The Detroit Lions waived cornerback Alex Brown on Sunday morning without explanation. Brown’s release didn’t raise eyes. It had the makings of a simple roster cut. NFL teams have until 4 p.m. on Tuesday to trim their roster to 85. However, that was not the case at all. Details emerged Monday afternoon surrounding Brown’s release.
Per Justin Rogers of The Detroit News, Brown, 24, faces charges on four counts stemming from a non-fatal car accident Sunday morning. The accident took place after 2 a.m. on I-75. Rogers reports that Brown was under the influence and drove on the wrong side of the freeway. The crash also injured Brown’s teammate, tight end Charlie Taumoepeau.
Taumoepeau suffered neck injuries in the accident. Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports that the Jaws of Life free Taumoepeau from the vehicle. On Monday afternoon, the Lions waived him with a “Non-Football Injury designation.” He played 17 snaps during the Lions’ 16-15 loss against the Bills on Friday.
The Detroit Lions released a statement acknowledging the incident.
“We are aware of the situation from Sunday morning involving Alex Brown,” said the Lions in their statement. “Alex was waived from the team Sunday afternoon, and Charlie Taumoepeau is receiving proper medical care following injuries sustained from the incident.”
“Driving under the influence is a matter we take very seriously. We as an organization extend our thoughts and support to the victim and his family during his recovery.”
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Before landing with the Lions, Brown spent his last several years with the Kansas City Chiefs.
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