Depth at defensive end continues to thin as another injury hits the Detroit Lions. Already without Ezekiel Ansah for several weeks, the Lions placed Wallace Gilberry on injured reserve on Tuesday. He was designated with an abdomen injury. To fill his spot on the roster, the Lions claimed DE Armonty Bryant off waivers. Bryant had been released by the Cleveland Browns on Monday.
The Lions claimed DE Armonty Bryant off waivers and place DE Wallace Gilberry on injured reserve— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) October 4, 2016
Gilberry had been listed on the injury report for two weeks now and played through the abdomen issues against Green Bay and Chicago. On Sunday against Chicago, he accounted for 32 of the 69 defensive snaps for the Detroit Lions.
Armonty Bryant was drafted in 2013 by the Cleveland Browns and played three seasons with the team, accruing 41 tackles, 8.5 sacks and starting in four of his 31 games played.
However, Bryant has a checkered record with league discipline and could be facing further action from the league in time. The Browns released him the day after he finished a four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policies. In addition, he plead guilty over the summer to a misdemeanor charge of attempted drug possession. Back in December 2015, Bryant was arrested while being a passenger in a car where adderall and oxycodone were found. As of now, the league has not decided on a punishment for the misdemeanor charge.