Reeves-Maybin exited Tuesday's practice with a minor heel injury, Justin Rogers of the Detroit News reports. The specifics of the injury aren't clear, but it sounds like Reeves-Maybin should be back on the field before long.
Reeves-Maybin signed a one-year, $2.378 million contract to remain with the Lions on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Reeves-Maybin's contract is fully guaranteed. He played predominantly on special teams last season, totaling 10 tackles while dressing in all 16 games.
Reeves-Maybin is active for Sunday's game versus the Colts. Reeves-Maybin missed practice this week due to a non-injury related issue, but he'll join the team for Sunday's matchup. The fourth-year linebacker out of Tennessee barely plays on defense but is a consistent contributor on kick and punt coverage.
Reeves-Maybin could play a key role on defense in 2020, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports. Most of Detroit's linebackers are primarily the downhill type, but Reeves-Maybin (6-foot, 230 pounds) has a different skillset that could be useful to the Lions on passing downs. Considering Reeves-Maybin distinguished himself as arguably Detroit's best special teams player in 2019, any added utility on defense would seemingly make the 25-year-old a lock for the 53-man roster.
Reeves-Maybin totaled 37 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery over 16 games in 2019. Despite opening the year with a significant role, Reeves-Maybin was almost exclusively a special-teams player for the majority of the season. While injuries to other members of the Lions defense forced the Tennessee product into an expanded role for the last three games of the campaign -- Reeves-Maybin contributed over six tackles per game over that stretch -- there's a reason he wasn't seeing much playing time before, which says something given how poor Detroit's linebacking corps was in 2019. Reeves-Maybin has one year left on his rookie contract, but the Lions probably aren't planning on him being a starter in 2020.
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