We’re still waiting to hear who among the Detroit Lions’ cuts will return to the team’s practice squad, but according to Aaron Wilson, the Lions will be adding at least one new name to the 10-man squad. According to Wilson, the Lions are signing former Raiders linebacker Jason Cabinda to their practice squad.
UPDATE: The Lions announced their 10-man practice squad and Jason Cabinda is not on it. It appears the previous report was premature. We apologize for the error.
Cabinda was an undrafted rookie last season, and after spending the first half of his rookie year on the practice squad, Cabinda was called up to the Raiders’ 53-man roster and played well in a limited role. In 10 game appearances (three starts), Cabinda racked up 21 tackles and one of the best PFF grades among rookie linebacker:
At 6-foot-1, 235 pounds, he’s a little smaller than the type of linebackers the Lions typically like, but Detroit does need some linebacker depth with the statuses of Austin Bryan and Jarrad Davis unclear for the immediate future. Despite being the shorter, smaller type, Cabinda was a very solid run defender last season, something that will undoubtedly endear himself to the Lions coaching staff.
You can track all of the Lions’ practice squad additions here.