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Lions place Jason Jones on Injured Reserve; sign veteran Andre Fluellen

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Lions place Jason Jones on injured reserve and sign versatile veteran Andre Fluellen

The Detroit Lions are bringing back a familiar face.

Versatile veteran Andre Fluellen has been re-signed to take the place of Jason Jones, who was placed on injured reserve after rupturing his left patella tendon in Sunday’s win over Washington.

This will be the fourth stint with the Lions for Fluellen, whose been their go-to guy when the Lions have been in an injury bind along the defensive line.

Fluellen was drafted by Detroit in 2008 and played his first four seasons with the team.

He was part of the final roster cuts before the start of the regular season in 2012.

After spending the first part of last year with Miami, Fluellen was re-signed by Detroit in December when the team placed Corey Williams on IR.

Fluellen spent training camp with the Lions this year after being cut by the Bears, but was released as part of the final cuts before the start of the regular season.

Once again, he’s getting an opportunity to fill a role and help the Lions through an injury situation. Fluellen will join Ziggy Ansah, Willie Young, Israel Idonije and rookie Devin Taylor in the defensive end group.

Like Jones, Fluellen, 28, can play both defensive tackle and defensive end, which gives defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham the same kind of flexibility he had with Jones in the lineup.

In three games with Detroit last year, Fluellen had six tackles.

In 56 career games, he has 52 tackles and 2.5 sacks.