Lions Re-Sign DT Olive Sagapolu, Place FB Nick Bawden On IR

The Lions announced on Monday they have re-signed DT Olive Sagapolu to the roster. In a corresponding move, Detroit placed FB Nick Bawden on injured reserve. 

Sagapolu, 23, went undrafted in 2019 out of Wisconsin. He caught on with the Packers briefly at the end of July before being waived a few days later. 

The Lions signed Sagapolu to their practice squad in December and brought him back on a futures deal for 2020. 

During his four-year college career, Sagapolu recorded 61 total tackles including 10 for a loss, six sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery in 28 games. 

Bawden, 24, was selected by the Lions in the seventh round out of San Diego State in 2018. He’s in the third year of a four-year, $2.5 million rookie deal. 

Bawden has ended each of his first two seasons on injured reserve as well after suffering a torn ACL as a rookie and hurting his knee again late last year. 

In 2019, Bawden appeared in 10 games for the Lions and caught four passes for 17 yards. He was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 15 fullback out of 15 qualifying players. 

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