Chris Lacy

Lions Place Bruce Ellington On IR, Make Several Other Moves

It’s that time of year where there are a bunch of teams shuffling the bottom of their rosters, and the Lions made a flurry of moves today. The team is placing veteran wide receiver Bruce Ellington on injured reserve, according to Justin Rogers of the Detroit News (Twitter link).

In addition to Ellington, the team also placed safety Charles Washington on injured reserve. To fill their spots on the roster, they promoted receiver Chris Lacy and cornerback Dee Virgin from the practice squad. Ellington only signed with the Lions back in November, but immediately began playing a large role as the team’s slot receiver.

He got 30 targets in his four games with Detroit, and turned them into 23 catches for 132 yards. It’s a big loss to a Lions receiving corp that’s been depleted by the trade of Golden Tate and the injury to Marvin Jones Jr. Still only 27, Ellington should have no trouble resurfacing somewhere this offseason if he can show he can stay healthy.

Ellington was playing a big role for the Texans earlier this year but was released with an injury settlement in October after he was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. The hamstring injury flared up in Detroit, and is ultimately what ended his season. Washington is a third-year UDFA who’s primarily a special teamer. Virgin is a sophomore UDFA from West Alabama while Lacy is a rookie UDFA from Oklahoma State.

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Lions Promote WR Chris Lacy

Chris Lacy is set to make his NFL debut. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports (via Twitter) that the wide receiver will be promoted to the Lions active roster. A corresponding roster move hasn’t been reported.

After finishing his senior season with 20 receptions for 264 yards, Lacy went undrafted out of Oklahoma State during this past year’s draft. The six-foot-three, 205-pound wideout caught on with the Patriots after the draft, but he was waived by New England less than a week later.

He was subsequently claimed by the Lions, and he proceed to have a solid preseason for Detroit. He appeared in all four games, hauling in three receptions for 17 yards and one touchdown. He was waived after the preseason and signed with the Lions practice squad, where he’s spent the entire 2018 season.

The 22-year-old could get some run this weekend against the Vikings, especially since Bruce Ellington will be sidelined with a hamstring injury. Other than Lacy, the only other healthy wideouts currently on the Lions roster are Kenny GolladayT.J. Jones, Andy Jones, and Brandon Powell.

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Sunday NFL Transactions: NFC North

Listed below are the Sunday roster moves for the four NFC North teams. Following the 53-man roster cutdown deadline yesterday, many teams will make slight tweaks to their rosters, claiming players off waivers or signing guys who clear waivers. Those transactions for the Bears, Lions, Packers, and Vikings are noted below.

Additionally, as of 12:00pm CT today, teams can begin constructing their 10-man practice squads. You can check out our glossary entry on practice squads to brush up on those changes, as well as all the other guidelines that govern the 10-man units, whose players practice with the team but aren’t eligible to suit up on Sundays.

Here are Sunday’s NFC North transactions, which will continue to be updated throughout the day:

Chicago Bears



Placed on injured reserve:

Detroit Lions



Practice squad:

Green Bay Packers

Practice squad:

Minnesota Vikings



Practice squad:

Lions Announce Roster Cuts

In addition to trading offensive tackle Corey Robinson to the Panthers, the Lions have also reduced their roster to 53 players.



Placed on injured reserve:

Placed on PUP:

Waived from injured reserve:

With Rudock out of the picture, Matt Cassel will serve as the backup to quarterback Matthew Stafford. Freeny conceivably could have made the roster based on his familiarity with head coach Matt Patricia, but the Lions went in another direction.

Minor NFL Transactions: 5/21/18

We’ll keep track of today’s minor moves here:

Carolina Panthers

Dallas Cowboys

  • Signed: G Damien Mama
  • Waived: OL Jarron Jones

Detroit Lions

  • Claimed off waivers: WR Chris Lacy (from Patriots)
  • Waived: CB Josh Okonye

Green Bay Packers

  • Placed on Reserve/Retired list: DT Filipo Mokofisi

Los Angeles Rams

Minor NFL Transactions: 5/18/18

Here are Friday’s minor moves.

Cleveland Browns

  • Claimed off waivers from Seahawks: DE Marcell Frazier
  • Waived: LB Austin Calitro

Indianapolis Colts

New England Patriots