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Lions reportedly signing tight end Orson Charles

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Charles was among a handful of players who tried on for the Lions at this week's minicamp

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Although practice was replaced with a walkthrough, news did break through from the Detroit Lions minicamp this week. Three of the players who reportedly worked out for the Lions were safety DeJon Gomes, running back Stephen Houston and tight end Orson Charles. On Thursday, Dave Birkett reported that the Lions are signing Orson Charles following the minicamp tryout:


Orson Charles was a fourth-round draft pick in 2012 for the Cincinnati Bengals. He played in 29 games in two years with the Bengals (including some time at fullback in 2013) but was signed to the New Orleans Saints practice squad in 2014. Charles has had some trouble off the field in the past, arrested for DUI prior to the 2012 draft and charged with wanton endangerment in 2014, to which he plead guilty.

There has yet to be a corresponding move yet from the Lions to make space for Charles on the 90-man roster. Stephen Tulloch, whose release from the team is still seemingly pending, was excused from minicamp. Jim Caldwell refused to answer questions about the linebacker's status on Thursday.