Lions elevate rookie DE James Houston, C Ross Pierschbacher from the practice squad

The Detroit Lions elevated two players who have never taken a regular season snap in a Lions uniform. Both could see action in Thursday’s matchup with the Buffalo Bills.

Rookie DE James Houston and C Ross Pierschbacher were elevated on Wednesday to help flesh out the depth chart. Houston, the team’s sixth-round pick out of Jackson State, has spent all of his rookie season on the practice squad to this point. With both Josh Paschal and Charles Harris out with injury, Houston could at least see some activity on special teams.

Pierschbacher does technically have some NFL experience. He played exactly one snap for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2020. The Lions have major injury issues on the interior offensive line, including an ongoing foot and toe injury to center Frank Ragnow. That necessitates having someone who can play center in a pinch. Evan Brown, normally Ragnow’s backup, has been the team’s starting right guard, though Brown will miss this game with an ankle injury.

Story originally appeared on Lions Wire