Lions sign cornerback Chase Lucas to 53-man roster before Seahawks game

Chase Lucas likely just missed making the Lions' 53-man roster going into the season, but he's being elevated from the practice squad for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

When the Detroit Lions made their cuts to get down to 53 players heading into the season, cornerback Chase Lucas was surely one of the tougher ones. But he chose to come back on the practice squad, despite offers from other teams according to Pride of Detroit's Erik Schlitt, knowing at some point his opportunity could come.

According to a report on Saturday from NFL Media's Mike Garafolo, per Lucas' agent, the second-year man is being signed to the Lions' 53-man roster ahead of Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks

Lucas was the Lions' final pick in the 2022 draft. He played in six games as rookie, mostly on special teams (75 special snaps, six defensive snaps). He has been deployed in a versatile defensive role in two offseasons of practice-outside corner, nickel corner and safety.

Cornerback Khalil Dorsey, who made a notable play in kick coverage against the Chiefs in Week 1, missed practice all week with an illness and he will miss Sunday's game. So Lucas is lined up to be his replacement against Seattle.

Lions bring Chase Lucas up to 53-man roster, maybe for good?

The corresponding move for Lucas' elevation has not been reported, or announced by the team as of this writing. The Lions need to clear a roster spot for him. So someone will be let go, or placed on IR.

On the IR possibility front. defensive end Josh Paschal suffered a knee injury during practice on Thursday. Head coach Dan Campbell suggested the second-year man could miss a bit of time, not just one game but probably not the remaining 16 either (h/t to Pride of Detroit).

"There is a chance he could be out for a little bit,” Campbell said. “But I don’t feel like this is something to be a season-ending type of deal.”

Putting Paschal on IR and having him out at least four games seems possible, if not likely.

Lucas wanted to come back to the Lions on the practice squad, despite presumably having some opportunities to be on another team's active roster right away. If he makes the most of this fresh opportunity in Week 2, he may stick on the active roster in Detroit for the rest of the season.

dark. Next. 4 Cardinals the Detroit Lions could trade for as Arizona embraces tank mode. 4 Cardinals the Detroit Lions could trade for as Arizona embraces tank mode