Lions bring­ing back DE John­son

They also add WR Billings­ley; waive Ab­bred­eris, Smith

The Detroit News - - Front Page - BY JUSTIN ROGERS The Detroit News News wire ser­vices con­trib­uted

The Lions made a pair of ros­ter moves Tues­day, re-sign­ing wide re­ceiver Jace Billings­ley and de­fen­sive end Ge­orge John­son. To clear room, the team waived de­fen­sive end Jac­quies Smith and wide re­ceiver Jared Ab­bred­eris.

Billings­ley started the year on the prac­tice squad and was added to the ac­tive ros­ter for the first two games af­ter the team’s bye, play­ing nine snaps, mostly on special teams.

He was re­leased last Satur­day to make way for the ad­di­tions of of­fen­sive tack­les Corey Robin­son and Tay­lor Decker back to the ac­tive lineup.

John­son, who had six sacks with the Lions in 2014, av­er­aged 20 snaps dur­ing a four-game stretch with the team ear­lier this sea­son. Smith, who came in af­ter John­son, took 39 reps with the de­fense in Sun­day’s win over the Browns.

Ab­bred­eris had been with the Lions all sea­son af­ter beat­ing out Billings­ley in a hotly con­tested com­pe­ti­tion for the team’s fi­nal re­ceiv­ing job. the Art Rooney Sports­man­ship Award.

The award, now in its fourth year, hon­ors the found­ing owner of the Steel­ers and a mem­ber of the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame.

One player from each team is nom­i­nated by cur­rent NFL play­ers. A panel of for­mer play­ers selects eight fi­nal­ists, four from each con­fer­ence.

That panel in­cludes Hall of Famer Cur­tis Martin, War­rick Dunn, Karl Meck­len­burg and Leonard Wheeler.

Those eight fi­nal­ists will be listed on the Pro Bowl bal­lot when play­ers vote on Dec. 15. As for the Pro Bowl, a team can’t vote for its own player.

The award will be pre­sented on Feb. 3, the night be­fore the Su­per Bowl, at NFL Hon­ors, when The As­so­ci­ated Press hands out its in­di­vid­ual league awards.

Pan­thers rookie Cur­tis Sa­muel will un­dergo an MRI af­ter in­jur­ing his left an­kle in Carolina’s 45-21 win over the Dol­phins on Mon­day night.

Pan­thers coach Ron Rivera said train­ers were “not very op­ti­mistic” af­ter Sa­muel hob­bled off the field in the third quar­ter and did not re­turn. Sa­muel re­placed traded Kelvin Ben­jamin in the start­ing lineup two weeks ago.

... The Sea­hawks signed cor­ner­back Maxwell to help make up for the loss of Richard Sher­man to a sea­son-end- ing Achilles ten­don in­jury. Seat­tle placed Sher­man on in­jured re­serve.

Cow­boys owner Jerry Jones de­fended the NFL’s” Thurs­day Night Foot­ball” se­ries dur­ing his 105.3 The Fan ra­dio show.

The Cow­boys are set to play con­sec­u­tive Thurs­day games this month — against the Charg­ers on Thanks­giv­ing and the fol­low­ing Thurs­day night, Nov. 30, against Wash­ing­ton.

“Not one shred of statis­tics show that to be a dis­ad­van­tage, in­or­di­nately chal­leng­ing physi- cally for the play­ers,” Jones said.

... Pan­thers of­fen­sive line­man Matt Kalil is fac­ing crim­i­nal charges of sell­ing al­co­hol to a mi­nor at his Min­nesota pizza res­tau­rant, even though he wasn’t present when the trans­ac­tion oc­curred.

A charg­ing doc­u­ment says a 17-year-old server at Kalil’s Pieol­ogy Pizza in a Twin Ci­ties sub­urb sold a beer to a 19-year-old woman Oct. 26.

Kalil, a for­mer Vik­ings line­man, owns Pieol­ogy Pizza fran­chis­ing rights in Min­nesota.

Daniel Mears/Detroit News

Wide re­ceiver Jace Billings­ley is back with the Lions af­ter get­ting cut last week to ac­com­mo­date the re­turn of tackle Tay­lor Decker.

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