The Detroit Lions officially announced on Monday morning that they have signed veteran running back Adrian Peterson. Although the team did not reveal contract terms, ESPN Adam Schefter is reporting it’s a one-year deal worth $1.05 million. The Detroit Free Press gives details, noting that the contract could be worth up to $2.3 million based on unspecified incentives.
To make room for Peterson on the roster, the Lions have placed undrafted running back Bo Scarbrough on injured reserve. Scarbrough had been battling a leg injury after one of the very first training camp practices, but it appeared he was nearing a return. He was fully padded for the last week of practices, but it was unclear if he was a full go.
In 2019, Scarbrough rushed for 377 yards on 89 attempts for a respectable 4.2 yards per carry.
Due to new NFL rules regarding IR, Scarbrough could return to practice in just three weeks. For now, it makes sense giving Peterson his roster spot, seeing as the two would’ve filled similar roles on the offense as the team’s short-yardage runner.
More moves could be on the way, as many believe tight end Hunter Bryant could also be heading for IR. If that’s the case, don’t be surprised to see Isaac Nauta brought up from the practice squad.
So to recap: since the Lions’ initial 53-man roster was set, these changes have been made: