Lions cut veteran safety less than a week after bringing him back

The Detroit Lions have made a couple of roster moves following another disappointing showing Thursday afternoon in their annual Thanksgiving game.

Safety Don Carey was waived Friday in order to make room for cornerback Marcus Cooper. Carey had just played 18 special teams snaps against the Bears Thursday. His return to the Lions didn't last very long, as he was just brought back by the team earlier this week. He had also spent time with Jacksonville this season without appearing in a game.

Cooper is a 7th round selection by the 49ers in 2013, but made a name for himself playing with the Kansas City Chiefs. His best season came while a member of the Arizona Cardinals, where he put up 69 tackles, 11 passes defended and four interceptions.


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On Thanksgiving Day, the Detroit Lions played reasonably well for the majority of the game but when all was said and done, the Chicago Bears walked away with a 23-16 win. With the loss, the Lions are now 4-7 and their chances of making the playoffs (which were slim) took a big hit.

Though there has been no official announcement, reports are that the Lions have been awarded former Bears cornerback Marcus Cooper off waivers. Cooper, who was originally selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft, had his best season in the league in 2016 with the Arizona Cardinals. During that season, Cooper was named as a Pro Bowl alternate after intercepting four passes and defending 11 others in 15 games (13 starts).

Since the move will be deferred until Friday, the Lions have not yet revealed who will be released to make room for Cooper.

Ironically (or maybe not so ironically), 2017 second round pick Teez Tabor was listed as inactive for Thursday’s game against the Bears, despite being healthy.

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