ALLEN PARK — The Lions have added a pair of wide receivers to the roster after placing Ryan Broyles and Titus Young on injured reserve.
Lance Long, who was in training camp with the Lions, has been re-signed. He earned the nickname “Vanilla Gorilla” during camp by wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson.
He played at Mississippi State and has spent time with the Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars and San Francisco 49ers. He grew up as a Lions fan and played at Utica Eisenhower High School.
Kris Durham was promoted from the practice squad. Durham played with quarterback Matthew Stafford for three seasons at Georgia.
He was drafted in the fourth round by Seattle in 2011 but his rookie season ended prematurely due to injury. He was cut at the end training camp by the Seahawks and signed on Sept. 2 to the Lions practice squad.
The Lions also have Mike Thomas who has not seen much action (one catch, minus-1 yard on Sunday) and Brian Robiskie who has not had a catch in the two games he has been active.
Oh, there’s another wide receiver on the roster too — Calvin Johnson.
In other roster moves, the Lions released veteran safety Erik Coleman and signed safety Tyrell Johnson who spent four seasons (2008-2011) with the Minnesota Vikings.
(Paula Pasche covers the Lions. Follow her on Twitter @PaulaPasche. Read her Lions Lowdown blog at oplions.blogspot.com.)