Inside linebacker Josh Bynes was signed to the Detroit Lions’ active roster off the Baltimore Ravens practice squad, the Lions confirmed today. The move was first reported by The Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson.
The Lions had an open roster spot after placing middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch on injured reserve after he tore his ACL in Sunday’s 19-7 win over the Packers.
Bynes, who is 6-foot-1 and 240 pounds, started six games and played in 15 in 2013. He had 45 tackles and three pass break-ups.
Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin was the Ravens secondary coach last season so obviously he knows Bynes and, in turn, Bynes knows the defense.
Expect Bynes to compete with Tahir Whitehead to fill Tulloch's cleats at middle linebacker.
Bynes, who was a teammate of Nick Fairley’s at Auburn, was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Ravens in 2011.
You might remember him from Super Bowl XLVII when he tackled Ted Ginn Jr. after a free kick in the final seconds of the game to clinch the big win for Baltimore.
The Lions also signed DB Josh Victorian to their practice squad. They had an opening after elevating Mohammed Seisay to the active roster on Saturday. Victorian was undrafted out of Louisiana Tech in 2011. He was originally signed as a free agent by the Ravens.