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Lions claim DeJon Gomes off waivers

The Detroit Lions have made a change to their roster by claiming a safety off waivers.

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Remember how we said that the Detroit Lions' "final" 53-man roster wouldn't truly be final? That's because they typically make a couple changes here or there before truly finalizing it for the first week of the season, and that once again has happened this year.

Specifically, the Lions have made a change by claiming safety DeJon Gomes off waivers, according to Aaron Wilson. Gomes was let go by the Washington Redskins during the final round of roster cuts, and now he is off to Detroit as the Lions' fifth safety, assuming that John Wendling is kept around.

Gomes, a fifth-round pick in 2011, was active for 15 games in each of his first two seasons in the NFL. He made five starts in his rookie year and three in 2012. Last season, he recorded 40 tackles, 4 passes defended and an interception for Washington.

It's not clear at this point who the Lions are going to release to make room for Gomes. We know that running back Montell Owens is going to be placed on short-term injured reserve, but not until next week. Perhaps wide receiver Kris Durham will be let go considering the Lions currently have six wide receivers on their roster. Releasing him to add Gomes would even things up with 25 players on offense and 25 on defense.

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