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Lions Place Shawn Bryson on IR; Sign Arlen Harris

Backup running back and fullback Shawn Bryson was placed on the injured reserve earlier today after an injury against Buffalo on Sunday will now sideline him for the year. Bryson was already on the injury report going into the game, and was hurt even more and had to be carted off the field. It is reported that Bryson sustained ligament damage in his right knee and will require surgery, which contributes to ending his season.

This is just another injury on a team that is no stranger to that. Some players haven't seen the field all year because of injuries, and others are now just recovering fully to 100%. That's what makes the bye week coming up so important. A chance to get everyone healthy again.

With the now-open roster spot, the Lions have brought back a former player that was released just two days before the first game of the season. That player is none other than Arlen Harris. Harris was the backup running back throughout training camp and the preseason, but was surprisingly released just days before the season got started. Speculation that he would be signed soon after surfaced, but nothing ever did happen.

This is a good move by the Lions to provide an experienced player at a position with not too much depth. Harris is no stranger to the Mike Martz offense since he played in St. Louis before, and he was running in it during the preseason. Harris will most likely serve as the second string running back with Brian Calhoun, and also the backup fullback to Cory Schlesinger.

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