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Lions place wide receiver DJ Chark on IR amid flurry of roster moves

Amid a slew of roster changes on Saturday, the Detroit Lions placed wide receiver DJ Chark on IR.

Thursday, when was seen in a walking boot, Lions wide receiver DJ Chark opened the door to an absence that would extend well beyond this week as he was lined up to miss a third game in a row.

Saturday, in the middle of a bunch of other list moves, the Lions placed Chark on IR. He will therefore miss at least the next four games. Cornerback Bobby Price was also placed on IR.

Here’s the list of moves the Lions made on Saturday, including some promising additions to the defense.

  • RESERVED/INJURED: WR DJ Chark, CB Bobby Price
  • SIGNED TO ACTIVE TRAINING SQUAD ROSTER: WR Maurice Alexander
  • HIGH OF TRAINING SQUAD: K Michael Badgley, WR Brandon Zylstra
  • PUP ACTIVATED: DL Josh Paschal, CB Jerry Jacobs

DJ Chark goes IR to headline Detroit Lions roster moves on Saturday

Alexander was the Lions’ main returning man in Week 5. He takes the place of 53 players defensive tackle Levi Onwuzurikewhose season is over after back surgery.

Badgley apparently beat even newer Sam Ficken to kick the Lions off this week. At some point, someone should be permanently placed on the active roster, assuming there are no other outside kicker options that might be considered better.

Zylstra is simply an extra body at wide receiver to possibly be active for Sunday’s game.

Paschal, the Lions’ second-round pick in April, is lined up to make his NFL debut on Sunday against Dallas. The defensive line can definitely use all the help they can get.

Jacobs emerged well into the Lions secondary as an undrafted rookie last year, before suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament last December. How he fits into the current cornerback depth chart will be interesting, as a contender with Amani Oruwariye and Will Harris (who is listed as questionable for Sunday with a hip injury) to start against Jeff Okudah.

But the poster boy for these moves is Chark. He had a pretty disappointing start to his tenure with the Lions before his ankle injury, since training camp anyway, and now he’ll miss at least six games with the injury.