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

Detroit Lions Sign Ricardo Silva From Practice Squad

The Detroit Lions made a roster move today that might seem minor but could have a big impact on Sunday’s game against the Vikings.

Safety Ricardo Silva has been signed to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. To make room, the team released cornerback Jerome Murphy who had signed with the Lions less than two weeks ago after he was waived by the New Orleans Saints.

The importance of the Silva move is that it indicates that Amari Spievey might not be able to play against the Vikings. Spievey showed up on the injury report mid week and was not able to practice on Friday. The Lions are already thin at safety so they can’t afford to have an iffy Spievey start and not be able to finish the game. Adding Silva at least gives the Lions another healthy body to throw in the secondary if necessary.

Spievey will be a name to watch for when the game day inactives are announced in the hours leading up to kickoff.

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