Bellore was released over the weekend in order to allow the team to add extra depth at offensive tackle. However, they since released the offensive lineman they'd signed in order to bring Bellore back into the fold. Despite his return, the 28-year-old isn't likely to see many snaps even if he's active for this weekend's matchup with the Giants.
Bellore was released by the Lions on Saturday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Bellore was removed to make room for the addition of offensive lineman Storm Norton. The move provides the Lions with some depth up front, as Corey Robinson (foot) was recently activated from the PUP list.
Bellore joins Detroit after spending the past two seasons in San Francisco, where he totaled a career-high 83 tackles, one sack and one interception in 14 appearances last year. Prior to then, most of Bellore's contributions came on special teams. At 27 years old, he'll now compete for snaps at linebacker in the Lions' 4-3 scheme, which is a change from the 3-4 alignment he enjoyed working in last term.
Bellore (elbow) finished the year with 83 tackles, a sack, a pick and a forced fumble in 14 games prior to being placed on season-ending injured reserve.
Bellore spent the majority of his six-year career as a special teams ace, but injuries created an opportunity for him to start. He ran with the opportunity, posting tackle totals that put him on the IDP map. The 27-year-old is set to hit free agency coming off of career-high marks, but his lack of coverage skills will likely land him back in a special team's role.
The move is merely for bookkeeping purposes, as head coach Chip Kelly ruled out Bellore for the rest of the season earlier Monday. Stepping into the void left behind by NaVorro Bowman due to a ruptured Achilles, Bellore easily posted a career-high 83 tackles in 14 games, while tacking on one sack, one interception, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. The 49ers claimed Carl Bradford off waivers from the Packers in order to shore up the ranks at inside linebacker.
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|2012||New York Jets||16||0||1||23||23.0||23||0||1||0||1|
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