The Detroit Lions made another move at running back on Satruday as they make final preparations for their Week 11 game against the Dallas Cowboys. Former Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster, while running back Paul Perkins was released in a corresponding move.
The moves were officially confirmed by the team via Twitter:
The #Lions announced today that they have signed RB Bo Scarbrough to the active roster from the practice squad and released RB Paul Perkins.— Detroit Lions (@Lions) November 16, 2019
In addition, the Lions announced that they have signed P Matt Wile to the practice squad.
Scarbrough was selected in the seventh round by the Cowboys in the 2018 NFL draft. He failed to make the team’s 53-man roster. He later spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks. He has yet to feature in an NFL game.
Detroit acquired the second-year running back in early November when they signed him to their practice squad.
The Lions gave Perkins a chance to revive his injury-riddled career this season, after nearly two years without an NFL carry. He has rushed the ball 13 times for 29 yards this season, including seven carries for 9 yards last week against the Chicago Bears. Perkins featured in four games for Detroit this season.
Punter Matt Wile was added to the practice squad to fill the spot left by Scarbrough. The punter had previously featured on the team’s practice squad this month, while starter Sam Martin has worked through an abdominal issue. However, Martin is expected to play this week.