Lions place S Amari Spievey on IR; activate CB Drayton Florence

Posted by ttwentyman on November 17, 2012 – 6:28 pm

The Lions placed safety Amari Spievey on injured reserve today, ending his 2012 season.

Spievey has still been feeling the lingering effects from a concussion suffered in late October at Chicago and has yet to be cleared to resume contact.

The team activated cornerback Drayton Florence from short-term injured reserve to take Spievey’s spot on the 53-man roster.  Florence will play Sunday when the Lions host Green Bay, and there’s a chance he could even start at right cornerback.

“He’s an exceptional veteran player,” Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said of Florence on Friday. “He’s like a lot of the older guys I’ve had. He learned to study the game a long time ago. I really like the way he’s moved in practice and he’s going to get a big load. How much I can’t tell you right now, but we expect him to play and play well.”

Florence started at left cornerback in a Week 2 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in place of Chris Houston, who was out due to an ankle injury. Florence broke his forearm in that game and went on short-term IR shortly after.

Spievey had missed the Lions last three games since suffering his concussion, his second in less than a year. He had one in the team’s wild-card loss to the Saints in January.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz was asked last week if Spievey was in the same concussion category as Jahvid Best, but he said he didn’t believe he was.

Best went on injured reserve last October and still hasn’t been cleared to return to football.

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