After spells of injuries and ineffectiveness, the Lions cut offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle today. In a corresponding move, the team claimed center Gabe Ikard off waivers from the Cleveland Browns.
#Lions waive LaAdrian Waddle, claim center Gabe Ikard. Team still likely to add a TE before Monday's game with New Orleans.
— Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) December 15, 2015
Waddle started parts of the last three seasons at right tackle for the Lions, but has had a hard time fully recovering from a torn ACL he suffered last season. He started six games this year, but lost his starting job to Michael Ola in week 11.
Ikard, who started the year with the Buffalo Bills, was waived by the Bills earlier this month. The Browns claimed him last week, then cut him on Monday. Ikard, who started 50 games at center at the University of Oklahoma, signed with the Tennessee Titans last year as an undrafted free agent, and spent his entire rookie year on injured reserve. He has appeared in three NFL games this year.
Brandon Pettigrew was also officially placed on injured reserve today, and the team signed veteran tight end Bear Pascoe.
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) December 15, 2015
Known as a pure blocker, Pascoe has not been on an NFL roster since the season began. He did not make the Chicago Bears roster coming out of training camp. A six year veteran of the league, he played in 68 games from 2009-2013 with the New York Giants, as well as 16 games with the Atlanta Falcons in 2014. His 40 career catches show that he is used as a blocker more than anything, and he will be expected to take on that role over the final three games of the season for the Lions.