Lions add 3 offensive linemen to matchday roster and move Da’Shawn Hand to season-end IR
NASHVILLE, Tennessee – With Frank Ragnow and Tyrell Crosby already out, the Detroit Lions added three offensive linemen to their game day roster before boarding their flight to Tennessee on Saturday afternoon.
Halapoulivaati Vaitai was activated from the injured reserve, while Dan Skipper was signed in the 53-man roster and Marcus Martin was raised from the practice squad.
Often injured defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand was moved to the injured reserve in the corresponding move. His latest injury is an ankle, and his season is over after 10 games, 19 tackles and no sacks or hits from the quarterback.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford has made the trip to Tennessee and is expected to try to play against the Titans. He was in so much pain after damaging the cartilage in his ribs last Sunday that his body was in spasms, but the pain has been gone for the past few days. His condition improved enough that he could train on Friday – which was not expected – and the Lions are hopeful he can play.
A mitigating factor is the type of protection Stafford will have for those injured ribs. Ragnow (throat) and Crosby (ankle) were both left out and the Lions flooded their list of save options.
Vaitai was added to the 53-player roster after spending the past three weeks in the injured reserve. He was Detroit’s big free agent this year, signing a $ 45 million contract to come and play the good tackle, but only played three full games all year while battling performance and injury issues. . He only played 38.5% of Detroit’s offensive snaps, most of which came on guard instead of tackle.
Martin ho hasn’t played an offensive snap since 2016, but brings some depth to an interior that could undergo some reshuffling to replace Ragnow. Either Joe Dahl or Jonah Jackson should move to the center. The two are usually guards.
Skipper is an offensive tackle who has been shuttling between the Lions roster and the practice squad since 2017. He has played two offensive snaps in two games this year.
Detroit ended its busy day by elevating defensive end Kareem Martin and cornerback Alex Myres to the practice squad, and re-signing punter Arryn Siposs to the practice squad.