The Detroit Lions announced on Saturday that offensive guard Joe Dahl has been officially activated from injured reserve and is now on the 53-man roster. To make room for Dahl, the Lions waived safety Rolan Milligan.
Dahl returned to practice last week after being placed on IR following a lower leg injury suffered in the first month of the season.
The addition to the roster comes at a beneficial time for the Lions. Detroit has already declared right tackle Rick Wagner out for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers. Additionally, four other offensive linemen are listed as questionable: Travis Swanson (knee), Emmett Cleary (ankle), T.J. Lang (foot) and Corey Robinson (foot).
It’s possible that Dahl could immediately get pushed into the starting lineup with starters Lang and Swanson questionable, but the Lions could also simply use a healthy body as a backup. Both Cleary and Robinson have played guard this year and both may not be able to give it a go.
Dahl has never started a game since being drafted last year, but he did play a significant amount of snaps in the final month of the season in 2016 when Detroit was dealing with injuries to Swanson and poor play from Laken Tomlinson. He may or may not start on Sunday, but chances are pretty good he’ll at least be in the lineup, given the Lions’ current injury situation.