Billingsley essentially spent the season flipping back and forth between the Lions' practice squad and active roster. The fact the Lions chose to give other unheralded receivers playing time instead of him after TJ Jones (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve in December suggests Detroit doesn't view Billingsley as a long-term piece of their plans. However, the Eastern Oregon product will be a free agent at the end of the league year and could potentially carve out a more significant role elsewhere.
Billingsley will fill the vacant roster spot that Travis Swanson (concussion) left behind when he was placed on injured reserve. The undrafted rookie slotted into two games this season, but he played just nine total snaps and didn't record any stats. With the Lions fully healthy at wideout, Billingsley will struggle to get targets Sunday against a battered Packers secondary.
Billingsley signed with the Lions' practice squad Monday.
The Lions cut Billingsley prior to the team's Thanksgiving Day win over the Vikings in order to open up a spot on the 53-man roster. He'll remain in the organization after going unclaimed off waivers, and he could be the next man up for a promotion the next time the Lions suffer an injury at wide receiver.
The Lions waived Billingsley on Wednesday, Tim Twentyman of the team's official site reports.
Billingsley has been on the periphery of the Lions' roster the last few weeks and will likely head back to Detroit's practice squad if he clears waivers.
Billingsley returns to the Lions after being waived ahead of Sunday's showdown with the Browns in order to make room for offensive lineman Taylor Decker and Corey Robinson on the roster. In order to make room for Billingsley, the Lions waived fellow wideout Jared Abbrederis, which could lead to some increased offensive snaps for the speedster out of Eastern Oregon. Billingsley will now be the fifth option on the depth chart.