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Gosder Cherilus visits Lions, but no deal is imminent

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Gosder Cherilus

Free-agent offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus left Lions headquarters in Allen Park Thursday without a contract, and no deal is imminent.

A first-round pick by the Lions in 2008, Cherilus underwent a physical and spoke with Lions coaches and personnel staff members during his visit Thursday.

Cherilus, 31, also visited the Buffalo Bills this week after being released by the Indianapolis Colts, who signed him to a five-year, $34 million contract in 2013.

The Lions would like to improve their offensive tackle depth with LaAdrian Waddle's return date from offseason knee surgery unknown, though the team is optimistic he can recover by Week 1. Besides Waddle and left tackle Riley Reiff, Cornelius Lucas — who's entering his second year — is the only other tackle on the roster with NFL experience.

Cherilus underwent knee surgery this offseason, and although he's supposed to be healthy for the season, the status of that knee is a factor teams will consider before signing him.

Cherilus started 75 games at right tackle for the Lions from 2008-12 before signing with Indianapolis, where he started 29 games the last two seasons.

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