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Lions sign Shaun Chapas off practice squad

His ability to serve as the team's third tight end makes the Chapas signing sensible. To make room, the Lions released WR Lance Long.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

The Detroit Lions have announced the signing of fullback Shaun Chapas off their practice squad and released wide receiver Lance Long.

Chapas, a seventh round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys out of Georgia in 2011, can serve as a third tight end as well as fullback and special teams duties. Starting TE Brandon Pettigrew is listed as doubtful for the team's Week 15 game at Arizona, leaving just Tony Scheffler and Will Heller active for the 4-9 Lions.

Long filled in for WR Titus Young, who was placed on injured reserve Dec. 3.

Long wasn't active for the Lions' Week 14 loss to Green Bay, and they'll likely proceed with four active wide receivers: Calvin Johnson, Kris Durham, Mike Thomas and Brian Robiskie, according to Pride of Detroit.

It appears the Lions will get some help on the defensive side of the ball, as safety Louis Delmas returned to practice this week. He has 21 tackles and an interception in five games this season.