Detroit’s offensive line has dealt with its fair share of injuries, stemming from even before the start of training camp when Taylor Decker suffered a torn labrum.
On Monday, the Lions placed Tim Lelito, a veteran guard the team signed during the season, on injured-reserve. Lelito joined fellow guards “Good Job” Joe Dahl and Zac Kerin on the IR, leaving the team with virtually no depth at the guard position.
Even though there was plenty of speculation about the fate of Josh Sitton, the Chicago Bears guard who was involved in trade rumors leading up to Tuesday’s deadline, Detroit opted to sign another familiar face in Don Barclay, a free agent who spent the previous six seasons with the Green Bay Packers.
Barclay signed a one year, $1 million dollar deal with the Packers in March, but was put on IR with an ankle injury before the start of the 2017 season. Once he was healthy enough to return, Barclay was cut by Green Bay, making him a free agent.
During his time with the Packers, Barclay saw time at tackle, guard, and center, playing in 62 career games and starting in 24 of those appearances.
In a corresponding move, the Lions waived tackle Dan Skipper. Skipper saw some spot duty in the Steelers game on Sunday night when Rick Wagner was sidelined temporarily with an ankle injury.