The Detroit Lions claimed wide receiver Jon Baldwin off waivers on Monday, a day after he was let go by the San Francisco 49ers. With a couple spots at wide receiver up for grabs, the Lions figured he was worth a look in training camp, and claiming him was a low-risk type of move.
Unfortunately for Baldwin, he won't actually get a chance to show the Lions what he's got. Instead of being cleared to join the team for practice, the Lions waived Baldwin on Wednesday with the failed physical designation. The Free Press reported earlier that a knee injury was what delayed the original waiver claim from being made official, and the Lions have decided to simply move on.
Clearly, Baldwin wasn't healthy enough in the Lions' eyes to get on the practice field and make any kind of an immediate impact. He was viewed as a long shot to begin with given that he didn't exactly receive positive reviews from his time in San Francisco and Kansas City, and now his opportunity in Detroit will go to someone else.
The Lions actually released wide receiver Reese Wiggins when they claimed Baldwin earlier in the week, so they currently have only 89 players on their roster. The simplest move to get back to 90 players would be to re-sign Wiggins, but it's unclear what the Lions' plans are at this time.