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Detroit Lions claim of safety DeJon Gomes off waivers now official

Posted Sep 2, 2013

Gomes played in 15 games each of his first two seasons in the league with eight starts

DeJon GomesPhoto: AP Images

The Lions added some help to the backend of the their defense Sunday when they claimed strong safety DeJon Gomes off waivers. The claim became official Monday when Gomes passed his physical.

Gomes, 23, was part of Washington's final cuts Saturday afternoon.

He played in 15 games each of his first two seasons in the league with eight starts. He recorded 40 tackles, one interception and defended four passes last year.

A former fifth-round pick out of Nebraska, Gomes has good size (6-0, 201) and is also a very good special teams player.

He's probably most well known for the hit he delivered on Adrian Peterson at the end of the 2011 season that tore Peterson's ACL.

Don Carey is still the top backup at safety, and cornerback Rashean Mathis can also play there. John Wendling is considered more of a special teams ace as opposed to an every-play defender.

The Lions released linebacker Rocky McIntosh to make room for Gomes on the 53-man roster.

That currently leaves them with just five linebackers on the roster, but they could add another one, as early as Tuesday, when it's expected the team will place running back Montell Owens (knee) on short-term injured reserve that will open up a spot on the 53-man roster.