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Report: Detroit Lions waiving former USC DT Josh Fatu

The rookie defensive tackle could rejoin the Lions on their practice squad.

NCAA Football: Stanford at Southern California Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The trimming of the Detroit Lions’ roster continues as the try to get their way down to 53 players before Saturday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline.

The latest player to get the axe is defensive tackle Josh Fatu, per ESPN:

Fatu joined the Lions as an undrafted free agent out of USC back, signing back on May 11. As a two-year player for the Trojans, Fatu amassed 55 tackles and 7.0 sacks in his USC career.

But as a Detroit Lion, Fatu never emerged from the bottom of the Lions’ depth chart. He was put in a tough position, considering the Lions added Sylvester Williams and Ricky Jean Francois this offseason.

That left little opportunity for Fatu, or any other interior defensive lineman, to crack the final 53-man roster. But as Rothstein suggests, if the Lions saw potential in Fatu, they could easily bring him back on the practice squad should he clear waivers.

Catch up with all of the Lions’ cuts with our 2018 tracker.