Lions name three to practice squad

Lions sign receiver David Kircus to practice squad

The Detroit Lions named three players to their practice squad, tight end Matt Murphy, WR David Kircus and T Ben Johnson. Cornerback Jameel Powell was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Cowboys and wide receiver Scottie Vines was claimed by the Green Bay Packers preventing Detroit from adding them to the squad.

(ALLEN PARK) - The Detroit Lions named three players to their practice squad this afternoon, tight end Matt Murphy, WR David Kircus and T Ben Johnson. Cornerback Jameel Powell was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Cowboys and wide receiver Scottie Vines was claimed by the Green Bay Packers preventing Detroit from adding them to the squad.

"It was disappointing to be cut yesterday, but at least they've brought me back at this level," said Kircus regarding his release by the team yesterday. "I know I have to improve every facet of my game if I want to get back onto the active roster, but now I have a chance."

Meanwhile, Murphy is eligible for the squad because he was not active in enough contests to serve an "accrued season" under NFL collective bargaining agreement rules. Detroit will now look at film of players it is considering on other teams before adding the last two practice squad players. Still under consideration are Grand Valley State quarterback and Harlon Hill trophy winner Curt Anes and perhaps defensive end Johnathan Taylor.

LION TRACKS: Detroit worked out cornerback Alex Molden, formerly of the Washington Redskins. If Detroit signs Molden they will need to make another roster move to make room for him.

A native of Detroit, Molden made 79 tackles and intercepted three passes last year for the Redskins and would be a solid addition to Detroit secondary. As of publication of this story, Molden had not yet been signed to a contract but negotiations on this kind of deal wouldn't take long. If added to the roster it would be Molden's fourth NFL team in his eight year career. He previously had stints in New Orleans and San Diego.

Other corner Detroit might look at if Molden doesn't sign are Doug Evans, released by Seattle but rumored to be close to signing with San Francisco, Roosevelt Williams, released by Chicago and Leonard Myles formerly of New England.

Detroit has begun contract extension talks with linebacker Barrett Green who is entering the final year of his original four-year contract. Green, who has never recorded 100 tackles in his career despite playing the weakside linebacker position is coveted for his speed and is expected to have a breakthrough season playing in new coach Richard Smith's scheme.

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