TWENTYMAN: Lions release TE Tony Scheffler; sign OT Barry Richardson

Posted Oct 22, 2013

Scheffler, set to become a free agent at this end of this year, was released by the Lions on Tuesday

The Lions have cut ties with tight end Tony Scheffler, releasing the veteran on Tuesday.

Tony SchefflerTE Tony Scheffler (Photo: G.Smith/Detroit Lions)

Scheffler suffered a concussion Oct. 6 at Green Bay, which was at least his third in the past three seasons. He took a hit to the head from Packers safety Jerron McMillian on a 19-yard catch late in the fourth quarter. McMillian was fined $15,000 by the NFL for the hit.

Scheffler suffered concussions with the Lions in 2010 against the Packers and 2011 against the Bears. The concussion vs. the Bears was particularly serious and forced Scheffler to the hospital for observation.

The Lions traded for the eighth-year tight end in 2010. He's recorded 120 receptions for 1,311 yards and eight touchdowns over the last four seasons in Detroit. He had six touchdowns in the 2011 playoff season.

Scheffler was set to become a free agent at the end of the year after signing a three-year extension Oct. 16, 2010. The emergence of rookie Joseph Fauria at the position made this move easier from a Lions perspective.

To take Scheffler’s spot on the roster, the Lions signed offensive tackle Barry Richardson. He’ll wear No. 73.

Richardson started all 16 games for the St. Louis Rams last season.

He was selected in the sixth round by Kansas City in 2008 and earned a full-time starting spot at right tackle during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

He was signed by Tennessee in June of this year, but was part of their final cuts.

The Lions need the help at tackle with Riley Reiff (hamstring), Jason Fox (knee) and Corey Hilliard (knee) all on the mend.