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Lions sign LB Thurston Armbrister, move G Zac Kerin to IR

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Detroit made a couple of roster moves in preparation for Sunday’s tilt against the Minnesota Vikings.

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Jarrad Davis has made considerable strides in getting himself field-ready for tomorrow’s game against the Vikings, but he’s still questionable leading up to Sunday’s game.

Steve Longa, an important contributor on special teams, is dealing with the tragic and unfortunate passing of his father on Thursday.

The Lions could be short on linebackers come Sunday, especially on special teams, so the team made a move to promote Thurston Armbrister from the practice squad, signing him to the main roster.

Last season, Armbrister was forced to play in a pinch while Detroit dealt with a myriad of injuries to their linebacker corps. He played in 14 games with the Lions, starting at linebacker in two of those contests, finishing the 2016 season with 9 tackles. Armbrister will likely fill in on special teams if the team is without Longa on Sunday.

Detroit also placed guard Zac Kerin on injured reserve after playing in last week’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, his first game appearance for the Lions.

With a spot open on the practice squad, the Lions added wide receiver Andy Jones, an undrafted free agent in 2016 who spent his rookie season with the Dallas Cowboys.

Jones was acquired by the Houston Texans via waivers in 2017 and appeared in his first game during Week 1, a 29-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.