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Lions promote QB Jake Rudock from practice squad

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Jake Rudock

The Detroit Lions have promoted quarterback Jake Rudock from the practice squad.

A sixth-round pick out of Michigan, Rudock played well during the preseason, but wasn't able to unseat veteran Dan Orlovsky for the backup job behind Matthew Stafford. The team waived the rookie as part of its final roster cuts, but were able to re-sign him to the practice squad after he went unclaimed.

In four exhibition games, Rudock completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 333 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. He also proved capable of making plays with his feet, rushing for 62 yards on 10 carries.

Rudock takes the open roster spot created when the Lions waived wide receiver Corey Fuller on Tuesday. It's been reported the Chicago Bears attempted to poach Rudock off the Lions' practice squad prior to the promotion. The Bears have lost three quarterbacks -- Brian Hoyer, Jay Cutler and Connor Shaw -- to injury this season.

A two year starter for Iowa, Rudock came to Michigan as a graduate transfer. In 2015, he led the Wolverines to a 10-3 season, completing 64 percent of his passes with 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions.