Paul Perkins’ stint on the Detroit Lions’ 53-man roster was so short that we don’t even have a picture of him in a Lions uniform. However, we may not have seen the last of Perkins.
On Friday, the Lions announced that they have signed Perkins back to their practice squad just a few days from their Week 9 matchup against the Oakland Raiders.
The move comes just a day after Tra Carson—the team’s starting running back last week—popped up on the injury report with a hamstring injury. That could give Perkins the opportunity to play in his third game as a Lion this week, should the team promote him to the active roster before Sunday. Thus far, Perkins only has three carries for 4 yards on the season.
Detroit is obviously already in a precarious situation at running back, since their 2018 second-round pick Kerryon Johnson headed to injured reserve a couple weeks ago. As of right now, it’s not exactly clear who their No. 1 running back is, but last week they formed a committee with rookie Ty Johnson, veteran J.D. McKissic and the aforementioned Perkins and Carson.
Facing off against a solid Raiders run defense this week, we’ll see who the Lions feature on Sunday.
To make room for Perkins the Lions cut offensive lineman Casey Tucker from the practice squad. He was signed just on Tuesday.