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Lions activate Danny Shelton, sign Bobby Price, promote 2 from practice squad

The Lions are getting a little extra help in Week 17.

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The Detroit Lions announced a slew of roster moves Saturday, most notably designating Danny Shelton to return from IR this week. Shelton has not seen the field since Thanksgiving day when he suffered a knee injury against the Texans. The Lions defense has missed him sorely, with Shelton being a big reason why the run defense had become somewhat of a strength for the Lions before his absence. Correspondingly, the Lions announced that they have released defensive lineman Frank Herron.

The Lions also signed safety Bobby Price from the practice squad to the active roster. Price, a rookie from Norfolk State, was one of three players the Lions opted to protect on the practice squad this week. He could see some significant playing time after the Lions opted to release Jayron Kearse earlier this week, with Price’s frame (6-foot-3, 215 lbs) mimicking that of Kearse. (6-foot-4, 215 lbs).

With an open spot on the practice squad, the Lions have restored linebacker Anthony Pittman from the COVID-19 List.

The Lions also elevated DT Albert Huggins and C Evan Brown from the practice squad to the active/inactive list with their two temporary spots. Brown’s elevation is interesting, as it may cast doubt on Frank Ragnow’s availability on Sunday.