The Detroit Lions have waived-injured Greg Robinson, who was the team’s staring left tackle to start the season.
Robinson, acquired in an offseason trade from the Los Angeles Rams, started the first six games, filling in for the injured Taylor Decker, who suffered a shoulder injury that required surgery.
Robinson, however, hurt his ankle in Week 6 against New Orleans and was replaced by Brian Mihalik, who has started the past two games for the Lions, and the offensive line play improved in its protection of quarterback Matthew Stafford almost immediately.
With Mihalik performing well and both Taylor Decker and Corey Robinson eligible to return from injury as early as this week, the Lions saw no value in keeping Greg Robinson around.
Now that Robinson’s been waived, that opens up a roster spot — potentially for Decker to return to against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. He was activated to practice last week and has participated every day so far.
When asked if Decker would play Sunday against Cleveland, Caldwell said that he was improving, but he wanted how Decker responds Saturday after Friday’s practice.
“He’s doing well,” Caldwell said. “He’s been working and trying to simulate as much as we can, sort of game-like situations, and he’s been doing those things well. So we got another day today, and we’ll see. He’s close.”