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Lions claim DE Corey Lemonier off waivers

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Corey Lemonier

Allen Park – For the second time this season, the Detroit Lions have claimed a defensive end off waivers from the Cleveland Browns. The Lions were awarded Corey Lemonier on Thursday. The team waived cornerback Adairius Barnes to clear the roster spot.

A third-round pick out of Auburn in 2013, Lemonier spent his first three season with the San Francisco 49ers. He was waived by the team after training camp this year and claimed by the Browns, where he appeared in eight games, recording eight tackles and two sacks.

For his career, the 6-foot-3, 255-pound Lemonier has appeared in 50 games, starting three. He’s tallied 35 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles.

Earlier this year, the Lions snagged Armonty Bryant off waivers from the Browns. It proved to be a strong addition. He recorded three sacks in five games before a knee injury ended his season.

Barnes, an undrafted rookie out of Louisiana Tech, had been active seven games for the Lions this season. His had recently been splitting time with Asa Jackson as the team’s nickel cornerback, replacing the injured Quandre Diggs.

Jackson, signed off the Baltimore Ravens practice squad last week, must remain on the Lions’ roster for three weeks.