The Detroit Lions made it official on Monday. Fourth-round draft pick Austin Bryant has been placed on injured reserve, while tight end Logan Thomas has been re-signed after being cut on Sunday.
The Lions had to wait until Monday to move Bryant to injured reserve in order to keep him eligible to return to play later this season. They could have made the move on Sunday after 4 p.m. ET, but the waiver claim of running back J.D. McKissic required a corresponding cut before then.
Bryant suffered an upper-body injury early in training camp and did not return to practice since then. By NFL rules, Bryant can return to practice after six weeks on IR and can return to play after eight weeks. As of now, the Lions don’t really need their fourth-round pick to contribute right away, as Devon Kennard has the starting jack linebacker job locked up right now.
As for Logan Thomas, he’ll be the Lions’ third-string tight end in 2019, which is expected to have a minor role on game days.