First, the good news. Trey Flowers has been activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list, meaning that he’s immediately eligible to return to practice. After going through offseason surgery this year, Flowers took his recover slow and steady, sitting out team drills during OTAs, minicamp and the first couple weeks of training camp. The star defensive end, who got a beefy five-year, $90 million contract from the Lions, is expected to help Detroit’s woeful pass rush from last year.
The bad news is that Detroit placed Jermaine Kearse and Darius Kilgo in reserved-injured, ending both of their seasons. Kearse suffered a broken leg in the preseason opener after being rolled up on. Kilgo, too, hobbled off after suffering a first-half injury. Because both were placed on IR before the 53-man roster cutdown, they will not be eligible to return in 2019.
Additionally, the Lions announced the signing of quarterback Josh Johnson and running back Justin Stockton. Stockton most recently played in the AAF, where he did this:
In eight games for the Arizona Hotshots, Stockton compiled 233 rushing yards on 43 carries (5.4 YPC). Prior to his time in the AAF, Stockton spent training camp with the Seattle Seahawks in 2018. He did not make the final cut and only had one preseason carry. Stockton also spent the last few weeks of the 2018 season on the Lions’ practice squad.
Finally, the Lions announced that Tarvarus McFadden has been waived from IR.