The Detroit Lions transaction wire came to life early Tuesday evening, as Darius Johnson was waived by the team. It is the first move since May 13, when the Lions waived Lamar Holmes in order to sign Louis Palmer.
Johnson, an offensive lineman and four-year starter out of Middle Tennessee State, was an undrafted free agent signed by the Lions after rookie minicamp on May 8, where he attended as a tryout. In order to make room for him, the Lions cut OT Tyrus Thompson. However, Johnson has not survived the month and now finds himself off the Lions roster moving forward.
It's a quick turn around for the Lions on the decision, but nothing of any particular large note. The move will probably impact depth in the practice squad as OTAs begin to gear up in earnest here at the end of the month. There has not been any corresponding move to fill Johnson's spot on the roster as of the time of this writing.
Update: According to the official NFL waiver report, Johnson was released due to injury. Johnson had already suffered a massive leg injury in his final year in college and seems to have been injured again:
Per the NFL transaction wire, Darius Johnson was waived with an injury waiver designation. Never like to see anyone hurt this time of year— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) May 24, 2016