Detroit Lions release RB Jonathan Williams

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The Detroit Lions announced they have released running back Jonathan Williams. This clears up a roster spot for EDGE Everson Griffen who was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier in the week.

At this time, Griffen does not count towards a spot on the 53-man roster, but if they want him to be able to play on Saturday, they need to clear space on the active roster — thus the Williams move.

Williams, the Lions’ fourth option at running back, has been a game-day inactive the last two weeks, and with D’Andre Swift now fully healthy, the Lions have elected to use their limited roster in other areas of need.

Williams was active five games for the Lions this season, but he saw just 27 offensive snaps and only produced five touches: four catches for 21-yards, and one rush for five yards.

Currently, the Lions have running backs D’Andre Swift, Adrian Peterson, and Kerryon Johnson on the active roster, as well as Jordan Scarlett and Dalyn Dawkins on the practice squad. Kerrith Whyte remains on the practice squad injured reserve.