The Detroit Lions continue to shuffle their roster, something general manager Bob Quinn has done just about every week this season. On Saturday, Quinn brought in some depth for the dinged-up linebacker corps, while releasing an offensive lineman.
The Lions announced Saturday that they have re-signed LB Thurston Armbrister to their practice squad. Armbrister has been on and off the Detroit roster a couple times but has yet to see the field this season. After starting his career in Jacksonville as an undrafted free agent in 2015, he signed as a free agent with Detroit and appeared in 14 games last season. Armbrister had two starts for Detroit in 2016 and had nine solo tackles.
The Lions linebackers have had their share of injuries this season, with rookie Jarrad Davis missing a couple games with a head injury, Tahir Whitehead fighting through a pectoral muscle issue, and Paul Worrilow has already been ruled out for this week after suffering a strained MCL in Detroit’s Week 4 win at Minnesota.
To make room on the practice squad, Detroit cut offensive guard Brandon Thomas, who they acquired in a trade with San Francisco in exchange for receiver Jeremy Kerley in August of 2016. Thomas was a third-round pick of the 49ers in 2014, but never caught on, and has yet to play a snap in an NFL regular season game.
The Lions are in New Orleans to play the Saints on Sunday.