With receiver Nate Burleson gone for the year, the Lions were believed to be prepared to fill the void internally.
They’ve now opted for external help.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Lions have acquired veteran receiver Mike Thomas from the Jaguars. Terms of the deal are not yet known.
Thomas, a fourth-round pick in 2009, has only 13 catches for 80 yards this season, in seven appearances and three starts. His best season came in 2010, when he caught 66 passes for 820 yards and four touchdowns.
He’ll be leaving Jacksonville, and then promptly returning. The Lions play the Jaguars at EverBank Field on Sunday.