Alex Carter had been battling an ankle injury all preseason and hadn't managed to find the practice field since the beginning of camp. Now that he is on the short-term IR list, he will not be eligible to practice until Week 6 and won't see the playing field until at least Week 10.
Cudjo was cut on Saturday after his disappointing play in the preseason. However, the Lions still desperately need depth on the defensive line and Cudjo offers enough experience to be a valuable commodity. Since he cleared waivers, the Lions decided he was worth bringing back.