Lions begin addressing linebacker depth

August, 30, 2010
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After watching the Detroit Lions give up short pass after short pass Saturday to the Cleveland Browns, I'm sure you joined me in wondering about the team's linebackers.

The presumed starter in the middle, DeAndre Levy, had departed during the first series with a strained groin. A knee injury had already felled backup Jordon Dizon earlier this month, leaving the Lions to use veteran Vinny Ciurciu at the position.

Ciurciu has been a special-teams player throughout his career and should be considered only the shortest of short-term solutions. Of all the areas the Lions will be scouring the waiver wire for this week, I would have to imagine that linebacker depth is at the top. Levy's summer-long inability to stay on the field -- he missed most of training camp with a back injury -- adds some urgency to the situation.

The Lions, in fact, began to address it Monday morning. According to the NFL Network, they plan to sign free-agent linebacker Rocky Boiman. I'm not sure if Boiman can address the Lions' issues at middle linebacker; he was mostly a special-teams player when he was in Tennessee with current Lions coach Jim Schwartz from 2002-05. But it's clear the Lions know they are far from settled at the position.

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