The Detroit Lions have decided to fill the open spot on their roster with wide receiver Lance Long. The vacancy was created on Tuesday night when the Lions put wide receiver Titus Young on injured reserve. Initially, it wasn't clear what the Lions were going to do with that open spot, but they elected to use it to add more depth at wide receiver.
The reason the Lions decided to sign Long is pretty simple. He spent the 2012 offseason with the team and knows the system. He can probably come in and be active this week if the Lions need him to be. During training camp, he played well enough to be in the mix for a roster spot, but ultimately the numbers weren't there to keep him around. Now he will get another shot at playing with his hometown team.
To recap, here's a rundown of all the moves the Lions have made in the last couple days:
SIGNED: WR Lance Long, WR Kris Durham (from practice squad), S Tyrell Johnson
RELEASED: S Erik Coleman
PLACED ON IR: WR Ryan Broyles, WR Titus Young
SIGNED TO PRACTICE SQUAD: WR Troy Burrell