The New England Patriots have signed free agent linebacker Bobby Carpenter.
Nick Fairley has been activated for Monday night’s game against the Chicago Bears.
The Lions were bailed out by their defense Sunday. Down 27-3 and with the offense struggling, outside linebacker Bobby Carpenter had a 35-yard pick-six and on the Cowboys’ next possession, cornerback Chris Houston had a 56-yard pick-six.
Outside linebacker: Mayhew said he viewed both Bobby Carpenter and Ashlee Palmer as candidates to start at outside linebacker next season.
The Lions signed free-agent linebacker Bobby Carpenter after a workout following practice Wednesday, a league source said.