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Lions pick up Marcus Cooper off waivers

Marcus Cooper

The Detroit Lions added another piece to their backfield Thursday, as they claimed cornerback Marcus Cooper.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported that the Lions quickly claimed Cooper off the wavers after the Chicago Bears released him.

The Bears needed space to get Tyler Bray on their 53-man roster in their game against the Lions. Bray was activated because a backup was needed on the Bears sidelines, with Chase Daniel being promoted as the starter.

Regular starter Mitchell Trubisky has to take this day off because of a shoulder injury he suffered.

The second-year signal-caller went down in their 25-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Marcus Cooper has played for six seasons in the NFL. He began his career with the Kansas City Chiefs, wherein he played all 16 games in his rookie campaign.

Last year he signed with the Bears after playing for the Arizona Cardinals in 2016. He played in 15 games last season and recorded 15 tackles and three pass deflections.

This season, however, was different as he played on a limited basis. Cooper appeared in only two games and three snaps.

Cooper will not gear up yet for the Lions this Thursday, but he will be able to join the roster officially this Friday.

The Lions are currently last in the NFC North, and they are looking to make some adjustments in their defense in order to keep their playoffs hopes alive.