Lions sign LB Steve Longa, DE Mitchell Loewen
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed linebacker Steve Longa and defensive end Mitchell Loewen.
Detroit made the moves Monday before coach Matt Patricia and team executives answered questions from season-ticket holders at Ford Field.
Longa had a season-ending knee injury last year during the preseason after being a key player on special teams for the Lions in 2017. Longa played in one game in Detroit in 2016 after being signed by Seattle as an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers.
Lions bolster LB position in trade for Eli Harold with 49ers
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions bolstered their depth at linebacker by acquiring Eli Harold in a trade with San Francisco.
Detroit gave the 49ers a draft pick, which was not disclosed, in exchange for Harold on Thursday. The Lions made room for him by waiving defensive lineman JoJo Wicker.
Lions lose Steve Longa, a setback for team’s shaky LB group
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions linebacker Steve Longa's season-ending knee injury represents a setback for a position group that already is a potential problem area.
Detroit used a first-round pick on Jarrad Davis last season and he appears to be a liability in pass coverage.
The Lions signed veteran free agents Christian Jones and Devon Kennard on the same day in March, hoping they can be 16-game starters for the first time in their careers.
Allen Park — Over the next several days, leading up to the NFL draft, we'll take a position-by-position look at the Detroit Lions' roster situation and evaluate how the team might address these positions during the event. Today: Linebacker
■ Current roster: Jarrad Davis, Devon Kennard, Christian Jones, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Nick Bellore, Steve Longa, Jonathan Freeny and Brandon Chubb
■ Top prospects: Roquan Smith, Tremaine Edmunds, Rashaan Evans, Leighton Vander Esch
Allen Park — It's typically been around this time of year Don Carey quietly inks an extension with the Detroit Lions, but for now, the veteran defensive back and special team standout's future is unclear.
Green Bay, Wis. — The Detroit Lions will be without rookie receiver Kenny Golladay for a fifth straight game Monday night against the Green Bay Packers.
Golladay continues to nurse a hamstring injury. He returned to practice on Friday, in a limited capacity, and was ruled doubtful for the matchup.
Also out for the Lions: Safety Don Carey, linebacker Steve Longa, defensive end Jeremiah Valoaga, offensive tackle Greg Robinson and running backs Zach Zenner and Tion Green.
Packers get starting OL back with G Lane Taylor active
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Packers left guard Lane Taylor is active for the Monday night game against Detroit, allowing the Packers to play their entire starting offensive line for just the second time this season.
Taylor is back after missing a game with an ankle injury.
Cornerbacks Damarious Randall (hamstring/illness) and Kevin King (back) are also active for the Packers against the Lions' potent passing game. They were each listed as questionable.
Lions sign Forsett to help short-handed backfield
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed running back Justin Forsett to bolster their short-handed backfield.
Forsett was released earlier this month by Baltimore after asking to be let go. He was on the inactive list two weekends ago and there didn't seem to be much playing time with the Ravens in his future.
The Lions are trying to patch up their backfield, which is missing Ameer Abdullah because of foot problems.
Lions sign Longa to active roster, activate Bryant
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed linebacker Steve Longa to the active roster from the practice squad and activated defensive end Armonty Bryant from the exempt list.
The Lions also announced Saturday that they have waived wide receiver Aaron Dobson and offensive lineman Brian Mihalik.