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.