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Lions place WR Patrick Edwards on practice squad IR, sign OL Pat Boyle

The Lions added offensive guard Pat Boyle to their practice squad on Tuesday to fill injured receiver Patrick Edwards' open spot.

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The Detroit Lions moved banged-up receiver Patrick Edwards to injured reserve on Tuesday, and signed offensive lineman Pat Boyle to take his place on the team's practice squad, according to Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com.

The 5'9" Edwards was an extremely prolific receiver during his time in college with Houston's high-powered offense, but ultimately went undrafted in April due to concerns about his size and ability to translate to a more physical pro game. Due to the fact that the Lions are not obligated by the league to list the specifics of injuries for practice squad players, it's unclear what type of injury actually forced Edwards to the injured reserve.

Cut by the organization twice in the offseason, first during a June reshuffling stage and again in the final round of roster decisions, the 6'5", 300-pound Boyle will be a welcome addition for a practice squad that seems to always have room for another offensive lineman. Boyle was an undrafted rookie signing much like Edwards back in May, and possesses more than enough size and strength to contribute if an injury forces him into the active rotation.