Another Detroit Lions player is headed to the injured reserve list.
Starting left guard Joe Dahl will be out for at least the next three weeks, as the Lions officially placed him on IR Saturday afternoon after he suffered a groin injury during Thursday’s practice. Earlier in the week, he was declared out for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, but it appears the injury is severe enough for him to miss several games.
To take up his roster spot on the 53-man roster, the Lions have signed Kenny Wiggins from the practice squad. Unlike last week’s elevation from the practice squad, this is a permanent choice. He will not be sent back to the practice squad after the game (unless he’s released), as he now has a spot on the 53-man roster. Wiggins played in 14 games last year as a part of Detroit’s guard rotation and started three games.
In addition to those moves, the Lions temporarily promoted two practice squad players to the active roster in accordance to the NFL’s new rules that allows teams to create a 55-man roster toward the end of the weeks. The players promoted this week are Kevin Strong and Dee Virgin.
Strong was promoted because Lions starting defensive tackle Nick Williams was downgraded to OUT for Sunday. Strong played in eight games last season as an undrafted rookie. He and Da’Shawn Hand will likely play in that defensive tackle spot opposite Danny Shelton.
Dee Virgin brings some much-needed cornerback depth. The Lions will be missing Justin Coleman (IR), Desmond Trufant (declared out) and potentially even Darryl Roberts, who is listed as questionable with a calf injury.
So here’s a look at the updated injury report for Sunday:
TE Hunter Bryant (hamstring) - OUT
WR Kenny Golladay (hamstring) - OUT
CB Desmond Trufant (hamstring) - OUT
DT Nick Williams (shoulder) - OUT, downgraded from questionable
G Joe Dahl (groin) - OUT — Placed on IR
RT Halapoulivaati Vaitai (foot) - Questionable
CB Darryl Roberts (calf) - Questionable
S C.J. Moore (hamstring) - Questionable
Added players to the active roster
G Kenny Wiggins (Signed to active roster)
DT Kevin Strong (1 of 2 brought up temporarily)
CB Dee Virgin (1 of 2 brought up temporarily)