Copeland was ruled out for the season after tearing his pectoral muscle, and he'll now spend the 2017 on injured reserve as a result. Copeland served as a key special teams player for the Lions in 2016.
Copeland (pectoral) was waived/injured by the Lions on Wednesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Copeland served as a key special teams player for the Lions in each of the last two seasons, but he'll now revert to injured reserve and be out for the year once he clears waivers.
Copeland will miss the 2017 season after tearing his pectorial muscle in Saturday's preseason opener versus the Colts, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports.
It is now a matter of time before Copeland lands on the team's injured reserve. He had played in all 16 games during each of his first two seasons with the Lions. Thurston Armbrister, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, and Steve Longa will now compete for increased snaps at outside linebacker.
Copeland (shoulder) will not return to Saturday's preseason opener against the Colts, ESPN's Michael Rothstein reports.
The severity of Copeland's injury is unknown, so it isn't clear how long he'll be out.
Copeland appears to be pushing Antwione Williams for a starting spot at strongside linebacker, ESPN's Michael Rothstein reports.
Copeland has apparently had an impressive training camp thus far while getting reps with the first-team defense. The Lions value him for his ability to play both inside and outside linebacker as well as defensive end -- in addition to his status as a core special-teams player -- so he seems like a pretty safe bet to make the final roster. While he's never drawn IDP appeal before, that could change if Copeland overtakes Williams for a starting job.
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