The Lions made a couple of roster moves on Tuesday and still have room for one more.
The team placed punter Ryan Donahue (quad) on injured reserve, ending his season. Ben Graham will handle the punting for the rest of the season.
The Lions also promoted safety Ricardo Silva to the active roster. Silva adds depth to the safety position while starter Louis Delmas recovers from a knee injured suffered against the Packers.
Defensive back Brandon Stephens will fill Silva’s spot on the practice squad.
The Lions still have one exempt roster spot to fill because of the two-game suspension handed down by the NFL to defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
The Lions were without a number of key contributors Tuesday as they began on-field preparations for Sunday’s game against the Saints.
Delmas (knee), corner Chris Houston (knee), running back Kevin Smith (lower leg), corner Brandon McDonald (leg) and defensive end Lawrence Jackson (thigh) were all missing from practice.
The most concerning of those is obviously Delmas and Houston with the Saints being the No. 1 passing team in the NFL at 324 yards per game.
Delmas had his knee rolled up on early in the Lions’ 27-15 loss to the Packers on Thanksgiving. He limped off the field and did not return.
He tweeted later that night that it was an issue he’d be dealing with “for a few weeks”.
Houston left the game in the second quarter after taking a helmet to the knee from teammate Stephen Tulloch. He said after the game that the knee was stiff but he felt like he’d be able to play. We’ll see as the week progresses?
Smith left the game after he was tackled by DT Ryan Pickett and CB Charles Woodson on a three-yard run early in the second quarter. He also didn’t return.
McDonald left in the third quarter after hurting his leg trying to make a tackle along the sideline.
Jackson has missed the last two games with that thigh injury.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford practiced without a splint or gloves on Tuesday for the first time since fracturing the index finger on his throwing hand against the Broncos Oct. 30. Stafford lwas throwing the ball well.
Also, rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley was working with the first-team defensive line in the portion of practice open to the media. Fairley will likely start while Suh serves his two-game suspension.
Newly re-signed running back Aaron Brown was wearing jersey No. 35. He wore No. 21 in his first two seasons with the Lions but that number is now taken by corner Eric Wright.
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