Detroit Lions sign Justin Miller, release Doug Hogue

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

Just hours before kickoff of Monday night's game against the Bears, the Lions have made a change to their roster.

It's not often that teams make changes to their roster just hours before a game, but that's exactly what the Detroit Lions did on Monday afternoon. They just announced that cornerback Justin Miller has been signed and linebacker Doug Hogue has been released.

Miller worked out for the Lions last week at the same time as Alphonso Smith. Smith ended up being signed a day later, whereas Miller remained a free agent. Like Smith, Miller was with the Lions in August, so he knows their system. Considering he has now been signed just hours before kickoff, the Lions obviously didn't feel good about their depth at cornerback.

Hogue was selected in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Lions. In college at Syracuse, he converted from running back to linebacker, and the Lions liked the potential they saw out of Hogue on the defensive side of the ball. He hasn't done a whole lot in his first two seasons in the NFL, so clearly the Lions felt that he was expendable.

Although he has been let go, the Lions could always decide to bring Hogue back at a later time if he clears waivers.

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