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Following their 31-27 loss Sunday to the Cincinnati Bengals, Lions' head coach Marty Mornhinweg recognized the need to make a move. And his prime target, quite literally, couldn't be missed.
On Tuesday, the ball club announced the release of mammoth right tackle Aaron Gibson.
Selected in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft, Gibson's career with the Lions has been plagued with nagging injuries, but perhaps more importantly, nagging penalties.
Last week, in relief of starting right tackle Matt Joyce (who was temporarily moved to guard), Gibson was called for a 15-yard personal foul penalty during a critical Lions' drive.
Already trailing by four late in the 4th quarter, the penalty forced Detroit into a 3rd and 28 predicament -- nullifying the Lions' best possibility of manufacturing a scoring drive.
Gibson, a former first round pick under the Bobby Ross regime in 1999, was benched two weeks ago in favor of tackle Matt Joyce due to injury. Most feel, though, the move was due to Gibson's inconsistency on the field.
The 6'6, 385-pound University of Wisconsin product missed his entire rookie season with a shoulder injury, and the latter portion of 2000 with an injury to his other shoulder.
This recent "surprise" move, according to NFL analysts, relegates the Lions' roster (52) and depth chart to shallow proportions. The ball club will immediately look to find a veteran replacement.
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