Lions activate Justin Coleman from injured reserve

Erik Schlitt
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The Detroit Lions announced they have activated starting slot corner Justin Coleman from injured reserve.

There was no need for a corresponding move to make room for Coleman, as the Lions had released Elijah Lee on Thursday and had an open spot on the roster.

Coleman had a very solid training camp and opened the season impressively, but 19 snaps into Week 1 versus the Chicago Bears he injured his hamstring. From the moment he went down, it was clear this injury was going to take time to heal. After spending a few weeks on injured reserve, Coleman returned to practice last Thursday and coach Matt Patricia noted that he was “getting better every week”.

With Coleman returning to the starting lineup, Darryl Roberts will likely return to a reserve role. Roberts had been filling in during Coleman’s absence, and while he is a terrific tackler, his coverage was inconsistent and he was coming off his worst game of the season.

It’s possible Roberts will still get some work this week, as Coleman may need time to re-acclimate back to gameplay and Desmond Trufant is questionable with a hamstring injury, but expect him to still rep behind young up-and-comers Amani Oruwariye and Jeff Okudah.