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Lions Worked Out Four Players Including G Vlad Ducasse & CB D’Joun Smith

ESPN’s Adam Caplan reports that the Lions brought in four players for workouts on Friday including G Vlad Ducasse, G Josh LeRibeus, CB Chimdi Chekwa  and CB D’Joun Smith.

Ducasse, 28, is a former second-round pick of the Jets back in 2010. He played out his rookie contract with the Jets before signing on with the Vikings in 2014. The Bears elected to sign him to a one-year contract back in March last year.  

The Ravens signed Ducasse to a contract this summer. However, he was unfortunately among their final roster cuts a few weeks ago.

In 2015, Ducasse appeared in 15 games for the Bears and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 47 offensive tackle out of 81 qualifying players.

Smith, 22, was taken in the third round of last year’s NFL draft and signed a four-year, $3.314 million contract that included an $808,846 signing bonus.

Indianapolis placed Smith knee on short-term I.R. with a knee injury just a few weeks into the regular season. Unfortunately, the Colts waived Smith with an injury designation a few weeks ago and he later reverted to their injured reserve list.

The Colts waived Smith from injured reserve with a settlement a few weeks ago.

In 2015, Smith appeared in four games and recorded one tackle and a fumble recovery for the Colts.

Chekwa, 28, is a former fourth-round pick of the Raiders back in 2011. He re-signed with the Raiders back in May of last year but was not tendered a contract as a restricted free agent last year.

After a brief stint with the Patriots, Chekwa later returned to the Raiders but was once again cut loose a few weeks into the 2015 season. The Dolphins signed Chekwa to a contract this past February only to release him coming out of the preseason.

In 2014, Chekwa appeared in 10 games for the Raiders and recorded 16 tackles and two pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him down for playing 89 total snaps last season.

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