In light of the injury to Kenny Golladay, the Detroit Lions worked out veteran receiver Mohamed Sanu on Monday, according to the official wire (and reported by both ESPN’s Field Yates and NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero).
Just two seasons ago, Sanu was coming off an impressive 838-yard season with the Atlanta Falcons. Midway through the 2019 season, the Patriots made an aggressive move to acquire Sanu, sending a second-round pick to Atlanta in a trade for him. However, he only managed 207 yards in eight games with the Patriots.
This year, Sanu started training camp on the PUP. He was eventually activated and cut by New England before the 2020 season started. Since then, he signed with the 49ers in mid-September, only to be released a couple weeks later after making just three game appearances and a single catch for 9 yards.
Lions head coach Matt Patricia was elusive when talking about Golladay’s status going forward. He said Goladay’s status is “day-by-day and week-by-week” but a report from NFL Network suggests the Lions receiver will miss, at least, the Vikings game this week. Though it’s worth noting that Detroit placed Trey Flowers on injured reserve, but it appears Golladay avoided that for the time being.
Detroit has a couple of in-house receivers able to step in for Golladay. Fifth-round rookie Quintez Cephus already has 97 receiving yards after filling in for Golladay earlier in the year. And Marvin Hall eclipsed 100 yards receiving on Sunday filling in for Golladay against the Colts. Still, Sanu could provide some experienced depth on the Lions’ roster, if necessary.
In other Lions news, Everson Griffen has officially joined the Lions’ 53-man roster, taking up the spot left after placing Trey Flowers on injured reserve.