Today is the NFL trade deadline, and because of a few recent injuries the hometown Detroit Lions could be looking to be buyers. The Lions, standing strong at 5-1 even after Sunday's loss to the San Francisco 49ers, could use some help at safety after Erik Coleman was placed on injured reserve:
Coleman was placed on injured reserve Thursday, ending his season prematurely with what coach Jim Schwartz called "a pretty significant high-ankle sprain" and further depleting their depth at an already-thin position.
"We haven't had a bunch of injuries this year, but that's one position we've had some injury situations," Schwartz said. "You guys see him around, it's almost two weeks later, he's still not even off crutches. It was going to be awhile, and even then we don't know how long it was going to be to get him on the field, so it just made sense to make that move."
Coleman had only notched two tackles in the first four games of the season, but his depth at safety is what Lions' coaches enjoyed. One possibility would be Chris Harris of the Chicago Bears. Harris was recently demoted and deactivated for Sunday's home game against the Vikings. He is asking for a trade after seeing his playing time diminish:
"Please don’t take this the wrong way, 4th Phase," Harris wrote to Bears fans on his Facebook page. "Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do for the sake of yourself and your family."