When the Detroit Lions announced their 16-player practice squad, a surprise exclusion was veteran guard Oday Aboushi. As it turns out, it was for a reason: they are re-signing him to the active roster.
The Lions are re-signing OL Oday Aboushi.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) September 6, 2020
Aboushi was competing with Kenny Wiggins and Beau Benzschawel for a backup guard spot throughout training camp. However, the Lions originally opted to carry none of them, with Matt Nelson being the surprise keeper along the offensive line. Now it appears as though the Lions are indeed interested in him as a backup by re-signing him to the active 53-man roster. Wiggins and Benzschawel, meanwhile, were signed to the practice squad, so it appears as though the Lions were most impressed by Aboushi.
The Detroit Lions now have an overflowing roster, and at least two players will have to get moved soon. The additions of Adrian Peterson and Aboushi put the Lions at 55 players on the roster after no waiver claims were made. The Lions will have to make corresponding moves, and one of those could be Hunter Bryant to the Injured Reserve. That, in turn, opens up the possibility of promoting Isaac Nauta from the practice squad to fill in as the third tight end, which would create another need for a roster spot.
The Lions will have some tough decisions to make regarding their roster, but it appears as though Aboushi is a solid part of the offensive line going forward.