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Lions sign OL Andrew Donnal, add S Rolan Milligan to practice squad

Injuries forced the Lions to welcome back two familiar faces.

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As we wait to see just how serious T.J. Lang’s concussion is, the Detroit Lions made a move Wednesday afternoon suggesting we may not see the veteran offensive lineman in the near future. The Lions re-signed Andrew Donnal, filling the spot left by Tuesday’s waiving of cornerback Dee Virgin.

The Lions claimed Donnal in the first round of waivers following roster cuts. Previously, Donnal spent time with the Rams and most recently the Baltimore Ravens. Early on with the Lions, Donnal suffered a knee injury that kept him out for a couple weeks. In the lead up to the Cowboys game, Donnal finally returned to practice, but the team waived him on Saturday.

With the Lions potentially shorthanded due to Lang’s concussion—at least the fifth in his career—it makes sense to bring back Donnal for depth purposes. Though he isn’t expected to start in Lang’s place—that role likely belongs to Kenny Wiggins—Donnal adds depth in case another injury occurs along the offensive line. He’s also versatile enough to play tackle or guard.

In addition to adding Donnal, the Lions brought back safety Rolan Milligan to the practice squad. Detroit is also dealing with a fair amount of injuries in the secondary. Quandre Diggs reportedly has a broken hand, while Tavon Wilson did not finish Sunday’s game due to a back injury. Both players’ status for this week is unknown, but Detroit returns to practice on Wednesday.

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