DETROIT — Rick Wagner is getting an early start on an uncertain offseason, missing another start in the Lions’ season finale on Sunday against Green Bay.
Wagner has been battling a knee injury the last few weeks. He did return to practice this week and was upgraded to questionable against the Packers, but was ultimately scratched for a third straight time to conclude the season.
Expectations were high for Wagner when he signed with Detroit in 2017. He inked what was then the biggest contract in the league for a right tackle, but has rarely lived up to the hype during three average seasons for the Lions. He ranks 62nd among offensive tackles this season, according to ProFootballFocus.
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Wagner remains under contract through 2021, but at a cost of $11.9 million against the cap in both years. The Lions can get out of the deal for $5.8 million next offseason.
The rest of Detroit’s inactives: Defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson (shoulder), cornerback Michael Jackson, running back Wes Hills, guard Caleb Benenoch, defensive end Jonathan Wynn and cornerback Dee Virgin.