Lions Sign WR Bert Emanuel; Waive Spellman

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Nate Caminata - LionsFans.com

After losing two starting receivers for the season in a span of two weeks, the Detroit Lions announced today they have signed veteran receiver Bert Emanuel.

Although terms of the deal were undisclosed, it is uncertain whether or not Emanuel will play Sunday against the Cincannati Bengals, or where he will be placed on the depth chart.

The former 1994 Falcons' 2nd round draft pick was waived by the New England Patriots earlier this month, despite tallying 4 receptions in the team's season opener. Emanuel has recorded 334 receptions for 4,631 yards and 28 touchdowns since entering the league.

Last Sunday, Detroit lost starting wide receiver Germane Crowell for the season to a torn patella tendon. Earlier in the week, the ball club was informed that veteran receiver Herman Moore would miss the remainder of the regular season with a torn hamstring.

Return specialist Desmond Howard filled in valuably for Detroit, but the Lions' depth at the receiver position had withered with the injuries.

To make room for Emanuel on the active roster, Detroit axed defensive lineman Alonzo Spellman. Spellman was signed during training camp to bulk up an already formidable defensive line.

Crowell was placed on the injured reserve.


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