Lions at Panthers: Mohamed Sanu set to make his Detroit debut

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Detroit Lions needed some help at receiver and promoted some

The Detroit Lions needed some extra help at receiver prior to this Sunday’s matchup against the Carolina Panthers on the road. And they found some in a recent addition to their practice squad.

The Lions had their top three wide receivers land on this week’s injury report. Wideout Kenny Golladay continues to struggle to return from a hip injury. Golladay did practice on a limited basis on Wednesday but missed both Thursday and Friday’s sessions. He’s been designated as officially out against the Panthers in Week 11.

Slot receiver Danny Amendola is dealing with his own hip injury. Amendola didn’t practice at all this past week and will join Golladay on the sidelines as he’ll also miss the matchup in Carolina.

Finally, Marvin Jones Jr. landed on the team’s injury report this week dealing with a knee issue. Jones did not practice at all on Wednesday, was limited on Thursday, and was, fortunately, a full participant during Friday’s session. It appears he’s a full-go for Sunday’s contest.

Those injuries have left the wide receiver corps in the Motor City depleted. And in order to give quarterback Matthew Stafford more options, the Lions promoted the recently-signed Mohamed Sanu from the practice squad to the active roster on Saturday.

The 10-year veteran signed with Detroit earlier this month and should help provide some depth along with rookie Quintez Cephus, Marvin Hall, and Jamal Agnew. Sanu played his first four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals who made him a third-round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Rutgers.

Sanu left Cincinnati and found success with the Atlanta Falcons. During his near four-year run with the Falcons, his best season came in 2017 when he posted 67 receptions for 703 yards and five touchdowns.

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The 6-foot-2, 210-pound receiver was traded to the New England Patriots for a second-round pick midway through last season but failed to live up to expectations. The 31-year old Sanu resurfaced with the San Francisco 49ers this year but was cut loose after recording one reception for nine yards in three games.