Lydon Murtha Snatched by Dolphins and Other Practice Squad Moves

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pressure was building, the movement was gathering--fans from Mlive to Scout and around the Detroit Lions Nation were starting to grumble about Lydon Murtha. The 6'7", 315lb lineman from Nebraska was finally healthy and looking like a great addition to the active roster. Certainly he must be better than what is out there now, right?

Then, as the trade deadline passed, each Lions fan breathed a sigh of relief as no milleneque move was performed. No aged veteran on the down slope of his career was added to the roster.

Then the headline came, "Miami Dolphins sign Lydon Murtha off Lions' Practice Squad."


On the bright side, Lions fans, Murtha was just a 7th round pick who wasn't even on the active roster. However, Murtha being coveted by a team with a decent offensive line means that he probably had enough upside to make our lowly line.

Double Doh!

The Lions replaced Murtha with Joe Cohen, a second year defensive tackle out of the University of Florida. The 6'2", 310lbs behemoth was originally a 4th round pick of the San Francisco 49ers but has bounced around due to injury.

In another practice squad move, the Detroit Lions released DT Jervonte Jackson and replaced him with Jahi Word-Daniels. Word-Daniels is a rookie cornerback out of Georgia Tech.