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Lions roster cuts: Detroit waives TEs Robert Tonyan, Khari Lee

The Lions will almost certainly only carry three tight ends on the roster.

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Earlier in the day, the Detroit Lions surprised a few by waiving tight end Cole Wick. Detroit continued to purge the position on Saturday by waiving Robert Tonyan and Khari Lee. (Tonyan first reported by ESPN, Lee by the Detroit Free Press)

There was some belief after Wick was cut that it may have opened as spot for Tonyan, but now it appears more likely that the Lions will simply go forward with three tight ends: Eric Ebron, Darren Fells and rookie Michael Roberts.

Tonyan joined the Lions as an undrafted rookie out of Indiana State. In four preseason games, Tonyan caught two passes for 21 yards, all in the finale against the Buffalo Bills.

Now that Lee, who played in eight games with the Lions last year, has been waived as well, it’s a good sign that Ebron is expected to be in full health to start the season. Up until this week, Ebron has been dealing with a pulled hamstring that kept him out of every preseason game and almost all of training camp.

For all of this weekend’s roster moves, follow our Lions cuts tracker.

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