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Former Lions TE Michael Roberts fails 2nd physical, waived by Packers

It appears Michael Roberts’ injury issue may be more serious than the Lions thought.

NFL: Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Former Detroit Lions tight end Michael Roberts was going to light it up with the Patriots. Then he was going to get revenge and embarrass the Lions after he joined the Green Bay Packers.

Unfortunately for Roberts, both fan theories fell apart once the former fourth-round pick hit the medical table. On Wednesday, the Packers waived Roberts after he failed his physical, the same results when Detroit tried to trade the tight end to New England.

It’s a rough situation for Roberts, who appeared to be a full participant during the Lions’ organized team activities and minicamp over the past month. The Lions’ tight end had surgery on his shoulder late last year, but told the press he was feeling good to go.

“Yeah, I’m up and running,” Roberts said when asked if he was feeling healthy. “It’s more so about maintaining and building strength around everything that I had that go wrong, which I feel perfectly fine.”

The fact that Roberts has now failed two different physicals from two different teams brings into question the Lions’ diagnosis of him. Obviously, they have a better idea of his medical history and likely know the shoulder injury more, but what are these other teams seeing that Detroit didn’t? Unfortunately, we’re not likely to ever know the answer to that question.