The injuries continue to pile up among Matthew Stafford’s targets.
The Lions placed newly signed receiver Andre Caldwell on injured reserve with a broken hand, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday on Twitter. Caldwell will discuss an injury settlement with the team.
Caldwell, 31, signed a one-year, $885 thousand contract with Detroit this offseason, with none of the money guaranteed. He was expected to provide depth for Golden Tate and newly signed Marvin Jones and Anquan Boldin following the retirement of Calvin Johnson.
The former Florida product spent the past four seasons in Denver, where he worked primarily as a backup. His best year with the Broncos came during their record-breaking 2013 season, when he added 200 yards and three scores. The past two seasons, he has been held to just 47 and 72 yards, respectively, although he did record two touchdowns last year.
Caldwell played his first four seasons with the Bengals, recording at least 300 yards in each year from 2009-2011 and topping out at 432 yards and three scores in 2009.
This news only adds to the recent injury woes for the Lions’ receiving corps. Tight end Eric Ebron is out with a sprained ankle, and backup Brandon Pettigrew is still recovering from the ACL he tore late last season. Both are currently unavailable, and although Detroit did sign former Packers tight end Andrew Quarless on Monday, he cannot play the first two regular-season games while suspended for a personal conduct violation.
The Lions finished ninth in passing last season but lost Johnson’s team-high 1,214 yards and nine touchdowns with his retirement.