The Detroit Lions announced on Wednesday that they’ve signed undrafted rookie defensive tackle Ray Smith to their practice squad, releasing defensive end Jonathan Wynn to make room.
This isn’t the first time Smith has found his way onto the Lions’ roster. After the 2019 NFL draft, Smith was signed by the Lions and remained with the team throughout all of training camp and the preseason. In two preseason appearances, Smith managed four total tackles.
Lions defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni is well familiar with Smith. Pasqualoni was the defensive line coach at Boston College for Smith’s sophomore and junior years as a BC Eagle.
The addition of Smith seems to indicate that the Lions may be planning to play without Mike Daniels, who suffered a foot injury in Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. NFL Network is reporting Daniels has a foot sprain but did not give a timetable for a recovery.
In addition to Daniels, the Lions are still missing defensive tackle Da’Shawn Hand, who has been out since suffering an elbow injury at the beginning of training camp.
Smith joins defensive tackle John Atkins on the practice squad. At this point, it seems likely that if both Daniels and Hand cannot go this week, at least one of the practice squad linemen will be promoted to the active roster.