Limited to just seven games this season, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Corey Williams was officially placed on the team's injured reserve list on Tuesday, according to a report by Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Williams has been battling a knee injury that has limited his participation on the practice field for much of the year, and the team opted to effectively end his season with a return to action looking unlikely. And after eight consecutive seasons to open his career where he played at least 12 games, the 32-year-old defensive tackle told Birkett that this season has been the single most frustrating of his NFL tenure.
"I don’t like it one bit having to deal with this knee injury," Williams said. "It’s just been a tough year for me. It’s been rough, I ain’t going to lie."
The Lions re-signed former 2008 third-round pick Andre Fluellen to take Williams' spot on the active roster, according to Jerrold Colton of CS Sports, slightly more than one month after Fluellen was released by the Miami Dolphins. A 6'2, 302-pound lineman who did not survive Detroit's final round of cuts in training camp over the summer, Fluellen recorded 45 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble over a 51-game span with the Lions from 2008-2011.