In a move that saw Detroit claim center Gabe Ikard from the Cleveland Browns, the Lions have parted ways with offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle.
Waddle came into the league as a UDFA out of Texas Tech and played surprisingly well his along fellow rookie Larry Warford in three seasons ago. However, last season he went down with an ACL tear that ended his disappointing season. And again this year Waddle has been nothing special, starting six games but losing his job to newly acquired Michael Ola.
Meanwhile, Ikard, who also came into the league as a UDFA from Oklahoma played earlier this year with the Buffalo Bills but was cut just a couple of weeks ago only to be picked up by the Browns. Cleveland then waived Ikard Monday after their game against the San Francisco 49ers.
This move is not expected to see Ikard takeover the starting center job from Travis Swanson, who was drafted as the successor of previous Lions center Dominic Raiola. Swanson has started 12 of Detroit’s 13 games and after an indication from head coach Jim Caldwell, should remain the starter for Thursday Night’s game against the New Orleans.