Pumphrey, a former fourth-round pick of the Eagles in 2017, signed with Philadelphia's practice squad in October after spending his entire rookie season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. He will have another opportunity to make final roster cuts in the leadup to the 2019 campaign.
Pumphrey signed with Philadelphia's practice squad Tuesday.
The San Diego State product was originally cut from the Lions' practice squad Sept. 26, and found a new team Tuesday. The Eagles have been in the market for running back depth after they placed Jay Ajayi (knee) on injured reserve. Pumphrey has yet to make his NFL regular-season debut after a torn hamstring kept him on injured reserve throughout his rookie campaign.
The Lions released Pumphrey from their practice squad Wednesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Pumphrey joined the Detroit organization after failing to win a roster spot with the Eagles at the conclusion of the preseason. The 2017 fourth-round pick has yet to make his NFL regular-season debut after a torn hamstring kept him on injured reserve throughout his rookie campaign.
The Lions added Pumphrey to their practice squad Wednesday, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
A 2017 fourth-rounder, Pumphrey was did not appear in a single regular-season game during his injury riddled rookie season. Pumphrey provides additional depth to a Lions running back room already consisting of Kerryon Johnson, LeGarrette Blount, Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick. The 23-year-old's 5-foot-9, 176-pound frame likely limits his potential as an every-down back, but Pumphrey could tentatively find a spot behind Riddick if he shows well as a pass catcher.
Adding Pumphrey gives the Lions added depth behind Kerryon Johnson, LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick and probably isn't the best sign with regard to Ameer Abdullah's standing with the team. At 5-foot-9, 176 pounds, Pumphrey isn't ideally suited for every-down work, but he can at least provide Detroit with a change-of-pace alternative to Riddick.