Lions cut LB Gooden; he played 27 snaps vs. Packers

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Zaviar Gooden (50)

Allen Park – The Detroit Lions have waived Zaviar Gooden, one day after the linebacker stepped in and played 27 snaps against the Green Bay Packers.

After spending the offseason with the Lions, Gooden was added back to the practice squad last week and promoted to the main roster on Saturday, providing much-needed depth to the team’s banged-up linebacking corps.

Starting the game as a reserve, Gooden entered the contest in the first quarter, replacing the struggling Thurston Armbrister.

Waiving Gooden is likely a good sign for Detroit’s injury situation at the position. Rookie Antwione Williams, who missed Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury, had been doing some running with a trainer on the sidelines during last week’s practice.

The timetable is likely longer for DeAndre Levy, who has missed two straight weeks with a quad injury and didn’t travel with the team to Green Bay.

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