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Detroit Lions waive FB Nick Bawden

Injuries plagued the fullbacks first three years in the NFL.

Detroit Lions v Arizona Cardinals Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions announced on Thursday evening that they have waived fullback Nick Bawden.

Drafted in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Bawden’s career has been a series of unfortunate events at the professional level. He tore his ACL in the offseason of his rookie season. He lasted 10 games in 2019 before, again, landing on injured reserve. And last season, Bawden suffered a knee injury in training camp that landed him on IR. He did not play in a single game.

Bawden was not present during Thursday’s organized team activity practice, and now we know why. It appears linebacker-turned-fullback Jason Cabinda has the leg up on the fullback position now, assuming Detroit carries one under new offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn.

As for Bawden, he’ll hit waivers after appearing in just 10 games in three seasons with four catches and 17 yards to his name. If Bawden clears waivers, he’ll be free to sign with any team.

Detroit now has two open spots on their 90-man roster, and with their continued interest in running back Todd Gurley, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before the Lions fill one of those spots.