December 2, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams tackle Barry Richardson (79) defends against San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald (91) during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. St. Louis defeated San Francisco 16-13 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Sign OT Barry Richardson

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The Detroit Lions are beat up at offensive tackle and while Jim Schwartz wasn’t sure if the team would need to make a roster move yesterday, they have done so today.

Barry Richardson joins the Lions with undrafted free agent LaAdrian Waddle the only healthy tackle at the moment. Jason Fox was inactive again last week while Riley Reiff and Corey Hilliard had to miss snaps due to injury. Reiff was able to return when Hilliard left, otherwise Dylan Gandy would have had to play tackle to finish last week’s game.

Originally a sixth-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008, Richardson started getting consistent playing time in 2010 when he started all 16 games at right tackle for the Chiefs. He was a full-time starter with the Chiefs in 2011 then again with the St. Louis Rams last season. He joined the Titans in the offseason but was cut in August and has remained a free agent since.

A roster spot is expected to be opened up when the Lions decide what to do with Tony Scheffler. The team is expected to either release him or put him on injured reserve.

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