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Lions sign RB Jonathan Williams from Washington, make Everson Griffen trade official

The Lions have signed Williams from the Washington practice squad to their active roster

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Per the NFL transaction wire, the Detroit Lions have signed running back Jonathan Williams, poaching him from the Washington Football Team’s practice squad and placing them on the Lions active roster.

Williams returns to Detroit after a brief, one-month stint with the team. The Lions signed him on Aug. 17 to the main roster, but released him on Sept. 5 and placed him on the practice squad. He was again brought up to the active roster just a week afterwards for the Week 1 game against the Chicago Bears, but promptly sent back to the practice squad, and then released not long after that. Williams was inactive for the Bears game.

With the recent return of Bo Scarbrough from injured reserve, Williams will be the fifth running back on the Lions roster at present.

In addition, the Detroit Lions also made the signing of defensive end Everson Griffen, acquired in a trade earlier this week with the Dallas Cowboys, official on Friday.

Both Williams and Griffen will have to undergo the NFL’s COVID-19 testing protocol, and both will be eligible to join the team after clearing the tests. Until that time, neither player counts towards the 53-man active roster limit for the Lions.

As a result, the Lions still have one open roster spot, which may be used over the weekend to activate nickel cornerback Justin Coleman. Coleman has spent the past six weeks on injured reserve, but he returned to practice last week. If activated, he will be eligible to play on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.