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Detroit Lions releasing tight end Darren Fells

Lions tight end Darren Fells runs against the Ravens during the first half of the Lions' 19-17 loss at Ford Field on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021.
Lions tight end Darren Fells runs against the Ravens during the first half of the Lions’ 19-17 loss at Ford Field on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021.

The Detroit Lions have granted veteran tight end Darren Fells’ request to be released, NFL Network reported Monday.

Fells, 35, will hit the waiver wire as he seeks more playing time in his ninth NFL season.

He played in seven games (five starts) this season with Detroit, catching four passes for 43 yards. He was inactive for the Lions’ most recent game, a 44-6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 31 that dropped Detroit to 0-8.

Fells signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Lions in June, per Spotrac.

Fells has 127 career receptions for 1,526 yards and 21 touchdowns in 109 games (81 starts) with the Arizona Cardinals (2014-16), Lions (2017, 2021), Cleveland Browns (2018) and Houston Texans (2019-20).

–Field Level Media