Allen Park — LaAdrian Waddle was an undrafted darling in 2013, starting eight games for the Lions and becoming their clear-cut best option at right tackle.
But, after months of poor play, Waddle won’t finish his third season on the Lions’ roster as the team waived the 24-year-old Waddle Tuesday among several other moves.
Waddle started six games in 2015 after undergoing surgery in the offseason to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He was inactive three of the past four games and struggled in reserve action after right tackle Michael Ola exited the Week 13 loss to Green Bay.
In addition to cutting Waddle, the Lions placed tight end Brandon Pettigrew on injured reserve after he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in Sunday’s loss to the Rams.
With two open roster spots, the team signed tight end Bear Pascoe and claimed center Gabe Ikard off waivers from the Browns.
The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Pascoe should provide the Lions with a tight end who can block in the run game. A sixth-round pick by the 49ers in 2009, he played for the Giants from 2009-13 and joined the Falcons in 2014. Although he was with the Bears this offseason, Pascoe hasn’t played for a team this year.
Ikard went undrafted in 2014. He spent his rookie year on IR with the Titans due to a torn ACL, but didn’t make the team in 2015. He then joined the Bills on waivers in September and was active for just three games. The Browns claimed him off waivers last week before cutting his Monday.
Ikard’s role is unclear, but the Lions are likely examining future center options after an especially poor game by Travis Swanson Sunday.
The Lions also made changes to the practice squad, signing cornerback Kendall James and cutting Stanley Jean-Baptiste.