Detroit Lions Claim Jerome Murphy Off Waivers, Waive Kevin Barnes

LaVon Brazill #15 of the Indianapolis Colts gets hit after catching a pass against Jerome Murphy #23 of the St. Louis Rams during a preseason NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 12, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Cornerback Kevin Barnes' time with the Detroit Lions has come to an abrupt end. Barnes was waived by the Lions on Tuesday afternoon to make room for cornerback Jerome Murphy, who was claimed by the Lions off waivers.

Murphy was just waived by the New Orleans Saints on Monday. He was active for each of the Saints' first two games this season and had three total tackles. In 2011, he spent the season on injured reserve. A year earlier, Murphy appeared in 14 games for the St. Louis Rams, the team that drafted him in the third round in 2010. Murphy had 30 tackles, three pass defenses, one interception and one forced fumble that season.

Barnes was just traded to the Lions at the end of last month by the Washington Redskins. The Lions acquired him for a conditional pick. It's not clear what the conditions were, but I would have to imagine that they weren't met considering Barnes has been waived. It'd be surprising if the Lions end up giving up a pick when all is said and done since Barnes only spent two weeks in the regular season on the team.

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