The Lions have placed linebacker Jon Bostic on IR, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press (on Twitter). Bostic, who had surgery last month, was previously given a timetable that could allow him to return as early as October and as late as December. Depending on how his recovery goes, he could be a candidate to return from IR.
Bostic, a former second-round pick, represented the first deal between Lions general manager Bob Quinn and his former team, as Detroit acquired Bostic from the Patriots in May. The former Florida Gator is no stranger to being traded after a September swap shipped him from the Bears to the Pats. In 2015, he appeared in eleven games (one start) for New England, recording two tackles.
As a rookie with the Bears, Bostic played in all 16 games with nine starts on the year. In total, he notched 57 tackles, two sacks, and an interception in 2013. He followed that up in 2014 with a career high of 83 tackles. If Bostic doesn’t take the field this year, then the Lions will not have to send a seventh-round pick to New England for him. If he does play and reach a certain playtime threshold, then the Lions will still be on the hook.
Moving Bostic to IR will create a roster spot for tight end Khari Lee, who was claimed off waivers earlier today.
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