Lions Release Tight End Pete Mitchell

Nate Caminata - LionsFans.com

This isn't exactly how the Lions, or tight end Pete Mitchell, expected their brief relationship to end.

On Tuesday, the Lions released the little used Mitchell, who had been inactive the past two Sunday's for Detroit.

Detroit has yet to give an explanation for Mitchell's termination, although Lions' head coach Marty Mornhinweg eluded to Mitchell's injury problems, particularly his back, during Monday's media briefing.

"He's had a couple of problems -- a back most recently," commented Mornhinweg.

Mitchell spent the past two seasons with the New York Giants, and was a critical element of their 2000 Super Bowl run prior to signing with Detroit this off-season.

Mitchell marked a large signing by Detroit this off-season, mainly due to its rather inactive off-season free-agent pursuance. Despite coming in highly touted, Mitchell participated in just five contests, tallying a mere five receptions for 29 yards.

The Lions may sign practice squad tight end John Waerig to the active roster. Waerig scored a 32-yard touchdown reception during the pre-season, but was relegated to the practice squad during training camp.

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