Report: Detroit Lions sign much-needed pass rusher Bruce Irvin to practice squad

Lions acquired 21 sacks in the season, which is near the bottom of the NFL

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 30: Bruce Irvin #51 of the Seattle Seahawks warms up against the New York Giants at Lumen Field on October 30, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images) (Lindsey Wasson, 2022 Getty Images)

DETROIT – According to reports, the Detroit Lions have some much-needed defensive assistance, as veteran pass rusher Bruce Irvin has agreed to sign with the team to their practice squad.

The news broke on Tuesday (Nov. 14) on X by NFL Insider Tom Pelissero.

“Veteran pass rusher Bruce Irvin is signing with the #Lions, per his agent Daniela Salazar,” wrote Pelissero. “Irvin will start out on the practice squad. He has 55.5 career sacks.”

The Lions have been in need of another pass rusher to go along with former Michigan Wolverines defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, who leads the team with 4.5 sacks through nine games.

The Lions, as a whole, have only acquired 21 sacks in the season, which is near the bottom of the NFL.

The lack of depth at getting to the quarterback was on full display during last Sunday’s showtime shootout when the Lions took down the Los Angeles Chargers with a last-second walk off-field goat 41-38. In that game, the Lions had zero sacks as Justin Herbert connected with Keenan Allen early and often.

Read: Showtime performance lifts Detroit Lions to victory over Chargers in historic great western shootout

During the week nine duel, Hutchinson and linebacker Alex Anzalone were the only players to get a hand on Herbert, who completed 67.5% of his passes while accounting for 323 passing yards and four touchdowns.

Irvin, 36, was selected by the (Lions nemesis) Seattle Seahawks with the No. 15th pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

The 36-year-old was on the Legion of Boom during their Super Bowl XLVIII shellacking of Payton Manning and the Denver Broncos, so his knowledge and wisdom will be essential for the young Lions playmakers on the defensive side of the ball. He was also involved in Super Bowl XLIX where he almost took down the goat, Tom Brady.

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots is tackled by Bruce Irvin #51 of the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) (2015 Getty Images)

Irving, who bounced around for a few teams, including the Chicago Bears, the Carolina Panthers, the Oakland Raiders, and the Atlanta Falcons, amassed 55.5 sacks. Before reuniting with the Seahawks during the 2022 season, he accounted for 3.5 sacks while playing a whopping 400 defensive snaps.

About the Author:

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.