Lions activate two starters, trim roster to 78 players

Bell, Ngata return to practice; Broyles released

DETROIT — The Detroit Lions activated Joique Bell from the physically unable to perform list and Haloti Ngata from the nonfootball injury list on Monday, giving hope that both players will be ready for the season opener against the San Diego Chargers on Sept. 13.

Bell said during the weekend that he was close to returning from off-season knee surgery and still expected “to be carrying the load” for the Lions’ running game this year.

Ngata has not practiced with the team, after suffering a summer hamstring injury.

Both players ramped up their workouts with trainers in recent weeks, though neither is expected to play in Thursday’s exhibition finale against the Buffalo Bills (7:30 p.m.)

The Lions also placed cornerback Chris Owens on injured reserve and made nine roster cuts.

Along with receiver Ryan Broyles, who was waived two days after asking for his release, the Lions cut fourth quarterback Garrett Gilbert, running back Desmond Martin (Wayne State), receiver Vernon Johnson, tight end Deon Butler, cornerbacks Jocquel Skinner and R.J. Stanford, and defensive linemen Roy Philon and Erik Williams.

The Lions now have 78 players on their roster and need to make three more moves to get down to the 75-player limit by Tuesday’s 4 p.m. roster deadline.

After trading for tight end Tim Wright today, No. 3 tight end Joseph Fauria is a candidate to be traded.


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