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Detroit Lions claim OT Dan Skipper, place Kevin Strong on IR

The Lions added some o-line depth in the wake of injuries.

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The Detroit Lions made a transaction on Tuesday, in a good-news, bad-news situation.

Starting with the bad news, defensive tackle Kevin Strong has been placed on injured reserve, ending his rookie season. Strong suffered a rib injury on Sunday’s contest with the Chicago Bears and did not return.

Due to increasing injuries along the defensive line, the UTSA product saw action in eight games this season, tallying five tackles along the way. Strong had an impressive training camp that earned him an unlikely spot on the 53-man roster, and that performance carried over to the regular season to a degree.

With defensive tackles Mike Daniels, Da’Shawn Hand, A’Shawn Robinson and Damon Harrison Sr. all still working their way through injuries, the Lions remain beat up and shorthanded at the position.

With the open roster spot, the Lions have claimed offensive tackle Dan Skipper off waivers. Skipper was waived by the Houston Texans on Monday. The Texans originally signed Skipper off the New England Patriots’ practice squad back in mid-October. Skipper played 33 snaps in jumbo packages for the Texans over a three-game period.

If the name sounds familiar, it’s because the 6-foot-10 lineman has been with Detroit before. He spent a lot of time on Detroit’s practice squad in 2017 and even made one game appearance.

Skipper has struggled to see the field in his career, but his size and length are attractive to many teams. With starting right tackle Rick Wagner suffering a concussion against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Skipper provides some much-needed depth at the position.