  • Washington on taking pride in third down stops

    Posted 6 hours ago

    DE Cornelius Washington says the defense takes pride in getting off the field after third downs, and if they play how they're supposed to, that should be the result every week.

  • Agnew on reaction to touchdown

    Posted 7 hours ago

    CB Jamal Agnew talks about how many people reached out to him following his punt return touchdown on Monday Night Football and about how his teammates made some great blocks to make it possible.

  • #AskALion: Quandre Diggs

    Posted 7 hours ago

    You submitted questions for Quandre Diggs using #AskALion, Tori Petry asked them. Diggs talks about his fourth down stop at MetLife Stadium and his favorite touchdown celebration so far.