Nov 19, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (88) jumps into the end zone for a touchdown while being hit by Detroit Lions free safety Ricardo Silva (39) in the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Waive Ricardo Silva and Spencer Nealy, Add Two Players


Ricardo Silva performed well enough in training camp the last two years to spend time on the Detroit Lions practice squad and the 53-man roster. He had the opportunity to contribute on defense last year but the Lions have decided to waive Silva in order to use the roster spot on another player.

With added depth in the secondary and no longer eligible for the practice squad, the Lions will use the opportunity to get a look at other players. At this point the Lions know what they get with Silva and could bring him back if he remains available and injuries start to pile up once again.

Added to the roster was Trevor Coston, an undersized but compactly built safety who went undrafted out of Maine in 2012 before camping with the Bears last year. Coston was an invitee to the most recent Lions rookie minicamp so they have had a chance to work closely with him before. He has experience returning punts in college but it remains to be seen if he will be added to the mix of Lions seeking to win the punt return job.

The Lions also made a move along the defensive line, waiving defensive end Spencer Nealy to sign Xavier Proctor. At 6’6 and 290 pounds according to his player profile for the Arena League’s Orlando Predators, Proctor’s size suggests he brings the kind of versatility the Lions love.

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