Lions Waive TE Kennard Backman & WR Andrew Turzilli


The Detroit Lions announced Thursday that they’ve placed TE Kennard Backman and WR Andrew Turzilli on waivers.

Backman, 24, was originally drafted by the Packers in the sixth round of last year’s draft out of UAB. He managed to make the 53-man roster coming out of the preseason during his rookie season, but he was later waived with an injury designation as Green Bay trimmed their roster down to 75 players last September.

After clearing waivers, Backman was added to the Packers’ practice squad but was unfortunately waived soon after. Backman was briefly on the Patriots’ practice squad before the Lions eventually added him to their taxi squad last December.

In 2015, Backman appeared in seven games for the Packers but did not record a statistic.

Turzilli, 25, wound up signing on with the Titans as an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers back in May of 2015. He was waived at the start of the season, but later signed on to the 49ers’ practice squad.

Tennessee later brought him back when they signed him off of the 49ers’ taxi squad, but he was once again waived coming out of the preseason. The Lions signed him to their practice squad last December.

Turzilli previously served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.

In 2015, Turzilli appeared in three games and recorded two receptions for 25 yards receiving and no touchdowns for the Titans.

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