Lions Place CB Desmond Trufant & DT Danny Shelton On IR, Among Other Moves

     

The Lions announced Wednesday they have placed CB Desmond Trufant and DT Danny Shelton on injured reserve. 

Detroit also officially announced a number of other moves, including: 

  • Activating TE Hunter Bryant from injured reserve
  • Designating DE Julian Okwara and CB Darryl Roberts to return from IR
  • Signing DT Kevin Strong to the active roster
  • Signing CB Alex Myres to the practice squad

Trufant, 30, is a former first-round pick of the Falcons back in 2013. He played out the final year of his four-year, $8.165 million contract when the Falcons picked up his fifth-year option worth $8.026 million for the 2017 season.

Atlanta later signed Trufant to a five-year, $69 million extension with nearly $42 million guaranteed in 2017. He stood to make a base salary of $10.75 million for the 2020 season before getting released with a post-June 1 designation.

Trufant signed a two-year, $21 million deal with the Lions this past offseason. 

In 2020, Trufant has appeared in six games for the Lions and recorded 20 tackles, one sack, one interception and four pass defenses. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 121 cornerback out of 125 qualifying players. 

Shelton, 27, is a former first-round pick out of Washington by the Browns in the 2015 NFL Draft. The Patriots acquired Shelton and a 2018 fifth-round pick from the Browns in exchange for a third-round pick in 2018. 

New England declined his fifth-year option and Shelton played out the final year of his four-year $11.703 million rookie contract that included a $6.771 million signing bonus. The Patriots ultimately ended up bringing him back on a one-year deal for 2019. 

Shelton signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Lions this past offseason. 

In 2020, Shelton appeared in 11 games for the Lions and recorded 36 tackles, one sack and one pass defense. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 104 interior defensive lineman out of 127 qualifying players.

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