Tuesday afternoon saw the Detroit Lions trade Kyle Van Noy and a seventh round draft pick to the New England Patriots in exchange for a sixth rounder. With a dearth at linebacker without Van Noy, who had effectively acted as a starter for the injury-depleted unit, the Lions quickly made another move to replace him. In this case, it was a familiar name the Lions brought in: Josh Bynes, who had been released from the Reserve/Injured list earlier this year. Per the Free Press’ Dave Birkett:
Lions are re-signing Josh Bynes now that Van Noy has been traded.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) October 25, 2016
Josh Bynes had been signed off the Ravens practice squad back in 2014 and served with the Lions for two seasons. However, Bynes injured his knee during the preseason, and the Lions later released him from IR, most likely to avoid using their permitted IR return. Sure enough, the Lions have brought him back after his injury settlement plus the league mandated time.
Expect to see Bynes practice with the team this week and perhaps play a role when the Lions take on the Texans on Sunday, October 30.