In the lead to the Lions NFC North matchup with the Chicago Bears, the Lions made some roster moves on Saturday that could have some effect on Sunday’s lineups.
Perhaps the biggest move was CB Darryl Roberts being activated from Injured Reserve after missing the last three games due to a hip injury. This move is a big one since the Lions will be missing rookie Jeff Okudah and Desmond Trufant. Roberts has struggled this season, but this helps nonetheless.
The Lions officially released wide receiver Marvin Hall after NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported that the team was heading in that direction Friday night. The Lions made no moves to make up for that, but they did make another interesting move in releasing tight end Isaac Nauta. This likely means rookie Hunter Bryant will get a shot to play against the Bears on Sunday.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Lions promoted defensive tackle Frank Herron to the active roster to try to make up for the losses of Da’Shawn Hand and Danny Shelton. The Lions are also utilizing a new practice squad rule that will allow safety Bobby Price to be promoted to the active roster for just the weekend—perhaps to fill in for Tracy Walker who just had a child Friday and could potentially miss Sunday’s game. Walker is currently listed as questionable.
Stay tuned for more moves as they come in.