Another change for the Lions’ running back group. The team’s starter in the first game following Kerryon Johnson‘s IR designation, Tra Carson will now join the team’s original 2019 starter on the Lions’ IR list.
The Lions sent Carson to IR, effectively ending the recent waiver claim’s season. Detroit promoted running back Paul Perkins to take Carson’s roster spot.
Carson worked through two limited practices this week with a hamstring injury, so this could lead to an injury settlement once the ex-Packer is healthy. Carson finished his Week 8 start with 12 carries for 34 yards in the Lions’ 31-26 win over the Giants.
A former Giant, Perkins came to Detroit as a waiver claim earlier this season. The Lions were able to pass the UCLA product through to their practice squad recently but will bring him back to their 53-man roster because of more backfield injury trouble. He took C.J. Anderson‘s roster spot. The Lions’ backfield now consists of sixth-round rookie Ty Johnson, ex-Seahawk J.D. McKissic and Perkins.
October 17th, 2019 at 6:03pm CST by Dallas Robinson
The Lions are making a change to their running back depth chart. Detroit has claimed Tra Carson off waivers from the division-rival Packers while waiving Paul Perkins, the club announced today.
Carson, a former undrafted free agent, has been in the NFL since 2016, but he’s mostly bounced between active and practice squads with the Bengals and Packers. His most significant game action actually came in Week 5 of this year, when he handled six carries for 14 yards and posted four receptions against the Cowboys.
Turning 27 years old next week, Carson has some ties to the Detroit staff, as Lions running back coach Kyle Caskey previously tutored Carson in Cincinnati. Carson will slide into a Lions depth chart that includes starter Kerryon Johnson as well as backups Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic.
Perkins, 24, was selected by the Giants in the fifth round of the 2016 draft and put up 456 yards during his rookie campaign, but hasn’t done much since. He spent the 2018 campaign on injured reserve before being claimed by the Lions last month.
The Packers have signed veteran wide receiver Ryan Grant, as Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets. To make room, they waived running back Tra Carson.
Grant, 29 in December, caught just four passes for just 14 yards with Oakland this season. However, he snagged 35 passes for 334 yards with the Colts in 2018. The Raiders released Grant in late September and he worked out for the Patriots and Vikings before landing in Green Bay.
Carson, 27 next week, was promoted from the taxi squad just recently. He saw a grand total of six carries and rushed for just 14 yards with the Packers.
After edging out the Lions on Monday night, the Packers will face the Raiders – Grant’s former team – on Sunday afternoon.
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, teams can begin constructing their 10-man practice squads today. 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.