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Detroit Lions place TE Tim Wright on season-ending IR

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The season is over before it began for Tim Wright.

The Detroit Lions announced Tuesday that the fourth-year tight end was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a torn ACL. Detroit made the move after Wright cleared waivers.

Wright was acquired by the Lions last August through a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He finished with nine catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns over nine games in Detroit.

The undrafted Wright has bounced around the league since 2013, catching 54 passes as a Bucs rookie before Tampa Bay in 2014 shipped the pass-catcher and a fourth-round pick to the New England Patriots in exchange for guard Logan Mankins. Wright was cut by New England last June and signed again by the Bucs before finally landing in the Motor City, his current home.

An athletic tight end, Wright has proven he can be a factor in the passing game. He'll need to get healthy, though, before attempting to save his young NFL career.

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