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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6 Responses to “Lions place S Amari Spievey on IR; activate CB Drayton Florence”

  1. By kman on Nov 17, 2012 | Reply

    Our D-line needs to step up big and sack Rodgers like the Seattle D-line did. If we can pressure him, we have a chance to keep our playoff hopes alive. If not, it’s on to 2014. Our offense needs a jolt of imagination. Some plays designed to keep opposing defenses off balance, especially in our under routes from our slot receivers. We have three good tight ends, two great slot guys and Calvin. Not to mention Mikael and Joquie. C’mon Linehan. Show us what you got.

  2. By rockbo1955 on Nov 17, 2012 | Reply

    I am very glad they made that move then to cut anybody and if they do make another move he will be there first choice to go! WE have play our a game to win this fight with Green bay I for one am glad that Florence will be playing the db and sf need to cover the players so we can get to the QB and stop them from getting any points and we must start the first quarter by putting up four fingers so we can get started on Stafford should play with the fourth quarter mentality on all four quarters, I do not know Stafford is a great qb But i think Schwartz needs to do what Michigan wolverines head coach did he went back to what he was doing on offense/defense and it has work! Just saying! GO LIONS!!

  3. By rockbo1955 on Nov 17, 2012 | Reply

    what I was trying to say like rocky you have to get the eye of a tiger in the lions uniform attitude well must change by each player except Stafford and CJ there our on there game.They just need to get there fight back no I do not care if we get more flags as long as we win you can not hold your players back and the way the NFL is with the flags it really does not matter just let them go and deal with the flags as long as we win!GO LIONS!

  4. By Gunther on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    thats true but there is more than that to it. Sacks do not tell the whole story. An interior lineman such as Suh can play his technique perfectly without recording a thing. People need to realize that his rookie numbers happened but he is playing way better football now than ever…

  5. By eddie Hiller on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Why am I not surpised about our injured players!

  6. By ron stephen on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Detroit Offence You are too predictable 1 run get 2 or 3 yards, a missed pass ,. 2-3, yds run, punt. Sheffler cannot catch passes , does not try too hard even when pass a litttle off. Team needs better defensive backs . Teams run around your left & right sides too easily .try 3 down linemen and 4 def. linebackers. Use Calvin in some shorter passes 10 – 15 yds. Fine players who keep committing def offsides etc. Happens too often Passs rushers from the ends – a little wider or start back further and rush faster Team needs to get more spirit instead of posing if they make a good play. Do something They fell apart in last 4-5 minutes.

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