5 Detroit Lions players who could be on the move before the trade deadline

The Detroit Lions are buyers at the trade deadline, if a deal makes sense, but on the flip side these five players could be sent elsewhere between now and Oct. 31.
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4. QB Teddy Bridgewater

Put this into the "unlikely but possible" column. The New York Jets were easy to wonder about regarding Bridgewater after Aaron Rodgers was injured in Week 1, but there are certainly other teams who could come calling given their current quarterback situations. Injuries at some point over the next two Sundays could enter others into the conversation.

Mike Payton of AtoZ Sports offered the angle about rookie Hendon Hooker possibly being added to the Lions' active roster at some point (maybe soon), with that as a potential driver for them to entertain trading Bridgewater. David Blough is on the practice squad as the third quarterback right now.

There is certainly a trade offer Holmes wouldn't (and shouldn't) refuse for Bridgewater, if a team is needy enough and makes it. It may come, or it may not. But the Lions' backup quarterback is a trade candidate, however tentatively and knowing he would not be moved for anything other than above his actual value to a team that's desperate for a competent quarterback.

3. OG Halapoulivaati Vaitai

Vaitai technically lost his starting job at right guard due to injury. Per head coach Dan Campbell, he is getting closer to 100 percent after only playing a handful or so of special teams snaps in each of the two games since he's been back from that knee issue.

But Graham Glasgow is playing so well that he may not (and truly should not) give back the starting gig at right guard. Kayode Awosika stepped in capably at left guard for the injured Jonah Jackson in Week 6, and he's lined up to do so again in Week 7. Vaitai now sits as a capable backup, and he played offensive tackle earlier in his career.

Every NFL team is looking for/needs offensive line depth, and the Lions are no different as they've dealt with injuries there again this year. But Vaitai is teetering on becoming a tradeable commodity, with a revised contract that will likely yield his departure from the Lions in the offseason anyway.