Detroit Lions bring Zane Gonzalez back on practice squad; kicking competition ongoing

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Cincinnati Bengals kicker Austin Seibert (3) heads for the locker room after the fourth quarter of the NFL Preseason Week 3 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Miami Dolphins at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. The Dolphins made a long touchdown drive in the fourth quarter to win 29-26.
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The Detroit Lions' kicking battle may not be over after all.

The Lions were awarded kicker Austin Seibert off waivers from the Cincinnati Bengals on Wednesday, and re-signed Zane Gonzalez to the practice squad.

Gonzalez appeared to lose out on the kicking job Tuesday, when he was one of two kickers the Lions released as part of a slew of roster moves to get to the 53-man limit.

The Lions signed Gonzalez in early August to compete with spring free agent addition Randy Bullock for the job.

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Both players were inconsistent this summer. Bullock also was released Tuesday.

To make room for Seibert and fellow waiver claim Khadarel Hodge, the Lions released veterans Darren Fells and Dean Marlow. Both are expected to re-sign later this week.

The Lions will open one roster spot when they place backup quarterback Tim Boyle on injured reserve with a broken thumb. Defensive tackle Da'Shawn Hand (groin) also is an IR candidate.

Fells is expected to play as the Lions' No. 2 tight end this fall - T.J. Hockenson is the only other tight end on the 53-man roster, though the team re-signed Alize Mack and Brock Wright to the practice squad Wednesday - and Marlow is in line to contribute as a backup safety and core special teams player.

Along with Mack, Wright and Gonzalez, the Lions announced 12 other practice squad additions, all of whom were with the team in training camp: Running backs Craig Reynolds and Dedrick Mills; receivers Javon McKinley and Sage Surratt; linebackers Tavante Beckett and Rashod Berry; defensive linemen Miles Brown and Bruce Hector; offensive linemen Darrin Paulo and Tommy Kraemer; and defensive backs Jalen Elliott and Nickell Robey-Coleman.

Quarterback Steven Montez and tight end Shane Zylstra also are expected to join the practice squad.

Contact Dave Birkett at dbirkett@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: On second glance, Detroit Lions K situation still unresolved