Detroit Lions cut Canadian DL Christian Covington

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The Detroit Lions have released veteran Canadian defensive lineman Christian Covington as part of their final roster cuts.

Covington signed with the team in May as a free agent. He recorded five tackles and 0.5 sacks in three preseason games.

The Vancouver native dressed for four games with the Los Angeles Chargers in a depth role last season, recording 12 total tackles and one tackle for loss. It was his second year with the club as he dressed for 16 games with three starts for Los Angeles in 2021.

The 29-year-old has dressed for 102 career NFL games as a member of the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals, and Chargers, recording 196 total tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, two pass knockdowns, and two forced fumbles.

The son of Canadian Football Hall of Fame defensive lineman Grover Covington was born in Vancouver and played for Vancouver College at the high school level before earning a scholarship to Rice University in Houston.

Covington was selected in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Texans and has since earned over $8.2 million USD. The B.C. Lions selected Covington in the fifth round of the 2015 CFL Draft, meaning that they control his rights should he ever choose to return north of the border.

NFL teams have until Tuesday, August 29 at 4:00 p.m. EDT to cut their rosters down to 53 players.