As first reported by Kyle Meinke of MLive.com, the Detroit Lions have waived tight end Tim Wright. According to Mike Rothstein, the Lions gave him an injury designation. As of Thursday afternoon, the specifics of the injury are still unknown.
The Lions traded for Wright less than a year ago, after Detroit no longer needed the services of backup kicker Kyle Brindza. In his one season with the Lions, Wright tallied 77 yards and two touchdowns in nine games played.
This comes at a fairly inopportune time for the Lions. Detroit is already very short at tight end, as Brandon Pettigrew isn't expected to be fully recovered from his torn ACL until training camp and Eric Ebron sat out of Thursday's practice with an undisclosed injury. Expect undrafted rookie free agent Cole Wick and free agent addition Matthew Mulligan to get the bulk of reps while the Lions continue to mend.
The Lions waived offensive lineman Darius Johnson earlier in the week, meaning the team is now down to 88 players. Considering Detroit can hold up to 90 players on their roster right now, expect a couple of corresponding moves in the upcoming days.