On Sunday afternoon, the Detroit Lions announced the corresponding move in response to claiming running back J.D. McKissic, and it’s a bit of a shocker. The team has waived tight end Logan Thomas, leaving just two tight ends on the active 53-man roster.
Thomas appeared to be a shoo-in for a roster spot all offseason, as he was repping early with the first or second-team offense. He is a veteran, so he’s not subject to waivers and can sign anywhere he pleases. That also potentially means he may re-sign with the Lions after they make one more roster maneuver—for example, moving Austin Bryant to injured reserve.
In addition to this move, the Lions announced their entire 10-man practice squad, and it is full of players waived by Detroit this weekend:
DT John Atkins
WR Jonathan Duhart
WR Tom Kennedy
LB Steve Longa
TE Isaac Nauta
T Matt Nelson
LB Anthony Pittman
RB Mark Thompson
TE Austin Traylor
DE Jonathan Wynn
Obviously there are two tight ends on the practice squad, and if the Lions do not plan on bringing Thomas back, rookie Isaac Nauta or Austin Traylor could be promoted to the 53-man roster.
UPDATE: According to Tom Pelissero, the Lions intend on bringing Logan Thomas back: