Caldwell: Lions DT Khyri Thornton expected back ‘soon’

October 23, 2017

Allen Park – Soon.

It wasn’t a specific answer, but that’s the most Lions coach Jim Caldwell would say about when the team needed to make a decision about adding defensive tackle Khyri Thornton back to the active roster following the completion of his six-game suspension.

“Probably the best way for me to describe that is soon,” Caldwell said.


But reading between the lines with the team’s roster decisions last week, it appears Thornton is part of the team’s plans going forward. The Lions have only three defensive tackles on the roster after releasing Datone Jones and Caraun Reid.

A third-round draft pick in 2013, Thornton joined the Lions as a free agent last season, appearing in 13 games and averaging more than 23 defensive snaps. The 6-foot-3, 315-pounder recorded 18 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.

The Lions re-signed Thornton this offseason to a two-year, $3.3 million deal, which included a $325,000 signing bonus. In June, he was suspended for six game for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.


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