Bates was let go by the Lions on Monday.
This news comes on the heels of an arrest in late January, in which Bates was cited for felony of intent to cause physical injury to an officer and four misdemeanors, per Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com. The 25-year-old suited up in just nine games in 2018, making three tackles (one solo). Bates plead not guilty to his charges, but would still be a long shot to sign with a new team before his legal battle concludes.
Bates was arrested in New York and is reportedly facing felony charges for assaulting a police officer, NFL.com reports.
Bates was reportedly arrested for failing to pay a cab fare and resisted arrest. He faces misdemeanor charges for both infractions, as well. The Lions are aware of the situation but won't comment further until securing additional information. The 25-year-old had three tackles in nine games for Detroit in 2018, mostly as a special teams contributor.
Bates generated three tackles in nine games for Detroit in 2018.
Bates only saw two snaps on defense all season, almost exclusively serving on special teams. The Maine product remains under contract through the 2019 campaign.
Bates (ankle) is active for Sunday's contest against the Bills.
Bates will return from a two-game absence Sunday, though he could only see the field on special teams with starting middle linebacker Jarrad Davis at full strength.
Bates (ankle) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
Bates began the week not practicing but progressed to limited participation Thursday and Friday, though apparently he didn't show enough to avoid being ruled out. The 25-year-old has played only two defensive snaps in six games, so his absence is unlikely to impact the Lions defense.
Bates (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday.
Bates continues to nurse an ankle injury he sustained during practice last week. A potential absence this weekend in Arizona likely wouldn't prove too costly for the Lions, as Bates has been limited largely to special-teams duties this season.
Bates (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Rams.
Bates suffered this injury late in the practice week and was unable to recover in time. He works mainly in a special-teams role, and his absence will make Kelvin Sheppard the No. 2 middle linebacker in Week 13.
Bates sustained an ankle injury and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Bates was a late addition to the injury report Saturday so the specifics and severity of the injury remain unclear. The 25-year-old has played only two defensive snaps since being promoted from the practice squad in mid-October, so the Lions defense is unlikely to be impacted should he be inactive Sunday.
Bates was signed from the Lions' practice squad to the active roster Monday.
Bates spent the offseason with Detroit but didn't manage to secure a Week 1 roster spot. He'll likely operate as a backup to Jarrad Davis at middle linebacker. Barring injury, Bates shouldn't be expected to see significant time early on.
Bates signed a contract with the Lions on Wednesday.
Bates hasn't appeared in a game since his rookie season in 2016, when the seventh-round pick saw 22 snaps on special teams in his lone appearance with the Colts. The Maine product faces an uphill battle for a roster spot in Detroit.