Wright sustained a torn ACL during the Lions' offseason program, which spurred the team to release him Thursday, The Detroit News reports. After clearing waivers Tuesday, the Lions placed the tight end on injured reserve, thus retaining his rights while he spends the next year or so in rehabilitation. In three professional seasons with a trio of organizations, the hybrid wideout/tight end has totaled 89 catches (on 125 targets) for 907 yards and 13 touchdowns in 41 games.
Wright has re-signed with the Lions. Wright joined the Lions via trade from the Buccaneers last season, when he finished with nine catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns in nine games for Detroit. Although Eric Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew are ahead of him at tight end, Wright's red zone prowess gives the Lions good depth at the position.
Wright hauled in a nine-yard touchdown on his lone target of the Lions' win over the Bears. Wright opened the scoring early in the first quarter, working out of right slot and slipping behind the coverage. It was Wright's first catch since Week 7 and he had seen just one target over the eight games in between. Wright is a restricted free agent and, given how seldomly he was used, it would not be a surprise if the Lions let him walk. Wright recorded 80 catches and 11 touchdowns combined in 2013 and 2014, and should find a home quickly as a flex tight end if he does not return to Detroit.
Wright is inactive Sunday against the Chiefs. With Brandon Pettigrew back in action this week to work with fellow tight end Eric Ebron, Wright is the odd man out at the position for the Lions on Sunday.
Wrigth caught one pass off of one target for 13 yards in Sunday's loss to Minnesota. In Eric Ebron's return to the lineup on Sunday Wright was on the field for just four offensive snaps, according to Pro Football Focus, and stayed in as a blocker on three of those plays. New offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter has worked on offensive staffs in Indianapolis and Denver that have used multiple tight ends, so there may be hope for Wright - but one would be advised to see it before believing it.
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