Friday October 3rd, 2014

Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell expects receiver Golden Tate to play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills despite a hamstring injury. 

Tate was limited in practice by a hamstring injury on Thursday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reported. Birkett notes this is the first time Tate has appeared on the injury report all season.

Last Sunday against the New York Jets, Tate caught eight passes for 116 yards in the Lions' 24-17 win. Tate was targeted 11 times, in part because receiver Calvin Johnson was largely used as a decoy because of his injured ankle. Johnson had just two receptions for 12 yards.

Tate's eight catches matched a career high, and Sunday was the fourth time in Tate's career that he has recorded at least 100 receiving yards.

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Tate caught 64 passes for 898 yards and five touchdowns with the Seattle Seahawks last season. In March, Tate signed a five-year, $31 million deal with the Lions that reportedly includes $13.25 million guaranteed.

Through four games this season, Tate has caught 24 passes for 317 yards.

The Lions, 3-1, host the 2-2 Bills on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

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