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Lions notes: Detroit claims a new defensive tackle

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The Detroit Lions roster had a minor shakeup on Friday.

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  • The Detroit Lions started Friday by announcing they had released Ishmaa'ily Kitchen. Later in the day, they announced his replacement: Thornton was waived by the Patriots on Thursday after spending some time both on their 53-man roster and the practice squad. Thornton has not played in NFL game yet in his career.
  • Want another statistic illustrating how bad the Lions' pass defense is? Sorry, that was a rhetorical question, you're getting it anyway:
  • After the Lions learned that Brandon Pettigrew would not be able to play last Sunday, they had to teach Cornelius Lucas how to play tight end in an hour.
  • SB Nation's own Matt Ufford had an epic rant on the state of defining an NFL catch:
  • I would have never picked Jim Caldwell as the kind of person to keep his shoe game on point:
  • Zach Zenner was back at the Lions facility on Friday and told the media that having a chest tube was the most pain he's ever endured. He also apparently had five fractures in four different ribs. That's a tough guy.