While you've been busy watching the Olympics...

…the Detroit Lions made several personnel moves today.

The worst news was in regard to CB Stanley Wilson, who was “waived injured” (once he clears waivers, Wilson will then go on the Lions’ IR), and declared out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon in his left foot. After seeing him gingerly helped off the field Thursday, with Gus Johnson later announcing it was some sort of Achilles injury, this was not all that unexpected.

Wilson didn’t hurt this Achilles…

It was this Achilles…

The injury is a blow to what little depth there was in Detroit’s defensive backfield, as Wilson was expected to be a nickel/dime back this season. Taking his place on the roster is 31 year old CB Kiwaukee Thomas, a 9 year vet who spent the last 2 seasons with the Buffalo Bills. He has started 17 games total, with all of 1 career pick, which pretty much says what we can expect from Thomas. Not much.

It was also announced the 65 year old Jason Hanson (well, it seems like he’s that old, as Hanson’s been around since the beginning of the Wayne Fontes era) will miss 1-2 weeks with a left thigh strain. Taking Hanson’s place on the field (but not in our hearts) will be a name familiar to Sparty fans everywhere, Dave Rayner. MSU’s all-time leading scorer is a journeyman’s journeyman, having kicked for 4 different teams the past 4 regular seasons. As Hanson is going nowhere, the Lions won’t be team number 5.

In what turned out to be a bad day for kickers in Allen Park (unless your name is Rayner) K/P Eddie Johnson, who kicked the game winning FG in the victory over the Giants, was let go.

Last and least, in a move that means less than nothing in the big scheme of things, the Lions signed offensive lineman Damion Cook, and released guard Nick Jones.

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  • Gun-Totin-Wacko

    I worry about Hanson. That’s twice in two years (I think) that he’s been hurt.  And he’s getting old…

    The worst thing is that, when you look at the Lions recent history, they’ve had (except for the one game Hanson missed the other year) only 2 kickers in what- 25 years?

    Given their overall success with the Draft, what do you suppose the odds are that they’ll find another kicker that will last for 10-15 seasons?  It’s been the one consistent thing about the Team is the solid kicking.  I can’t see them getting lucky again.

  • http://sidelionreport.com/ Big Al

    You make a good point. Save for the very occasional injury replacement, the Lions have had only 2 kickers in 28 seasons, Eddie Murray (80-91) and Hanson (92-08). When most teams seem to switch kickers every couple of season, it’s amazing the Lions have had only 2. It boggles the mind, actually.

    I agree, the odds are it won’t happen again. The Lions got damn lucky.