The Detroit Lions announced on Wednesday morning that they have filled one of their two vacant spots on the 53-man roster. Offensive guard Tommy Kraemer has been promoted from the practice squad and signed to the active roster.
Kraemer fills the spot left by placing Logan Stenberg on injured reserve earlier this week. That gets the Lions back up to eight active offensive linemen on the roster, which allows them to use the roster exemption on gamedays to have 48 players active rather than the normal 46, as long as all eight offensive linemen are active.
Kraemer was one of the Lions' more intriguing undrafted rookie free agent signings this year. At Notre Dame, he was a four-year starter at both right tackle and right guard. Though he did not make the initial 53-man roster, the Lions stashed him on their practice squad immediately. He was actually promoted to the active roster once already—in the immediate aftermath of placing Taylor Decker on IR—but he soon returned to the practice squad.
In addition to signing Kraemer to the active roster, the Lions also announced they re-signed cornerback Daryl Worley to the practice squad after releasing him on Tuesday and added offensive tackle Darrin Paulo back to the practice squad, as well.
The Lions still have one roster spot open due to the Worley release. We’ll see if they end up using it by activating one of their three players who have returned to practice but remain on IR: Taylor Decker, Da’Shawn Hand, or Kevin Strong.