Lions sign DT Jovan Haye; release CB Brandon McDonald

Posted by ttwentyman on December 9, 2011 – 11:07 am

The Lions have signed defensive tackle Jovan Haye to help bolster a defensive line dealing with both injuries and suspensions.

The Lions released corner Brandon McDonald to make room for Haye on the 53-man roster. McDonald played in 11 games for the Lions this season.

Haye, most recently with the Titans in 2010, has played for the Panthers, Browns, Buccaneers and Titans over his seven-year career.

He was drafted by the Panthers in the sixth-round of the 2005 draft out of Vanderbilt.

From 2007-2009, he started 45 games for the Buccaneers and Titans. He had his best season in 2007 when he recorded six sacks with the Bucs.

He played in 14 games with the Titans last season with one start.

Haye signed a four-year, $16 million contract with Titans in 2009 but was waived in final cuts before this season began.

The Lions are thin along their defensive line, especially at defensive tackle. Ndamukong Suh is serving the final game of a two-game suspension against the Vikings on Sunday and rookie Nick Fairley aggravated a foot injury he’s been dealing with all season.

The X-rays were negative on Fairley’s foot but it’s unlikely he’ll play against the Vikings on Sunday.


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3 Responses to “Lions sign DT Jovan Haye; release CB Brandon McDonald”

  1. By Oldcat on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    It’s interesting how the d-line can go from being considered the deepest and strongest unit on the team to having to pull in someone off the street. This team is snakebitten. Seems like the positives quickly turn sour. Can’t anything positive for the Lions ever last?

  2. By Golferjohn on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    This is a game the offense needs to really step up for to help out a defense which is injury ridden and depleted of some talent. It would be great to see a quick start for a change and some 1st quarter points. The defense has been there for the most point to get us through most of the 1st halves, and I know they will play with a lot of heart. A special teams play would be nice for a change too. Gooo Lions!!!!

  3. By wendymaddy on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    I agree that they need to come out running, and they will. The Vikings should be easy prey for the mighty Lions. Go LIONS! Hear them ROARRR!

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