The Detroit Lions signed cornerback Crezdon Butler and placed defensive tackle Stefan Charles on injured reserve on Wednesday.
The Detroit Lions again attempted to address their lack of depth on cornerback on Wednesday, signing free agent Crezdon Butler. The team placed defensive tackle Stefan Charles (knee) on injured reserve to make room for Butler on the 53-man roster.
Butler has played for eight different NFL teams since being drafted in the fifth round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010 out of Clemson. This is Butler’s second stint with the Lions, having been with the team last season and this offseason, including appearing in the preseason. During the Lions’ game against the Green Bay Packers last season, he broke up a pass on a two-point conversion which preserved a late lead in Detroit’s win.
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Butler has played in 45 games, including three starts, and has 21 tackles and two forced fumbles to his credit. He appeared in eight games for Detroit in 2015.
The Lions have dealt with several injuries at corner in the past several weeks, including losing nickelback Quandre Diggs for the season with a pectoral injury. Starter Darius Slay missed the last two games with a hamstring injury but was at practice on Wednesday.
The Lions have made several moves in recent weeks to make up for their sudden lack of depth in the secondary, including signing Asa Jackson off the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad on Dec. 17 and adding Alex Carter from their own practice squad on Christmas Eve. Adairius Barnes also saw playing time for Detroit, but was released on Dec. 15 and is currently on the practice squad.
Charles is in his first season with Detroit after spending his first three seasons in Buffalo. He recorded seven tackles for the Lions in 12 appearances this season.
The Lions will face Green Bay at home in a de facto NFC North championship game on Sunday Night Football at 8:30 on NBC.