With cornerback Bill Bentley out for the season with a torn ACL, the Detroit Lions have a hole to fill in their secondary. On their 53-man roster, they actually filled Bentley's spot with an offensive lineman, but there will be room for a defensive back once Corey Hilliard is officially placed on injured reserve.
Given that they have been working out so many defensive backs lately, the thinking has been that the Lions will sign a free agent to bolster their secondary. Guys like Champ Bailey, Chris Clemons and Dimitri Patterson are just some of the options for the Lions, but it looks like they are going to simply promote someone from their practice squad instead.
Caldwell said most likely thing is #Lions bringing up Ness or Seisay from practice squad.— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) September 11, 2014
Mohammed Seisay is a cornerback, and Nate Ness is a safety who has played cornerback in the past. Both players had strong preseasons for the Lions, but there just wasn't room for them on the 53-man roster. Now, though, with Bentley out for the year, all signs point to Seisay or Ness being signed to the active roster, and all signs point to Nevin Lawson stepping in as the Lions' nickelback going forward.
It's certainly possible that the Lions could reevaluate the situation in the secondary later on and ultimately decide to bring in outside help at cornerback or safety. For now, though, with it already being so late in the week, it'd be surprising if someone other than Seisay or Ness is signed once Hilliard's roster spot officially opens up.