The roster cuts over the last week or so weren’t necessarily the end of the line for all the players cut up in the shuffle. League rules provide for a practice squad of up to eight players. The rules for eligibility are as follows:
- Player must not have one season of accrued service towards free agency
- Player must not have been on the 46-man active roster for more than eight games
- Player can not be on a practice squad for more than three seasons
Undrafted rookie Patrick Edwards was among the final cuts despite a strong start to training camp. Although he didn’t do enough to earn a spot on the 53-man roster, he did show enough promise to warrant a practice squad spot with the Lions. That allows the Lions coaching staff to keep working with him and keeps other teams from snatching him up.
The Lions have also retained offensive lineman Rodney Austin, running back Stephfon Green, linebacker Carmen Messina and cornerback Ross Weaver to bring the total of known practice squad signees to five.
That leaves three spots remaining, one of which could be taken up by cornerback Jonte Green should he be bumped off the 53-man roster with the addition of Drayton Florence.