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Notes: Dan Skipper waived with injury settlement, could return to Lions in 2021

The Lions parted ways with the injured offensive tackle, but it could be the first move in preparation to bring him bck.

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On Monday, the Detroit Lions waived offensive tackle Dan Skipper from injured reserve with an injury settlement. Skipper suffered an injury in the preseason finale that resulted in him getting carted off. He was initially waived/injured shortly thereafter and reverted to the Lions’ IR after clearing waivers. He’ll now go on waivers again, but if he clears again, he will become an unrestricted free agent.

That does pave the way to a possible return to Detroit this year. The injury settlement includes payment for as many weeks as the Lions project him to miss with his injury. In order to re-sign Skipper, the Lions would have to wait the length of his injury settlement plus an additional three weeks before they can add him to the roster. In the meantime, Skipper could be claimed on waivers or choose to sign with any other team.

Skipper had a decent training camp and preseason with the Lions, but the injury ultimately decided his fate for this year. The Lions are currently carrying just one reserve offensive tackle on the 53-man roster at the moment, Matt Nelson. Darrin Paulo is on the practice squad, while Tyrell Crosby is on injured reserve for the season.

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