Lions claim DT Khyri Thornton off waivers

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Allen Park — The Lions didn't wait long to fill defensive tackle's spot on the roster.

Khyri Thornton, another defensive tackle, will join the team this weekend after the Lions claimed him off waivers from the New England Patriots.

A third-round pick by the Packers in 2014, Thornton went to New England after Green Bay waived him. The 6-foot-3, 315-pound Thornton didn't play as a rookie and has yet to appear in a game this season.

Ishmaa'ily Kitchen joined the team two weeks ago, but the Lions announced Friday they cut the 27-year-old, whose lone game for the Lions was last Sunday against the Bears.

With Haloti Ngata likely returning for Sunday's game against the Vikings (1 p.m., FOX), Kitchen no longer had a role on the defense. Ngata missed the past two games, but he'll return to being a starter next to Caraun Reid with Andre Fluellen, Jermelle Cudjo and Gabe Wright as backups.

Kitchen was inactive his first game with the Lions after signing on Oct. 8. He played 15 snaps last Sunday, but did not accumulate any statistics.