The Detroit Lions filled several roster spots today. The started things off by placing injured corner Nevin Lawson on injured reserve as expected. Lawson dislocated his toes in the game against Carolina. They filled his spot with corner Danny Gorrer. They also had an open roster spot from placing Bill Bentley on injured reserve last week. They filled that spot by bringing Julian Stanford up from the practice squad. Stanford’s practice squad spot was filled by linebacker Jerrell Harris.
Gorrer, who is the unknown here, spent time with Seattle, Tampa Bay, St. Louis and Baltimore. The Baltimore link is where his connection to defensive coordinator Teryl Austin comes into play. Austin likely wanted to add a player who could learn the system fast, so adding a familiar face benefits him here. Gorrer is also still on the better side of 30 being only 28 years old.
Stanford’s signing is a bit of a shock. The team already had him on the practice squad and needed help in the already thin secondary. They have enough healthy linebackers already on the active roster and face off against a Green Bay team that is very pass happy. Still, he has been around the team all offseason and does not need any time to learn the system. How he contributes should be interesting.
Jerrell Harris was an undrafted linebacker out of Alabama. He recently spent some time with the Denver Broncos. It is possible that the team just wants to evaluate him between now and Saturday and this gives them the ability to do so.
Also, the team has not ruled out adding Mohammed Seisay from the practice squad, saying the move could happen as late as Saturday. If they do activate him, they would likely move Stanford back to the practice squad and cut Jerrell Harris.