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Patriots claim Chris White off waivers from Lions

Former Detroit Lions linebacker Chris White already has a new team.


At least one player released by the Detroit Lions during the final round of roster cuts has already landed with a new team.

Linebacker Chris White was released by the Lions on Saturday, and he didn't even make it to free agency. Instead, he was one of four players claimed on Sunday by the New England Patriots.

This is actually White's third team in the last week. One week ago to the day, White was traded by the Buffalo Bills to the Lions in exchange for quarterback Thaddeus Lewis. Both players involved in the deal were cut on Saturday, but White has now been claimed by the Patriots and Lewis has been signed to the Bills' practice squad.

As far as we know, White is the only Lions cut to be picked up by another team so far. Eight other players released by the Lions on Saturday have already been brought back as members of their practice squad, and one is likely headed to injured reserve after being waived/injured. This means the 11 other cuts appear to be on their way to free agency, at least for right now.

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