Allen Park — With Larry Warford nursing a high-ankle sprain and Darren Keyton on injured reserve, the Lions signed an interior offensive lineman to provide depth for the rest of the preseason.
Center Joe Madsen joined the Lions on Wednesday and practiced with his new teammates immediately. The 6-foot-3, 310-pound Madsen went undrafted out of West Virginia in 2013.
Since turning pro, Madsen spent time with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns. Cleveland waived Madsen, 25, last week.
Before the signing, the Lions had just four backup interior linemen behind Travis Swanson, Manny Ramirez and Laken Tomlinson, the presumed starters in Friday’s exhibition at Jacksonville with Warford ailing. Taylor Boggs, Braxston Cave, Al Bond and Torrian Wilson should all receive plenty of work Friday, but Madsen provides an extra body in case there are more injuries.