The Detroit Lions had to do some shuffling of the roster on Tuesday, as several injuries have forced their hand. Asa Jackson and Corey Robinson were placed on injured reserve Tuesday morning because of injuries suffered against the Green Bay Packers. Jackson, the team’s nickel cornerback, suffered and ankle injury and was spotted in a boot and crutches after the game. Robinson, who was playing in place of an injured Riley Reiff (hip), suffered an apparent foot injury. Cornelius Lucas played a handful of snaps against the Packers in replacement duty, and now we know why.
To help round out the roster, the Lions signed offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds and promoted Adairius Barnes from the practice squad.
Reynolds played with the Lions in 2014, appearing in 10 games for Detroit and starting in four. Reynolds was part of the revolving door at right tackle this year, although he brings versatility as a potential guard, as well.
Barnes’ promotion does not come as much of a surprise. A few week’s ago, Barnes was the de facto starting nickel cornerback after Quandre Diggs was placed on IR. However, the Lions weren’t too happy with his performance and eventually waived him, only to place him back on the practice squad days later. After both Asa Jackson and recently acquired Crezdon Butler suffered injuries against Green Bay, the Lions were forced to use safety Don Carey in the nickel corner role. Now with Barnes back on the active roster, he will likely reassume those duties.
In addition to those moves, the Lions announced that they have added offensive lineman Jason Weaver to the practice squad. Weaver went undrafted in 2013 and spent some time this season on the Chicago Bears’ practice squad but has never appeared in a regular season game.