Lions Cut Hampton’s Silva, Add NCCU’s Proctor

Former North Carolina Central defensive lineman Xavier Proctor was signed by the Detroit Lions. (Zimbio photo)

In an interesting twist, a pair of former HBCU players saw their pro futures intersect on Thursday. The Detroit Lions released safety Ricardo Silva, a former Hampton Pirate and signed former North Carolina Central defensive lineman Xavier Proctor according to the Detroit Free Press.

// Silva signed with Detroit as a free agent in 2011. After spending most of that season on the practice squad, he started six games for the Lions in 2012. The Baltimore native recorded 43 tackles and 1 interception in 2012.

// Proctor earned second team All-MEAC honors as a senior in 2012 after recording 42 tackles (including 10.5 for loss) and four sacks. The 6’6, 272 pound lineman went undrafted this spring and played in a few games with the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League.

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