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Report: DeJon Gomes Claimed Off Waivers By Lions

The strong safety, drafted in the fifth round in 2011, was released on Saturday when initial 53-man rosters were finalized, did not clear waivers and was claimed by the Lions.


DeJon Gomes was claimed off waivers by the Lions on Sunday, a day after he was released by the Redskins in their attempt to get under the 53-man limit, according to The Baltimore Sun.


Gomes, a third-year strong safety, started eight games for the Redskins over the past two seasons after he was drafted out of Nebraska in the fifth round in 2011. He worked sparingly with the first team during training camp and the preseason, even with projected starter Brandon Meriweather limited after recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.

Both Meriweather and Reed Doughty are better hitters in the box, while rookie Bacarri Rambo, Jordan Pugh and Jose Gumbs all were better in coverage as a free safety than Gomes.

Perhaps Gomes’ greatest claim to fame was his hit on Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in a game in Dec. 2011, in which Peterson tore the ACL in his left knee.

The Redskins will host the Lions at FedEx Field on Sept. 22.