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Lions hosting DT Rocky Bernard for visit

The Detroit Lions are bringing in Rocky Bernard for a visit on Wednesday.


The Detroit Lions aren't just hosting a workout on Wednesday. They are also hosting free-agent defensive tackle Rocky Bernard for a visit, according to Adam Schefter. The visit is set to take place at some point on Wednesday, indicating that he could potentially join the team by the end of the day.

Like Justin Bannan, a defensive tackle who visited the Lions on Tuesday, Bernard is 34. Bernard doesn't have nearly as much recent starting experience as Bannan, but he was a starter for five games with the New York Giants in 2012. He spent four seasons with the Giants, and before that he was with the Seattle Seahawks for seven years.

Needless to say, Bernard has got a lot of experience in the NFL. Last year, he had 30 tackles and 1.0 sack in 12 games, and a year earlier he had 30 tackles, 3 passes defended and 1 forced fumble in 16 games.

It's clear at this point that the Lions have several guys to choose from when it comes to their vacant roster spot. Wide receivers Laurent Robinson, Steve Breaston and Chaz Schilens are all in town to work out for the Lions on Wednesday, as is defensive tackle John Drew. The Lions also presumably could circle back and offer Bannan a deal if Bernard doesn't receive a contract on Wednesday.

In any case, it would be a surprise if the Lions don't have 90 players on their roster by the end of the day.

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