The Detroit Lions waived tight end Tim Wright last week because of an undisclosed injury. Today, we learned what exactly that injury was, as the Lions announced Wright suffered a torn ACL and is now on the team's injured reserve list.
Before the Lions could place Wright on the injured reserve list, he had to first clear waivers since he has yet to accrue four years of experience. This is why the Lions released him last week instead of immediately placing him on the IR list. After going unclaimed, the Lions essentially brought him back, only to retain his rights while on the reserved/injured list.
Wright was one of 18 players on the 2015 roster who never appeared on the injury report once during the season. However, it appears Wright suffered the injury at some point during the offseason, and as a result, he will not play football in 2016.
The Lions are in a tough spot at tight end right now, as Brandon Pettigrew is still recovering from his torn ACL suffered in December and Eric Ebron sat out of Thursday's OTAs with an unspecified injury. The Lions still do have two open spots on the roster, so they could be bringing in another tight end in the near future.