Lions Sign James Davis To Practice Squad, Release Nathan Overbay

EAST RUTHERFORD NJ - DECEMBER 05: James Davis #24 of the Washington Redskins runs the ball against the New York Giants on December 5 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Detroit Lions have made a change to their practice squad. Tight end Nathan Overbay has been released to create room for running back James Davis, who was signed after working out with the Lions today.

Overbay joined the practice squad in Week 2 of the season. He was signed after tight end Cornelius Ingram went on practice squad injured reserve. With Joe Jon Finley joining the Lions last week and there being four tight ends on the roster, there was really no need to keep Overbay on the practice squad.

Davis joins the Lions to give them an emergency option at running back. If one of the Lions' backs goes down for the season, he can be signed to the active roster.

Davis has been in the NFL since 2009. The Browns selected him as a sixth-round pick out of Clemson, and he spent 2009 and the beginning of the 2010 season with them. After being released by Cleveland, he joined the Redskins practice squad and later was signed to their active roster. Most recently, he was on the Texans practice squad.

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