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Lions waive James DeLoach

The move comes to make space for Orson Charles on the roster.

Pictured: not Stephen Tulloch
Pictured: not Stephen Tulloch
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It was bound to happen, and many have speculated about it for weeks to come. Everyone's watched, waited and prepared to take the news gracefully. We've had weeks to steel ourselves, so when the news came on Thursday that the Lions had signed Orson Charles without making a corresponding move to get back to 90 men on the roster, it felt assured that it would come soon. Sure enough, later Thursday the Lions waived James DeLoach.

Wait.

No, no... that's right. It's there on the transaction report. James DeLoach, defensive lineman, waived Thursday June 16; with it, Orson Charles, tight end, signed, as it was reported earlier today. And that means the Lions are back to 90 men on the roster.

So... it wasn't Stephen Tulloch? James DeLoach, an undrafted free agent out of the University of Georgia from the 2016 draft class, is definitely not Stephen Tulloch. The two play different positions. They look nothing alike. There is no chance this report is inaccurate.

So Tulloch still isn't released, huh? Tulloch, who we have all been waiting on because there's no real reason that he's remaining with the team and the Lions themselves have stated they will release him, is still with the team following the completion of minicamp.

Okay.

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