The Detroit Lions have officially ended Jordon Dizon’s season by placing him on injured reserve. To help replace the lost depth they have turned to undrafted free agent Lee Campbell, a middle linebacker out of the University of Minnesota.
Campbell was originally picked up by the New York Giants but was waived and claimed by the Lions in late June and participated in the team’s mini-camp. The best news on the day was that DeAndre Levy returned to practice today. Adding Campbell is OK but getting Levy back on the field was a must.
The defensive line was one of the obvious bright spots from Saturday night’s exhibition opener. The new-found depth has apparently made Jason Hunter expendable as he was released today. Hunter was initially expected to compete for playing time with Cliff Avril and Jared DeVries. Hunter’s departure could be a good sign for seventh-round draft pick Willie Young.
Ko Simpson has been removed from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and returned to practice. Simpson will be eased back into a full workload but the performance from the secondary “depth” players proved just how badly the Lions need a guy like Ko Simpson to get healthy in a hurry.