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Report: Detroit Lions signing RB Donnel Pumphrey to practice squad

The Lions are adding to their backfield, which could spell bad news for a current tailback.

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In a somewhat surprising move, the Detroit Lions will apparently be adding more help to their backfied. According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Lions are signing former Eagles fourth-round pick Donnel Pumphrey after his workout today:

This is a pretty stunning development considering the Lions’ backfield depth, and it certainly brings into question whether there is a trade or cut coming. Ameer Abdullah has been the source of a lot of trade speculation, and the man who drafted him—Martin Mayhew, now part of the 49ers’ personnel department—is in need of a back after Jerick McKinnon tore his ACL.

UPDATE: This is a practice squad signing, not an addition to the 53-man roster.

As for Pumphrey, he set all sorts of records at San Diego State in his four-year career, including all-time rushing record among NCAA Division 1 schools. With the Eagles, however, he only lasted a season, and in his rookie year ended in September after tearing a hamstring and being placed on injured reserve.

UPDATE: This is apparently a practice squad signing, per Ian Rapoport.

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