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Lions claim DE Dwight Freeney off waivers from Seahawks

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

The Detroit Lions have claimed defensive end Dwight Freeney off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks a day before hosting the Minnesota Vikings in a possibly pivotal game for the NFC North title.

The Lions need help at defensive end in part because Ezekiel Ansah is questionable with a back injury that has kept him out of the last two games.

The 37-year-old Freeney became available after the Seahawks surprisingly waived him Tuesday following a four-game stint with the team that saw him total three tackles and three sacks.

The Seahawks signed Freeney last month, adding him to a defensive line rotation that had lost Cliff Avril to injured reserve. Freeney recorded a sack in his Seahawks debut, then two more the following week. He averaged 28 snaps over his first three games, then played 17 in Seattle’s 34-31 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night.

In Detroit, Freeney will be reunited with Jim Caldwell, who coached him in Indianapolis from 2009 to 2011. Freeney was a Pro Bowler in every season he played under Caldwell and a first-team All-Pro in 2009.

During his NFL career, Freeney has accumulated 341 tackles, 47 forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and 125.5 sacks (17th on the all-time list) since being drafted by the Colts in the first round out of Syracuse in 2002.

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