The Detroit Lions announced Saturday that they’ve placed WR Bruce Ellington (hamstring) and S Charles Washington (hamstring) on injured reserve and promoted WR Chris Lacy and CB Dee Virgin to their active roster.
Ellington, 27, is a former fourth-round pick of the 49ers back in 2014. He was in the final year of his four-year, $2.694 million rookie contract when he was waived by San Francisco and claimed by the Jets.
Unfortunately, Ellington missed the entire 2016 season after he suffered a torn hamstring during the preseason and was later placed on injured reserve.
The Texans signed Ellington back in August of last year and placed him on injured reserve in December with another hamstring injury. Ellington did, however, return to Houston on another one-year contract this past March, only to be released from injured reserve with a settlement midseason.
The Lions later signed Ellington to their active roster.
In 2018, Ellington appeared in seven games for the Texans and Lions and recorded 31 receptions for 224 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Washington, 25, wound up signing on with the Lions as an undrafted free agent out of Fresno State back in 2016. He was on and off of the Lions’ practice squad during his first two years but returned to Detroit on a futures contract this past January and managed to make the 53-man roster coming out of the preseason.
In 2018, Washington appeared in 13 games for the Lions and recorded six tackles and no interceptions.