The Detroit Lions filled one of their two vacant roster spots on Wednesday afternoon as they announced that running back Paul Perkins has been promoted from the practice squad to the active 53-man roster.
With Kerryon Johnson placed on the Injured Reserve, the Lions were thin at running back. Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic were the only two established backs on the roster. Now, Perkins rejoins the team and, together with recently-signed Tra Carson, will provide some depth for the Lions.
Perkins is by no means a replacement for Johnson, nor does it rule out the possibility of a trade. However, it shows that they value having Perkins on the team over some of their previous signees. It is also worth noting that former Lion Zach Zenner—recently cut by the Saints—signed with the Cardinals today. The Lions seem more keen on exploring new backs than recycling former ones.
Speaking of previous signees, the Lions brought back another running back, but he will join the practice squad. Wes Hills was originally signed to the practice squad in early October, but was waived for—you guessed it—Paul Perkins. Now with Perkins’ promotion to the active roster, the Lions are bringing the running back from Slippery Rock for another look.
The Lions still have one more spot on the roster after the Quandre Diggs trade. We shall see what move they make next.