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Lions waive Jon Baldwin after failed physical

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The well-known scene that accompanies a player’s departure from the roster is someone telling that player to get his playbook and go see the coach to get the bad news.

Things may have played out that way with wide receiver Jon Baldwin in Detroit, however. For one thing, Baldwin may not have been a member of the Lions long enough to even get a playbook and, for another, the writing on the wall was so hard to miss that it might not have been necessary to go through all of the normal procedures.

The Lions waived Baldwin because of a failed physical on Wednesday, two days after claiming him off waivers from the 49ers. The team didn’t like the condition of Baldwin’s knee after Tuesday’s physical and coach Jim Caldwell said that they were evaluating how to proceed based on the information. They opted to move on without Baldwin, who they had seen as an option to play behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.

It’s the latest disappointing turn for Baldwin in a career that has seen more than a few of them pile up since Kansas City made him the 26th overall pick in 2011. We’ll see if he gets a chance to make a more positive impression once he’s healthy this season.

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16 Responses to “Lions waive Jon Baldwin after failed physical”
  1. djshnooks says: Aug 7, 2014 7:57 AM

    James Hardy 2.0!

  2. udkidd says: Aug 7, 2014 8:16 AM

    For someone that bearly played last year, how can his knee be in poor condition?

  3. lionswinsuperbowl says: Aug 7, 2014 8:24 AM

    They will retire Baldwin’s jersey one day in the rafters of Ford Field. What a great career he had in Detroit.

  4. dryzzt23 says: Aug 7, 2014 8:34 AM

    I’m sure this kid will file an injury claim against the 49ers so that he gets “paid”.
    As Chuck Noll said it’s tome for Mr. Baldwin to “get on with his life’s work”.

  5. fcoprado says: Aug 7, 2014 8:40 AM

    Duh, why did the Niners released him and Lions didn’t see this coming.

  6. xnihilofan says: Aug 7, 2014 8:48 AM

    The dude just isn’t an NFL talent. Period.

  7. thegonz13 says: Aug 7, 2014 8:51 AM

    Anyone want to start a pool as to where this guy will end up next?

  8. Steeler Nation is so far above you and your lowly franchise. We built this league. Pittsburgh's three rivers are made from the tears of our opponents. Bow to your supreme overlords. says: Aug 7, 2014 8:53 AM

    What a bust.

  9. marcolamorsa says: Aug 7, 2014 9:07 AM

    #bust

  10. Punk says: Aug 7, 2014 9:25 AM

    It seems strange that Baldwin was released injured, without that distinction, from the Niners.

  11. cjweber5187 says: Aug 7, 2014 9:27 AM

    I thought this kid was gonna be a stud. 6’4 225 with wheels. Goes to show that prototype size and speed isn’t always a “can’t miss”.

  12. ern215 says: Aug 7, 2014 9:30 AM

    He has been hurt, lets see what he does when healthy

  13. jetfan74 says: Aug 7, 2014 9:46 AM

    He makes Stephen Hill look good!!!!

  14. jjackwagon says: Aug 7, 2014 11:51 AM

    And the silence of how the 9ers stole him from the Chiefs is deafening.

  15. rickastleydancemoves says: Aug 7, 2014 12:33 PM

    Can’t remember which draft “expert” that tried to compare this bust to Calvin Johnson when he was coming out.

  16. nclrbrt says: Aug 7, 2014 2:29 PM

    This dude’s modesty is truly overwhelming:

    Steeler Nation is so far above you and your lowly franchise. We built this league. Pittsburgh’s three rivers are made from the tears of our opponents. Bow to your supreme overlords.

    I like the Steelers (a lot), but this is a little much.

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