NFL Detroit Lions

Don Carey Signed by Detroit Lions to Fill Secondary Holes


The Detroit Lions announced the signing of Don Carey, a safety/cornerback. Carey will take the roster sport opened up by placing rookie cornerback Bill Bentley on season ending IR. Carey was a member of the Lions in the 2011 season, playing in five games.

Carey was selected in the 2009 NFL Draft, as a draft pick of the Cleveland Browns. The Browns took the Norfolk State University star in the 6th Round with the 177th pick. As a member of the Browns, Carey took part in the 2009 offseason, and was later part of the practice squad. It wasn’t until 2010 when Carey was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars, that he would play his first NFL game.

In 2010, Carey played in 15 games for the Jaguars. During the season, Carey registered 55 tackles, and one interception. As a member of the 2011 Lions, Carey played in 5 games, and had 11 tackles. Carey has not played in a regular season NFL game since January 7th, against the New Orleans Saints in the NFL Playoffs.

At Norfolk State, Carey played all four seasons. Carey was given a chance to shine in the annual East-West game. The Norfolk State graduate also impressed scouts at the 2009 NFL Combine, where he ran a 4.54 second 40 yard dash, and had 18 reps on the bench press.  

Carey is listed as a cornerback/safety, but the Lions have said he is a natural safety. The newly acquired Carey could fill in holes at either position, as the Lions secondary continues to get thinner each week due to injuries.