June 12, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive back Ross Weaver (38) during mini camp at Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
The Detroit Lions have decided to bring back cornerback Ross Weaver. Released last week to make room for cornerback Drew Coleman, the Lions re-signed Weaver today and released cornerback Dontrell Johnson.
The Lions have released CB Dontrell Johnson and signed CB Ross Weaver. Weaver was with the team on the practice squad last year.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) July 31, 2012
Considering Weaver was only briefly off the team, my guess is that based on the first five days of practice, the coaches decided they should've let Johnson go to make room for Coleman. Since Weaver wasn't picked up by anybody, they were able to simply bring him back.