Lions sign Chris Greenwood from practice squad, release Micheal Spurlock

Gregory Shamus

The Detroit Lions have made a change to their roster less than a day before taking on the Philadelphia Eagles.

With Darius Slay not even making the trip to Philadelphia for Sunday's game against the Eagles after reportedly tearing his meniscus, the Detroit Lions were in need of some extra depth in the secondary. To fill that need for extra depth, the Lions decided to sign cornerback Chris Greenwood off the practice squad. Wide receiver Micheal Spurlock was released to make room for him.

Greenwood finally joins the active roster after being drafted by the Lions out of Albion in the fifth round in 2012. He spent last season on the practice squad, and Greenwood started out the 2013 season on the practice squad as well. Early in the season, the Dallas Cowboys signed him to their 53-man roster, but he was released a few weeks later. The Lions decided to bring him back, and now he's off the practice squad and on their active roster.

Spurlock made the Lions' roster out of training camp as the team's returner. After the Lions added Jeremy Ross, however, Spurlock really became expendable. Ross showed that he can make plays on the return units, especially on Thanksgiving. As a result, Spurlock was no longer needed, and the Lions went ahead and released him on Saturday.

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