(ALLEN PARK, MI)--More bad news came for the Lions when it was learned last evening that nine-year veteran guard Tony Semple would be lost for the season with a separated shoulder.
Semple, 6-5, 303lb, won the starting job against all odds after joining the Lions as a 5th round pick from Memphis. Semple made a name for himself on special teams and eventually fought his way into a starting position despite various attempts to replace him.
This season, Semple was rumored to be on the hotseat but instead, Detroit traded Brendan Stai and ate a hefty cap charge to avoid benching the fiesty Semple.
Josh Lovelady, 6-3, 330, will replace Semple on the Lions active roster after spending the year on the practice squad. Lovelady signed with Detroit as an undrafted college free agent from the University of Houston.
Joyce, who signed with Detroit as an unrestricted free agent last season, started 12 games at guard and tackle for the Lions when injuries decimated Detroit's offensive front. Joyce bounced around the league after originally signing as an undrafted college free agent from Richmond. He had tenures with Dallas and Seattle before joining Arizona.