Allen Park – With kicker Austin Seibert landing on the COVID-19 reserve roster earlier this week, the Detroit Lions promoted Ryan Santoso out of the squad’s practice squad on Saturday to fill the role for the game of the team week 3 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Not drafted from Minnesota in 2018, Santoso spent the 2018 and 2019 offseason with the Lions. After being cut a second time, he eventually landed with the Tennessee Titans, where he handled three-game kickoffs at the end of the 2019 season.
After a brief stint with the CFL Montreal Alouettes, Santoso signed with the New York Giants practice team, where he spent the 2020 season. Last month, he was traded to the Carolina Panthers. , serving as the team’s kicker for the season opener. In that contest, he made his two field goal attempts – the first of his career – but missed one of his two extra points. He was lifted two days later.
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Concerned about the potential impact of COVID-19 with the other specialists on the team, the Lions also added insurance to the long snapper and the punter, signing Beau Brinkley and Lachlan Edwards to the practice squad.
Prior to joining the Lions, Brinkley spent the last nine seasons with the Tennessee Titans, appearing in 135 games for the franchise.
Edwards is another seasoned option, playing in 64 games for the New York Jets from 2016 to 2019. He averaged 45.5 yards on 338 punts.
To make room for Brinkley and Edwards on the practice squad, the Lions freed wide receiver Javon McKinley and tight end Jared Pinkney from the unit.
Strong transferred to IR
After missing last Monday’s game with a concussion, defensive tackle Kevin Strong was on track to return to action before sustaining a thigh injury this weekend. Originally listed as questionable for the game against Baltimore, the Lions reversed course on Saturday, placing him in the injured reserve. This will sideline Strong for at least the next three games.
Fortunately, the Lions are expected to get reinforcements back to their post next week when Jashon Cornell’s suspension expires and Da’Shawn Hand (groin) is eligible to return from the injured reserve.
Hand was spotted in Thursday’s practice running sideways with a trainer.