Lions bring back Trinity Benson, place Craig Reynolds on injured reserve

Detroit News

Allen Park — With the team’s receiving corps still dealing with multiple injuries, including a back issue that sidelined Josh Reynolds last Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, the Detroit Lions are bringing back a familiar name to restock the depth chart.

On Wednesday, the team announced the signing of Trinity Benson off the Denver Broncos practice squad.

Benson spent the 2021 season in Detroit after being traded to the Lions from the Broncos following training camp. Despite opportunities to contribute, he struggled getting acclimated with his new surroundings, appearing in eight games and catching just 10 passes for 103 yards.

He returned this offseason with a renewed focus and clarity on what he needed to do to earn a bigger role, but after catching 6-of-14 targets in the team’s three preseason games, and getting hurt in the finale, he was released with an injury settlement.

Benson re-joined the Broncos practice squad, where he spent the 2019 and 2020 seasons, in early October. He has yet to appear in a game this season. In Detroit, he fills the open roster spot created after the team released receiver Stanley Berryhill on Monday.

Running back lands on IR

Lions running back Craig Reynolds exited Sunday’s game against the Packers in the first half with a rib injury. It turns out the issue is severe enough he needs to be placed on injured reserve, sidelining him at least the next four games.

Appearing in each of the first eight games, Reynolds has carried the ball 23 times for 102 yards, while logging 84 snaps on special teams. His injury leaves the Lions with only three running backs on the active roster, although fullback Jason Cabinda is nearing a return to action after missing the first eight games following offseason ankle surgery.

The team also has Jermar Jefferson on the practice squad. Coach Dan Campbell recently noted he’s hoping to get the 2021 seventh-round draft pick some playing time before season’s end. Jefferson played sparingly as a rookie last season, taking 15 handoffs and catching four passes for a combined 97 yards and two touchdowns.

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