The Detroit Lions Release Ricardo Silva, Officially Sign Drayton Florence

By Tina Musial

The Detroit Lions have made some Labor Day transactions to bolster their roster. After some information leaked yesterday through Twitter, there was a bit of confusion as to who was going to make the practice squad. Kassim Osgood tweeted his former teammate and friend Drayton Florence was coming over to Detroit. Many assumed it was to join the practice squad since the 53 man roster was full. However, the official release with practice squad names was released a few hours later and didn’t contain Florence’s name. Was it a real deal or one that the friends hoped would happen?

More news comes out of the head office this morning. Ricardo Silva, who has been a safety in the ailing secondary, was released to make room for Florence, who was officially signed to the regular team as cornerback. There were already five cornerbacks on the roster, including Chris Houston, Bill Bentley, Kevin Barnes, Jonte Green and Jacob Lacey.

Barnes was only signed and practicing with the Lions one week ago. Bentley had a shoulder injury and didn’t play in the last preseason game. Houston suffered an ankle injury and was not practicing this morning. That leaves Lacey, who is healthy, and Green, who is a rookie. How fast can Florence acclimate to the Detroit defense? Maybe he can bring something to it so it isn’t as weak.

Silva’s exit leaves Erik Coleman, Louis Delmas, John Wendling and Amari Spievey to fill the safety spot. Delmas’ status to start the game won’t be known until later in the week when his knee is evaluated again. On Monday morning, he reported to the facility, but did not practice. If Delmas does not begin practicing soon, he will not be able to start. Wendling will get the nod to start in his place. Delmas may see some playing time Sunday, but it will be minimal unless he gets a lot more practice time in at the end of the week.


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