Lions awarded Dwight Freeney off waivers

- The Detroit Lions announced Wednesday they have been awarded defensive end Dwight Freeney off waivers.  

Freeney was signed in late October by the Seattle Seahawks to boost Seattle's pass rush after Cliff Avril was lost to a neck injury earlier in the season. Freeney had three sacks in his first two games, moving into 17th on the all-time sack list. But he did not record a tackle in each of his last two games and was waived Tuesday.

The 37-year-old Freeney is in his 16th NFL season. The Lions are his sixth team in the league and he is being reunited with Lions' Head Coach Jim Caldwell from their days with the Indianapolis Colts.  He'll wear #99 for the Lions.

In a corresponding move, the Lions waived wide receiver Jace Billingsley.

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