On Wednesday morning, Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia gave a good news/bad news situation regarding the Lions’ secondary. The good news: reinforcements are coming. Former Chiefs cornerback Chris Jones has been signed by the team. The bad news: you can add cornerback Darryl Roberts to the list of injured Lions defensive backs, as Patricia noted he’s expected to be limited during Wednesday’s unpadded practice.
Jones has actually been with the Lions before. As an undrafted rookie out of Nebraska, he spent all of training camp with the Lions in 2018. He didn’t end up making the team, then spent the most of his rookie season on the Arizona Cardinals practice squad. Last year, Jones made 11 game appearances and three starts for the Cards, tallying 22 tackles and six passes defended. The Lions signed Jones on Wednesday from Arizona’s practice squad.
The nature of Roberts’ injury is currently unknown, but he’ll join Desmond Trufant (not expected to practice Wednesday), Justin Coleman (IR) and Jeff Okudah on the injury list at cornerback. The good news is that Okudah appears ready to practice in full.
“We’ll see how it goes during warmups, but I’m anticipating him being able to go through practice,” Patricia said on Wednesday morning. “We’ll obviously keep an eye on it, but I anticipate him to be out there and go.”
More information on the Lions’ injury situation will be available around 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, when the team will release its first injury report of Week 2 in anticipation for Sunday’s big divisional game against the Green Bay Packers.