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Report: Detroit Lions tight end Josh Hill is retiring

Hill’s untimely retirement leaves the Lions thin at tight end.

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Earlier on Tuesday, it was reported that the Detroit Lions were bringing in tight end Darren Fells for a visit. It seemed like that was potentially a response to placing Hunter Bryant on the reserve/non-football injury list last week. Unfortunately, it turns out the Lions may need Fells much more than anticipated.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Lions tight end Josh Hill has decided to retire from the NFL. Hill played for eight seasons with the New Orleans Saints before signing a one-year deal with the Lions back in March. Obviously, Hill never played a down for the Lions nor even participated in a single practice.

That leaves the Lions woefully thin at the tight end position as of right now. Detroit only has T.J. Hockenson, Alize Mack, Hunter Thedford, Jake Hausmann and Brock Wright currently signed to the roster. Of those five tight ends, only Hockenson has played a single snap of NFL football.