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Lions activate Armonty Bryant; he could play vs. Eagles

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Armonty Bryant

Allen Park – The Detroit Lions added two players to the roster Saturday, activating defensive end Armonty Bryant and signing linebacker Steven Longa off the practice squad. To clear the space, the team waived wide receiver Aaron Dobson and offensive tackle Brian Mihalik.

The Lions held a roster exemption on Bryant, after claiming him off waivers from Cleveland on Tuesday. They needed to make a decision with him by Monday, and by activating the edge defender on Saturday, it suggests there’s a good chance he plays Sunday against the Eagles.

Longa has been with the Lions since the first week of the season. An undrafted prospect out of Rutgers, he spent the offseason with the Seattle Seahawks.

The 6-foot-1, 240-pounder was highly productive for Rutgers, racking up 335 tackles, seven sacks and five forced fumbles over three seasons. He’ll add some depth to Detroit’s linebacking corps, which is still down DeAndre Levy, who is nursing quad and knee injuries.

The team did not make a move at running back Saturday, despite having just two healthy options on the roster. There was some speculation the Lions would promote Mike James off the practice squad to bolster depth. That could be a good sign for Dwayne Washington, who didn’t practice this week and was listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report.

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