Ricardo Silva Added To Detroit Lions Roster As Ryan Donahue Is Placed On Injured Reserve

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 10: Charles Tillman #33 of the Chicago Bears tries to block a fourth quarter punt off the foot of Ryan Donahue #6 of the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 10, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 24-13. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Detroit Lions have placed Ryan Donahue on the injured reserve, replacing him with safety Ricardo Silva from the team's practice squad. Brandon Stephens has been added to the practice squad.

The Detroit Lions made a couple of transactions on Tuesday due to more season-ending injuries. The team placed running back Jahvid Best on the injured reserve on Monday and, just one day later, the team has decided to shelf punter Ryan Donahue for the rest of the season as well.

The Lions placed the injured Donahue on injured reserve after missing the last couple of games, opening up a roster spot. Since Donahue was already replaced by Ben Graham, the roster spot was open to any available player -- not just a punter.

Safety Ricardo Silva will take Donahue's place on the active roster after previously being a part of the Lions practice squad. Replacing Silva on the practice squad will be fellow defensive back Brandon Stephens, an undrafted free agent that spent time with the team early on in the preseason.

Pride of Detroit has more on Silva:

Silva joined the Lions this past summer as an undrafted free agent. During training camp and the preseason, he played quite well and made a case for being on the 53-man roster. The Lions ultimately went in a different direction, but Silva was signed to the practice squad and will now get his chance to play starting this week.

The Lions will also be able to sign someone to replace Ndamukong Suh on the active roster, though they will likely wait to find out what happens with his suspension appeal.

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