Breathing room on Lions' roster

DANIEL WILSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

CFL practice rosters have increased from seven to 12 players, giving the wounded Leos a number of additional options and some breathing room for some of the teams' top performers to nurse their injuries.

With the expansion on Monday, the Lions promptly acquired linebacker Tim Goodwell and receiver Robert Ortiz, both imports who spent time in NFL training camps this summer and have experience in NFL Europa.

Coach Wally Buono was looking to add depth to both positions going into the stretch run.

"We're lean at the linebacker position, so we'd definitely like to get someone in that can at least start working at it and learning what we're doing and become depth," said Buono. "We brought Ortiz the receiver in case we've heard good things about him and we just want to evaluate him."

Both Goodwell and Ortiz are looking to help the team where they can and put the Lions back on the winning track.

"When they called me, they said they wanted a guy who can make some plays," said Ortiz. "I feel I could add that ingredient to any team, so I'm going to go ahead and try to do that here."

There's no timeline for either player to see game action, as the coaching staff is merely evaluating the new duo, at this point.

The expanded practice roster also allows players who are injured or beat up a little relief. Currently, QBs Dave Dickenson and Buck Pierce are out with concussion and throwing arm ailments, respectively. Also injured are linebacker Javier Glatt, a leader on defence and cornerback Dante Marsh.

Buono hopes to continue to bring guys in to evaluate as NFL cuts become available and sum up the benefits of the expanded rosters. 


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