Despite playing an important role in the Detroit Lions defense on Sunday, linebacker Zaviar Gooden has been waived.
After being promoted from the practice squad because of the immense amount of injuries at the linebacker position, Gooden secured three tackles in the team’s 34-27 loss to the Green Bay Packers. DeAndre Levy (quad) and Antwione Williams (hamstring) both missed Sunday’s game because of various injuries, and although Kyle Van Noy played in the game, uncertainty of his status forced the team to make a move to bring in another linebacker. Tahir Whitehead and Thurston Armbrister were the only other healthy linebackers on the roster for Sunday’s tilt.
Head coach Jim Caldwell expressed his expectation for new players on the roster after the game.
“What do I expect to get out of them? The same thing I expect to get out of guys that were there prior to them being called up, or prior to they’re being added to the team or placed in position to play,” he told the Detroit Free Press. “We’ve got to be able to be effective, we’ve got to be able to play the game the way it’s supposed to be played. We have to make certain we handle our assignments and get our job done. That’s what we expect.”
In what would be a corresponding roster move, it is being speculated that the team will re-sign recently released wide receiver Aaron Dobson. Dobson, who was released to make room for Gooden, has not played a snap during the regular season in the NFL this season.
In releasing Gooden, one might assume that the linebackers are beginning to regain their health. Although Levy is not expected to play this weekend against the Chicago Bears, it would be unlikely that Williams misses the game at this point. With a trip to Soldier Field on the docket for this weekend, to say that the Lions need to come home with a victory would be an understatement.