The Detroit Lions announced on Tuesday that fullback Jason Cabinda is returning to the team on the practice squad while also confirming the previously reported news that defensive tackle Isaiah Buggs has been waived.
Cabinda was activated from injured reserve last week and subsequently cut by the team. He cleared waivers, though, and the Lions were able to bring him back onto the practice squad. On Monday, Campbell indicated that he had hoped Cabinda—along with C.J. Gardner-Johnson and Alim McNeill—would return and play in the team’s regular season finale against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
“(I would) love to get C.J. involved, love to get Mac involved, love to get Cabinda involved,” Campbell said.
Cabinda has been out since Week 3 with a knee injury. Because the Lions don’t have another fullback on the roster, they’ve been replacing his role with several different players, including linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez and rookie tight end Sam LaPorta. Cabinda’s return will allow those player to stick to their position, while also giving Detroit a boost on special teams.
With this pair of roster moves, the Lions still have an open spot on their 53-man roster. With Gardner-Johnson and McNeill expected to be activated from injured reserve this week, the Lions will likely have to make at least one more roster move to create room. Edge defender James Houston is also a candidate to be activated from IR, but Campbell noted during a radio appearance this week that Houston is unlikely to play this week.