The Detroit Lions were without rookie defensive back Brian Branch (ankle) in Week 5 against the Carolina Panthers, and head coach Dan Campbell still didn't seem overly optimistic about his status for Week 6 on Monday.
Emmanuel Moseley finally made his Lions' debut against the Panthers. But he lasted two plays before being injured, and it has been confirmed he suffered a torn right ACL and is out for the season. He of course tore his left ACL playing for the 49ers last season.
Jerry Jacobs has turned things around nicely after a rough couple games to start the season. He has three interceptions over the last two games. But things look thin at outside corner for the Lions. With Branch out of the nickel corner role against Carolina, Will Harris played all but three defensive snaps in the game. It's a good thing Carolina was not equipped to take advantage of Harris' shortcomings. The Lions will not be as lucky moving forward.
Even if Branch is able to return against Tampa Bay after missing just one game, the Lions may be in the market for some secondary help. And no, the looming return of cornerback Khalil Dorsey from IR will not change that equation--he's a special teamer.
With that, here are five potential options for the Lions to bolster their cornerback depth.