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Detroit Lions waive OT Cyrus Kouandjio

The Lions continue their cutdown to 53 men.

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Just a day after releasing a few veteran players on offense, the Detroit Lions were at it again on Tuesday morning. The team announced that offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio has been waived from the team.

Kouandjio was added back in June in the aftermath of Taylor Decker’s injury. With Decker, Cornelius Lucas and Corey Robinson all dealing with injuries, Kouandjio had a real shot at becoming the Lions’ starting left tackle while Decker healed.

But Detroit also made a financial and draft investment when they traded for former second overall pick Greg Robinson on the same day they added Kouandjio.

From the get-go, it was clear this was Robinson’s job to lose. Robinson was taking first-team reps in training camp as soon as he was healthy enough, and was the first left tackle out there during the preseason. Kouandjio, on the other hand, slowly faded down the Lions depth chart.

Now that Kouandjio has been waived, it likely means that Detroit is content with Cornelius Lucas as the primary backup left tackle until Decker returns. Lucas himself just returned from injury and played in 28 snaps during Friday’s game against the Patriots.

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