The Detroit Lions released corner Bill Bentley in a move that was not expected yet not surprising. Bentley, a former third round pick of the Lions, was recently re-signed due to an explosion of injuries in the secondary. Bentley spent every game this season inactive and was cut when it was determined that Quandre Diggs and Nevin Lawson would be more than able to handle the corner role opposite Darius Slay.
With Bentley’s release, the Lions had an open spot on their roster. They used that spot to activate Braxston Cave from the practice squad. Cave, a center who was with the team in training camp, but was relegated to a practice squad role all season, was promoted due to the injury to Travis Swanson. With Swanson out, Gabe Ikard is the only other active center the team has. While that may be concerning given Ikard’s recent signing, the team will likely use Manny Ramirez at center again as they have in the past when Swanson could not play. The move is likely to allow the team to evaluate him in practice and determine his long term future, as well as provide insurance should Laken Tomlinson or Larry Warford miss time due to injury forcing Ramirez to play guard