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Friday, September 20, 2013
Morning Roar: Gomes returns to D.C.

By Michael Rothstein

Good morning and ROOOOAAARRR!!!!

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- There was a time last month where safety DeJon Gomes might have envisioned playing in Sunday's game between the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins.

Except he probably saw himself on the home sideline, dressed in a Washington jersey, playing for the Redskins for the third consecutive season. But he didn't survive Washington's final preseason roster cuts and was claimed on waivers by Detroit.

He's been a Lion for three weeks and now is heading back to FedEx Field, a place he likely knows better than Detroit.

"I guess game day, maybe pre-game, I don't know if it's weird but just different," Gomes said. "Coming through the visitors' tunnel, visitors' locker room, being on the other sideline. But at the end of the day, it's just football, going out there, competing."

For two seasons, he did so for Washington, playing in 31 games, making 61 tackles and picking off a pass. He still has ties there, too, having been in touch this week with some of the Washington defensive backs and tight end Niles Paul.

Gomes has spent the past three weeks learning the Lions' defense and having a role on special teams, playing 47 special-teams snaps through two games. Yet when he joined the Lions, he knew he'd be making a return trip to his former home in short order.

"It's just a part of my past now," Gomes said. "Of course I have guys over there that are, we're friends. But I'm with the Detroit Lions."

He is, and now we'll take a look at the Lions from across the Interwebs.