Lions’ Barclay hits IR with concussion; Valles promoted

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

Allen Park — The Detroit Lions have promoted tight end Hakeem Valles off the practice squad and placed guard Don Barclay on injured reserve.

Barclay struggled mightily in his first start of the season Sunday against the Bengals, allowing pressure on multiple passing plays and getting flagged for three penalties, including a pair of false starts. He committed two infractions on a critical drive late in the fourth quarter, when the Lions were still within one score.

He played all 64 offensive snaps in the loss, becoming the third Lions offensive lineman to report a concussion after completing a game this season. Guard T.J. Lang sat one week earlier this year when symptoms manifested on a Wednesday, while Travis Swanson remains in protocol after missing the past two games.

The Lions signed Valles to their practice squad in early September, after he was waived by the Arizona Cardinals. He appeared in 11 games last season, playing primarily on special teams.

Undrafted out of Monmouth in 2016, the 6-foot-5, 260-pound Valles recorded 40 receptions for 491 yards and three touchdowns during his college career. The signing allows the Lions to retain his rights through the offseason, similar to what the team did in recent years with defensive lineman Kerry Hyder and wide receiver Jace Billingsley.