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Lions put Kyle Van Noy on short-term IR, re-sign Darryl Tapp

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The Detroit Lions have put Kyle Van Noy on injured reserve with the designation to return, and they have replaced him on their roster by re-signing Darryl Tapp.

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In a move that comes as no surprise, the Detroit Lions have placed linebacker Kyle Van Noy on injured reserve with the designation to return. Van Noy had surgery last week to repair a core muscle injury, and he will now miss at least the first eight games of the season. He can start practicing after Week 6, but he's not eligible to be activated to the 53-man roster until after Week 8. (With the Lions on a bye in Week 9, he won't be back until Week 10 at the earliest.)

In another move that comes as no surprise, the Lions have decided to fill Van Noy's spot on the roster by re-signing defensive end Darryl Tapp. Tapp was let go during the final round of cuts on Saturday, but now he's back with the Lions as their sixth defensive end and 10th defensive linemen.

It's worth noting that Tapp also has experience playing linebacker, so he could potentially help fill Van Noy's spot in the defense on the strong side. Tahir Whitehead is going to start at SAM linebacker for the Lions, but Tapp could be used as a pass-rushing linebacker in certain situations.

With the Lions swapping out Van Noy for Tapp, their 53-man roster appears to be set for Week 1 of the season.