Lions Bring Back Brandon McDonald, Release Keyunta Dawson

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 19: Brandon McDonald #33 of the Detroit Lions laughs at the referee during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on August 19, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

As expected, the Detroit Lions announced the signing of cornerback Brandon McDonald today. McDonald returns after being let go a couple weeks ago by the team. To make room for his return, the Lions parted ways with defensive end Keyunta Dawson, who was signed at the end of November.

McDonald's return comes just as injuries are once again becoming a problem at cornerback. Chris Houston looks like he should be able to play this week, and Aaron Berry might even be able to return, but backup Don Carey may be out with a concussion. In order to make sure they're not caught shorthanded, the Lions decided to bring back McDonald.

Dawson's exit comes just as Lawrence Jackson appears to finally be healthy. He has been out for a while with a thigh injury but has fully practiced this week, indicating he will be good to go on Saturday against the San Diego Chargers. With Jackson back in the rotation, the Lions could afford to release Dawson and did just that.

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