Detroit Lions elevate Dan Skipper, Anthony Pittman from practice squad

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The Detroit Lions have elevated offensive lineman Dan Skipper and linebacker Anthony Pittman from the practice squad for Sunday’s game.

The Detroit Lions have made a couple roster moves heading into Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.

For the second straight week, offensive lineman Dan Skipper and linebacker Anthony Pittman have been elevated from the practice squad to the active roster.

Skipper, a tackle by trade, got the start at left guard in place of the injured Jonah Jackson (finger) against Washington last week. He was a revelation, earning high grades from Pro Football Focus and props from Dan Campbell in the postgame locker room.

With Jackson set to miss a second straight game on Sunday, Skipper is expected to be back starting at left guard against the Vikings.

Detroit Lions have active roster decisions coming

Pittman provides linebacker depth, but more notably he’s a core four-phase special teamer for the Lions. He has been elevated from the practice squad for all three games, exhausting the number of free active roster elevations allowed now.

So if the Lions want to play Pittman after this week, he’ll have to be signed to the 53-man roster.

This week’s practice squad elevation is of course Skipper’s second of three allowed before he’ll have to be added to the 53-man roster if the Lions want him to be up on game day.

It’s fair to assume the Lions would like to keep Pittman and Skipper around without risking another team poaching them off the practice squad, if possible, so some back-end roster shuffling is coming over the next week or two.

The Lions also updated the situation for safety Tracy Walker. His wife had a baby this week, so he traveled to Minnesota separate from the rest of the team. He’s good to go for Sunday.

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