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Lions cut Tony Scheffler, sign Barry Richardson

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The Lions are saying goodbye to a veteran tight end and picking up a veteran offensive lineman.

Detroit has released Tony Scheffler, a tight end who has been sidelined the last two weeks with a concussion. Joseph Fauria, the undrafted rookie backup tight end, has seen increased playing time with Scheffler out and has played well, so the Lions decided that Scheffler was expendable. (And Scheffler losing his job while sidelined by a concussion is yet another example of why some players try to hide concussion symptoms.)

With the open spot on their roster, the Lions have signed free agent offensive tackle Barry Richardson. The Lions’ top three offensive tackles, Riley Reiff, Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard, are all dealing with injuries right now, so adding a veteran at the position was important. Richardson started all 16 games for the Rams last year and started all 16 games for the Chiefs each of the two seasons before that, so he could be an option to step in and start immediately if the regular tackles can’t go on Sunday against the Cowboys.

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  1. Nick Mordowanec says: Oct 22, 2013 2:49 PM

    Develop Fauria into a big-time tight end. He is 6’7″ and is already a huge red zone threat with big hands. Could be a steal of a player five years down the line.

  2. realitypolice says: Oct 22, 2013 3:01 PM

    Awesome job, Lions.

    I’m sure all of your players will make sure to tell you when they think they may have a concussion now.

  3. steelerben says: Oct 22, 2013 3:07 PM

    Mr Scheffler? The Patriots are on line one.

  4. matthewmegabush says: Oct 22, 2013 3:18 PM

    Thank you for the memories Tony. I hope you have a speedy recovery and land a job! Good luck sir..

  5. lionsdraftguy says: Oct 22, 2013 3:21 PM

    I like Fauria, but I dont believe he is the long term answer. Lions fans who call themselves “fans” think hes so great, but Pettigrew is a FA, so that needs to be addressed. Fauria isnt the best blocker or route runner. He is a red zone threat, but a more versatile tight end would be better. Hopefully with time Fauria can be that guy, but im not getting my hopes up TOO high.

  6. klunge says: Oct 22, 2013 3:23 PM

    realitypolice says:
    Oct 22, 2013 3:01 PM
    Awesome job, Lions.
    I’m sure all of your players will make sure to tell you when they think they may have a concussion now.
    ————————————————

    He most likely wasn’t going to be on the roster next year anyways, he just hasn’t produced much lately.

    Anyway regardless of whether it seems cold, they needed to bring people in to fill holes and someone has to go. Why would it make sense to cut an uninjured active player when depth at most positions already isn’t that good, when you can cut an injured underperformer who’s wasting a spot?

  7. paulmorin88 says: Oct 22, 2013 3:23 PM

    Fauria – Pettigrew; Megatron, Reggie and Stafford. GREAT offense..
    If they could only play defense

  8. freebird2011 says: Oct 22, 2013 3:29 PM

    The Raiders could use a veteran TE to give Pryor another weapon.

  9. lionstildeath says: Oct 22, 2013 3:30 PM

    Smh…I like the nice little shot in the article and by the oblivious commenter for saying other players won’t come Forward with concussion symptoms in fear of losing their job….just stop it…if you don’t watch the lions don’t comment, scheff is a fellow alum of mines from WMU and was great with us, but he didn’t lose his job because if his concussions, he just hasn’t been productive when he’s gotten on the field..dude dropped more than he’s caught this season…so stop that BS about him losing his job because of the injury..fauria has 5 TDs..that’s production..no sense in holding up a roster spot for no production.

  10. dvnelson72 says: Oct 22, 2013 3:32 PM

    “The Raiders could use a veteran TE to give Pryor another weapon.”

    ——————–
    I had no idea the Raiders were fielding a team this year.

  11. somethingsmellsrotten says: Oct 22, 2013 3:33 PM

    Speaking of the Raiders freebird…with all the O-line injuries, why in the heck didn’t Reggie bring in Richardson? Three straight years playing all 16 games…should have been a no-brainer for the injury-depleted line.

  12. eessppnn says: Oct 22, 2013 3:33 PM

    Patriots fan here!
    I like Fauria. He passes the eye test. He makes plays when called upon, the right size, and looks like he loves playing!!
    Nice pick up matter drafted or not!!

  13. realitypolice says: Oct 22, 2013 3:44 PM

    klunge says:
    Oct 22, 2013 3:23 PM
    realitypolice says:
    Oct 22, 2013 3:01 PM
    Awesome job, Lions.
    I’m sure all of your players will make sure to tell you when they think they may have a concussion now.
    ————————————————

    He most likely wasn’t going to be on the roster next year anyways, he just hasn’t produced much lately.

    Anyway regardless of whether it seems cold, they needed to bring people in to fill holes and someone has to go. Why would it make sense to cut an uninjured active player when depth at most positions already isn’t that good, when you can cut an injured underperformer who’s wasting a spot?

    ======

    I get it. I’m not saying they cut him because of the injury or that he didn’t deserve it.

    But if you think players don’t pay attention to stuff like this, I think that’s a little naive. My point is that it’s entirely possible that a player who is not elite an untouchable may be just that much more reluctant to say anything when he gets his bell rung.

    I don’t think that’s too much of a stretch.

  14. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 22, 2013 3:48 PM

    Just another waste of a lot of time and money for a guy that the Lions never could figure out how to win with or make use of through an appropriate exit strategy.

    Thanks again for nothing Mayhew.

  15. isphet71 says: Oct 22, 2013 4:01 PM

    Sheff would actually be a decent fit in New England. He’s a decent to good receiving TE. Nothing but love for the guy from a Lions fan.

    Sorry to see him go, but rosters limits are tight and injuries force hands sometimes.

  16. lionstildeath says: Oct 22, 2013 4:06 PM

    thestrategyexpert lmao….stop it, when all else fails, blame Mayhew huh? Can maybe run a slant and catch it under a lb? No..scheffs job was to so that and he didn’t…lol some of these comments really make my day and work go so much faster

  17. jeffchadwick says: Oct 22, 2013 4:16 PM

    I’m sure this one also won’t make it through the filter, but I think it’s unfair to mark the Lions as an organization unsympathetic to concussions. Jahvid Best, anyone? Scheffler is on the wrong side of his career, and had some seriously bad drops earlier this year. I love the guy for what he’s done for the Lions, but understand the move from a football perspective.

  18. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 22, 2013 4:17 PM

    lionstildeath:

    And Mayhew is responsible for holding onto the guy that continuously couldn’t get the job done or demonstrate a way to add justified value to the team. You lost me on your disagreement.

    Not sure what you mean by “stop it”, but I’m a hardcore Lions fan that scrutinizes absolutely everything they do and there will be no slowing down on my work to critique them along the way.

  19. jtmartinez34 says: Oct 22, 2013 4:18 PM

    Good. Another below average talent who exaggerated every catch with a silly celebration. Fauria’s days are numbered too. Within the next 6 -12 months, we will be reading something similar about him. Garbage.

  20. lks311 says: Oct 22, 2013 4:19 PM

    realitypolice says:
    Oct 22, 2013 3:01 PM
    Awesome job, Lions.

    I’m sure all of your players will make sure to tell you when they think they may have a concussion now.
    —————
    They actually did him a favor. They could have shelved him on IR for the balance of the season and kept him away from Division/Conference Rivals, but they gave him the option to be play. This move was more about what they thought of Fauria, versus what they didn’t think of Scheff. He’s getting paid for the season regardless. So, yeah, I think players will still raise their hands when they’re concussed.

  21. flipadelphia says: Oct 22, 2013 4:27 PM

    I heard he was cleared to play by doctors to play so nice try with the cheap shot PFT.

    Also, Scheffler sealed his fate by catching less than half the passes thrown his way.
    —————————————-
    And there’s this:
    lionsdraftguy says:
    Oct 22, 2013 3:21 PM
    Lions fans who call themselves “fans” think hes so great, but Pettigrew is a FA, so that needs to be addressed.

    Let me be the one who addresses this. Goodbye Pettigrew. He’s a liability, we can draft a TE to replace him that can actually catch passes and hold on to them unlike Pettigrew.

  22. realfootballfan says: Oct 22, 2013 4:36 PM

    Pretty sure that Scheffler’s suckitude was more the reason for him losing his job and getting cut than a concussion. The move is years past due probably because the Lions traded for him with high hopes during the Josh McDaniels disaster year and a half when he went through the Bronco organization like a hot knife through butter, and the Lions were holding out hope that they could savage something.

  23. ivanpavlov0000 says: Oct 22, 2013 5:46 PM

    I just checked … yup Scheffler was cleared to return to play this morning and was cut a few hours later. He’s eligible to play immediately and will probably get invited someplace for a workout. But it looks like his career is winding down.

    This was about needing help in the o-line. And Fauria has been a more consistent weapon for Detroit.

  24. sosuhme says: Oct 22, 2013 6:54 PM

    This is what is really annoying about “strategyexpert,” The Lions traded for Scheffler by giving up a tight end who wasn’t going to make the Lions team anyways, and who hasn’t been on an NFL roster since. In other words, they gave up nothing for him, and he has made some pretty big plays for the Lions. It was a shrewd move by Mayhew that any true “strategy expert” would appreciate. And stop pretending like your work critiquing the Lions matters.

  25. jumbomesquite says: Oct 22, 2013 7:10 PM

    Die hard Lions fan here. So far I’ve sided with everything on lionstildeath. thestrategyexpert, nope.

  26. geofferystevens says: Oct 22, 2013 9:50 PM

    Good luck Tony loved watching you in the Honolulu Blue and Silver.

    Go Broncos!

  27. zeeman911 says: Oct 22, 2013 10:44 PM

    It’s all the drops this year that got him cut…

  28. zeeman911 says: Oct 22, 2013 10:45 PM

    All the drops this year got tony cut….

  29. skrappie32 says: Oct 23, 2013 10:34 AM

    this makes perfect sence seeing that tony is also a FA at the end of the season and with the new rookie pay scale keep the undafted guy with good upside while getting the leauge min. so we can use tony’s contract cash to throw at someone else.

  30. skrappie32 says: Oct 23, 2013 10:35 AM

    league

  31. jmacphee9 says: Oct 23, 2013 10:48 AM

    realitypolice says:
    Oct 22, 2013 3:01 PM
    Awesome job, Lions.

    I’m sure all of your players will make sure to tell you when they think they may have a concussion now.

    his release had alot more to do with his production then his concussion and i would guarantee that he knows it too

  32. jeffsnow7 says: Oct 23, 2013 1:17 PM

    Sheff… I loved your time in Detroit… Thanks for a few good performances… and mocking Tebow when we destroyed him

  33. meloman248 says: Oct 23, 2013 3:38 PM

    Come on now Fauria has produced but it was only in two games this season all five of his tds came in two games and if you wanna to bout drops what the hell is Pettigrew still doing on the team cuz he drops crucial passes for the lions when they need him to make a big catch he should have been the one they cut.

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