Dec 18, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; Detroit Lions defensive back Ricardo Silva (39) on the sidelines against the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter at Coliseum. Detroit defeated Oakland 28-27. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Lions sign safety Silva to practice squad

Phew! That was close.

After safety Ricardo Silva lost the numbers game for the initial 53-man roster last weekend to cornerback Drayton Florence, it was beginning to look like Silva would have been picked up by another team and be gone for good. Not so fast, my friend (Lee Corso voice).

According to the Detroit Free Press, Silva signed to Detroit’s practice squad Wednesday and the team released cornerback Ross Weaver, the former Michigan State standout, to make room for the move.

This move excites me, a Lions fan, for two particular reasons.

Before this signing, the Lions only had three healthy safeties on the active roster. Now the team has the option to activate Silva if the Lions get in a pinch down the road.

Not to mention how much time the Lions have put into Silva. He is a raw player, but his talents are noticeable when he gets into games. He is a great tackler. We’ve watched him come up and make plays on running backs who get to the outside. Not to mention he can lay the lumber if a receiver ever crosses his nose.

Welcome back, Ricardo.

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