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Detroit Lions promote CB Carter to fill roster opening

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

Allen Park -- The Detroit Lions filled the team's open roster spot by promoting cornerback Alex Carter off the team's practice squad. 

The Detroit Lions have promoted cornerback Alex Carter to the main roster.

A third-round pick out of Stanford in 2015, the six-foot, 200-pound Carter spent his rookie season on injured reserve after suffering an ankle injury the first day of training camp. After an inconsistent offseason program this year, he fell short of making the 53-man roster, losing out to undrafted rookie Adairius Barnes. But after clearing waivers, Carter quickly rejoined the Lions practice squad, never seriously considering similar offers from other teams. 

"I just want to continue to work, continue to get better,” Carter said in September. “Obviously, it didn’t go exactly the way I wanted it to go, but this is where I’m at, take advantage of it, be thankful for the opportunity and keep working.”

Carter has continued to develop on the practice squad waiting for this opportunity. 

"I feel like I'm coming along really well, getting my feet back under me, getting more comfortable with the defense and my technique," he said last month. "You have to be patient. It's difficult. You can't get frustrated or lose confidence. You have to stay confident while working on your game and be ready when the opportunity comes."

 

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Carter will likely be active Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys. The Lions are thin at cornerback with Darius Slay nursing a hamstring injury. Nevin Lawson and Johnson Bademosi are expected to start with Carter serving as the primary backup on the outside.

It wouldn't be unusual for the Lions to sub Carter into the game for a handful of snaps, getting him some experience and better preparing him for a potentially increased role down the stretch.