The Detroit Lions made another move at the running back position on Saturday, placing Tra Carson on injured reserve, and promoting Paul Perkins from the practice squad to the active roster. The moves were confirmed by the team’s official Twitter account
Both were on the team’s active roster for the Lions Week 8 game against the New York Giants. Carson was the listed starter for the game and carried the ball 12 times for 34 yards — both being team highs. Perkins had three carries for 4 yards.
Carson was claimed off of waivers by the Lions in mid October. After starting running back Kerryon Johnson was placed on IR, he earned the starting role.
The running back showed up on Detroit’s injury report for the first time on Thursday with a hamstring injury. Detroit has placed him on IR, meaning he is not eligible to return to the team until Week 17.
Perkins carried the ball in an NFL game for the first time in two years last week, after injuries derailed his career. He had previously played for the New York Giants. The running back was demoted to the practice squad earlier this week, before being promoted back to the active roster only days later.
Detroit has also recently worked out running back Jay Ajayi, as they seem to be open to churning names at the running back position.