Lions place A'Shawn Robinson on IR, claim DE off waivers

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
A'Shawn Robinson

Allen Park -- Shortly after ruling A'Shawn Robinson out for Sunday's season finale, the Detroit Lions placed the defensive tackle on injured reserve with a knee injury and used the open roster spot to claim defensive end Mitchell Loewen off waivers from New Orleans. 

Loewen comes to Detroit after spending the past three seasons with the Saints after going undrafted out of Arkansas. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound defensive end has appeared in just three games during his career. 

In college, Loewen played six different positions -- linebacker, tight end, fullback, offensive tackle, defensive tackle, defensive end.

In addition to Robinson, the Lions also ruled out tight end Luke Willson (concussion) and cornerback DeShawn Shead (knee) against the Green Bay Packers. All three were injured in last Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Vikings. 

Additionally, cornerback Jamal Agnew, running back LeGarrette Blount, defensive back Quandre Diggs, wide receiver Kenny Golladay, defensive tackle Damon Harrison and cornerback Nevin Lawson are all questionable. 

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Agnew and Blount practiced all week in a limited capacity, while Diggs, Gollday and Harrison sat out only Wednesday's session. Lawson was a new addition to the injury report on Friday with an ankle issue. 

Harrison has the opportunity to become the first player in NFL history to start 17 games in a single regular season. He missed his bye week this year after he was acquired in a October trade from the New York Giants.