Lions put WR Greg Salas, DE Corey Wootton on injured reserve

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Corey Wooten

Two of the Lions' 22 mandatory transactions Saturday were not player cuts.

The Lions placed wide receiver Greg Salas and defensive end Corey Wootton on injured reserve, ending their seasons unless either wants an injury settlement for a shot to play elsewhere in 2015.

Wootton suffered a torn pectoral muscle during the final two minutes of Thursday’s exhibition against the Buffalo Bills. His injury will require surgery.

Salas suffered a left knee injury in the first quarter Thursday and took a cart off the field in the second quarter. It’s unclear how serious his injury is.

The 27-year-old receiver was one of the Lions’ stars during the preseason, with five catches for 92 yards and a touchdown in the first exhibition. He had two catches for 21 yards before exiting Thursday, and after cutting Jeremy Ross, the Lions chose TJ Jones as their No. 5 receiver behind Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Corey Fuller and Lance Moore.

Wootton, 28, also performed well in the preseason — seven tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery — but seemed like a long shot to make the 53-man roster, especially with Phillip Hunt playing well enough to secure the No. 5 defensive end job.

Wootton was with the Minnesota Vikings last year and the Chicago Bears from 2010-13. 
Going on the injured list means neither player will count on the 53-man roster.

Lions' complete 53-player roster here

By cutting QB Moore, Lions commit to 2-man crew