The Detroit Lions made a move on the waiver wire today.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, they signed tight end Khari Lee from the Chicago Bears.
Lions claimed TE Khari Lee off waivers from the Chicago Bears, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 6, 2016
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press is reporting that the Lions put linebacker Jon Bostic on injured reserve to make space for Lee.
The Lions (finally) placed Jon Bostic on IR to make room for their new TE. Bostic is eligible to return this year
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) September 6, 2016
The move was likely made to account for a lack of depth at the position to begin the season. Starter Eric Ebron is questionable for Week 1 after missing the entire preseason with a right ankle sprain. He returned to practice on Monday. They will also be without Andrew Quarless, whom they signed in the offseason. He is suspended for the first two games after pleading no contest to firing a gun at Miami Beach in July of 2015.
Lee was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2015 out of Bowie State by the Houston Texans. He was traded right before the regular season started to the Chicago Bears for a seventh-round pick in the 2017 draft.
The Lions have a long way to go on offense. With the retiring of wide receiver Calvin Johnson and the stagnation of quarterback Matthew Stafford, a once high-flying offense has been grounded.
They signed former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones in the offseason and he will start opposite Golden Tate. Ameer Abdullah won the starting running back job and he will be backed up by Theo Riddick.