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Lions sign CB Crezdon Butler, place Stefan Charles on IR

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The Lions are bringing in some cornerback reinforcements for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.

Detroit Lions v Green Bay Packers Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions secondary was torched in their loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night. With the Green Bay Packers coming to town and the entire season on the line, the Lions are understandably searching for some help. Detroit made a move on Wednesday morning to add some reinforcements to their banged-up cornerback crew. The team announced they have re-signed cornerback Crezdon Butler to the 53-man roster.

Butler played a little for the Lions in 2015. He didn’t make the initial roster, but the Lions re-signed him after Rashean Mathis was lost to a concussion for a season. Though the Lions didn’t rely much on Butler for the rest of the season—he only played in 23 snaps—he made one of the biggest defensive plays of the 2015 season. In as relief against the Packers, Butler broke up the potential game-tying two point conversion pass at the end of the game. In Butler’s career, he has 25 tackles and just three career starts.

This year’s story for Butler is very similar. He spent the offseason with Detroit, but again failed to make the final 53-man roster. After injuries to Quandre Diggs and Darius Slay, the Lions turned to Asa Jackson. That experiment hasn’t worked for the past two weeks, so the Lions have called upon Butler to help out against Aaron Rodgers this week.

To make room for Butler, the Lions placed defensive tackle Stefan Charles on the injured reserve list, ending his season. Charles suffered a significant injury against the Cowboys on Monday night, leaving him in a big brace on his knee. Expect Khyri Thornton, who was inactive for Monday’s game, to take his place on the active gameday roster.