The Detroit Lions have their 53-man roster set — for now — and the next step in the process will be building their 10-man practice squad. We’ll be tracking all of the moves below as the news comes in. Teams are notified of which players went unclaimed through waivers at Noon on Sunday and can start building their practice squad an hour later at 1 p.m. ET.
There is a lot of anticipation building for several Lions players that did not make the cut. Jake Rudock, Jace Billingsley and Jay Lee all made very strong cases for a roster spot in the preseason finale against the Bills, but at this point, it remains unclear if they will clear waivers. If they do, those three have to be high priorities to bring back to the practice squad.
Here’s some resources you may want to look over before the practice squad is built:
- List of Lions cuts who are eligible for the practice squad
- Practice squad rules, deadline, how the waiver wire system works
- Every detail of the practice squad rulebook explained
- List of potential roster claims for the Lions
The Detroit Lions have 16th priority in waivers (based on the 2016 NFL Draft order). Tune in at 1 p.m. ET to see if the Lions claimed anyone and who they bring back for the practice squad.
Detroit Lions 2016 practice squad roster:
- 12:15 - The Lions can’t officially add anyone to the roster until 1 p.m. but it looks like TJ Jones will be on the practice squad:
I'm hearing TJ Jones cleared waivers. Expecting him to sign with Lions practice squad.— Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) September 4, 2016
(This has since been confirmed by Rogers and Dave Birkett)
- 1 p.m. - QB Jake Rudock has been added to the practice squad, per Dave Birkett
- 1:30 p.m. - RB George Winn has been added, per Justin Rogers
- 1:30 p.m. - WR Jace Billingsley has been added, per Dave Birkett
- 1:35 p.m. - OL Brandon Thomas has been added, per Adam Caplan
- 2:00 p.m.- CB Alex Carter, per Dave Birkett
- 2:00 p.m. - DB Charles Washington, per Dave Birkett
- 2:00 p.m - TE Brian Leonhardt (from Vikings), per Dave Birkett
- 4:00 p.m. - The Detroit Lions confirmed the above eight signings.
4:05 p.m. - WR Isaac Fruechte (from Vikings) has been added to the squad, per Darren Wolfson (
not confirmed by team yetnow confirmed by team)
- Monday 12:30 p.m. - LB Steve Longa added, per Detroit Lions