Pipkins appeared in three total games with the Colts and Lions in 2018, but he ultimately finished the season on Cleveland's practice squad. The Oklahoma State product will now get an offseason to try and carve out a more prominent role with the Browns in advance of the 2019 campaign.
Pipkins was waived by the Lions on Monday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Pipkins was waived to make space on the 53-man roster while Detroit attempts to manage a slew of offensive injuries. The 25-year-old did not log a single defensive snap with the Lions this season, and will be free to search for a depth role elsewhere in the league if he goes unclaimed on waivers.
Pipkins figures to provide some depth in the backend for Detroit, who is nursing injuries to both Teez Tabor (groin) and Jamal Agnew (knee) at the moment. It's unlikely that Pipkins will take on a role of great magnitude with the defense, but there's opportunity for growth in Motown.
Pipkins was waived by the Colts on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old cornerback was cut by the Colts to make room for free agent safety Mike Mitchell. Pipkins has seen action in 13 games during his NFL career, recording 26 tackles (17 solo). He'll now be subject to waivers before getting an opportunity to sign elsewhere.
Pipkins had nine total tackles in Thursday's loss at New England.
Pipkins started the game in the nickel defense and played 53 of the defense's 69 snaps. He could be set for a large workload again next week if Nate Hairston or Kenny Moore remains out.
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