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Lions waive WR Aaron Dobson, promote LB Zaviar Gooden from practice squad

The Lions added some linebacker depth to the active roster.

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Aaron Dobson didn’t spend much time as a member of the Detroit Lions. Just three days after officially signing the former Patriots receiver, the Lions have waived Dobson in an effort to make room for linebacker Zaviar Gooden, who was added to the practice squad on Wednesday.

Adding Gooden to the practice squad doesn’t come as much of a surprise. With DeAndre Levy and Antwione Williams now ruled out for Sunday, the Lions only had three healthy linebackers on the active roster: Tahir Whitehead, Kyle Van Noy and Thurston Armbrister. Gooden spent the entire offseason with the team, so he’ll be able to jump into the swing of things rather easily. Expect to see him active on game day.

Dobson’s addition was a bit puzzling to begin with. The Lions didn’t really need the depth at receiver all that much, considering the Lions had three on their practice squad—though they only have two now after releasing Isaac Fruechte earlier in the week. Still, there’s a chance Dobson rejoins the team after the Lions’ linebacker situation becomes a little more stable.

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