Allen Park — The Detroit Lions added veteran offensive tackle Tony Hills on Thursday, a response to losing blindside starter Taylor Decker to shoulder surgery earlier this week.
Hills, a fourth-round pick out of Texas in 2008, is a journeyman. After three years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he’s bounced around the league, playing for nine different franchises since 2011.
While he’s been active for 32 games during his career, Hills has just one start, in 2012 for Indianapolis. He appeared in 11 games for the New Orleans Saints last year, playing 52 offensive and 49 special team snaps.
Hills will be added to the mix with Cornelius Lucas and Joe Dahl as the Lions look for the right answer to plug in while Decker recovers. Corey Robinson, who is still working his way back from a foot injury suffered at the end of last season, will also be in the conversation if he’s cleared by training camp.
In addition to Hills, the Lions took a look at former second-round pick Cyrus Kouandjio. Released by the Buffalo Bills last month, the offensive lineman has been recovering from a non-football hip injury that required surgery in January.