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Detroit Lions awarded Paul Perkins off waivers, release C.J. Anderson

The Lions make a mid-week change at running back.

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The Detroit Lions made a change to their running back group on Tuesday afternoon. Detroit claimed running back Paul Perkins off of waivers and released running back C.J. Anderson is a corresponding move. The team made the move official on their Twitter account.

Perkins was released by the New York Giants on Monday, following the teams loss against the Dallas Cowboys. He has not featured in an NFL game since 2017 and was inactive during the first two weeks of this season, and he has yet to score a touchdown in 25 career games. He was selected by the Giants in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL draft out of UCLA.

Anderson was a veteran signing for the Lions this offseason. He featured prominently in the Rams 2018 Super Bowl run, rushing for 189 yards over three games last postseason. Anderson had 16 carries for the Lions over their first two games, including five against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 2. Anderson was released twice during the 2018 season, once by the Oakland Raiders and once by the Carolina Panthers.