AJ Parker, Anthony Pittman among the latest moves

Jerry Jacobs will miss at least the first four games of the regular season.

The Detroit Lions plan to place Jacobs on the reserve/physically unable to perform list at today’s roster cut deadline, NFL Network reported.

The Lions avoided moving Jacobs to the reserve/PUP list last week when they placed Romeo Okwara, Jason Cabinda and Josh Paschal on PUP and Jameson Williams on the reserve/non-football injury list.

Jacobs told the Free Press last week that he was “85 percent” recovered from the torn ACL he suffered last December. Lions coach Dan Campbell said Monday that Jacobs would not be ready for the Sept. 11 season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, but the team expected him to return early in the year.

Jacobs started nine games as an undrafted rookie last season and should be in the mix for time in the secondary when healthy this fall.

By keeping Jacobs on the PUP list to start the season, the Lions opened up a spot on their 53-man roster that they could potentially use to hold an injured player for a return this year. Players placed on injured reserve prior to 4 p.m. today they are effectively lost for the year.

Jacobs could make his season debut as early as Oct. 9 against the New England Patriots. The Lions have a bye next week.

AJ Parker cut Tuesday

The Lions notified AJ Parker that they intend to waive him on Tuesday as part of their reduction to a 53-man roster.

Parker started seven games as an undrafted rookie last fall, had 50 tackles and one interception. The Lions brought in competition for their nickel package this offseason, signing Mike Hughes to a free-agent contract and using a seventh-round pick on Arizona State’s Chase Lucas.

Detroit Lions' AJ Parker (41) celebrates an interception during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in Cleveland.

Detroit Lions’ AJ Parker (41) celebrates an interception during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in Cleveland.

Hughes and Parker split reps with the first-team defense this summer, while Lucas played primarily as a backup and occasionally saw time at safety.

Asked about the competition at the position after Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Lions coach Dan Campbell said, “It’s tight.”

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“AJ is — he’s proven to be reliable,” Campbell said. “He’s smart, he’s crafty. Although he has limitations, he understands his own limitations and is able to play at least one step ahead because he’s a smart player and that’s what he has right now. And like we said, he was one of those guys, man, we’re going into this last game, just get reliable again. Just be credible and don’t try to be something you’re not and then let the chips fall where they will.”

Hughes, a first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2018, could take over the Lions’ starting slot, though Campbell said Sunday that Will Harris could also see time in the role. Harris lost a position battle with Jeff Okuda being the Lions’ other starting cornerback.

Anthony Pittman resigned

The Lions had one of the best special teams units in the NFL last season, and if they’re going to repeat that feat this fall, they’ll be doing it without one of their best special teams players.

The Lions notified linebacker Anthony Pittman that he was waived as part of their cut to a 53-man roster early Tuesday morning.

Pittman led the Lions in special teams snaps last season, playing more than 85 percent of the special teams plays and tied for second on the team with eight special teams tackles.

Lions linebacker Anthony Pittman signs autographs for fans after open practice at Family Fest at Ford Field on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022.

Lions linebacker Anthony Pittman signs autographs for fans after open practice at Family Fest at Ford Field on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022.

The Lions used Pittman regularly on their top units this summer and appeared to be looking for a role for him on defense. Pittman saw time primarily as a rushing outside linebacker in training camp after bouncing between off-ball and outside linebacker in his first three NFL seasons.

A Wayne State product who played high school football at Birmingham Groves, Pittman spent most of the 2019-20 season on the Lions’ practice squad before playing in all 17 games with one start last season.

On Monday, the Lions notified linebacker Jarrad Davis of his release. They currently have seven linebackers on their roster: Alex Anzalone, Malcolm Rodriguez, Derrick Barnes, Chris Board, Josh Woods and outside linebackers Julian Okwara and James Houston.

This article originally appeared in the Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions make roster cuts Day 2: Live updates

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