This coming weekend, the Detroit Lions will be looking to get back in the win column when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football.
In preparation for the game, the Lions have made a couple of roster moves, including activating defensive tackle Khyri Thornton from the Exempt/Commissioner list and waiving quarterback Brad Kaaya.
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) October 23, 2017
Thornton, who is 27, is coming off a six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. In 2016, Thornton played in 13 games for the Lions (6 starts) and recorded 14 tackles and one sack. He is certainly a welcome addition to the defense, especially considering that Haloti Ngata is done for the season.
Via Detroit Free Press:
“I’m just trying to work hard, look forward to the future and do what I can to help this team,” Thornton said. “I’m not dwelling on the past. I made a mistake and I learned from it, and just trying to do what I can to help this team win.”
Kaaya, who was drafted by the Lions in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, was released by the Carolina Panthers last week. If he clears waivers, the Lions could sign him to their practice squad.
Next 5 Notes Week 7: Look ahead to the Detroit Lions’ next five opponents
How did you spend your bye week? The Detroit Lions spent it trying to figure out how to right the ship after losing back-to-back games for the first time this season and falling to 3-3. The bye came at a good time in terms of injuries (although it may not have helped Golden Tate enough), so Detroiters are hoping a healthier squad can get the team back on track. Here are the next five teams they will attempt to do that against, as well as the biggest stories coming out of their locker rooms.
WEEK 8 – vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2), Ford Field, Sunday Night Football
The Lions might be getting the Steelers at the wrong time. Had they played Pittsburgh in the first few weeks of the season, they looked pretty beatable. Now? Not so much. Le’Veon Bell has back-to-back 130-plus-yard rushing games, and Ben Roethlisberger has only one interception since throwing the ball to the Jaguars five times three weeks ago. The team is playing loose, too, as evidenced by this fun TD celebration in their win over Cincinnati on Sunday:
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