Tight end Tim Wright suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee recently, which is why the Lions waived him last Thursday, the team announced Tuesday.
Following the holiday weekend, Wright finally cleared waivers Tuesday, and the Lions placed him on injured reserve. After three productive seasons thus far in the NFL, one each with Detroit, New England and Tampa Bay, Wright will sit out the 2016 season.
To replace Wright on the roster, the Lions signed former Central Michigan tight end Ben McCord, according to a tweet from his agent. McCord went undrafted this year.
The loss of Wright clears the way for a new player to be the Lions' No. 3 tight end behind Eric Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew. With Pettigrew recovering from a December knee surgery, the third tight end could have a significant role early in the year.
The Lions signed block-first tight end Matthew Mulligan in free agency, and undrafted Cole Wick and Adam Fuehne and McCord will compete to make the team this summer, too.