Lions place CB Jacob Lacey on IR; sign CB Ron Bartell

Posted by ttwentyman on December 18, 2012 – 7:02 pm

The Lions have lost another defensive back to the injured reserve list.

This time, it’s cornerback Jacob Lacey, who suffered a subluxation of his left knee cap in the team’s loss to the Cardinals last week.

“It’s not an ACL or a surgery,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Tuesday. “But it is going to put him down for a little while. It popped back in on the field. He was game (to try and come back) but couldn’t run well enough.”

Lacey has been battling foot and Achilles tendon injuries for most of the season.

“He’s a tough guy and he’ll bounce back from this,” Schwartz said.

To take Lacey’s place on the active roster, the Lions signed veteran cornerback Ron Bartell, who spent his first seven seasons with the Rams and started six games with the Raiders this year.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Bartell grew up in Detroit and played his college football at Howard.

“He’s a big corner. He’s got experience,” Schwartz said of Bartell. “He’s in good shape and has been playing recently. He worked out well for us.”

Bartell played as recently as Week 14 for the Raiders in a loss to the Broncos. He started that game and recorded four tackles and defended a pass.

The Raiders cut him Dec. 10 so they could get a look at some of their younger players, according to reports.

Bartell missed all but one game in 2011 because of a neck injury. He signed with the Raiders as a free agent this offseason and started Week 1. He broke his shoulder blade in the first game of the season, but returned to the lineup Nov. 11 in Baltimore and started the next five games.

He has 71 career starts in a eight-year career.

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