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Lions claim Kourtnei Brown off waivers

The Detroit Lions have added a defensive end via the waiver wire.

Mike Ehrmann

The Detroit Lions closed out the work week by claiming defensive end Kourtnei Brown off waivers. Brown was just let go by the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, and the Lions were awarded him via waivers on Friday.

Brown joins the Lions after spending time with the Bills, Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers. He was signed by the 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2012, but he was let go during the roster cuts before the regular season. He later spent some time on the Redskins' practice squad before going to Buffalo last April.

Once again, Brown was let go during the final round of cuts this past year. The Bills brought him back in January on a futures deal, though, indicating that he was going to get another shot at making the 53-man roster. That opportunity came to an end on Thursday, but now Brown, who played college football at Clemson, will try to make the Lions' 53-man roster.

With the addition of Brown, the Lions now have five defensive ends under contract. Ziggy Ansah and Jason Jones are projected to be the starters, and Devin Taylor and Darryl Tapp should be in the rotation as well.

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