Lions shuffle roster to prepare for facing Aaron Rodgers and the Packers
The Lions have had a banged-up secondary practicing all week for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. On Saturday, they decided to give it more help.
They promoted cornerback Crevon Le’Blanc to the active roster and cut tight end Hakeem Valles to make room.
They also signed cornerback Dee Virgin to the practice squad after cutting safety Rolan Milligan to create the space.
Detroit was expected to cut Valles to make room for some defensive back help after it named a number of players as questionable for Sunday’s matchup against Rodgers and the Packers, from safety Quandre Diggs (hand) to safety Tracy Walker (ankle) to safety Tavon Wilson (back) to cornerback Nevin Lawson (illness).
It chose to do so at tight end, which is already a thin position after Michael Roberts’ knee injury from practice will cost him yet another game. Detroit will roll with just Luke Willson and Levine Toilolo at the position on Sunday, which makes a move likely after the game ends.
The Lions have already managed their roster so far this season to react to whether a team likes to throw or run the ball more. It activated an extra defensive back against the Patriots and then activated an extra defensive lineman against the Cowboys in consecutive weeks.
This week, they’re doing what they can to have enough able bodies to defend Rodgers. He’ll be missing slot receiver Randall Cobb, who will miss Sunday’s game with a hamstring issue. He’ll also have receivers questionable due to injury, from Davante Adams (calf) to Geromino Allison (brain injury and hamstring). Tight end Jimmy Graham missed Wednesday’s practice with a knee injury but will play in Sunday’s game.
The Lions are looking for a win to go to 2-3 entering the bye week as opposed to a loss, which would rop them to 1-4.