Lions likely to promote Nate Ness or Mohammed Seisay from practice squad

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Allen Park — Whenever the Lions officially move offensive tackle Corey Hilliard (foot) to injured reserve, they will have an open roster spot that will likely be filled by a defensive back.

According to coach Jim Caldwell, the Lions will most likely promote either safety Nate Ness or cornerback Mohammed Seisay from the practice squad.

“I do think we have a couple real good candidates in that regard that are in-house,” he said Thursday.

The Lions put cornerback Bill Bentley (knee) on IR Tuesday, and the corresponding roster move was the addition of Garrett Reynolds, who adds depth at tackle.

Looking ahead to the Week 2 game, the Lions need to improve their depth in the secondary, too. At cornerback, the team has starters Darius Slay and Rashean Mathis, and rookie Nevin Lawson will likely play in the slot. But the only other option is Cassius Vaughn with Bentley out.

At safety, neither starter James Ihedigbo nor top backup Don Carey played last week, which left the Lions with just three safeties — Glover Quin, Isa Abdul-Quddus and undrafted rookie Jerome Couplin.

The Lions worked out several defensive backs in the past week, including 12-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey.

“We’re in the process of determining what we want to do with (the roster spot),” Caldwell said. “It’s not like we don’t have a plan. We’re working on it, and so you’d have to anticipate and understand we’re at Thursday and so the most likely thing that’s going to happen is we’re bringing somebody up (from the practice squad). Nobody’s coming off the street and coming to play for us in the next few days, correct?”

Seisay went undrafted out of Nebraska this year, but played well in the exhibition games, including catching an interception.

Ness has bounced around the NFL since going undrafted out of Arizona in 2009, but he can play safety or cornerback. He also had two interceptions in the exhibitions this year.

“We believe in them and whomever you see out there for us filling that job is going to do a really good job,” Caldwell said.