Lions sign former Cardinals QB Chad Kanoff to practice squad
Allen Park — The Detroit Lions made two practice squad additions Wednesday, including a quarterback who spent the offseason with the team's Week 1 opponent, the Arizona Cardinals.
The Lions signed quarterback Chad Kanoff and wide receiver Marvin Hall to the practice squad, waiving running back Mark Thompson and wide receiver Jonathan Duhart.
Kanoff, undrafted out of Princeton a year ago, signed with the Cardinals and spent most of last season on the team's practice squad. In three preseason games this year, he completed 10 of his 19 passes for 128 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Hall comes to the Lions after spending the offseason with the Chicago Bears. He's also spent time in Oakland, Arizona and Atlanta after going undrafted out of Washington in 2016.
Appearing in 24 games over two seasons with the Falcons, Hall caught 28 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns. He also handled kickoff returns for the team last season, averaging 23.7 yards on 26 attempts.
The Cardinals, meanwhile, claimed special teams ace Charles Washington off waivers Sunday, after the Lions let him go over the weekend.
Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said Wednesday that the Fresno State alumnus, who played 29 games over two seasons in Detroit, is getting acclimated to his new team.
"We really like what he does on special teams and we’ll work him into that safety rotation as he gets more comfortable with our system,” Kingsbury said. “We’re happy to have him.”
Washington played all 228 of his snaps on special teams last season, but played 97 snaps at safety in 2017 for the Lions.
Arizona will be without its top two cornerbacks on Sunday, as Patrick Peterson is suspended and Robert Alford is on injured reserve with a leg injury.
One of the Lions biggest fans died this week.
Donnie Stefanski of Goetzville, known as “The Yooperman,” would travel 325 miles over six hours each home game from the Upper Peninsula. Stefanski was 61.
The Lions awarded the longtime season-ticket holder with Super Bowl tickets last year at his 200th straight home game. The team released a tribute remembrance of Stefanski on social media on Wednesday.