As Week 10 begins and the Detroit Lions return to the practice field to prepare for the Chicago Bears, they will have two new players in the locker room. On Wednesday, the team announced they have signed running back Bo Scarbrough and punter Matt Wile to their 10-man practice squad.
Scarbrough is widely-known name, as he was a efficient contributor at Alabama. The bulky 6-foot-2, 235 pound back scored 11 touchdowns in 2016 for the Crimson Tide and followed it up with eight more in 2017.
He was drafted in the seventh round by the Cowboys in 2018, but did not end up making their final 53-man squad. He bounced around on the Cowboys and Jaguars practice squads before being signed to the Seahawks 53-man roster. However, he was never active on game day and has yet to appear in an NFL game.
It’s no surprise that Detroit is continuing to add running back help, as they’ve been left shorthanded following the injuries to Kerryon Johnson and Tra Carson, who are both on injured reserve now. Scarbrough provides some strength in the running game, giving Detroit a red-zone option, which is sorely needed considering the Lions’ two rushing touchdowns on the season. However, for now, Scarbrough remains on the practice squad.
The addition of Wile to the practice squad is interesting. It’s not often that a team utilizes a practice squad position for a punter unless something is going on with their starter. Sam Martin didn’t leave Sunday’s game with an apparent injury, but we’ll see if he’s going through something when Detroit’s first injury report of the season is released on Wednesday afternoon.
To make room for both additions, the Lions have released linebacker Anthony Pittman from the practice squad. They already had one spot open after promoting Paul Perkins to the active roster on Saturday.